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Sophie's Choice
This was my March pick for the list challenge:

I haven't seen the movie in thirty years, and "as a mom" (my hu
Apr 2014
Jan 26, 2014
A Story Lately Told: Coming of Age in Ireland, London, and New York
Anjelica Huston had a swoon-worthy childhood. Reading this, the first volume of her memoirs, was like reading a children's book and wishing you were a ...more
May 12, 2014
Jan 26, 2014
Mazes and Monsters
This book came out in 1981, and, in my freshman year of high school, was made into a t.v. movie starring my imaginary boyfriend at the time, Tom Hanks ...more
not set
Oct 08, 2010
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration
Four and a half stars, really.

Isabel Wilkerson has written the best kind of non-fiction: readable, entertaining, shocking, and full of facts I never k
Feb 20, 2013
Dec 26, 2012
A Paper Life
Anyone who knows me well knows my love of Tatum O'Neal. Her role in the "The Bad News Bears" was everything I wanted to be, but wasn't, as a child--to ...more
Apr 2011
Jan 19, 2011
Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found
I'll be the first to admit this review may not be entirely fair--This happened to be the book I started reading around Christmas-time, when my attenti ...more
Jan 09, 2014
Sep 27, 2013
Mad as Hell: The Making of Network and the Fateful Vision of the Angriest Man in Movies
A decent exploration of the making of the movie "Network." If you've never seen it, do so.

I liked this book enough that I had weird dreams related to
Mar 06, 2014
Feb 19, 2014
Tom Jones
Finally! I didn't think I'd ever finish! Since the novel is divided into "books" and each book is divided into chapters, I first set an overly ambitio ...more
May 18, 2008
Mar 17, 2008
The Egg and I
The author of the Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle series also wrote several memoirs, this being the most famous. It's the book that introduced Ma and Pa Kettle to ...more
Feb 2008
Mar 06, 2008
Come and Get It
This starts out as the story of Barney Glasglow, a wealthy paper mill owner around the turn of the century. It flashes back to his youth in a logging ...more
May 09, 2015
Feb 17, 2015
Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High
Our store management team read this book as part of our development. While the reasoning is sound, the execution is HORRIBLE--too many acronyms, multi ...more
not set
Aug 26, 2010
Coffee, Tea or Me?
I just read in the introduction that there are 3 sequels to this book. So I went on abe and bought them. Whee!

This is one of my favorite kinds of fluf
Mar 16, 2009
Feb 13, 2009
Atlas Shrugged
Of course it's too long. At times it is ludicrous (Dagny flies a plane!), often repetitive, especially in the assigning of behavior to facial expressi ...more
Aug 08, 2009
May 24, 2009
Child of Satan, Child of God
This was a great addition to my Manson book collection (creepy, I know, but the story never bores me). I only wish she'd written a sequel, as I'd like ...more
Feb 2008
Mar 06, 2008
The Woodlanders
Great Hardy book, as always. This one has the usual--pastoral setting, wealth versus poverty, class status, heavy foreshadowing. I hadn't read any Tho ...more
Jul 09, 2008
Jun 19, 2008
Little House On The Prairie (Little House, #2)
Let's just say the depictions of Native Americans are "troubling" and leave it at that. Also, it would be hard being married to Charles Ingalls, with ...more
May 26, 2014
May 26, 2014
Farmer Boy (Little House, #3)
This was always every little girl's least favorite in the series, but reading it now as an adult, I love the food porniness of it. Every chapter has a ...more
May 26, 2014
May 26, 2014
Cold Hand in Mine
A perfectly serviceable collection of supernatural stories by a British author I had never heard of until the new Goodreads recommendation engine sugg ...more
Oct 20, 2011
Sep 28, 2011
The Complete Peanuts, Vol. 17: 1983-1984
This volume is very Spike heavy. I was all set to write that as my review, but before I did, I put this one on the shelf and pulled out Volume 18 to r ...more
Jan 06, 2015
Jul 06, 2014
My Cousin Rachel
Good show! I devoured this 374-page book in less than a week, partly because I'm on vacation, and partly because it was so good. Not so much a "whodun ...more
Feb 04, 2009
Jan 02, 2009
I Could Pee on This And Other Poems by Cats
Cute cat poems, from the guy who does "Sally Forth."
Oct 06, 2012
Oct 05, 2012
The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike, #1)
I don't read mysteries very often, but I do watch the occasional tv one ("The Killing;" "Broadchurch"), and I like it when I can't figure it out. I co ...more
Sep 14, 2013
Aug 20, 2013
Minders of Make-Believe: Idealists, Entrepreneurs, and the Shaping of American Children's Literature
So I didn't read every word on every page, but I got what I wanted out of it. This is focused more on the publishers and editors who shaped children's ...more
Aug 29, 2008
Aug 23, 2008
What if the Manson Family murders had a (somewhat) happier ending?

As a reader of many, many books about Charles Manson and the family, I was VERY war
Jul 2011
Jul 23, 2011
Never Let Me Go
Equal parts science fiction, mystery, and British children at school novel, this book is an amazing piece of fiction. I was so fished in by the story, ...more
not set
Sep 06, 2010
The Third Wheel (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, #7)
Most people who know me know I have a HUGE problem with the expression "third wheel." For years, I've been railing, writing letters to magazine and ne ...more
Nov 29, 2012
Nov 27, 2012
Go Set a Watchman
Well, there it is.

I'm sure I'm not alone when I say I'm glad I read it, and I wish I never had the chance to read it. Yes, I loved seeing the twenty-
Aug 24, 2015
Aug 21, 2015
Life After Life
The second I finished this book, I went on Kate Atkinson's web site to read more about it, as the dust jacket suggested I do. While I was there, I saw ...more
Feb 07, 2014
Feb 04, 2014
The Secret Lives of Hoarders: True Stories of Tackling Extreme Clutter
Matt Paxton, billed as an "Extreme Cleaning Specialist" on the A&E reality series "Hoarders," is (along with Dr. Robin Zasio) one of my favorites ...more
May 2011
May 25, 2011
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
While Henrietta Lacks lay dying of cancer in Johns Hopkins, doctors took a sample from the tumor growing on her cervix. The cells from that sample wer ...more
Feb 25, 2010
Feb 22, 2010