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Why Men Hate Going to Church
3.78
David Murrow sets out in his book to explain all the various reasons why men don't like going to church. His ideas are interesting and thought-provoki ...more
Nov 22, 2014
Nov 09, 2014
 
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
4.01
The waiting list for this book at my public library was so long. I can see why it is so popular. Susan Cain offers lots of insights into introversion ...more
Jun 10, 2015
Oct 26, 2012
 
Shinju (Sano Ichiro, #1)
3.84
Shinju is the first book in the Sano Ichiro series by Laura Joh Rowland. Sano is a newly appointed police commander in 17th Century Japan. The bodies ...more
May 2015
Apr 26, 2015
 
Shutting Out the Sun: How Japan Created Its Own Lost Generation
3.59
Zielenziger's book, Shutting Out the Sun, looks at various social problems in modern Japan. He focuses primarily on hikikomori, individuals who retrea ...more
Apr 09, 2014
Mar 21, 2014
 
The Birth of Korean Cool: How One Nation is Conquering the World Through Pop Culture
3.76
This book is so popular at my public library that I had to put my name on a waiting list. My mother and I are big fans of K-pop and K-dramas so this b ...more
Sep 17, 2014
Aug 26, 2014
 
Come Hell or Highball (Discreet Retrieval Agency, #1)
3.87
Note: I read the ARC that I received from the publishers at the ALA Annual Conference 2015.

Set in 1920's New York, recently widowed Lola Woodby sudden
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Jul 19, 2015
Jul 17, 2015
 
A Most Peculiar Malaysian Murder (Inspector Singh Investigates #1)
3.51
This came up as a recommendation on GoodReads and also at my public library so I thought I would give it a try. I was surprised to find a mystery that ...more
Jun 19, 2013
Jun 17, 2013
 
Notes from a Small Island
3.90


I heard about this book on Goodreads and then found a copy in a charity shop. Bryson is an American guy who has lived in the UK for several decades.
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Oct 13, 2012
Sep 14, 2012
 
Cut Me Loose: Sin and Salvation After My Ultra-Orthodox Girlhood
3.63
I have read a lot of religious memoirs so I was not entirely taken by surprise with Leah Vincent's story. It sounded similar to The Rabbi's Daughter b ...more
Jul 26, 2015
Jul 25, 2015
 
Baking Cakes In Kigali
3.67
I am a fan of Alexander McCall Smith's "No. 1 Ladies' Dectective Agency" and this book was recommended to me. The book does not have a plotline or eve ...more
Jul 18, 2013
Jul 13, 2013
 
The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible As Literally As Possible
3.75
I finally got to read a religion book that has nothing to do with my thesis. Yeah! The Year of Living Biblically is one man's account of trying to fol ...more
May 08, 2013
Apr 27, 2013
 
In the Face of God
3.94
Horton examines how gnosticism and romanticism have crept into modern Christianity. He points out how evangelical churches put too much emphasis on a ...more
Jul 14, 2015
Dec 19, 2014
 
Banished: Surviving My Years in the Westboro Baptist Church
3.48
Lauren Drain provides insight into the background and workings of the Westboro Baptist Church. The WBC members are mostly members of the Phelps family ...more
Jan 13, 2014
Mar 03, 2013
 
The Marrying of Chani Kaufman
3.57
****I received a copy of this book from the Goodreads Giveaway****

The Marrying of Chani Kaufman is the story of an ultra-Orthodox Jewish girl preparin
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Mar 27, 2014
Feb 04, 2014
 
Where the Wind Leads: A Refugee Family's Miraculous Story of Loss, Rescue, and Redemption
4.45
Where the Wind Leads is the true story of Vinh Chung and his family's dangerous escape from Vietnam. They went from being a rich family to poor strugg ...more
May 09, 2015
Aug 12, 2014
 
Quiet Influence: The Introvert's Guide to Making a Difference
3.26
I should begin with a disclaimer: I received a free, signed copy of this book at the ALA annual conference 2014. When I heard that Jennifer B. Kahnwei ...more
Jan 09, 2015
Nov 09, 2014
 
Take This Bread: A Radical Conversion
4.05
I wrote my PhD thesis on religious conversion so I am always interested to read people's accounts of their own conversions. However, Sara Miles does n ...more
Jun 03, 2013
May 20, 2013
 
Midnight in Peking: How the Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Days of Old China
3.79
When I bought this book I didn't realize that it was a true story. It starts to read like a novel but then it becomes more of a history book. It tells ...more
Apr 30, 2013
Apr 21, 2013
 
The White Tiger
3.69
I enjoy reading books about other cultures. After reading this I never want to visit India. I can see why so many Indians are upset by this book. The ...more
Jun 11, 2012
Jun 07, 2012
 
The Stone Carvers: Master Craftsmen of Washington National Cathedral
4.33
I have recently started doing volunteer work in the Washington National Cathedral archives so I am doing some reading on the cathedral. I find the man ...more
Sep 22, 2014
Sep 19, 2014
 
Fasting, Feasting
3.28
The book is divided into two parts and tells the story of two Indian siblings. The first part tells the life story of Uma. The second part tells the s ...more
Jun 06, 2012
Jun 02, 2012
 
Hokkaido Highway Blues
4.01
Hokkaido Highway Blues is Will Ferguson's travel log of his journey through Japan. He decided to hitchhike his way along the west coast of Japan and f ...more
Apr 16, 2014
Feb 22, 2014
 
Foreign Correspondence: A Pen Pal's Journey from Down Under to All Over
3.79
In Geraldine Brooks' memoir, she recounts her childhood in 1950's/60's Sydney, Australia. At that time she felt very isolated from the world and wante ...more
Oct 12, 2014
Aug 26, 2014
 
Strange Fate of Kitty Easton
3.65
The story is about a family in England with a troubled past and a desire for a better future. Laurence Bartram is invited by the family to give some a ...more
Sep 12, 2012
Aug 09, 2012
 
The Jewish Princess Cookbook
3.46


I found this cookbook in a charity shop and bought it, oddly enough, because it relates to my PhD thesis. I was rather surprised to see that the auth
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not set
Oct 11, 2012
 
Pavilion of Women
4.10
I read several of Pearl S. Buck's books for an undergrad course years ago and decided to read them again. In Pavilion of Women, Madame Wu turns forty ...more
May 31, 2013
May 22, 2013
 
Beyond Belief: The Secret Lives of Women in Extreme Religions
3.38
I found this book to be interesting because it somewhat relates to what I wrote about in my thesis. However, there are two things that bother me about ...more
Jan 30, 2014
Jun 02, 2013
 
Out of Mormonism: A Woman's True Story
3.32
A short account of how Judy and Jim Robertson were drawn into Mormonism and how they finally left the LDS Church. It would have been nice to have more ...more
May 27, 2013
May 25, 2013
 
Lucky Girl
3.74
Lucky Girl is the true story of a Chinese girl who was adopted by an American couple in the 1970's. She didn't plan to search for her birth family. Bu ...more
Feb 03, 2014
Jan 19, 2014
 
The Calligrapher's Daughter
3.77
I enjoy reading stories that take place in other countries and this is the first book I have found that is set in Korea. Lately I have been hearing a ...more
Jul 28, 2013
Jan 21, 2013
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