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Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
liked it
Ever since reading Memoirs of a Geisha, I've been looking for a book that will let me relive that excitement. So I was hoping that Snow Flower and the ...more
Apr 2007
Jun 14, 2007
East of Eden
it was amazing
This books jumps to the top of my list for being an all time favorite. I was so skeptical picking it up, because I just hated Grapes of Wrath and assu ...more
Jun 12, 2010
Jun 07, 2010
Mary, Called Magdalene
it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book - I had it on my bookshelf at home for several years, lonely and untouched. It was on the "to read" list and somehow never ...more
May 2007
May 16, 2007
The Widow of the South
liked it
Historical fiction - based on the true story of Carrie McGavock whose plantation home was used as a hospital during the battle of Franklin between the ...more
Jul 2007
Jul 03, 2007
Captive Queen: A Novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine
it was ok
I love Alison Weir but I have to say, her fiction did *not* do it for me. This was the first novel I have read from her...I think she would do best to ...more
Jul 2012
Mar 27, 2013
American Pharaoh: Mayor Richard J. Daley - His Battle for Chicago and the Nation
it was amazing
Sure, I'll give it 5 stars because "it was amazing." Amazing that a bigoted thug like this could run a city for decades. My family is from Chicago, I ...more
Aug 2013
Aug 19, 2013
liked it
I found this book frustrating because I never thought it delivered on the potential it had. The concept was good - the subject matter of a child depor ...more
Oct 2012
Sep 25, 2012
Out of Egypt (Christ the Lord, #1)
liked it
I can only remember reading one Anne Rice novel before and I know I liked it - I think it was the one about the Mayfair Witches.

This book is definitel
Aug 2007
Jul 26, 2007
Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way
really liked it
Perfect book to investigate having an unmedicated birth the "Bradley Way." I think it's actually better than Dr. Bradley's book itself. Although it co ...more
Nov 2004
Jun 14, 2007
The Unexpected Legacy of Divorce: The 25 Year Landmark Study
it was amazing
Read this book. If you're divorced, read it. If you're thinking about getting divorced, read it. If you're the child of divorced parents, read it. If ...more
Sep 24, 2012
Sep 12, 2012
Sin in the Second City: Madams, Ministers, Playboys, and the Battle for America's Soul
really liked it
I love Chicago and I love history. Where the seamy underbelly of the city meets history is pure, non-fitcion gold to me. For the same reasons that I l ...more
Jul 09, 2012
Dec 19, 2008
The Collected Poems of Frank O'Hara
it was amazing
If you haven't read O'Hara, do it. Fun, fun poetry. A contemporary of Kerouac and Ginsburg, but I really prefer him to either of those beatniks. He is ...more
Feb 1997
Jun 19, 2007
Marry Him: The Case for Settling for Mr. Good Enough
liked it
Let me start with two disclaimers. 1) For all the women who are out there, happy and single by choice, huzzah! I believe that people can have a vocati ...more
Jul 22, 2014
Jul 30, 2014
The Rose of York: Love & War (The Rose of York Trilogy, #1)
it was ok
Whenever I get depressed about the state of the world, I turn to medieval England and then I feel so much better. After all, no matter how badly I hav ...more
Oct 08, 2012
Jan 22, 2010
Building Better Families: A Practical Guide to Raising Amazing Children
it was amazing
This book basically takes Matthew's running theme, (the theme he always speaks and writes on), and tailors it to the family. And what is that theme? W ...more
May 2009
Feb 26, 2009
The Adweek Copywriting Handbook: The Ultimate Guide to Writing Powerful Advertising and Marketing Copy from One of America′s Top Copywriters
liked it
In a word, solid. For those of us who have been copywriting for quite some time, much of the advice will come as no surprise. But Sugarman's gift is i ...more
Feb 2013
Nov 06, 2012
The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness
it was amazing
I love Dave Ramsey. We have been doing the Total Money Makeover since Jan 1 of this year (we started after reading Dave's book "Financial Peace") and ...more
Mar 2007
Jun 01, 2007
The Cooked Seed: A Memoir
really liked it
Anchee Min is honest. And her honesty is what makes this book special. This personal narrative picks up in Chicago, after she has essentially escaped ...more
Jan 2014
Jan 20, 2014
Snow Falling on Cedars
really liked it
Such lovely writing. I didn't want it to end. Richly layered, heartbreaking on so many levels. I had this on the "to read" list for probably 10 years ...more
Jul 03, 2011
Jun 21, 2011
The Power of a Praying Parent
Like this a lot - its helping me focus my prayer life a bit better on my kids and giving me a little more form and specificity as well.

However, not a
not set
Nov 12, 2011
Crossing to Safety
liked it
In some ways, this book defies my desire to describe it. It's quiet and slow, full of rumination and the careful tracings of every leaf in the Vermont ...more
Feb 13, 2014
Oct 22, 2013
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
really liked it
Unlike the last book I read that was tagged as literature, I think this book really *is* literature. The main character, a 9 year old boy names Oskar, ...more
Aug 2007
Jul 25, 2007
Maxed Out: Hard Times, Easy Credit, and the Era of Predatory Lenders
liked it
I had been looking forward to reading this after hearing a bit about it from an online "no more debt" forum but I have to say, I'm a bit underwhelmed. ...more
Sep 2007
Jun 01, 2007
Madame Tussaud: A Novel of the French Revolution
liked it
I don't know a whole lot about the French Revolution so I found following some of the characters of this book difficult. However, I think the French R ...more
Jun 29, 2012
Feb 04, 2011
liked it
There is excellent writing. And then there is excellent plotting and storytelling. And if you are very lucky, you will get all of these elements in a ...more
Feb 2008
Jul 03, 2007
Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland's History-Making Race Around the World
really liked it
I first met Nellie Bly when I was a kid, thanks to the ValueTales series of books by Spencer Johnson. I loved her story even before I realized that I ...more
Mar 25, 2014
Dec 10, 2013
This Is How: Proven Aid in Overcoming Shyness, Molestation, Fatness, Spinsterhood, Grief, Disease, Lushery, Decrepitude & More. For Young and Old Alike.
liked it
This is the self-help book for people who don't like self-help books. I enjoyed it and Burroughs is unquestionably a great writer. Being a writer and ...more
Jan 2013
Dec 22, 2012
You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You're Deluding Yourself
really liked it
With a "click bait" title like this, how could I resist? And I'm glad I didn't. I thought this was a fascinating, accessible look into how brilliant * ...more
Jan 24, 2015
Jan 09, 2015
Rigged: The True Story of an Ivy League Kid Who Changed the World of Oil, from Wall Street to Dubai
really liked it
Enjoyable read - gave it 4 stars because it sucked me in quickly, read like beach blanket fiction and made the industry that I work in completely acce ...more
not set
Nov 14, 2008
The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, a Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal
it was ok
I had not seen the movie that was developed after this book. I definitely won't bother to now. It seems like the founding of a .com that has so thorou ...more
Apr 20, 2013
Apr 21, 2013
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