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Collected Stories of Wallace Stegner
Collected Stories of Wallace Stegner is a large collection of short stories that largely concentrate on the American West in the first half of the 20t ...more
Nov 2010
Jul 26, 2010
Infants and mothers: Differences in development
Though the book shows its age a bit, the whole is a remarkable narrative about three different infant temperaments, and the effects that these can hav ...more
May 31, 2013
Feb 05, 2009
The Unabridged Jack London
A friend gave this to me in elementary school (she knew I loved this author) and I enjoyed and recommended it so much that I eventually, inevitably, l ...more
Jan 1988
Dec 09, 2009
Singing School: Learning to Write (and Read) Poetry by Studying with the Masters
I've really enjoyed Pinsky's poetry, his translation, and really anything he has to say about it since I went to a reading in Berkeley back in college ...more
Jul 23, 2014
Jul 23, 2014
Gaudy Night
Harriet Vane returns to Oxford at the request of a former school friend with some misgivings, and finds a very temporary peace followed by a great dea ...more
Jun 11, 2010
Jun 09, 2010
On the Black Hill
On the Black Hill is the story of a farming family in Wales. It begins in the last years of the lives of the identical twins named Lewis, marked with ...more
Jun 05, 2010
Jun 02, 2010
Jack London: An American Life
As a child, Jack London was my favorite author (I especially loved "The Sea Wolf"), but I knew very little about him as a person. It has been a long t ...more
Nov 26, 2014
Nov 17, 2014
Fling and Other Stories

Hersey's stories come into the world generously endowed with enough substance and style to make us wish they could each last much longer than they do.

Mar 14, 2010
Mar 11, 2010
A Doll's House and Other Plays
I hadn't read "The League of Youth" or "The Lady from the Sea" before, and I'm so impressed. Wonderful plays! "A Doll's House" seemed different to me ...more
Sep 06, 2010
Sep 01, 2010
Ladder of Years
I enjoy Anne Tyler's writing, which is thoughtful and nuanced, and remarkably grounded, as well as being easy to read. When I read the back of this bo ...more
May 20, 2011
May 09, 2011
Reading on Location: Great Books Set in Top Travel Destinations
I especially liked the section on Africa, because I always feel a bit lost looking for African literature, and the selections looked intriguing. The E ...more
Jul 30, 2011
Jul 12, 2011
Food in the Ancient World
As fascinated as I was by Pompeii and Herculaneum as a child, I hadn't revisited the subject again, even while studying classical languages in college ...more
Apr 11, 2014
Mar 20, 2014
The Smart Parent's Guide: Getting Your Kids Through Checkups, Illnesses, and Accidents
The descriptions of the roles of various health professionals were very helpful, and the guidelines on how to research doctors and hospitals were deta ...more
Feb 22, 2011
Feb 22, 2011
The Possessed: Adventures With Russian Books and the People Who Read Them
My favorite chapter was the one detailing the characters and events of an academic conference, which was wonderfully funny. There is really a great se ...more
May 13, 2011
May 05, 2011
Best Hikes With Children: San Francisco's South Bay
The descriptions of the hikes themselves in this reference work are detailed and helpful, and the geographical organization of the book makes sense. T ...more
Jun 09, 2010
May 04, 2010
A Village Full of Valentines
Each chapter has a different story about valentine exchanges in a village of animals, and some of the stories connect to each other. There's a particu ...more
Jan 31, 2011
Jan 31, 2011
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
I cannot usually bring myself to give the best possible opinion of a book that I'm not sure I ever want to read again. It's impossible, though, to giv ...more
Aug 08, 2010
Aug 08, 2010
Your Child's Self-Esteem: Step-by-Step Guidelines for Raising Responsible, Productive, Happy Children
I thought the main points of the book were pertinent, and there was a lot of good advice on building self esteem. Particularly helpful sections talked ...more
Jul 03, 2010
Jun 14, 2010
The Flexitarian Diet: The Mostly Vegetarian Way to Lose Weight, Be Healthier, Prevent Disease, and Add Years to Your Life
I liked the recipes and the general idea, but I thought the author's attitude was a little odd. Really? You think "veggie white meat" sounds more norm ...more
Apr 23, 2012
Apr 20, 2012
Want to Be in a Band?
My seven-year-old is really into the guitar lately, and he just loved this book about making your own band. He usually likes books without so many wor ...more
Aug 26, 2013
Aug 27, 2013
Little Gorilla
This is a wonderfully simple story about a little gorilla who is loved by his family and all the animals that surround him. They show their love for h ...more
Jan 02, 2011
Jan 02, 2011
Super-Fine Valentine (A Little Bill Book for Beginning Readers)
My daughter picked this book out of the lineup of Valentine's Day books on display at the library, and we both loved the pictures and the story. Littl ...more
Jan 31, 2011
Jan 31, 2011
Less Doing, More Living: Make Everything in Life Easier
As it appears others have said better than me, this seems to be of only limited usefulness beyond a certain subset of people--I didn't find much that ...more
May 28, 2015
May 24, 2015
Dead Man's Folly
This is one of Christie's more difficult plots to untangle, but it moves quickly. I like this one, but old-fashioned attitudes about disability show t ...more
Jun 09, 2013
Jun 08, 2013
From A House to A Home: Great Ideas for Decorating the Home, Feeding the Family and Making the Most of Time-Off
I loved looking at the pictures of families relaxing in their homes. This book is less about stylish design than about making a house into a comfortab ...more
Sep 02, 2011
Sep 02, 2011
This Salzburg: Being An Incomplete Introduction To The Beauty And Charm Of A Town We Love
A lighthearted, illustrated narration of August in Salzburg, encouraging Anglo-Saxons to visit, published in 1938? I loved the illustrations, and the ...more
Jul 25, 2011
Nov 27, 2010
My Wilderness Wildcats
I am not especially a "cat person", but I found this story fascinating, and well told. It is an enthralling account of Tomkies' endeavor to raise, bre ...more
Jun 03, 2013
May 16, 2013
The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving
**spoiler alert** It was easy to get drawn into the book. If I had known the background story of the character (tragedy involving children), I wouldn' ...more
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Jul 17, 2013
Celebrated Cases of Judge Dee (Dee Goong An)
I liked how Judge Dee was working on more than one case at a time, and found the way he solved these three cases fascinating and unexpected. The super ...more
Feb 10, 2011
Dec 10, 2010
Mr. Elephanter
I read this to two young children, and both loved the tiny elephants who ate banana pancakes and got into trouble while Mr. Elephanter was napping. It ...more
Mar 20, 2013
Mar 19, 2013
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