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The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures
Anne Fadiman addresses a number of difficult topics in her depiction of a Hmong couple's quest to restore the soul to their child. While I consider my ...more
Aug 2008
Jan 31, 2009
Holy Cow: An Indian Adventure
As far as I could tell, this was supposed to be a true story. The problem started when some of Sarah's anecdotes were just too fantastic, and clearly ...more
Mar 29, 2009
Aug 07, 2008
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
I remember being an age when magic seemed possible--not the Harry Potter-type, but the sort that could be woven into everyday events in such a way tha ...more
Dec 20, 2013
Aug 22, 2013
Running with Scissors
When I started reading this book, I assumed that it was largely fictional. But as I really started to enter the author's world, I discovered that I kn ...more
Aug 04, 2009
Aug 05, 2009
A Good Indian Wife
I caught wind of this book before its official release and was somewhat excited about it. I'm something of an Indophile, and while I knew that the sto ...more
Jan 26, 2009
Jan 31, 2009
The Mill River Recluse
I chose this book soon after I purchased my Kindle, having heard a story about its gaining popularity as a Kindle-only book. I think it's an interesti ...more
Feb 2012
Apr 13, 2012
Daddy Was a Punk Rocker
Unlike most of the reviewers here, I've never had much interest in punk (though it's interesting that I've finished this on the night Facebook is expl ...more
Jul 12, 2014
Jun 14, 2014
Sacred Games
I've just started this, but I have to say...I love the glossary in the back of the book. I've been studying Hindi, but most courses don't teach you th ...more
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Feb 23, 2008
Children of Jihad: A Young American's Travels Among the Youth of the Middle East
I have a confession to make: I have never been a history scholar. There are certain periods of history that interest me (the Harlem Renaissance, for e ...more
Dec 2007
Feb 20, 2008
People With No Camel
I really enjoyed the first 75% of this book (I can be precise, since I read it on my Kindle!). The last 25% is an Iranian folktale, but having no prio ...more
Dec 18, 2011
Dec 19, 2011
Blue Shoes and Happiness (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency #7)
I generally find these books highly enjoyable...this one, however, seemed to have no ending. I don't just mean that it wasn't resolved...I mean that I ...more
Jul 19, 2009
Jul 20, 2009
A "light" read, indeed. As other have said, nothing new or earth-shattering, but instead one woman's story of dealing with life and getting away from ...more
Jan 20, 2013
Jan 11, 2013
Just started this last night and did not want to put it down to go to sleep. Got a bit further into it this morning before I'm looking forw ...more
Aug 27, 2013
Aug 22, 2013
The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate
This is not the type of book I would typically read. The author is a conservative Christian minister, and the book waxes religious/traditional, at tim ...more
Feb 03, 2013
Jan 21, 2013
Don't Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life
Reading this for a book club. I don't have any food allergies, so it was an interesting look into the life of someone who has to think before eating-- ...more
Jan 30, 2013
Jan 21, 2013
The Indian Slow Cooker: 50 Healthy, Easy, Authentic Recipes
As others have mentioned, these recipes create huge batches...I definitely would need to reduce the quantity prepared. Also, many of the recipes seem ...more
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Sep 02, 2013
The Reasons of Love
I'd recently read Frankfurt's On Truth and On Bullshit, and somehow stumbled across this book soon afterwards. Not everyone will agree with Frankfurt' ...more
Jun 05, 2008
May 02, 2008
Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me)
This book will make you question your memories, your preferences, and your most deeply held beliefs, because it explains how these things (sometimes) ...more
Jun 2010
Jun 04, 2010
Good and Cheap: A Snap Cookbook
Great idea for a cookbook; I'm glad that I backed this Kickstarter. Recipes are easy-to-follow and largely vegetarian, which suits me just fine. Read ...more
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Nov 07, 2014
Interpreter of Maladies
The author grew up in RI, and almost every story contained some long-forgotten element of Rhody made me homesick on more than one occasion ...more
Dec 13, 2008
Nov 17, 2008
Gone Girl
I really enjoyed the voices of the two narrators, and the characters only grew increasingly complex as the story progressed, making them more "real", ...more
Mar 13, 2013
Feb 25, 2013
Girlfag: A Life Told in Sex and Musicals
I stayed up to finish it, and while this isn't my first time posponing sleep to finish a book, it is my first time doing so for a work of nonfiction, ...more
Jun 06, 2013
Jun 04, 2013
Their Eyes Were Watching God
What an amazing book. Hurston was criticized for using BVE, but I don't think the story would be at all the same without it. Hurston herself led a fas ...more
May 02, 2008
Feb 21, 2008
Stumbling on Happiness
This book initially intrigued me because the cover quotes were written by Malcolm Gladwell and Steven Leavitt, both of whom wrote excellent, accessibl ...more
Jun 21, 2008
Mar 10, 2008
Broken Homes (Peter Grant, #4)
Not as coherent a story as the others in the series--too many loose ends, and left me with an overall sense that I must have missed something. I start ...more
Sep 05, 2014
Aug 10, 2014
Outliers: The Story of Success
Not as profound as his other books, but still an engaging set of observations about the real reasons behind success.
Oct 22, 2009
Oct 22, 2009
The Space Between Us
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, for several reasons. The writing is thoughtful but not ponderous. It is, as a few people mention, a "quick read," but ...more
Apr 2008
Feb 20, 2008
The Cat Who Could Read Backwards (Cat Who..., #1)
I've read more than half the books in this series. I originally bought them for my sister because I thought I could trick her into reading something w ...more
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Feb 27, 2008
Words Their Way: Word Study for Phonics, Vocabulary, and Spelling Instruction, [Book, CD & DVD]
Before coming to the conclusion that I am not wired for working with large groups of small children, I briefly entertained the idea that I might want ...more
Jan 2007
Feb 21, 2008
Smart Women
I read this book when I was in 4th grade. It is not meant for 4th graders, as I soon learned, but when I saw a Judy Blume book in the house, I assumed ...more
Jan 1985
Feb 25, 2008
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