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Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar
Best read a couple letters at a time in order to space out all the heartbreak and awesomeness of it.
Oct 30, 2012
Sep 29, 2012
D is for Dahl: A gloriumptious A-Z guide to the world of Roald Dahl
This is pretty adorable, and I learned some fun things about Dahl. Things like after dinner he'd offer each guest a box of his favorite candy bars. Al...more
Jan 2009
Jan 11, 2009
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
Ooooh - this was really good! Perfect read since we visited Savannah just a couple months ago and could picture it all very clearly. Loved the charact...more
Dec 2008
Nov 28, 2008
The Zookeeper's Wife
I finished The Zookeeper's Wife last night, and I don't think I liked it a whole lot. The story was fascinating - the zookeeper and his family in Wars...more
May 2009
May 11, 2009
Peking to Paris: Life and Love on a Short Drive Around Half the World
I picked it up thinking it would be a fun travel memoir, but the cover connects not at all with the subject matter. Then when I realized it was a rall...more
Jan 05, 2014
Jan 05, 2014
Enslaved by Ducks
I got about halfway through before giving up in annoyance. I really disliked how he wrote about his wife - collecting so many animals was all HER doin...more
not set
Jun 12, 2009
Gardening at Ginger: My Seven-Year Obsession with Designing and Planting a Personal Landscape
February in Ohio calls for any kind of gardening day dreamy book that I can get my hands on. This one would have been made much better by a good edito...more
Feb 2009
Feb 11, 2009
Fascinating look at Zelda's life. The first half seemed much more interesting to me, but I that was mostly to do with the author's needing to go over...more
Jan 2008
Jun 04, 2007
The Thoughtful Dresser
Parts of this book were really good. My main issue with it is that there's so much repetition. She talks on certain topics multiple times like it's th...more
Nov 27, 2011
Nov 23, 2011
Just Like Family: Inside the Lives of Nannies, the Parents They Work for, and the Children They Love
It's an interesting subject, and I liked how it was told through the experiences of three nannies working in different areas. However, the writer isn'...more
Jul 15, 2011
Jul 15, 2011
The Salvage Sisters' Guide to Finding Style in the Street and Inspiration in the Attic
I liked the newsprint wreath and the drawers as shelves. However, things like "throw a blanket over an ugly chair" or "just use books to prop up a thr...more
Dec 2008
Dec 23, 2008
Trees Make the Best Mobiles: Simple Ways to Raise Your Child in a Complex World
Meh. I like the theme of simplification, but this didn't do much for me. Every section starts kinda cheerily and forced with odd statements or quotati...more
Apr 19, 2013
Apr 20, 2013
My Planet: Finding Humor in the Oddest Places
Was so excited to see a book of Mary Roach essays until I started reading them. They are so Andy Rooney-esque which has to do with both the format and...more
not set
Jan 23, 2014
Housekeeping vs. the Dirt
I really enjoyed this book. It's columns of his book reviews from The Believer. It's also the reason for my rampant adding to my to-read list. The sec...more
Jan 21, 2010
Jan 19, 2010
Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth
Enjoyable academic read that discusses the history of debt and its cultural place. I really enjoyed most of it - at least until I reached the last cha...more
Jan 15, 2012
Jan 10, 2012
Equipped to Lead: Managing People, Process, Partners, and Performance
I only dipped in and out of a few chapters so take it with a grain of salt. What I did read had a lot to do with football and god. Needless to say, I...more
Feb 21, 2011
Feb 21, 2011
I Love Everybody (and Other Atrocious Lies)
Laughed aloud a few times. Funny stories but part of me felt uncomfortable because the author seemed too bitter and angry. It was a fine line but I th...more
May 17, 2011
May 18, 2011
Such a Pretty Fat: One Narcissist's Quest to Discover if Her Life Makes Her Ass Look Big, or Why Pie is Not the Answer
Oh my god. The bit about her husband scaring the dogs with a bearskin run had me cackling for 20 minutes. Laughing like a mad woman. Fun book! I'll be...more
Dec 2008
Dec 26, 2008
Great Lodges of the National Parks, Volume Two
I didn't read this, just skimmed through it hoping for pretty pictures of pretty places. It has a few of those, but mostly its historical pictures and...more
Jan 2009
Feb 09, 2009
Eating for Beginners: An Education in the Pleasures of Food from Chefs, Farmers, and One Picky Kid
I liked the way the author was able to blend together tales of working at the restaurant, visiting the farmers, and trying to feed a picky toddler. It...more
Oct 26, 2011
Oct 24, 2011
Gardening On Pavement, Tables, And Hard Surfaces
Table gardens look pretty cool. Not something I'm intereted in trying, but different and interesting. I really just skimmed this.
Mar 08, 2009
Mar 08, 2009
The Wild Trees: A Story of Passion and Daring
The description of the elaborate treetops they explored was amazing. I would love to see a collection of photos of this sort of thing. The people were...more
Feb 22, 2012
Feb 18, 2012
What It Is
Suggested by an artist friend of mine, this book is full of everything. Part autobiography, part workbook for creativity, part graphic novel, and part...more
Jan 2009
Jan 10, 2009
Letter from the Birmingham Jail
Was listening to something that mentioned this, and I realized that I'd never read it in its entirety. Absolutely amazing.
not set
Apr 20, 2014
Odd Lots: Seasonal Notes of a City Gardener
Probably a better book for dipping in and out of. I wish it had been a little better edited. It felt a little smooshed together.
Jan 31, 2011
Jan 28, 2011
French Women Don't Get Fat: The Secret of Eating for Pleasure
I don't know why I listened to this book. Trendy diet books are not my thing at all, but my library has a pretty sad collection of books available to...more
Feb 2008
Feb 21, 2008
The Lost Dogs: Michael Vick's Dogs and Their Tale of Rescue and Redemption
Interesting subject matter, but the writing is not strong. I particularly cringed at the parts written from a dog's point of view.
Apr 24, 2012
Apr 20, 2012
A Year in the Country
Only about 2 or 3 do-able projects in the book - unless you live in an immense garden.
Jan 2009
Jan 02, 2009
Spain...A Culinary Road Trip
I browsed the book. The photos were nice. The mix of celebrities was a bit bizarre though.
Dec 06, 2011
Dec 07, 2011
The Art of Giving: Gift Ideas to Delight the Senses
Rather tasteful and simple gift ideas. Nothing I found terribly exciting though.
Dec 2008
Dec 15, 2008
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