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The Californians
3.72
liked it
Interesting example of local color and naturalism. It's basically a love story with a big unhappy middle. It concerns the children of the Americans wh ...more
Feb 11, 2014
Feb 08, 2014
 
Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race
3.93
really liked it
Shetterly has a personal connection to the people in this book and a desire to learn more and share it. As a child watching the Mercury, Gemini, and A ...more
May 12, 2017
May 16, 2017
 
Bicycles: Love Poems
4.03
it was amazing
I think Nikki Giovanni is a national treasure and an extremely fortunate poet. I think of her work as accessible, almost like spoken word poetry. She ...more
Apr 18, 2017
Apr 18, 2017
 
Between the World and Me
4.40
liked it
This is a difficult book in many ways, but a book that needs to be read. As a white woman in my 60s, I found myself arguing with some aspects of the b ...more
Jan 16, 2017
Jan 16, 2017
 
Off the Reservation: A Novel
3.60
Glen Mercer has a much better understanding of the national zeitgeist than the Democratic party had in the 2016 election. His candidate isn't totally ...more
Dec 21, 2016
Jan 17, 2017
 
Blood From a Stone (Jack Haldean Murder Mystery, #7)
3.61
it was ok
I've now read every book in the series. This one was my least favorite. It was a wildly implausible plot, requiring many people to be impersonating ot ...more
Jan 26, 2014
Jan 28, 2014
 
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
3.80
it was amazing
The ending still annoys me. However maybe seeing how immature Tom is does help us see how much Huck is transformed. Also given when it was written, ju ...more
Feb 06, 2014
Feb 04, 2014
 
As if by Magic
3.73
really liked it
This book shows the reach of the British empire, dysfunctional families, and sleight-of-hand mystery.
Jan 06, 2014
Jan 08, 2014
 
Off the Record
3.64
liked it
Like other reviewers, I found the mystery element of this one to be too convoluted, although easier for me to figure out than previous books in the se ...more
Apr 30, 2017
Jan 08, 2014
 
for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf
4.26
it was amazing
It has been a long time since I read this book or seen it performed. (I didn't see the movie in 2010). But I remember vividly how emotionally powerful ...more
Apr 04, 2017
Apr 06, 2017
 
A Dose of Death (Helen Binney Mysteries #1)
3.73
it was ok
I like cozy mysteries with quirky amateur detectives, so I thought this would be a nice change, introducing new characters. I thought the idea of an e ...more
Mar 04, 2017
Mar 05, 2017
 
Lab Girl
4.04
it was amazing
I am not a scientist; I can only recognize the most obvious trees. I loved this book. I loved what I learned about the life of a scientist and how sci ...more
Mar 2017
Mar 04, 2017
 
The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike, #1)
3.83
liked it
J.K. Rowling is a moralist, concerned with questions of good and evil. When she asked such questions in a magical world with only a slight connection ...more
Jan 19, 2014
Jan 20, 2014
 
Mystic Sails, Texas Trails: Captain Grimes, Shanghai Pierce, Range Wars, and Raising Texas
3.00
liked it
Mystic Sails, Texas Trails tells the story of Captain Richard Grimes and his descendants who created one of the first great cattle operations in Texas ...more
Apr 06, 2017
Apr 06, 2017
 
The Twelve Tribes of Hattie
3.46
liked it
As other reviewers have mentioned, this is a difficult book to like or categorize. There certainly are some lyrical passages. The book is structured l ...more
Jan 13, 2014
Jan 20, 2014
 
A Death in Summer (Quirke #4)
3.60
did not like it
This book has an amazing image in it. One of the villains of the book says: "how different things are from the way they seem. Take the canal, there. S ...more
Oct 2011
May 04, 2012
 
Amazing Gracie: A Dog's Tale
4.19
really liked it
Frances lent me this book and I devoured it. I enjoyed Dan's self-deprecating humor. This is a book about finding yourself and your passion, some of t ...more
Jun 05, 2012
Jun 07, 2012
 
Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend
3.46
really liked it
This book tells three stories. It tells the story of Rin Tin Tin, the puppy found on the battlefield of France, who became a movie star, and the three ...more
Dec 2011
Mar 07, 2012
 
Outlaw Mountain (Joanna Brady, #7)
3.98
liked it
This is throne where Joanna and Butch get engaged. There are several intertwined mysteries and a completely separate subplot, plus the personal storie ...more
Jan 11, 2013
Jan 21, 2013
 
Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919
3.92
it was amazing
This book was an eye-opening look at an event which profoundly changed America, that hardly anyone knows about. An above ground storage tank of molass ...more
Oct 2011
Mar 18, 2012
 
Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives
4.14
it was ok
This wasn't what I expected. Given that the author is a neurologist, I expected more non-fictional accounts of after-life experiences. What the book d ...more
May 04, 2012
May 04, 2012
 
Home
3.71
it was amazing
This is a novela more like Bluest Eye than other works by Morrison. It is an Odyssey retold as it recounts the return of a soldier from the Korean war ...more
not set
Jul 29, 2012
 
Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?
4.09
liked it
This was funny and painfully accurate look at caring for aging (dying) parents. It mentions not only the personal toll, but points to societal issues ...more
Feb 04, 2015
Feb 23, 2015
 
Death Comes to Pemberley
3.20
it was ok
I have to say I'm glad I read a library ebook copy, so I didn't spend any money on it. I will also say that I'm glad I did read it. I don't think it's ...more
Apr 26, 2012
May 04, 2012
 
All the Light We Cannot See
4.31
really liked it
This book was painful to read at times. I had to put it down and walk away for a time a couple of times in reading it. It is suspenseful in unexpected ...more
Jan 29, 2017
Jan 30, 2017
 
Cutting for Stone
4.28
liked it
The book involved you with the story and the characters, so that I wanted to find out what happened to them. However, sometimes the story got bogged d ...more
Aug 12, 2012
Aug 24, 2012
 
David Crockett: The Lion of the West
3.66
liked it
I learned much about Crockett the politician and how he became anti-Jacksonian. Even his decision to go to the Alamo, rather than joining Houston, was ...more
Feb 21, 2015
May 04, 2012
 
Eden's Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father
3.96
really liked it

I finally finished this book. Reading it around my classes, my bookclub books, and my "I'm too tired to pay attention" reading. I did want to pay atte

...more
May 12, 2013
May 04, 2012
 
Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World
4.01
really liked it
This book held my attention as I learned about a man and empire I had only superficial knowledge of prior to reading this book. Weatherford has done a ...more
Jul 23, 2012
Jul 02, 2012
 
Why Literary Periods Mattered: Historical Contrast and the Prestige of English Studies
4.08
really liked it
The title is intriguing to me as an English professor interested in curricular change. Periodization has been the standard way English departments hav ...more
Jan 2017
Mar 04, 2017
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