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Reading Tina Fey’s “Bossypants” really felt like having a conversation with her. While that is awesome, the only problem was that it felt like she was ...more
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Apr 05, 2011
The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon, #2)
The fact that this book only gets one star has nothing to do with whether or not I am a Christian and whether or not I believe that Jesus had children ...more
Apr 2004
Apr 17, 2007
All the King's Men: Restored Edition
All the King's Men is definitely one of "those books." The books you always find on best of lists and must read lists, especially if you are from Loui ...more
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Jan 08, 2011
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan is a bookseller’s dream, even ending in the mantra “the right book exactly, at exactly the right time. ...more
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Jul 04, 2012
Summer and Bird
If you followed my advice and read Cathrynne Valente's Fairyland books (and I know you did) or if you are a fan of Neil Gaiman's fantasies, I mus impr ...more
Jul 08, 2012
May 21, 2012
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
When I read "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" I was awed. Henrietta's story, Rebecca Skloot's research, the scope of the entire incident/book/etc ...more
Aug 22, 2011
Aug 13, 2011
Never Let Me Go
I've started writing this review several times now and the words that come to mind as I begin every intro are "surprising" and "complex." I feel that ...more
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Apr 21, 2009
Red Thread Sisters
I am not a crier, but I must tell you Red Thread Sisters by Carol Antoinette Peacock made me cry. I read this wonderful middle grade novel in one sitt ...more
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May 21, 2012
Keeping Safe the Stars
Sheila O'Connor's Keeping Safe the Stars feels destined to become a classic on par with Paterson's Bridge to Terabithia. It is the story of three orph ...more
Jul 16, 2012
May 21, 2012
My Name is Mina (Skellig, #0.5)
Lately I've been reading a lot of middle grade novels and, as is the case with adult novels as well, some are great and others are not-so-great. Howev ...more
Jul 06, 2011
Jun 19, 2011
Are you looking for a reading experience that's more experience than reading? Man, have I got a book for you. Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral's Cho ...more
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Jan 22, 2012
Dead End in Norvelt
As a bookseller and the official buyer for my store, I am spending more and more of my time reading new books. My personal taste tends to lean more he ...more
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Jun 19, 2011
The Great Gatsby
The Great Gatsby is the first in my grand effort to reread some of my all time favorite books this year. I have long referred to Gatsby as my favorite ...more
Jun 21, 2012
Apr 17, 2007
Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind: A Bestseller's Odyssey from Atlanta to Hollywood
I finally did it - I embraced my Southern sensibilities - I read "Gone with the Wind." Okay, so I didn't particularly enjoy it. I guess I just like my ...more
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Dec 08, 2010
Just Kids
On April 23rd I hope to be passing out 20 copies of Patti Smith's memoir, "Just Kids." I feel like World Book Night and this particular book are a per ...more
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Jan 02, 2011
Karen Hesse’s new novel Safekeeping is called “a novel of tomorrow” and the future is bleak. Hesse imagines a world in which the suspicion and distrus ...more
Aug 06, 2012
Jul 04, 2012
Cutting for Stone
So, "Cutting for Stone." I'm still quite weak on the whole book review thing. Mostly I just want to jump up and down while telling you that you must r ...more
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Jan 18, 2011
The Night Circus
I must say, Erin Morgenstern's "The Night Circus" is a book for a certain kind of reader and that reader is me. Judging from the response this book ha ...more
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Jun 19, 2011
All Facts Considered: The Essential Library of Inessential Knowledge
I, like most readers I know, am a huge fan of random facts and who better to deliver them to me than one of NPR's many reference librarians. Kee Males ...more
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Jan 29, 2011
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (Fairyland, #1)
I'm going to start this review with an appeal to you, reader. Please do not just give "The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Mak ...more
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Jan 29, 2011
The Uncoupling
Aristophanes' “Lysistrata” serves as the center but not really the source of Meg Wolitzer's new novel “The Uncoupling.” For those who need a refresher ...more
Mar 23, 2011
Jan 29, 2011
Gone with the Wind
I finally did it - I embraced my Southern sensibilities - I read "Gone with the Wind." Okay, so I didn't particularly enjoy it. I guess I just like my ...more
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Feb 01, 2011
A Reliable Wife
Robert Goolrick's A Reliable Wife is another novel about loneliness (side bar: it's been fun finding connections between the 30 WBN picks) I approache ...more
Mar 24, 2012
Jan 19, 2012
Little Bee
I'm not one to write negative reviews. Just because something doesn't resonate with me doesn't mean it won't with someone else. For example, I hate de ...more
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Feb 20, 2011
The subject of Zeitoun by Dave Eggers is Abdulrahman Zeitoun who weathers hurricane Katrina then canoes around the flooded city delivering food and wa ...more
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Jan 19, 2012
The Search for WondLa (WondLa, #1)
The rule is don't judge a book by its cover. There are so many reasons why I don't follow that rule. Doesn't a book with a great cover suggest the pub ...more
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Mar 13, 2011
The Ogre of Oglefort
Eva Ibbotson is a popular British middle grade author that I had not yet gotten around to reading when she died last October. I had always been aware ...more
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Mar 31, 2011
Dark Water
Laura McNeal's "Dark Water" is criminally under-appreciated. It is a novel that will spark discussions among readers and educate them without ever bei ...more
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Apr 05, 2011
The Guggenheims: A Family History
I spent my 22rd birthday in Venice. You would think that would have been enough but it wasn't; I wanted to to spend my birthday with the Peggy Guggenh ...more
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Apr 05, 2011
The Beautiful Mystery (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #8)
I typically do not read crime novels. I have covered this before, but in a nutshell – I’m a neurotic who is afraid of crime. Prior to receiving a copy ...more
Aug 05, 2012
Jul 04, 2012
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