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An Area Of Darkness
I read this book a long time ago, so it's hard to remember a lot of the details, but I remember being wowed by Naipaul's vivid descriptions of many ar...more
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Nov 02, 2007
Sin in the Second City: Madams, Ministers, Playboys, and the Battle for America's Soul
I enjoyed parts of this book and loved learning some of the history of Chicago and prostitution in America, in general. I was really captured by the b...more
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Dec 21, 2008
Confessions of an Economic Hit Man
This was a really fascinating read for me. It helped me learn about how to think about many global problems and conflicts from an economic (particular...more
Jan 2007
May 06, 2007
Mosaic of Thought: Teaching Comprehension in a Reader's Workshop
Wonderful exploration of the meta-cognitive comprehension strategies that initiate amazing thinking, discussing, and learning in elementary reader's w...more
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Mar 26, 2009
May It Please the Court: Live Recordings and Transcripts of the Supreme Court in Session [With Cassette]
A wonderful insight into many of the landmark cases brought before the Supreme Court. I especially liked the commentary on what the greater impact of...more
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Apr 18, 2009
The Birth Partner: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas, and Other Labor Companions
This book is a wonderful resource for anyone going through labor, and even more so, anyone supporting someone in labor (whether a partner, friend, or...more
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Jan 30, 2008
Birth as an American Rite of Passage
Really interesting book, especially if you're at all interested in issues of birth and/or how the medical system instills and promotes certain values...more
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Jan 13, 2008
Pilgrims and Other Stories
Eat, Pray, Love was one of my favorite books. I knew going into this collection of short stories that I should not hold the same expectations due to t...more
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Oct 24, 2007
Suite Française
I really liked this book! Knowing the dramatic and tragic background of the author (she was captured and sent to Auschwitz before completing the whole...more
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Aug 28, 2007
Based on many of the other postings and from what other friends had reported about not liking this book, I was nervous to read it. I expected not bein...more
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Aug 28, 2007
Born in the USA: How a Broken Maternity System Must Be Fixed to Put Women and Children First
Wow-- this book was so interesting and opened me up to lots of new insight about the US health care, and specifically maternity, system. I think every...more
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Sep 04, 2007
Witches, Midwives and Nurses: A History of Women Healers
A very short but informative read. More of a pamphlet than a book, but gives a great overview of the history of women in medicine. What once was prima...more
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Jan 13, 2008
The Love Israel Family: Urban Commune, Rural Commune
Very interesting topic, but not very well-written or organized.
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Oct 20, 2009
I was really looking forward to this book because I loved The Reader. I enjoyed parts of it but in the end was disappointed. A German editor (who some...more
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Jan 27, 2008
Driving Change: The UPS Approach to Business
This is usually not the kind of book I read at all (ie business-related books), but my fiance had read it and I decided to give it a try. I thought it...more
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Feb 20, 2008
The Pull of the Moon
A lovely story about a woman in her 50's who takes off on a spontaneous roadtrip to reflect on her life, marriage, etc. She writes letters to her husb...more
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Jul 19, 2007
The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court
I usually don't read books like this, but really liked it. I learned a ton about the Supreme Court ,the various judges, and many of the political/soci...more
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Jan 07, 2008
The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
Very interesting research and exploration of the state of food in America today. The first chapter on corn was especially disturbing (corn is in every...more
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May 06, 2007
The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1)
I have never been much into fantasy/scifi and have pretty much avoided the genre altogether (I was never able to get into Harry Potter despite attempt...more
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Nov 12, 2007
Until I Find You
I enjoyed reading this, though at times it felt very familiar to Irving's other novels, especially A Widow for One Year. I liked following the charact...more
Dec 2006
May 05, 2007
Eat, Pray, Love
I loved this book! One of my new all-time favorites. Elizabeth Gilbert draws readers into her journey to three "I" countries (Italy, India, and Indone...more
Feb 2007
May 04, 2007
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (The Wicked Years, #1)
I had high expectations of this book because it had received so much hype and sounded like a cool concept. I was into it at first, especially the part...more
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Jul 19, 2007
The Age of American Unreason
A really fascinating book-- both historical and currently relevant, especially given the political situation of the past 8 years and the upcoming elec...more
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Jun 11, 2008
Bridge of Sighs
I enjoyed this book, particularly the beginning and middle sections. I agree with some other reviewers that the end was a bit contrived and tried to t...more
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Nov 02, 2007
Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness
This book is a wonderful resource for anyone who is interested in meditation practices, especially lovingkindness meditation (metta). Salzburg provide...more
May 2007
May 06, 2007
When I first read this book as a teenager, it greatly interested me and gave me insight into sexuality throughout adolescence and womanhood. I have re...more
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Jul 19, 2007
I Was Told There'd Be Cake
I thought this book was hilarious and I had several laugh-out-loud moments while reading. I also liked how each "chapter" was its own self-contained s...more
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Apr 11, 2008
Slouching Towards Bethlehem
A series of essays from the 1960s that reflect upon both the culture at large and events in Didion's own life. There's something nice about reading a...more
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Jan 13, 2008
Reading Lolita in Tehran
I loved this was powerful on many levels. Learning about women in Iran throughout different periods of governmental rule. The way that liter...more
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Jul 19, 2007
The Elegant Gathering of White Snows
I love books in the genre of women traveling (whether in cars, on foot, etc), so I expected to love this book, as well. Parts were good, but there wer...more
Aug 2006
May 06, 2007
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