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The Urban/Suburban Composter: The Complete Guide to Backyard, Balcony, and Apartment Composting
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
The Idle Parent: Why Laid-Back Parents Raise Happier and Healthier Kids
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
This I Believe: The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women
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
A Room with a View
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
The Help
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
Ladder of Years
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
Our Babies, Ourselves: How Biology and Culture Shape the Way We Parent
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
A Chosen Faith: An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism
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
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
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
Homeschooling for Dummies
I've read a number of homeschooling books and this one is definitely the BEST overview of the subject. Kaufeld covers all the basics and also provides ...more
Jun 22, 2009
Jun 22, 2009
The Well-Ordered Home: Organizing Techniques for Inviting Serenity Into Your Life
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
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.

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May 20, 2009
Apr 30, 2009
The Paris Wife
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 Schooling
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
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
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
This Book Is Overdue!: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All
This book was a bit of a letdown. Johnson's is a very noble work, writing about librarians, and there were definitely some interesting parts. She is a ...more
Jan 24, 2011
Jan 24, 2011
How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk
I found this book very insightful and practical. I thought some of the examples of what not to do were a little drastic (one involved hitting and seve ...more
May 28, 2010
Apr 13, 2010
The House of Mirth
I loved The Age of Innocence so I jumped into this novel expecting the same feelings of love to immediately return. I was slightly disappointed becaus ...more
Jul 10, 2009
Jan 30, 2008
The Poisonwood Bible
Okay, this book is not perfect. I felt like the father and Rachel, the oldest daughter, were terribly one-dimensional. In Rachel's case, it was irrita ...more
Jun 12, 2012
Mar 26, 2010
I don't totally understand how this was one of the NY Times Top 5 fiction books of 2008, but I did like it. The whole cricket thing was just boring fo ...more
Aug 25, 2009
Aug 17, 2008
The Dante Club
It has been a long time since I stayed up until 2:30 in the morning simply because I couldn't put a book down. Great story, clever, very engaging and ...more
Aug 2010
Nov 02, 2008
The Happiest Toddler on the Block: The New Way to Stop the Daily Battle of Wills and Raise a Secure and Well-Behaved One- To Four-Year-Old
I found the basic concepts in this book very helpful in dealing with my toddler. Previous reviews indicate that a lot of readers have what I consider ...more
Nov 16, 2008
Oct 30, 2008
Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder
This book is such a great motivator. I can't see how anybody could read it and not be moved to change their current habits and make plans for a health ...more
Feb 2008
Jan 26, 2008
I got 150 pages into this book before I finally decided that there are far too many great books that I actually WANT to read for me to waste time forc ...more
Nov 2008
Jun 02, 2008
The Secret (The Secret, #1)
As so many who have gone before me, I hereby admit in shame that I picked up this book out of sheer curiosity. Congratulations to the brilliant market ...more
May 25, 2008
May 24, 2008
The Book Thief
This book is definitely unlike any I've ever read before. The most obvious reason is that Death is the narrator and that he frequently "interrupts" th ...more
May 23, 2008
Apr 22, 2008
Reading this book has been an incredible experience for me. It has made me feel a lot of very strong emotions. Being the passionate person that I am, ...more
Mar 07, 2009
Sep 30, 2008
The Tightwad Gazette III: Promoting Thrift as a Viable Alternative Lifestyle
I won't lie, I didn't exactly finish this book. This is a review of what I did read, though. I was really excited about this book because all the tigh ...more
May 24, 2009
Apr 05, 2009