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Wives and Daughters
This is my new favorite. Written by a lesser-known British author in the mid-1800s, this novel would be enjoyed by Austen and Dickens fans. It is very ...more
Feb 2008
Feb 04, 2008
The Center of Everything
Not great at all. I had a hard time with this coming-of-age story mostly because I never really believed the main character (Evelyn) was 12 to start o ...more
Feb 2008
Feb 28, 2008
Precious Bane
This novel is unlike any I've ever read, but its beauty and strength drew me in. You can read summaries in myriad other places, so I will just say tha ...more
Mar 2008
Mar 16, 2008
Black Beauty
I read this at the same time as my 9 year old, and we both truly enjoyed it. Besides a great, touching story that is well-written and from an unusual ...more
Aug 2008
Aug 13, 2008
How To Raise an Amazing Child the Montessori Way
I'm never going to completely finish reading this, but I'll just move it to the "read" shelf anyway. I keep picking it up to get ideas for the day, or ...more
Aug 2008
May 15, 2008
Becoming Jane Austen
Very interesting read for true Jane Austen fans who don't mind wading through names, places, and sometimes tedious details. Since this is the inspirat ...more
Jun 2008
May 15, 2008
To Destroy You is No Loss: The Odyssey of a Cambodian Family
Okay, maybe more like 3 1/2 stars, because I really couldn't put it down. The compelling account of the Cambodian genocide--which I had never even hea ...more
Jan 2012
Feb 02, 2012
Walking to Gatlinburg
Though beautifully, creatively written, and though I couldn't put it down, this novel irritated me. It was labeled Civil War-era historical fiction, s ...more
May 2010
Apr 29, 2010
Agnes Grey
I liked my sister-in-law's review; I couldn't say it better than this:
"I love this book. Every time I reread it, I like it more. I love how gentle, ho
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Apr 20, 2008
Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother
I absolutely enjoyed this honest, introspective look at one parent's experience. Chua's methods were often harsh and uncomfortable, but her basic phil ...more
May 2011
Jun 01, 2011
See You in a Hundred Years: Four Seasons in Forgotten America
I really enjoyed this account of a family trying to live a year as though it were 1900 (though I was put off by the many f-words in the first half--ju ...more
Feb 2012
Feb 23, 2012
Rumors of War (Children of the Promise, #1)
I've read the first two in this series and plan to finish out the entire series, but I'll only review this one. Dean Hughes writes a good historical f ...more
Jan 2009
Feb 05, 2009
Bound on Earth
There was something striking about this book, which is a collection of semi-connected short stories involving different members of the same family. I ...more
Apr 2010
Apr 29, 2010
The Help
Delightful, astonishing, heartbreaking, thought-provoking. I've never read anything about black maids in 1960s Southern homes. The novel is told by th ...more
Nov 2009
Nov 13, 2009
Surround Yourself with Greatness
Two stars makes it sound like it was really bad. It wasn't. It was fine. Good enough. I don't regret my time reading it. A nice message, but really re ...more
Jul 2010
Jul 20, 2010
Mormon Scientist: The Life and Faith of Henry Eyring
I didn't love the organization of this biography, though I understood that thematic rather than chronological chapters probably made quoting Henry Eyr ...more
Aug 2012
Sep 05, 2012
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
Sweet and fun read, especially for those (me) who like the British village type of books. A widower, Major Pettigrew, falls in love with the Pakistani ...more
Feb 2011
Mar 14, 2011
The Capture (Guardians of Ga'Hoole, #1)
Read this per son's request. Better than average writing, good plot, well-developed characters. It's the first of more than a dozen in the series, whi ...more
Dec 2009
Dec 31, 2009
Maisie Dobbs Bundle #1, Pardonable Lies and Messenger of Truth: Books 3 and 4 in the New York Times Bestselling Series
I'm not usually a mystery reader, but thanks to book club, I started into this great series. The history and psychology keep me interested even when t ...more
Jul 2012
Sep 05, 2012
Very Valentine
I like Trigiani's other works so much that I wanted to read more of her novels. This one falls far below Big Stone Gap (one of my favorites) in qualit ...more
Jan 2013
Jan 07, 2013
Beautiful, beautiful essays here, though sometimes I felt a little too stupid to truly understand a couple of them. The author combines his own though ...more
Jul 2012
Sep 05, 2012
Grace Notes
This collection of poem-essays is purely beautiful. It got into my heart.
Nov 2011
Oct 30, 2011
The Happiness Project: Or Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun
This is the best thing I've read this year. Rubin's project is interesting and organized and motivates me to live more intentionally. She reminds the ...more
Jun 2012
Jun 27, 2012
Nella Last's War: The Second World War Diaries of Housewife, 49
I really liked this diary (it's real, only slightly edited), but know that to enjoy it you would have to be a fan of 1. non-fiction, 2. WW II history, ...more
Dec 2011
Jan 05, 2012
Circle of Friends
I cannot believe how much I enjoyed this book (and I haven't seen the movie yet, and I know they changed the ending). The setting is fantastic; the ch ...more
May 2009
May 13, 2009
I won't pretend I understand John Donne, whose writings are key in this play; however, I still appreciated this beautiful mixture of language and life ...more
Apr 2009
May 13, 2009
Little Lord Fauntleroy
I liked this and would read it to my kids. It has a gentle message about the positive effect a good person can have on others. That said, it was a lit ...more
Apr 2010
Apr 29, 2010
The Return Journey
A collection of short stories is often a mixture of good and mediocre, and this is just that. I had higher hopes because I love Binchy's "Circle of Fr ...more
May 2011
Jun 01, 2011
Big Stone Gap (Big Stone Gap, #1)
I read this several years ago and just remember really liking the main character. The first and third books of this series are my favorites (I think t ...more
Aug 2009
Jun 23, 2008
Dumbing Down Our Kids: Why American Children Feel Good about Themselves but Can't Read, Write or Add
Though I don't agree with all his conclusions and I tend not be quite so alarmist, Sykes does present plenty of informtion for me to form more focused ...more
Oct 2008
Oct 02, 2008
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