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The Gift of Fear: Survival Signals That Protect Us from Violence
4.19
it was amazing
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
 
Sacrificed for Honor: Italian Infant Abandonment and the Politics of Reproductive Control
3.92
it was amazing
I recently located my great grandmother's birth record from Northern Italy and learned that she was a foundling, so I began searching for information ...more
Dec 2015
Feb 19, 2016
 
How to Raise a Wild Child: The Art and Science of Falling in Love with Nature
3.87
really liked it
I learned about this book through an interview with Dr. Sampson on a public radio station, and I was immediately intrigued. Sampson's whole purpose in ...more
Dec 23, 2015
Dec 23, 2015
 
20 Master Plots: And How to Build Them
3.79
really liked it
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
 
Angle of Repose
4.27
it was amazing
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
 
Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables, #1)
4.22
it was amazing
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
 
Parenting Beyond Belief: On Raising Ethical, Caring Kids Without Religion
4.07
really liked it
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
 
Best Hikes with Children in Utah
4.11
it was ok
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
 
Country Life: A Handbook for Realists and Dreamers
4.28
it was amazing
This was my first how-to-farm book and I thought it was wonderful. I loved it so much I read it in one weekend! Heiney is like most of us who would pi ...more
Jul 04, 2011
Jul 04, 2011
 
The Idle Parent: Why Laid-Back Parents Raise Happier and Healthier Kids
3.70
really liked it
I love that Hodgkinson made himself write this book. It's so refreshing after spending years reading books that are peddling uptight parenting. And fo ...more
May 14, 2011
May 14, 2011
 
The Urban/Suburban Composter: The Complete Guide to Backyard, Balcony, and Apartment Composting
3.70
really liked it
I thought this book gave a great overview of the various composting options for the urban/suburban dweller. As an apartment dweller, I was particularl ...more
May 2011
May 01, 2011
 
Montessori Read & Write: A parent's guide to literacy for children
4.06
really liked it
My favorite Montessori book so far. That may be because it doesn't have a lot of the "Practical Life" exercises that I find to be tedious and unnecess ...more
Aug 26, 2009
Aug 26, 2009
 
This I Believe: The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women
3.84
it was amazing
I can’t say how much I love this book. It is a collection of essays about individuals’ personal life philosophies, including essays by Helen Keller, E ...more
Apr 03, 2009
Mar 14, 2009
 
Ladder of Years
3.72
it was ok
I saw this book on some list of recommended summer reading by various authors. A wife and mom randomly just walks away from her life? What mom hasn't ...more
May 31, 2014
May 31, 2014
 
The Help
4.45
it was amazing
It has been a long time since I read and loved such a hyped book but this one is a goody. I loved Stockett's very adept storytelling ability, especial ...more
Jun 05, 2011
May 15, 2011
 
A Room with a View
3.91
liked it
This book was a very strange experience for me. I found myself going back and forth, liking and disliking it, through the entire thing. I did eventual ...more
Mar 31, 2009
Mar 09, 2009
 
Chocolat (Chocolat, #1)
3.95
it was amazing
I think this book might have just made its way into my Top Ten. I just wish I hadn't waited so long to read it.

A lot of good books have a few really w
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Dec 09, 2015
Dec 09, 2015
 
Our Babies, Ourselves: How Biology and Culture Shape the Way We Parent
4.18
it was amazing
I wish I had read this book before I had babies, but I'm definitely glad I'm reading it when they're still little. It is about the field of ethnopedia ...more
Jun 18, 2010
May 26, 2010
 
The Italians
3.58
really liked it
This was a super fascinating read, bringing together Italy's turbulent history and its contemporary culture and showing the links between the two. Lot ...more
Jun 23, 2016
Jun 23, 2016
 
A Chosen Faith: An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism
3.87
really liked it
This is a great introduction to Unitarian Universalism. It’s very informative, well-researched, and well-thought. At times it seemed to drag a little ...more
Apr 2009
Feb 28, 2009
 
Food Rules: An Eater's Manual
3.99
it was amazing
I haven't actually read "In Defense of Food" yet because my library didn't have it when I was there. But they did have this, so I figured it was the n ...more
May 2011
May 01, 2011
 
Somewhere in France
3.74
really liked it
I liked this book. The beginning, the set-up, felt a little contrived. Just a little too easy and too direct, but I understand that Robson had to get ...more
Apr 09, 2014
Apr 09, 2014
 
The Well-Ordered Home: Organizing Techniques for Inviting Serenity Into Your Life
3.33
liked it
I read this book on the recommendation of one of my new favorite bloggers, and because I love organization and reading about organization. Unfortunate ...more
May 05, 2012
May 05, 2012
 
Consuming Kids: The Hostile Takeover of Childhood
3.77
it was amazing
I read a lot of parenting books but if I could choose just one book for every parent in America to read, it would be this one.

Marketing to kids is at
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May 20, 2009
Apr 30, 2009
 
The Paris Wife
3.79
it was amazing
I'm not a big Hemingway fan, but my goodness, I'm a Paula McLain fan. At first I wondered how on earth she was going to write a story centered on Hadl ...more
Nov 24, 2014
Nov 24, 2014
 
Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Education
4.17
it was amazing
This is a quick and engaging read—I read it in one day, sitting outside watching my kids play. Now, the very act of homeschooling, or even considering ...more
Apr 15, 2011
Mar 20, 2011
 
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
4.12
it was amazing
I really liked this book. Great characters, engaging and unique plot. At first I wasn't too thrilled about the letter format, but I adjusted to it and ...more
May 13, 2012
May 15, 2012
 
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
3.79
liked it
This should have been a quick read but I had a hard time being captivated by the story and sort of dragged my feet through it. I think one problem is ...more
Apr 25, 2010
Apr 25, 2010
 
Miss Potter: The Novel
3.86
really liked it
We have the entire collection of Beatrix Potter's books and my kids love them, so when I stumbled across this book at the library, I was intrigued. I ...more
Nov 20, 2015
Nov 20, 2015
 
Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened
4.17
liked it
This is a funny book. I didn't finish it, just because...I don't know. I just didn't want to put in the time. I tend to like my comedy books on audio, ...more
Mar 31, 2016
Mar 31, 2016
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