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The English Orphans
It's interesting what the age of digital books has done for literature. Prior to this, I had never heard of Mary Jane Holmes, even though she was a ve...more
Jan 26, 2014
Sep 24, 2012
This book was a waste of time, for the most part. I think I'm done with Palahniuk for perhaps ever. The premise of this story was interesting - a bunc...more
Jun 09, 2014
May 18, 2014
The Journey from Abandonment to Healing: Turn the End of a Relationship into the Beginning of a New Life
Parts of this book were very good and helpful, and others, not so much. The constant referral back to childhood events seemed like too much of an easy...more
Apr 13, 2014
Apr 12, 2014
Ah, Forever. The one Judy Blume book that my pre-pubescent girlfriends and I actively sought but could never find at our school or local libraries. Fo...more
Mar 23, 2010
Apr 04, 2010
Why Men Love Bitches: From Doormat to Dreamgirl - A Woman's Guide to Holding Her Own in a Relationship
The full title, Why Men Love Bitches: from Doormat to Dreamgirl – a Woman’s Guide to Holding Her Own in a Relationship, made me cringe the first time...more
Jun 29, 2014
Jun 26, 2014
The Persistence Of Memory: A Biography Of Dali
A fascinating look into the man who was the embodiment of the Surrealist movement. I learned a lot that I didn't know; who knew that his wife was such...more
Jan 26, 2007
Jan 05, 2008
Blindness (Blindness, #1)
Wow. This is not an easy read. It took me a few days to get through this, even though it is not very long. There are two reasons:

First, if you have ne...more
Jul 31, 2014
Jul 16, 2014
The Female of the Species
This was good, but not her best work. A collection of short stories, with females as their protagonists. "Doll: A romance of the Mississippi" was rath...more
Jan 02, 2007
Jan 05, 2008
One Hundred Years of Solitude
This is not an easy read, something to tuck into your bag on your way to the pool (although, admittedly, I did read large chunks of this on vacation,...more
Aug 29, 2014
Aug 22, 2014
The Big Sin
A solid 50s crime novel. A priest teams up with a detective to unearth the true story behind the apparent suicide of a showgirl (who also happened to...more
Dec 23, 2013
Sep 06, 2012
Graves' Disease: A Practical Guide
Some good information in here, but I felt that it had a tendency to be couched in excessive medical terminology; I had to reach back to high school bi...more
Mar 21, 2010
Mar 21, 2010
Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1)
I wish I could give this less than a star. I am also embarrassed to admit that I read this.

Why are ladies everywhere so enamored of this book? He is...more
Aug 15, 2012
Aug 15, 2012
The Turn of the Screw
This book has been described as a "ghost story," and while it does have ghosts that figure into it, it's more psychological than anything else.

The st...more
Jan 10, 2013
Dec 13, 2012
Oral Literature in Africa
Very detailed and informative introduction to oral literature in Africa. Finnegan discusses poetry, folktales, even drum poetry. The work is a bit dat...more
Jul 15, 2013
Nov 17, 2012
Why Men Don't Listen and Women Can't Read Maps: How We're Different and What to Do About It
Ugh, where to begin with this one? The title was sexist, but I hoped it was ironic. It's not. Men and women are different. Did you know this? Women ta...more
Jul 04, 2014
Jun 22, 2014
Pandora's Lunchbox: How Processed Food Took Over the American Meal
Some of this was fascinating, in a train-wreck sort of way. I've always been a reader of food labels, but even I had no idea about some of this stuff....more
May 04, 2013
May 01, 2013
It's interesting to discover that all of the hallmarks of the popular movie versions have absolutely no basis in the book from which they came. Also,...more
Jul 24, 2014
Jul 20, 2014
Jack the Ripper's Secret Confession: The Hidden Testimony of Britain's First Serial Killer
This was a random pick-up at the library, on one of the tables where they put recently published works to catch the eye. It sounded extremely intrigui...more
Aug 31, 2010
Sep 24, 2010
Swann's Way (In Search of Lost Time, #1)
Many years ago, in college, I took a course called Surveys in Continental Literature, where we read a broad spectrum of books. We obviously did not ha...more
Feb 08, 2014
Jan 18, 2014
Disney: The Mouse Betrayed: Greed, Corruption and Children at Risk
Even though this book was published in 1998, I'm sure a lot of this still goes on. Disney has a pretty serious paedophile problem, but they do not pro...more
Jun 12, 2008
Jun 19, 2008
Zenobia, Queen of Palmyra: a tale of the Roman empire in the days of the Emperor Aurelian
The first thing I thought of upon finishing this book was, "It's about damned time!" Not very promising, I assure you.

So, this book is about a queen y...more
Jan 09, 2013
Dec 25, 2012
13 Little Blue Envelopes (Little Blue Envelope, #1)
I wanted to like this book more than I actually did. The premise was interesting - the protagonist, Ginny, has just received a package of 13 envelopes...more
Feb 07, 2012
Nov 09, 2011
Holy Bible English Standard Version (with Cross References)
I went to Catholic school from grades five through eight, and of course, we read certain portions of the Bible, but interestingly, not enough. There w...more
not set
May 26, 2014
Sybil Exposed: The Extraordinary Story Behind the Famous Multiple Personality Case
Even though I got my degree in English Literature, my first love has always been psychology. I remember watching Sally Field's turn as the woman with...more
May 18, 2013
Oct 25, 2011
Summer of My German Soldier (Summer of My German Soldier, #1)
Heralded a classic, this story about a young Jewish girl who befriends a Nazi POW is not one we ever read when I was in school. Patty, the story's pro...more
Mar 23, 2010
Mar 21, 2010
The Wide, Wide World
This book took me forever, mainly because it made me so angry. I know it's a product of its time, but somehow, that doesn't make it better.
Ellen is a...more
Dec 21, 2013
Nov 09, 2011
A Child Called "It"
Well, this was a waste of ninety minutes of my life. Don't get me wrong; I am sure that Mr. Pelzer was abused in his childhood. And perhaps my disbeli...more
May 04, 2014
May 04, 2014
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
It's too bad that this work was never completed.

Ben Franklin's autobiography tells the stories of the younger man and his travails in printing, among...more
Feb 27, 2010
Mar 02, 2010
Typhoid Mary: Captive to the Public's Health
In modern parlance, the phrase "Typhoid Mary" conjures up visions of hundreds of people dying at her hand. In truth, Mary Mallon, the Irish cook who h...more
Apr 29, 2008
Jun 19, 2008
Fahrenheit 451
Somehow, I avoided reading this book in high school and college. That might have been a good thing, as it would have been analyzed to absolute death....more
May 17, 2014
May 16, 2014
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