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The Highly Sensitive Person
Ok, I finished it.

First the good: Aron is at her best when she is helping the reader assess real world challenges and come up with concrete solutions....more
May 07, 2010
May 01, 2010
This is just totally excellent and beautiful. Donald Zinkoff is a really special kid. He doesn't "get" other kids, really, but most of the time he has...more
Nov 2006
Feb 06, 2008
The Ritual
The first half of this book was genuinely terrifying -- it's as harrowing as "The Descent," and in very similar ways. Luke and his three friends meet...more
Aug 04, 2012
Jul 27, 2012
Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide
Jamison begins this excellent book by describing suicide in the same terms that one might describe a particularly awful disease: "Suicide is a particu...more
Aug 2007
Jan 31, 2008
Impulse (Impulse, #1)
This novel, written in free-verse poetry, is set at a mental institution and follows three teens who tried to commit suicide. Conner is a rich kid wit...more
Dec 15, 2008
Dec 15, 2008
My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind
I need to think about this book some more. My first reaction is that I didn't really like it, but I'm struggling with articulating why, and I haven't...more
Jan 20, 2014
Jan 17, 2014
The Cabinet of Curiosities (Pendergast, #3)
Sadly, I've now read all of the Pendergast novels, at least until the new one comes out this summer. Fortunately, I seem to have inadvertantly saved t...more
Apr 2006
Feb 16, 2008
A Beautiful Mind
This biography was the basis for the popular film "A Beautiful Mind" a few years ago. It's the fascinating story of an arrogant young mathematician wh...more
Feb 2006
Feb 16, 2008
Close Kin (The Hollow Kingdom Trilogy, #2)
This sequel to The Hollow Kingdom was entertaining enough, but I found it overall to be rather disappointing. There were definite high points: the fle...more
Aug 06, 2008
Jul 21, 2008
Safe Area Goražde: The War in Eastern Bosnia, 1992-1995
I think this may be one of the most moving and gut-wrenching books about war that I've ever read. I'm not sure why it made so much more of an impact o...more
Nov 2005
Feb 22, 2008
Paleofantasy: What Evolution Really Tells Us about Sex, Diet, and How We Live
This was fabulous and fascinating. The basic bent of the book is probably best summed up in this quote from the conclusion:

"A simpler life with more e...more
May 07, 2013
May 05, 2013
Wishful Drinking
The sad thing about this book is that my favorite part was the cover. I mean, that's a brilliant cover!

But overall? Not the book I was hoping for. Fis...more
Apr 17, 2009
Apr 17, 2009
The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science
This is an absolutely fascinating book about how neurologists have discovered in the past thirty years or so that the human brain is much, much more r...more
Feb 05, 2008
Jan 24, 2008
Littlest One and her teacher, Thin Elderly, are tiny creatures whose job it is to touch beloved objects and then piece the bits of memory and emotion...more
Jul 13, 2008
Jul 11, 2008
Perfect Circle
Originally read May 2007. Re-reading August 2013.

Still just as awesome as I remembered.

Will "Dead" Kennedy (also known as DK) sees dead people. I...more
Aug 28, 2013
Feb 02, 2008
In the Coils of the Snake (The Hollow Kingdom Trilogy, #3)
I liked this one better than Close Kin, despite my disappointment at the relative absence of familiar characters.

Miranda has been raised in the human...more
Aug 11, 2008
Jul 21, 2008
The Art of Raising a Puppy
I really liked this book. Even if you're not super into the Monks' training methods, there is SO much good information to glean from this about the st...more
Jan 02, 2011
Dec 12, 2010
I'm Perfect, You're Doomed: Tales from a Jehovah's Witness Upbringing
Sometimes memoirs are dangerous things, especially memoirs that are going for a more "wacky" angle about the author's bizarre and/or horrifying childh...more
Jul 28, 2009
Jul 29, 2009
Shoot the Damn Dog: A Memoir of Depression
This is a biting, sarcastic, and incredibly honest portrayal of depression. Brampton refuses to pull any punches or give herself any slack. She descri...more
Oct 09, 2008
Aug 27, 2008
Tuesday Tucks Me In: The Loyal Bond between a Soldier and his Service Dog
This is a superb children's book that handles the concepts of PTSD and of service dogs exceptionally well. The language used is age-appropriate, but d...more
Aug 31, 2014
Aug 31, 2014
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
This book is awesome! I love how Mary Roach is basically willing to ask all of the questions that you or I would want to ask, but would probably be to...more
Nov 2005
Feb 22, 2008
Dead Mountain: The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident
If you're like me and you have spent insomniatic nights going down the rabbit hole of conspiracy sites, you've probably heard of the Dyatlov Pass Inci...more
Mar 16, 2014
Mar 07, 2014
The Thread That Binds the Bones (Chapel Hollow #1)
As is typical of Hoffman's work, the characters in this novel really sparkle, and are ultimately what "made" the book for me. The plot is exciting and...more
Mar 2005
Feb 27, 2008
Mixed feelings about this one. I really liked the artwork, and I found portions of the plot captivating. However, I'm not sure how I felt about it as...more
Feb 07, 2012
Feb 06, 2012
The Walking Dead, Book Seven
So I've now read all seven volumes that have been published thus far, and I feel like I can intelligently address some of the criticism of this series...more
Aug 22, 2012
Aug 22, 2012
The Annotated Classic Fairy Tales
I usually love the Norton Annotated books, but this one was a disappointment. The first let-down was that Tatar also annotated The Annotated Brothers...more
Nov 10, 2008
Nov 12, 2008
The Highest Tide
Miles O'Malley is thirteen, small for his age, and obsessed with Rachel Carson. He knows more than anyone else about the intricate workings of the sma...more
Apr 2006
Feb 16, 2008
Let the Right One In
Oh so creepy! If you loved the Swedish movie of the same title, you will also enjoy this book, although be warned that in many ways it's more horrific...more
Jul 11, 2011
Jul 08, 2011
Drinking with Men: A Memoir
Back about half a dozen years ago, I was lamenting to my now-husband that "there aren't many drinking role models for women." Which sounds strange, bu...more
Mar 18, 2014
Feb 10, 2013
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
Ok, yup, this is pretty much as good as people have been saying it is. I would say four and a half stars, but I loved it enough that I'm rounding it u...more
Feb 18, 2013
Feb 16, 2013
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