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Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously
So I was with my wife when I picked up my copy for the book club at work. And of course she started immediately poking fun at my new taste for chick-l ...more
Jul 20, 2008
Jun 06, 2008
I Am the New Black
The good: Tracy Morgan is undeniably hilarious, and I liked him before he was cool. Brian Fellow? Hysterical. Astronaut Jones? Classic. Tracy Jordan? ...more
Jul 20, 2010
Jul 11, 2010
The Complete Stories of Truman Capote
*I skipped three of the stories - the holiday pieces - until winter when I'm in the mood*

For some reason I thought all of the stories would be about g
Jul 10, 2010
Jul 03, 2010
Batman: Joker's Asylum
This had a really cool "Tales from the Crypt" format, with the Joker hosting a series of tales about different villains. The Penguin's story - "He Who ...more
Jan 19, 2010
Jan 22, 2010
Princess Pig
The princess of a pickle parade loses her sash in the wind. It lands on a sleeping pig who wakes up very surprised and elated to learn that she is roy ...more
Feb 10, 2009
Jul 18, 2009
Slightly disappointing actually. It sounds weird, but I don't think The Joker was creepy enough.
Jun 05, 2010
Jun 05, 2010
A Wrinkle in Time (Time Series, #1)
Madeleine L'Engle introduces her reading by explaining that the book was initially rejected by publishers who thought that kids wouldn't get it. Her r ...more
May 03, 2012
Apr 19, 2012
The Bell Jar
The Bell Jar is my wife's favorite book and I don't mind saying that prior to meeting her I had no desire to ever read it. I think what kept me away f ...more
Jun 27, 2009
Jun 27, 2009
Her Fearful Symmetry

The most difficult thing about this book is that it's not The Time Traveler's Wife. That's a stupid complaint to have about a book, but I couldn't hel
Oct 06, 2009
Sep 29, 2009
Trick or Treat?
A boy dressed as a vampire goes trick or treating in his apartment complex. Each neighbor (who he inexplicably refers to with silly names like Slippy ...more
Oct 30, 2009
Oct 31, 2009
Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln's Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities
If I hadn't been hired to work in the exhibit that Tucson Botanical Gardens based on this book, I probably never would have read it. It would have bee ...more
Oct 2010
Jan 30, 2011
The Poisonwood Bible (Oprah's Book Club)
Barbara Kingsolver is amazing in her ability to teach history through narrative fiction. I was also taken with the way she wrote from the point of vie ...more
Dec 26, 2010
Dec 22, 2010
Stuart Little
This book broke my heart. I never read it as a kid, and I'm sorta glad since I'm sure I would have enjoyed the quick, adventurous plot but I would hav ...more
Jul 30, 2010
Jul 28, 2010
Peter and the Sword of Mercy (Peter and the Starcatchers, #4)
These books are crazy engaging. I really did not think I would be interested long enough to go through four of them, but there you are. It might have ...more
Apr 12, 2013
Mar 29, 2013
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!
Mo Willems is crack. If you don't already know how hilarious this freaking pigeon is, go ahead and pack up your briefcase you sad sad grown-up. When I ...more
not set
Jul 18, 2009
Where the Wild Things Are
This book is obviously a classic and it's also been on everyone's minds lately because of the movie. I was reminded of why it's so popular at story-ti ...more
Oct 30, 2009
Oct 31, 2009
What Is This Thing Called Love?
Gene Wilder introduces these stories by admitting that they're more or less schmaltzy and contrived, but if you like them even a little bit he'll be s ...more
Feb 23, 2011
Jan 27, 2011
Don't Call Me Pig!: A Javelina Story
I love Collared Peccaries as much as the next guy (and maybe a little more) and this book is at least somewhat entertaining in a cutesy way. My questi ...more
Jan 2009
Jul 06, 2010
Guess How Much I Love You Big Book
This book is ubiquitous yet I had never actually had cause to open it before last story time. The them was love which was mostly appreciated by the gr ...more
Feb 12, 2010
Feb 17, 2010
Listen to the Desert/Oye al Desierto
My co-worker Elsa is a talented Spanish reader. We teamed up one week for a bilingual story time. She picked this book which highlights different dese ...more
Oct 02, 2009
Oct 05, 2009
Batman: The Rules Of Engagement
Batman and Bruce Wayne both face off against the corrupt katrillionaire Lex Luthor and his sophisticated robo-soldiers. A very fun popcorn plot that I ...more
Jan 21, 2010
Jan 22, 2010
The Abstinence Teacher
I ditched this a few chapters in. I guess I owe it to the Perrotta fanboy in me to try again at some point. The characters all just seemed so whiny - ...more
Jan 2009
Jul 06, 2010
The Big Elephant in the Room
Ha ha. This is Lane Smith doing his best pandering to boy readers/walking the line of kid-friendly gross-out humor. I laughed, because I got the joke. ...more
May 19, 2012
May 19, 2012
I Know An Old Lady
The best illustrated version of this story I've seen. Maybe not for kids, but for me - the best. The old lady is followed by a boy who documents her s ...more
Jan 2012
Nov 03, 2012
The Witch with a Twitch
A witch is afraid of spiders and owls and stuff but proves her mettle when her cat is in trouble. Cute rhyming story that's good Halloween fodder for ...more
Oct 30, 2009
Oct 31, 2009
Batman: The Order of Beasts
Pretty lame, especially for how cool it could have been. A still training Batman discovers a secret society while solving a series of murders in Londo ...more
Jan 20, 2010
Jan 22, 2010
The Friend
I loved the body of this book - and Small's illustrations are as vibrant as ever - but the ending is so jarring and abrupt, that paired with the dedic ...more
not set
Mar 01, 2013
McNally's Puzzle
I work in a fake office. There are books in it as props. One day I got bored and read one of the props. It was mostly stupid and I can't believe that ...more
Jan 14, 2011
Jan 15, 2011
Paddy's Pot of Gold
This seriously needs to come back in print. Perennial St. Patrick's Day reading for my mom and siblings. If you want to read it aloud to a kid, call m ...more
Jan 1993
Jul 06, 2010
Batman: Going Sane
What if The Joker gave up his life of crime for that of a civilian? Intriguing story, but lacking in twists. Why is it that whenever Bruce Wayne meets ...more
Jan 14, 2010
Jan 22, 2010
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