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Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life
4.02
I was so excited to finally get my hands on this fantastic story about one family's year long experiment in growing & raising most of their own fo ...more
Mar 2008
Mar 17, 2008
 
The Untold Story of the New Testament Church: An Extraordinary Guide to Understanding the New Testament
4.26
Wow, who knew the early church was so real and down to earth. Great book for helping to piece together the story of the Early Church in it's chronolog ...more
Feb 05, 2008
Feb 02, 2008
 
The Gifts of the Jews: How a Tribe of Desert Nomads Changed the Way Everyone Thinks and Feels
3.85
Read this while flying across the continent on a recent trip. Fascinating. I love books that put the Bible stories I grew up with in context. Having r ...more
Oct 2007
Feb 02, 2008
 
Year of Wonders
3.99
Just finished this historical novel about an English village during the plague epidemic of 1666. As a homebirth mama and backyard herbalist I was part ...more
Jun 2008
Feb 08, 2008
 
Shadow Child: An Apprenticeship in Love and Loss
3.74
My favorite type of writing all combined: a good story, a mother's memoir written with gorgeous metaphor, lyrical prose, all grounded in nature and be ...more
not set
Dec 14, 2014
 
Two in the Far North
4.21
Review originally published on my blog here: http://fimby.tougas.net/wild-women-bo...

First published in 1962, Murie's book is a classic in American wi
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Dec 14, 2013
Dec 14, 2013
 
Dinosaurs: The Most Complete, Up-to-Date Encyclopedia for Dinosaur Lovers of All Ages
4.67
Celine has this to say:

(This book) is extremely informative and actually not too boring either and introduces a few new ideas like that some dinosaurs
...more
May 19, 2010
May 19, 2010
 
Crossing to Safety
4.16
A very worthy read. My first introduction to Stegner. Kind of embarrassed that at almost 40 this is the first book of his I have read. I will definite ...more
Dec 13, 2013
Dec 13, 2013
 
The Railway Children
3.97
It took me a few chapters to get used to the language and different style of writing of the Nesbit's early 20th century (English) style. But once I fo ...more
Sep 23, 2013
Sep 23, 2013
 
Matilda Bone
3.71
Written by Celine Tougas, aged 11.

This is a story about an orphan named Matilda in medieval England. She was raised by a priest in a manor but then wa
...more
May 19, 2010
May 19, 2010
 
Divergent (Divergent, #1)
4.30
I read this, thinking Celine might enjoy it and wanting to give it a preview first. Celine started to read it also but was uncomfortable with some of ...more
not set
Jan 03, 2014
 
God's Harvard: A Christian College on a Mission to Save America
3.62
An "outsider's" insider view of Patrick Henry College. Which, near as I can tell from reading the book, is for homeschooled, evangelical, right winged ...more
Jan 2007
Feb 02, 2008
 
I Promise Not to Suffer: A Fool for Love Hikes the Pacific Crest Trail
3.76
Review originally posted here: http://toesalad.com/reviews/real-life...

It was the title that got me. And then the description:

"Gail Storey was definit
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not set
May 13, 2013
 
AWOL on the Appalachian Trail
3.91
A review of the audio version of this book, as posted originally here:
http://toesalad.com/reviews/real-life...

This is a trail story by David Miller, a
...more
not set
May 29, 2013
 
Southbound (The Barefoot Sisters, #1)
4.06
Review originally posted here:
http://toesalad.com/reviews/real-life...

The Barefoot Sisters account of their 2000 southbound thru-hike is one of my fav
...more
not set
May 29, 2013
 
A Handmade Life: In Search of Simplicity
4.23
Copied from my review originally posted to my blog here:
http://fimby.tougas.net/inspiring-books

A Handmade Life: In Search of Simplicity by Bill Copert
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Mar 11, 2010
Feb 03, 2010
 
Soul Survivor: How Thirteen Unlikely Mentors Helped My Faith Survive the Church
4.20
A book about the thinkers, writers, dreamers, doers & believers that Yancey has either known or read. People who have influenced his faith in some ...more
Oct 18, 2008
Aug 04, 2008
 
Magical Journey: An Apprenticeship in Contentment
4.02
I loved this third book of Kenisons. I've read Gift of an Ordinary day also.

I identified with much of what Kenison writes. My book is well underlined
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not set
Dec 02, 2012
 
Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World
4.07
Hyatt lays it all out for you. How to build an online platform from which to launch your products and services. I like this isn't all about marketing, ...more
Aug 22, 2012
Aug 22, 2012
 
Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith
3.97
Nothing quite compares to that first jolt, like a good cup of coffee in the morning, of reading Anne Lamott's book Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts o ...more
Jan 2007
Feb 02, 2008
 
The Wild Trees: A Story of Passion and Daring
4.03
I learned more about Redwoods than I ever knew before. I learned about the sport and skill of tree climbing. I learned about the history of recent big ...more
Mar 03, 2013
Mar 03, 2013
 
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
3.93
What I liked about this book: the honest portrayal of the joys and difficulties of thru hiking. Also, the personal story of the author's mother's deat ...more
Feb 04, 2013
Jan 24, 2013
 
The Last Town on Earth
3.59
This was a good novel about the spanish flu in a fictional mill town in the Northeastern US in 1918. I had no idea how badly it affected its victims. ...more
Feb 13, 2013
Feb 13, 2013
 
Don't Make Me Count to Three
4.06
After reading Shepherding a Child's Heart by Tedd Tripp many moons ago this was a great refresher on parenting to the heart of our children. How to ...more
Apr 02, 2008
Apr 02, 2008
 
Hike Your Own Hike: 7 Life Lessons from Backpacking Across America (Wanderlearn)
3.61
This is not a book about moderation. This is not about middle-of-the-road mediocrity. It is about making hard choices, being disciplined, and living a ...more
not set
Jun 09, 2013
 
Truth and Beauty
3.93
I had high hopes for this book, simply because I like Ann Pratchett's writing. I had never heard of Lucy Grealy before. I liked the writing but the st ...more
not set
Nov 01, 2014
 
Mousekin's Christmas Eve (Mousekin, #2)
3.88
A short read aloud about a mouse's quest for a few crumbs and a warm bed. Sweet. But the kid's and I did find a factual error. Snowy owls don't live i ...more
not set
Dec 03, 2008
 
Books and Islands in Ojibwe Country: Traveling Through the Land of My Ancestors
4.06
A different kind of book for me, yet familiar in the "middle-aged-woman-examining-her-life" style I enjoy. A book about words and books and finding me ...more
not set
Dec 14, 2014
 
Winds of L' Acadie
4.28
**spoiler alert** I like this book because it has history in it. And some romance.

In the book the main character Sarah is using her grandfather's qui
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Feb 04, 2014
Jan 16, 2014
 
Home: Chronicle of a North Country Life
4.34
"Seeds of Summer" (in Canada). Essays and photography of home, nature, 70s back to the land movement, creative living, making home, living a life imag ...more
not set
Dec 14, 2014
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