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The Good Earth (House of Earth, #1)
I couldn't put this book down. It was very informative about pre-revolutionary Chinese culture. But even more than that, it was an interesting emotion ...more
Jan 2008
Jan 26, 2008
Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids
This is probably among my top ten favorite parenting books, which isnt TOO shabby. It's obviously all about simplifying parenting and your kids' lives ...more
May 26, 2012
Jun 02, 2012
All New Square Foot Gardening
If I were rating this gardening method, I would give it five stars. No question. But alas, I'm rating the book, and I kind of hate it. The information ...more
Mar 07, 2014
Mar 07, 2014
Goodbye Tsugumi
I can only hope for Yoshimotos's sake that A LOT was lost in the translation of this book. I'm just glad it was a short, quick read because I really, ...more
Jul 27, 2009
Jul 01, 2009
A Charlotte Mason Education: A Home Schooling How-To Manual
Let me begin by saying that I really like a lot of Charlotte Mason’s educational philosophy. But my review is not about Charlotte Mason, it is about t ...more
Jan 12, 2009
Jan 12, 2009
The Year of Magical Thinking
I have to be honest and say that I only read the first 70 pages of this book. Didion's writing style was very hard for me to really embrace. I forced ...more
Feb 12, 2008
Feb 11, 2008
A Freewheelin' Time: Greenwich Village in the Sixties, Bob Dylan and Me
I have mixed feelings about this book but overall I liked it. On the one hand, the writing isn’t stellar and Rotolo bounces all over the place chronol ...more
Feb 03, 2009
Jan 28, 2009
Madame Bovary
Like many other reviewers I was supposed to read this book in high school, but I'm glad I skipped class because I may not have reread it now as an adu ...more
Jul 2008
Jan 26, 2008
Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills
I loved this book. I wish I could convince my husband to move to the country so I can use more of it. But until then, I'll just dream of a big garden ...more
Apr 17, 2009
Apr 21, 2009
I can’t say how much I hate this book. I definitely acknowledge its cultural and literary significance, which is why it gets two stars instead of one. ...more
Feb 2009
Feb 01, 2009
Orphan Train
Loved this book. It's incredibly well-researched--like, it blows my mind to think of all the things the author did to gather information and really im ...more
Feb 25, 2015
Feb 23, 2015
The Age of Innocence
Edith Wharton's writing is so beautiful. So many times I found myself re-reading lines just to wonder to myself how someone can put words together lik ...more
Jul 06, 2008
Jan 30, 2008
The Case For Make Believe: Saving Play in a Commercialized World
Okay, this book is my new bible. I'm not even kidding. I'm thinking about starting my own religion based on it. (Okay, now I am kidding.) But seriousl ...more
Nov 12, 2008
Nov 06, 2008
Bean Blossom Dreams: A City Family's Search for a Simple Country Life
I really wanted to love this book. I love farming memoirs, particularly when they're about city people moving to the country and learning everything f ...more
Jul 11, 2011
Jul 11, 2011
Homeschooling Methods: Seasoned Advice on Learning Styles
Somewhat helpful but I've seen better overviews (Homeschooling for Dummies comes to mind).

Every chapter begins with a Bible verse and then the religi
Jan 17, 2010
Jan 17, 2010
Deconstructing Penguins: Parents, Kids, and the Bond of Reading
I think the subtitle of this book is uninformative, a lost opportunity to really tell people what it's about. "Parents, kids, and the bond of reading" ...more
Feb 26, 2014
Mar 07, 2014
The Book of Mormon Girl: Stories from an American Faith
I love Joanna Brooks for her courage, both to question AND to embrace Mormonism. It seems like most Mormons choose one or the other: criticism or tota ...more
May 22, 2012
Jun 11, 2012
Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids: Why Being a Great Parent is Less Work and More Fun Than You Think
This book has changed my life. I think the title is unfortunate because it can give people the wrong idea, but I’m glad I saw past that misnomer. It c ...more
May 07, 2011
May 14, 2011
A Thomas Jefferson Education: Teaching a Generation of Leaders for the Twenty-first Century
I'm currently on a quest to explore a number of homeschooling approaches so I picked up this book to learn a little about this "Thomas Jefferson" appr ...more
Jul 02, 2009
Jul 02, 2009
Homeschooling: The Early Years: Your Complete Guide to Successfully Homeschooling the 3- to 8- Year-Old Child
Okay, I feel like this book is manipulative and verging on dishonest. Dobson is clearly pushing her unschooling agenda without disclosing it as such. ...more
Jul 31, 2009
Jul 30, 2009
America's Cheapest Family Gets You Right on the Money: Your Guide to Living Better, Spending Less, and Cashing in on Your Dreams
I really found a lot of helpful information in this book. I know a lot of other reviewers weren’t diggin’ the Economides’s budget, but I actually thin ...more
Apr 15, 2009
Apr 14, 2009
The No-Cry Discipline Solution: Gentle Ways to Encourage Good Behavior Without Whining, Tantrums & Tears
This is possibly the most helpful parenting book I've EVER read. The most important thing for me was that it helped me realize that I have become the ...more
Oct 29, 2009
Oct 27, 2009
The Read-Aloud Handbook
I have really mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, Trelease's treasury of read-aloud books is AWESOME. I would buy this book for that alon ...more
Jan 16, 2010
Jan 11, 2010
The Gift of Fear: Survival Signals That Protect Us from Violence
Love. This. Book. I have to admit that I was sort of expecting a book that would just make me afraid and suspicious of everyone around me. But it is a ...more
Aug 04, 2009
Jul 28, 2009
Angle of Repose
I really liked this book. It was a little difficult to get into at the beginning but once I was in, I was IN. Stegner is a great storyteller and his w ...more
Jan 28, 2009
Jan 18, 2009
20 Master Plots: And How to Build Them
I found this book extremely helpful. I don't think it would be helpful for someone simply looking for plot ideas. That's not what it's about. There ar ...more
Aug 31, 2010
Aug 31, 2010
Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables, #1)
I must be one of the few grown women in the world who did not read this book as a child. I only watched the movies. But I happened to find the entire ...more
Jul 23, 2009
Jul 20, 2009
Best Hikes with Children in Utah
I was so bummed not to love this book. I think the book itself is a great idea because hiking is one of those things that can be really difficult with ...more
Jun 17, 2009
Jun 17, 2009
Parenting Beyond Belief: On Raising Ethical, Caring Kids Without Religion
I dig this book. For those of us who were raised with a heavy religious influence (which influenced us to be moral, to religion's credit) but are choo ...more
Apr 2008
Dec 08, 2009
100 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum: Choosing the Right Educational Philosophy for Your Child's Learning Style
I have read many a homeschooling book and I found this one to be one of the most helpful for choosing my basic educational philosophy. Duffy's "quiz" ...more
Feb 2008
Jan 13, 2009
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