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This is Where I Leave You
Three stars feels a little generous because though the premise is promising (sitting shiva for their father, dysfuctional family must Learn to Get Alo ...more
Dec 09, 2010
Dec 05, 2010
Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures
3.5 - I'm really. really surprised this won the Giller Prize. Another case of a Doctor writes a book based on his work history and the critics swoon, ...more
Mar 20, 2009
Mar 15, 2009
Astrid and Veronika
What's the Swedish for "blech"? I was really looking forward to this book - a New Zealand/Scandanavian hybrid, the story of two women, a picture of fo ...more
Aug 2007
Aug 13, 2007
Paying For It
I admire CB's honesty - and Sook Yin Lee's by default - but at the heart of this, I felt his arguments rang hollow. Each discussion of a woman's beaut ...more
Aug 10, 2011
Aug 10, 2011
Someone Knows My Name
(This book is titled "The Book of Negroes" everywhere else but the USA...)
A 5 for the "worthiness" of the story, a 3 for the skill in telling it. I'd
Mar 31, 2009
Mar 24, 2009
A Thousand Sisters: My Journey into the Worst Place on Earth to Be a Woman
Whew, this is a tough one. On the one hand, you have to admire someone who takes up a cause unrelated to her with her whole heart, throwing family and ...more
Oct 30, 2012
Oct 30, 2012
The Violets of March
Holy cow. I'm not above a good fluffy read, especially when it involves a local spot - Bainbridge Island in this case - and secret diaries. But this w ...more
Jul 31, 2011
Jul 31, 2011
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
Holy page turner. Dystopic teen fiction at its finest - I literally couldn't stop reading one morning and was an hour late for work. Whoops. The set-u ...more
Mar 11, 2009
Mar 08, 2009
Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith
I keep reading Anne LaMott to reassure myself that my deep, dark aetheist soul can read about religion without wanting to throw something across the r ...more
Jul 2007
Aug 02, 2007
Friends, get over it, swallow it, I have a THING for Tori and Dean. At the Inn in Hollywood, on Oxygen when I'm in hotels and they happen to be playin ...more
Aug 19, 2009
Sep 01, 2009
The Passage (The Passage, #1)
Previously written: "This is not my bag at all but I have to put it on the list because I can't wrap my head around how the man who wrote one of my fa ...more
Mar 04, 2011
May 23, 2010
I Know How to Cook
It could not be prettier - the graphics are so lovely and retro. It seems like the kind of Food Bible I would just have to have, especially with Cloti ...more
Jan 31, 2010
Jan 31, 2010
The Nature of Jade
***YA Book***
Two chapters in I was jealous of this book - not only had the author "stolen" the setting of my own YA book in progress (Ballard, WA) but
Mar 2008
Mar 15, 2008
Just Kids
It's like a really dramatic teenager who is smoking clove cigarettes and writing poetry in a graveyard wrote this book - but I mean that in a good way ...more
Apr 05, 2011
Mar 28, 2011
We Need to Talk About Kevin
I was intrigued by the concept of this book: mother of a school shooter who never really loved her kid, even though she had been told that all that ma ...more
May 2007
May 17, 2007
After Leaving Mr. Mackenzie
A book I've had on my bookshelves for some time but never got around to reading, dusted off while packing for a move. Perhaps not the ideal book or fr ...more
Jul 2007
Jul 20, 2007
Where'd You Go, Bernadette
This is more of a 3.5 - I enjoyed reading it but I have to say, I'm surprised it has become such a hit. I started reading it the night my private scho ...more
Mar 19, 2013
Mar 17, 2013
Ace of Spades: A Memoir
No holds barred, unpitying, un-PC...sounds like negatives but these qualities ensure this memoir is not another mamby-pamby "how we are all one and I ...more
Apr 2008
Apr 03, 2008
Towards Another Summer
An undiscovered Janet Frame book about social awkwardness? SQUEEEEEEEE!

Read while on a sometimes socially awkward holiday, with hosts and small talk -
Jun 26, 2009
May 21, 2009
The Perfect $100,000 House: A Trip Across America and Back in Pursuit of a Place to Call Home
Title says it all: woman searches for my own Holy Grail - not only a livable, smart, inexpensive house but ALSO a Place. Home. Why can't the two overl ...more
Aug 2007
Aug 13, 2007
As Simple as Snow
Unlike everyone else in the world, I hated this book. Should have liked it: YA, numerous literary and musical references, etc. But the characters were ...more
Jul 03, 2008
Jun 21, 2008
An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination
If you are one of those people who say "I'd read it but the subject matter is so DEPRESSING" well then move on, dear reader, I do not suffer your dise ...more
Nov 20, 2008
Oct 28, 2008
The Help
Much less terrible than I imagined it might be. I try to read the popular fiction to keep on top of the library world, but I fervently hoped this woul ...more
Mar 21, 2010
Mar 21, 2010
Time for Dinner: Strategies, Inspiration, and Recipes for Family Meals Every Night of the Week
I like the graphic qualities and layout but I'm not really their audience - I feel comfortable improvising and my god, the meat - I felt really overwh ...more
Mar 24, 2011
Mar 24, 2011
Cardboard Gods: An All-American Tale Told Through Baseball Cards
Books like this are why book groups are totally worth it. When it was suggested by a member I feigned polite interest, agreed half-heartedly and thoug ...more
Apr 30, 2011
Apr 29, 2011
The Egg and I
Straight up and first, there are horrific slurs and bigotry about Native Americans in this book. This is acknowledged in the daughter's preface but up ...more
Aug 09, 2012
Aug 09, 2012
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)
This was at my Grandma's - my Grandma's! - so I finally grabbed the chance to read it. Hmmm. The thing I find interesting is that my Mom - my Mom! - s ...more
Jul 26, 2011
Jul 26, 2011
Oh I wanted to love this book. Spinelli had me from "Space Station Seventh Grade", a book I read obsessively one summer vacation. And look at that pre ...more
Jun 2007
Jun 22, 2007
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
I want to give this 3.5 because I gobbled this up in an hour or two, putting aside all my other books to finish this. Though I liked it for it's laid ...more
Dec 06, 2008
Dec 06, 2008
The Heartbreak Diet
I don't have the heart to give this book the three stars it maybe kinda more likely deserves, because it has so much of the author's heart on the page ...more
Oct 28, 2008
May 17, 2008
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