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Alice Waters and Chez Panisse: The Romantic, Impractical, Often Eccentric, Ultimately Brilliant Making of a Food Revolution
3.81
I'm not a big biography reader. Not yet, anyway. But every once in awhile, I come across a biography that examines its subject with such intelligence...more
Mar 09, 2009
Mar 04, 2009
 
Moby-Dick
3.40
At long last, the white whale and I have swum the distance and come out at the end. Along the way, I was entranced, interested, dutiful, or remote, de...more
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Jul 20, 2008
 
Kitchen Table Wisdom: Stories That Heal
4.33
One of the first author events I ever hosted at Kepler's was with Rachel Naomi Remen. How lucky I was to start so well.
Jan 1997
Mar 02, 2009
 
Food Matters: A Guide to Conscious Eating with More Than 75 Recipes
3.95
A perfect companion to Michael Pollan's 'In Defense of Food.'

In the first half of the book, Bittman details the many horrifying ways that agribusines...more
Feb 2009
Feb 28, 2009
 
The Book of the Maidservant
3.50
The medieval holy woman Margery Kempe dictated 'The Book of Margery Kempe,' which is considered the first autobiography in the English language. In it...more
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Jan 08, 2012
 
Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever
4.09
I can't get enough of books like this. My husband has accused me of reading books that simply validate my own views on children and literature. I'm su...more
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Jun 30, 2009
 
Heartburn
3.60
Nora Ephron's new movie, 'Julie and Julia,' rode into its nationwide opening last weekend on a such a wave of publicity I'm almost too tired of all th...more
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Aug 12, 2009
 
Babies Need Books: Sharing the Joy of Books with Children from Birth to Six
3.50
Most of the arguments in here I already knew and enthusiastically endorse. One point, though, I hadn't thought of before: If you read with your child...more
Jan 2009
Feb 17, 2009
 
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
3.94
I absolutely loved this book. We discussed it in my book group last night and almost everyone was blown away by it -- by McCullers' age when she wrote...more
Nov 17, 2009
Nov 04, 2009
 
The Case for Books: Past, Present, and Future
3.26
Robert Darnton is a cultural historian, the director of Harvard's library system, and the author of an eyebrow-raising number of titles, some of which...more
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Jun 01, 2010
 
Jefferson's Sons
4.00
I always knew about Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemmings. But I never thought of the children they had together, and what it was like to live at Montic...more
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Oct 14, 2011
 
The Rescuers (The Rescuers, #1)
3.99
Miss Bianca, a pampered pet of an ambassador's son, lives in a porcelain pagoda; wears a dainty silver locket around her neck; and writes poems, oh la...more
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May 04, 2010
 
Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
4.13
Dwight Garner recently wrote about this graphic novel in The N.Y. Times and reminded me that I'd read it. This is what he said: "Two years ago Alison...more
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Dec 08, 2008
 
Harriet the Spy (Harriet the Spy #1)
3.97
When I was growing up, my parents restricted my access to only two books: 'Forever' by Judy Blume, for obvious reasons, and 'Harriet the Spy' by Louis...more
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Apr 07, 2010
 
Witches: The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem
3.61
I came across this book at the library and took it on home on a whim -- and then couldn't put it down. I never before read the full story of what real...more
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Nov 12, 2011
 
Margaret Wise Brown: Awakened By the Moon
4.11
I didn't read 'Goodnight Moon' as a child. I think I must have been one of the only ones. The picture book, which was published in 1947, is one of the...more
Jan 27, 2010
Jan 05, 2010
 
The Whereabouts of Eneas McNulty
3.90
Cast off from his beloved Irish town for "unpatriotic" deeds that were never cast in any such light for him, Eneas McNulty embarks on a life both stun...more
Jan 13, 2010
Jan 05, 2010
 
Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World
4.00

This engrossing biography follows the inspiring and unpredictable life of Temple Grandin. As a child, Temple wouldn’t speak; she didn’t want to hug or...more
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May 14, 2012
 
The Fairy Ring: Or Elsie and Frances Fool the World
3.47
When cousins Elsie and Frances fake photographs of themselves with fairies beside the stream behind their cottage, they don’t think it's anything more...more
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May 14, 2012
 
Clockers
4.07
This is one of those books that makes you reconsider other books you've rated with five stars. I wish I could give it 10 stars. I think it's a masterp...more
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Jan 31, 2011
 
Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise
3.91
The introduction was fascinating. The first few essays were intriguing. And then it slips into something far too concerned with its own reflection. Th...more
Oct 2007
Dec 10, 2007
 
Leviathan (Leviathan, #1)
3.90
Awesome action/adventure steampunk tale set in Europe in an alternate 1914. This was so wildly imaginative, so totally different than anything I'd rea...more
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Jul 05, 2011
 
The Last Resort: A Memoir of Zimbabwe
4.11
This memoir started slowly for me. I got distracted by the lengthy passages of dialogue framed in quotes. I kept thinking, "Is that REALLY what that p...more
Jul 30, 2009
Jun 22, 2009
 
Genius in Disguise: Harold Ross of the New Yorker
4.27
Great biography of the man who created The New Yorker.
Jan 1998
Dec 11, 2007
 
Dragonhaven
3.30
A curious book. It's both exciting (the depiction of dragons is awesome -- and their existence as feared and endangered species is so realistically dr...more
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Jun 06, 2011
 
The Sartorialist
4.04
For years, Scott Schuman has manned the helm of one of the Web's greatest street style blogs. Now, he presents some of his favorite shots in this chun...more
Sep 2009
Sep 24, 2009
 
Minders of Make-Believe: Idealists, Entrepreneurs, and the Shaping of American Children's Literature
3.77
A fascinating look at the history of children's book publishing in the U.S. I muddled through the first couple chapters but once Marcus swung into the...more
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Jan 05, 2010
 
The Squire's Tale (The Squire's Tales, #1)
3.97
I recently read an impassioned blog post by a children's librarian for Gerald Morris winning the Newbery. It inspired me to read this, his first novel...more
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Oct 24, 2011
 
Life Among the Savages
4.06
Shirley Jackson is best known for her terrifying short story 'Lottery.' 'Life Among the Savages,' her memoir of family life, is anything but terrifyin...more
Feb 22, 2009
Feb 17, 2009
 
Watership Down
4.02
We just discussed this in my book group and some people really hated it. Others couldn't finish it ("a book about RABBITS?") Still others, loved it. I...more
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May 24, 2011
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