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Reverse Wine Snob: How to Buy and Drink Great Wine without Breaking the Bank
3.67
liked it
Guidance in a range of areas, from specific bottles, to regions to try for particular wines, to specific bottles, to geography and climate that are be ...more
Jul 2016
Jul 18, 2016
 
Area 51: An Uncensored History of America's Top Secret Military Base
3.73
liked it
The writer captures the atmosphere of the many secret facilities and projects and includes biographical bits of each character in an enlightening mann ...more
Jun 25, 2011
Jun 19, 2011
 
Fairy Idol Kanon, Volume 1
3.80
liked it
I simply had to include this one even though I've only browsed it because it has every bit of little-girl appeal possible:
Fairies! Music! A princess f
...more
Dec 02, 2009
Dec 02, 2009
 
Beautiful No-Mow Yards: 50 Amazing Lawn Alternatives
3.62
really liked it
Browsed this one for ideas. Most involve changing your yard into a "meadow" which would not fly with our neighborhood or with keeping away ticks and o ...more
not set
Apr 18, 2014
 
Dragon Slippers (Dragon Slippers, #1)
4.22
liked it
Entertaingly written twist on the "maiden sacrificed to a dragon story." A seemingly ordinary but rather clever girl obtains an unusual bit of dragon ...more
May 08, 2010
May 08, 2010
 
My Rotten Life (Nathan Abercrombie, Accidental Zombie, #1)
3.63
it was ok
How can it lose with that title?

David Lubar manages to breathe new life even into the old "bullied by the most popular girl in 5th grade" trope. Great
...more
Nov 05, 2009
Nov 05, 2009
 
The Creative Tarot: A Modern Guide to an Inspired Life
4.14
liked it
Intriguing and helpful take on tarot-reading interpretation, resetting the practice for working out where you or another person are now or what you're ...more
Jul 2016
Jul 18, 2016
 
Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman
3.87
liked it
Neat story, with 1930s style comic book art and language (but still accessible to 21st century kids). Not a thrill a minute, but fairly entertaining. ...more
Mar 24, 2009
Mar 24, 2009
 
Only Passing Through
4.04
really liked it
Rough yet appealing art style. Excellently written: pulls no punches about slave life but doesn't elaborate. Highlights of Truth's life are told in an ...more
Feb 06, 2009
Feb 06, 2009
 
Is It Me or My Meds?: Living with Antidepressants
3.38
liked it
Well written, with useful anecdotes. Recommended for people on antidepressants and other psych medicines who aren't so sure they want to be on their m ...more
Aug 2012
Aug 01, 2012
 
Wings: A Fairy Tale (Fairy Wings #1)
3.92
it was ok
I browsed the first few chapters only, but this looks like a well-written, interesting story. The main character is a girl who is actually a fairy. Do ...more
not set
Oct 30, 2009
 
Allergic to Camping, Hiking, and Other Natural Disasters (Alvin Ho, #2)
3.99
liked it
Funny, appealing book about a boy who is scared of everything yet still has an eventful elementary-schoolkid life.

I just browsed this one, but enough
...more
Apr 16, 2010
Apr 16, 2010
 
The Greeks & Greek Love: A Radical Reappraisal of Homosexuality in Ancient Greece
3.81
liked it
Explores the topic of legendary (and often infamous) "Greek Love" (aka male homosexual relationships). According to this author's research, there wasn ...more
Aug 21, 2009
Jul 23, 2009
 
How Does the Show Go On: An Introduction to the Theatre
4.06
really liked it
Cleverly packaged book all about the theater, from attending a show to backstage to costume design. Gorgeous pictures. Fairly simple, well-written tex ...more
Feb 06, 2009
Feb 06, 2009
 
Caribbean Pirates: A Treasure Chest of Fact, Fiction, and Folklore
3.30
liked it
answers to questions dealing with pirates (letters of marque, etc.), books and website resources, etc. Good book to rec to middle schooler or young te ...more
Dec 10, 2008
Dec 10, 2008
 
Golden & Grey: An Unremarkable Boy and a Rather Remarkable Ghost (Invisible Friend #1)
3.86
it was ok
Fun, ghost-boy and human-boy mildly scary mystery for middle schoolers. Long book and seems to have only 'clean' language, so good for good upper-elem ...more
Nov 07, 2009
Nov 07, 2009
 
Dusssie
3.53
liked it
13 year old learns the hard way she's half Gorgon when her hair turns to snakes overnight. Fun and well-written
not set
Feb 10, 2009
 
Written in Bone: Buried Lives of Jamestown and Colonial Maryland
3.97
really liked it
Rich in fascination, a nonfiction book that will fascinate young forensics and history fans alike.
Aug 31, 2009
Aug 31, 2009
 
Cure Unknown: Inside the Lyme Epidemic
4.25
liked it
Scathing indictment of the "establishment" thinking on the diagnoses and cures of Lyme disease. It is a baffling disease with irregularly occuring sym ...more
Feb 12, 2009
Dec 10, 2008
 
Pink Samurai: Love, Marriage & Sex in Contemporary Japan
3.55
liked it
The author's writing style is good enough to make reading enjoyable for the most part, but not the sort where one savors every word. There's plenty of ...more
Apr 24, 2013
Mar 17, 2013
 
Not So Big Remodeling: A Better House for the Way You Really Live
4.00
liked it
Has some very good ideas, especially about re-organizing your home based on how you live.

The book does assume for the most part that you have a fair a
...more
Apr 27, 2012
Jan 12, 2010
 
Japan, a Modern History
3.80
liked it
A bit dry but a fine overview of Japanese history, cultural aspects included, from the time of the shoguns' power to the 1980s. A helpful reference bo ...more
Jun 22, 2010
Jun 23, 2010
 
Roald Dahl's Even More Revolting Recipes
4.12
really liked it
Fun, often simple, and actually delicious-sounding recipes (The "Dirt with Motor Oil" only *looks* revolting) with recipe names taken from Roald Dahl' ...more
Dec 13, 2008
Dec 13, 2008
 
When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times
4.29
liked it
A series of insightful essays with helpful meditation suggestions for dealing with difficult times and issues. Offers both spiritual and practical sel ...more
Jan 2012
Sep 22, 2011
 
A Place to Sleep
2.94
really liked it
Adorable picture book. Perfect for storytimes: large book with big, fairly simple yet lively art; short, rhyming text; various animals.
Dec 18, 2008
Dec 18, 2008
 
Robert Crumb's Book of Genesis
4.02
liked it
I've been just skimming through the text, since I've read it before, but I'm loving the art. I've never been a fan of R. Crumb's art style, but it rea ...more
Apr 21, 2010
Apr 15, 2010
 
The White Giraffe (Animal Healer, #1)
3.99
liked it
A newly-orphaned girl goes to South Africa to live with a grandmother she's never heard of. Intriguing story with an excellent writing style
Aug 31, 2009
Aug 31, 2009
 
Jellaby (Jellaby, #1)
3.97
really liked it
A bright girl and her dinosaur-like friend. Charming art, typical kid-and-creature story.
not set
Feb 02, 2009
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