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Honeymoon (Honeymoon, #1)
This stands out as one of the worst books I have ever read. Just a taste of the cheesiness within:

"Connor vs. Jeffrey. They were both so much fun. The
Apr 13, 2006
Mar 24, 2008
Such Good Boys: The True Story of a Mother, Two Sons and a Horrifying Murder
This is a terrible true-crime book. The writing is terrible; mercifully, it is short. The author spends the first half of the book outlining the terri ...more
Jan 04, 2009
Jan 08, 2009
Little Girls in Church
I love Kathleen Norris. She was the town librarian in the South Dakota town where I grew up, and I was fascinated even then by the fact that she was a ...more
Feb 07, 1998
Feb 07, 2009
Saved by the Light: The True Story of a Man Who Died Twice and the Profound Revelations He Received
Dannion Brinkley was struck and killed by lightning. He awoke twenty-eight minutes later in a morgue, and discovered that he allegedly had visited the ...more
May 25, 2009
May 30, 2009
Twilight (Twilight, #1)
Sorry, Taryn, but three stars is all I can do.

This is a decent story about a teenage girl who moves to a new school and falls in love with a vampire
Mar 22, 2009
Apr 14, 2009
Speaking Truth to Power
This book offers Anita Hill’s personal account of Clarence Thomas’s sexual harassment of her and the professional, personal, and media backlash she ex ...more
Mar 13, 2008
Mar 16, 2008
Black Dahlia Avenger: A Genius for Murder
Until this book was recommended by a friend, I purposefully avoided knowing much about this crime because I knew (a) that it would never be solved, an ...more
Apr 13, 2008
Apr 14, 2008
Dakota: A Spiritual Geography
This is a book of essays about the genius loci of Dakota, where the vast geography and midwestern sensibility give it a distinct identity. Norris tell ...more
Feb 22, 1994
Feb 15, 2009
The Curmudgeon's Guide to Practicing Law
I would say that my love for this book is a sure sign that I am getting old, but I have kept a copy close-at-hand since law school (right next to my t ...more
Nov 11, 2001
Dec 21, 2008
Einstein's Dreams
In Einstein’s Dreams, the author uses fiction to present and explore different variations of Einstein’s theory of relativity and the ways in which ind ...more
Feb 2004
Feb 01, 2009
Mommy Tracked
This is the story of four women coping with work, babies, men, friendships, pregnancy, and a variety of other obsessions and compulsions. The women fi ...more
Dec 21, 2008
Dec 22, 2008
Pledged: The Secret Life of Sororities
This is Alexandra Robbins’s account of her year spent undercover with a group of sorority girls. I admittedly went into this book a bit judgmental abo ...more
Mar 08, 2009
Mar 08, 2009
Every Last One
This is a novel about an ordinary family that forever is changed by an unspeakable tragedy. The protagonist, Mary Beth Latham, is a wife and mother o ...more
Sep 24, 2012
Sep 25, 2012
Ten-Boy Summer (Sweet Dreams, #18)
There was a day when I read books from the "Sweet Dreams Series" in between books about serial killers. This one is about two best friends who have a ...more
Jun 20, 1985
Feb 24, 2009
Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife
Mary Roach is a scientist at heart, claiming that for her "faith did not take, because science kept putting it on the spot." Here, she applies her hea ...more
Jan 28, 2009
Jan 29, 2009
The Last Victim: A True-Life Journey into the Mind of the Serial Killer
During high school, I wanted to communicate with a number of serial killers about their crimes and present my analysis in my final psychology term pap ...more
Feb 17, 2002
Dec 17, 2008
The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry
This book disappointed me, but it was probably because my expectations were so high. I expected to see a detailed description and analysis of the PCL- ...more
Jun 2011
Jun 02, 2011
Heart Full of Lies: A True Story of Desire and Death
This is Ann Rule's account of Liysa Northon's murder of her airline pilot husband. I became interested in her story after reading that Liysa sued Ann ...more
Dec 31, 2008
Jan 02, 2009
The Blood Countess
The history of Countess of Elizabeth Bathory of Hungary is fascinating; I was drawn to this account of her life because Andrei Codrescu is an NPR comm ...more
Dec 20, 2008
Dec 21, 2008
The Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity
I loved the first quarter of this book and hated the rest. The author starts by describing the abduction of a child and her father's reaction to it, b ...more
Jan 26, 2009
Jan 26, 2009
Bitter Is the New Black: Confessions of a Condescending, Egomaniacal, Self-Centered Smartass, Or, Why You Should Never Carry A Prada Bag to the Unemployment Office
Frivolous and sarcastic, which can be great qualities, but the author tries too hard and while I love a good smart-ass, I couldn't stand the main char ...more
May 02, 2008
May 07, 2008
I Don't Know How She Does It: The Life of Kate Reddy, Working Mother
A good laugh for working mothers. One of my favorite passages: "Women used to have time to make mince pies and had to fake orgasms. Now we can manage ...more
Jul 05, 2003
Mar 26, 2008
Eleanor of Aquitaine: A Life
The first third of this book was agonizing; I practically gave up reading altogether because it was such a dense read.^ After that, though, it became ...more
Mar 27, 2009
Apr 02, 2009
The Want-Ad Killer
Typical Ann Rule fare about Harvey Louis Carignan (aka "Harvey the Hammer") who has a penchant for bludgeoning his victims with a [spoiler ahead] hamm ...more
Feb 09, 2008
Feb 09, 2008
Final Exam: A Surgeon's Reflections on Mortality
This book gets four stars mostly because I was so impressed to see a surgeon reflect on death and dying -- a topic so often ignored by physicians. Che ...more
May 04, 2009
May 12, 2009
Love's Blood
In this account of Patricia Ann Columbo's murder of her father, mother, and brother, Clark Howard thoroughly explores Patricia's life, to the point wh ...more
Feb 2009
Feb 01, 2009
My Sister, My Love: The Intimate Story of Skyler Rampike
This is Joyce Carol Oates’s take on the JonBenet Ramsey case, a satire written from the perspective of Skyler (Burke), Bliss’s (JonBenet’s) older brot ...more
Feb 24, 2009
Feb 24, 2009
Santa Responds: He's Had Enough...and He's Writing Back!
This is a collection of letters to Santa with Santa's not-so-nice but very funny responses. For example, when Annabel (age 5) asks Santa why the Easte ...more
Jan 10, 2009
Jan 11, 2009
Einstein: His Life and Universe
This is Walter Isaacson's biography of Einstein. It is well-written, well-researched, and it flows nicely despite the necessary but complicated sectio ...more
Apr 06, 2009
May 12, 2009
Poisoned Love
I will never understand why Kristin Rossum -- a smart, young, pretty toxicologist who seemed to have it all -- poisoned her husband rather than divorc ...more
Jan 2009
Jan 02, 2009
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