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American Shaolin
3.97
As a librarian, its been a while since I read a book I couldn't put down. This book is one of them. I've read several books about China but never have ...more
Mar 2009
Apr 28, 2008
 
Running with the Buffaloes: A Season Inside with Mark Wetmore, Adam Goucher, and the University of Colorado Men's Cross-Country Team
4.14
This book lacks any literary merit or even a story for that matter. This is not a book for anyone but track enthusiast. The reading is scattered with ...more
Feb 22, 2009
Feb 08, 2009
 
1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus
4.00
This is an extremely dense read and tends to drag in the first chapter. However it is a great, basic introduction to various archaeological theories a ...more
May 13, 2008
Apr 01, 2008
 
Oracle Bones: A Journey Between China's Past and Present
4.12
This is a book I would never had picked up but I am surprised by how much I enjoyed it.

Hessler journeys between China's past and present through the
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May 06, 2008
Apr 28, 2008
 
Cherish the First Six Weeks: A Plan that Creates Calm, Confident Parents and a Happy, Secure Baby
3.68
Helen Moon is a professional nanny with 25 years working with parents, including some celebrities. Filled with sage advice for getting your newborn on ...more
Jul 09, 2014
Jul 21, 2014
 
The Compound (The Compound, #1)
3.84
Definitely a disturbing read. It's been a while since I read a book that I've actually had a hard time putting down.

Eli and his family have moved und
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not set
Jun 11, 2008
 
The Pillars of the Earth  (The Pillars of the Earth, #1)
4.27
Tom Builder and his family wander the countryside of England looking for work. He is a mason who's dream is to build a cathedral. His search pulls him ...more
Apr 15, 2013
May 15, 2013
 
The Shipping News
3.79
A depressingly poignant story of outcast Quoyle and his longing to be loved and belong in his ancestral Newfoundland community following his cheating ...more
Mar 2009
Apr 08, 2009
 
The House of the Scorpion (Matteo Alacran, #1)
4.10
A wonderfully crafted and thought provoking book, Farmer brings up many modern topics like stem cell research, the drug industry, border crossings etc ...more
Apr 27, 2009
Apr 27, 2009
 
Wizard's First Rule (Sword of Truth, #1)
4.12
Young Richard Cypher helps a girl about to be attacked by 4 burly men. His heroic act entangles him in a fierce battle to protect life as he knows it ...more
Sep 15, 2011
Sep 30, 2011
 
Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother
3.58
Amy Chua embarks on a journey to raise her daughters in the traditional, strict Chinese way. Often employing controversial and harsh (though never abu ...more
Apr 21, 2012
Apr 16, 2012
 
Luna
3.88
"Yeah, I loved her. I couldn't help it. She was my brother." With this line Peters sucked me right into the story of Regan and her transgender older b ...more
Aug 17, 2009
Aug 19, 2009
 
On the Jellicoe Road
4.16
After being announced as the 2008 Printz Award Winner I had to read this book.

Although a bit confusing in the beginning, this story interlaces the lif
...more
Feb 22, 2009
Feb 08, 2009
 
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
4.22
Francie Nolan is an intelligent young girl growing up impoverished in the turn of the century Brooklyn. This poignant and honest look into the day-to- ...more
Jun 16, 2009
Jun 29, 2009
 
Swamplandia!
3.20
Thirteen-year-old Ava Bigtree has lived her entire life at Swamplandia!, her family’s island and gator-wrestling park in the Everglades. But when Ava' ...more
Sep 20, 2012
Oct 31, 2012
 
Winter's Tale
3.53
Prompted by the release of the movie to read Helprin's 1983 mythical novel set in NYC, my main reaction is confusion. Although the movie seems to focu ...more
Sep 27, 2014
Sep 30, 2014
 
The Fault in Our Stars
4.36
Hazel is like any teenager, she is given to moods. Hazel however is not like any teenager because Hazel has cancer. One day, Hazel has the good fortun ...more
Oct 04, 2012
Oct 31, 2012
 
1984
4.11
Orwell spins a frightning dystopian future world set somewhere in the late 1940s following a major war. Readers follow Winston through his day living ...more
Jul 15, 2011
Jul 13, 2011
 
The Elegance of the Hedgehog
3.71
Renee Michel is a concierge for an upper-class residence and hides her cultured and intellectual nature behind closed doors. Behaving in a manner befi ...more
Oct 26, 2011
Oct 19, 2011
 
The 100 Best Exchange-Traded Funds You Can Buy 2012
3.50
A great introduction for novice investors. The authors do a nice job of explaining what ETF's are, the different types of ETF's and their criterion an ...more
Mar 13, 2012
Mar 13, 2012
 
A Short History of Nearly Everything
4.17
*Review based on audio version*
A wonderfully condensed high school history and science lesson. Through the story of major science breakthroughs and ev
...more
Feb 2009
Mar 16, 2009
 
French Women Don't Get Fat Cookbook
3.53
Guiliano has written a guide to living well, eating wonderfully, and getting to a healthy equilibrium with the least amount of stress. With her many F ...more
Dec 05, 2012
Dec 05, 2012
 
This is Service Design Thinking: Basics – Tools – Cases
3.94
This is the ultimate design thinking bible. This is one book worth buying for my personal collection.

Drawing from the experiences of 23 authors around
...more
Mar 08, 2012
Mar 07, 2012
 
The Female Brain
3.79
This interesting book gives a lot of insight into the female brain as driven by hormones and genetics.

Brizendine attributes many female behaviors and
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Nov 2008
Feb 22, 2009
 
Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead
3.88
In her highly controversial book, Sheryl Sandberg examines why women’s progress in achieving leadership roles has stalled and offers solutions that ca ...more
Aug 13, 2014
Aug 15, 2014
 
The Girl Who Played with Fire (Millennium, #2)
4.20
My fasciniation with the protagonist Lisbeth Salander is what hooked me into reading this 2nd story in Larsson's set. Larsson has done an amazing job ...more
Sep 28, 2011
Sep 30, 2011
 
Parenting on the Go: Birth to Six, A to Z
3.00
Going down the alphabet, Elkind, a child-development expert, answers 100 common parenting questions.

Unfortunately, Elkind bit off more than he can che
...more
Aug 24, 2014
Sep 27, 2014
 
Genius of Common Sense: Jane Jacobs and the Story of the Death and Life of Great American Cities
3.83
What I like most about this book & Jane Jacobs are her concepts of urban planning & what makes a successful city. As the title says, its the g ...more
Nov 09, 2009
Nov 09, 2009
 
The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)
4.20
The first of three book series, The Lightning Thief is a modern day Greek mythology story complete with heroes, monsters and gods. Percy is 12, raised ...more
Feb 11, 2010
Feb 12, 2010
 
Enchanted Afternoon (Calhoun Chronicles #4)
3.77
9 years ago, pregnant Helena left Professor Michael Rowan to marry Senator Troy Barnes. After leaving her abusive marriage, Helena comes face to face ...more
Jul 26, 2012
Jul 27, 2012
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