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The Periodic Table
You know how you read a sentence and copy it down because it's so good? In this book, I'd find a sentence, and go to copy it and realize it relied on ...more
Mar 04, 2008
Feb 20, 2008
The Solace Of Leaving Early
After finishing this, I don't think I can live my life the same way I did before. I don't know just what's different, but it's meaningful. Everything ...more
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May 06, 2007
An English Interpretation of the Holy Qur'an
I really think everyone who reads the Bible ought to accompany it with the Qur'an. They're surprisingly similar, which we all need to know, especially ...more
Jul 2007
May 07, 2007
The Meaning of Jesus: Two Visions
I was assigned this book for class, and I found myself more into it than most reading assignments. I like the idea of liberal and conservative scholar ...more
Jan 2014
Dec 01, 2013
The Shack
There are things I like about this; it made several points that were thought-provoking or at least neat, but to get to those points--maybe 3-5 sentenc ...more
Mar 18, 2012
Mar 16, 2012
Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead
I found this book very stimulating and enjoyable. My husband and I listened to the audiobook in the car, and it gave us a lot to talk about. The only ...more
Apr 26, 2014
Nov 12, 2013
The Norton Book of Personal Essays
The bad news: it's no Lopate. The good news: it's no Lopate. (Philip Lopate edited the anthology that, apparently, every consciencious essayist must r ...more
Jul 2007
Jul 09, 2007
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
This book is crazy good. I haven't been so caught up in a novel in a long time, and the end was a true surprise. I'm very glad I didn't poke around to ...more
Apr 11, 2011
Apr 08, 2011
The Greatest of Marlys
Lynda Barry is just the greatest. This is the first time I realized each of the kids has a distinct voice when they narrate. Sharp, I know, after read ...more
Sep 12, 2008
Sep 06, 2008
The Body Project: An Intimate History of American Girls
This is a really interesting book for anyone who is a woman or knows a woman. It talks about how girls' body images have changed over the decades. It ...more
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Nov 12, 2013
Graphic Novels: Everything You Need to Know
I can't say I've actually read this, because it's more of a reference than something I'd sit down and read. For the beginner and the amateur (but not ...more
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May 07, 2007
Things I Like About America: Personal Narratives
Poe Ballantine is a very good writer, and he does a great job of blending wordsmithery with grit, the strong reminder that the world is full of people ...more
Aug 04, 2014
Jul 24, 2014
Me, Myself, & Lies: A Thought-Closet Makeover -Bible Study Workbook
This is the very best and most effective Bible study-type book I've read so far. It is challenging without being abrasive. I'm already changing the wa ...more
Sep 13, 2010
Aug 07, 2010
Son (The Giver Quartet, #4)
DUDE, so you have finished The Giver and Gathering Blue and Messenger and you're like, WHAT NOW?! AND WHY IS THIS LAST BOOK SO THICK? Rest assured, it ...more
Jun 09, 2014
Jun 05, 2014
Island of the Blue Dolphins (Island of the Blue Dolphins #1)
**spoiler alert** I'm liking this trend in which I read YA wild-survival books. Compared to My Side of the Mountain, this is much more serious and sta ...more
Mar 19, 2011
Mar 17, 2011
A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose
This book is interesting and gives a good, broad perspective on some stuff. I was very impressed at the time I read it, but now, two weeks later, I do ...more
Jun 08, 2014
Jun 23, 2014
I like anything Craig Thompson does. This is a compelling, at times difficult, story with relatable characters in high-stakes situations. Some of the ...more
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Jul 14, 2013
The City of Falling Angels
John Berendt has found a technique that works for him and basically reproduced it in two different places. I'm a pretty big fan of Midnight in the Gar ...more
Apr 2011
Mar 27, 2011
Poetry (The Daily Spark)
What a cool idea. 180 exercises for 180 days of the school year. They're designed to take 5-10 minutes as warm-up exercises. Many of them reference a ...more
Nov 28, 2008
Nov 29, 2008
Stuck Rubber Baby
This book has everything! It takes place mostly in the 60s during the Civil Rights movement, and the main character/narrator is also realizing he's ga ...more
Nov 29, 2008
Nov 29, 2008
Homage to Catalonia
I thought I liked this but would get rid of it, until I read the last sentence, after which I'm not sure I can give it away after the class is over. T ...more
Feb 28, 2009
Feb 27, 2009
Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx
I think everyone should read this book! It would be a great "Freshman experience" or other forced-reading choice. It puts the whole issue of poverty a ...more
Mar 15, 2009
Mar 07, 2009
The Witch of Blackbird Pond
This book made me so mad as a child. The way the characters treated others was really reprehensible to me, before I would have used the word "reprehen ...more
Jan 2014
Dec 26, 2013
Growing Local Missionaries: Equipping Churches to Sow Shalom in Their Own Cultural Backyard
This book is helpful for someone who has no idea how to make friends outside the church. For those of us for whom that comes naturally, it's a little ...more
Jul 12, 2014
Jul 12, 2014
Lies & the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair & Balanced Look at the Right
This book was really funny, but my mind wandered quite a bit while listening to it. While I agree with lots of what Franken says, and might want to be ...more
Apr 21, 2011
Apr 22, 2011
The Drama of the Gifted Child: The Search for the True Self
I read this because it is referenced in Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel, and it showed up on my school's free table shortly after I read that. It ...more
Apr 04, 2014
Apr 06, 2014
Labyrinth (Languedoc, #1)
This reminds me of the Dark Is Rising/Over Sea, Under Stone series but with adults and sex and France instead of England. There's nothing like a well- ...more
Jul 19, 2010
Jul 15, 2010
The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials, #3)
**spoiler alert** OK. I have some major issues with this. Up until the last 20 pages I was right there, but then it turns out to be a LOVE STORY! Whic ...more
Feb 15, 2009
Feb 10, 2009
The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1)
This is definitely the kind of thing that makes me worthless as a teacher, student, and householder because I can't bring myself to do anything else a ...more
Feb 06, 2009
Feb 10, 2009
The Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials, #2)
This was only slightly easier to put down than The Golden Compass. I did neglect a lesson plan in order to finish it. I got a little throat-catchy-eye ...more
Feb 10, 2009
Feb 10, 2009
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