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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
I've read a lot of organization books over the years, but this is a book that might actually change your relationship with your possessions. Instead o ...more
Dec 18, 2014
Dec 18, 2014
The Panic Virus: A True Story of Medicine, Science, and Fear
Mnookin's The Panic Virus is an amazing investigation into the culture of vaccinations, and the deadly effects of those too selfish and shortsighted t ...more
Feb 2011
Apr 26, 2011
The Martian
Want to know what happens when you're stranded on Mars, in an unforgiving environment with limited food/water and absolutely no way to contact Mission ...more
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Oct 18, 2014
Life After Life
All of Ursula Todd’s lives branch out, like a bizarre plant, from the night she is born in 1910, in the middle of a blizzard. The reader is led throug ...more
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Apr 16, 2013
The Circle
There's something about Mae, the newest girl at the Circle. She's sort of a 21st century everywoman: over-educated for her depressing job at the publi ...more
May 11, 2014
May 10, 2014
Gone Girl
While not a literary masterwork, I can see why this was (is?) such a white-hot title. Take a lackluster marriage, mix with technology and recession; c ...more
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Sep 28, 2012
Where'd You Go, Bernadette
Told entirely in letters, emails, evidence, and other written pieces, this is a quasi-epistolary voyage through the crazy streets of yuppie Seattle, w ...more
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Oct 11, 2013
1Q84 (1Q84, #1-3)
There are few readers who want something so substantial, they will have to hoist the book into their laps with a crane. (I read this in ebook form, so ...more
Aug 09, 2014
Jan 20, 2014
The Paper Magician (The Paper Magician Trilogy, #1)
The world that Holmberg starts to create is pretty amazing - a steampunk sort of magical Edwardian universe in which there are different divisions of ...more
Oct 02, 2014
Oct 02, 2014
Cleaving: A Story of Marriage, Meat, and Obsession
Julie Powell is back... and this time she's chucked Mastering the Art of French Cooking in favor of extracting the internal organs of various animals. ...more
Nov 28, 2009
Dec 10, 2009
Elegy for Eddie: A Maisie Dobbs Novel
Covent Garden's costermongers have come to Maisie Dobbs with the news of a suspicious death - beloved Eddit Pettit, a mentally impaired man whose tale ...more
Jan 26, 2012
Feb 01, 2012
The Hole We're In
The decisions we make to pursue or maintain an image affect our entire lives, and the lives of our children. Sure, it's a quick way to describe Zevin' ...more
Jan 31, 2010
Feb 23, 2010
Caught in the Middle: America's Heartland in the Age of Globalism
(Note: this review was written about three books thematically linked. See titles in content:)

Separately, these are all well-written and readable studi
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Nov 23, 2013
The Year Before the Flood: A Story of New Orleans
I'd give this a 3-star rating for personal enjoyment of the topic but a 5-star rating for being an essential historical document of the early 21st cen ...more
Dec 20, 2009
Dec 21, 2009
How Buildings Learn: What Happens After They're Built
This is my reading reaction I posted to my blog:

From my last post - this was the only book referred to in the New S
Dec 22, 2009
Dec 23, 2009
To Marry an English Lord: Or How Anglomania Really Got Started
As a prelude to this season's Downton Abbey, I decided to read one of the books that Julian Fellowes apparently used as an inspiration for his Edwardi ...more
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Jan 06, 2013
Hollowing Out the Middle: The Rural Brain Drain and What It Means for America
(Note: this review was written about three books thematically linked. See titles in content:)

Separately, these are all well-written and readable studi
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Nov 23, 2013
Well, if the Dixie Chicks decided that Earl had to die, it's no wonder that a Japanese wife and her coworkers at a boxed lunch factory would have the ...more
Jun 08, 2009
Jun 05, 2009
Under the Dome
King already imagined the apocalypse once in The Stand... and this post 9-11 version of The Bell Jar is a worthy follow-up. After a literal dome desce ...more
Dec 04, 2009
Nov 30, 2009
A sort of reimagining of the Jacyee Lee Dugard story from the POV of a small child, age 5. The unnamed mother was abducted as a 19 year old and trappe ...more
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Jun 03, 2011
A Stolen Life
Before picking this one up, I realized that not everyone was giving it 5-star reviews. I'll agree - the prose is disjointed, the narrative skips aroun ...more
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Oct 31, 2011
Wool (Wool, #1)
I picked this bargain set of e-books up on Amazon from the recommendation on BoingBoing. Glad I did! In a future where nobody knows any better, everyo ...more
Mar 10, 2012
Mar 04, 2012
The Keeper of Lost Causes (Department Q, #1)
**spoiler alert** I was looking for another Scandinavian thriller to recommend to people ready for something beyond Stieg Larsson. But... this book ma ...more
Dec 29, 2011
Dec 04, 2011
Boneshaker (The Clockwork Century, #1)
Loved this crazy alt-Seattle-history steampunk zombie fest, starring a plucky/determined mother/son pair who must use all their wits to escape. Priest ...more
Dec 18, 2009
Dec 17, 2009
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
When Henrietta Lacks died in 1951, she didn't take everything with her. The doctors at Johns Hopkins took samples of her cancerous cervical tissue and ...more
Feb 18, 2010
Feb 03, 2010
Her Fearful Symmetry
Four pairs enter, but only two emerge from this dark, sleekly modern ghost story. English lovers Robert & Elspeth are parted when she dies of canc ...more
Dec 26, 2009
Aug 09, 2009
Methland: The Death and Life of an American Small Town
(Note: this review was written about three books thematically linked. See titles in content:)

Separately, these are all well-written and readable studi
Jun 25, 2010
Dec 13, 2009
The Care and Management of Lies
As in any Winspear book, I appreciated the careful detail of everyday life in the WWI era. I was most looking forward to this book as a standalone nov ...more
May 2014
Jan 12, 2014
This futuristic thriller from the author of Robopocalypse brings you to the edge of a new humanity... where the slow, the injured, and the development ...more
Oct 11, 2012
Jun 07, 2012
Leaving Everything Most Loved (Maisie Dobbs #10)
It's 1933, and Maisie has encountered a case that is anything but run-of-the-mill: two Indian women have been executed, and the authorities have let t ...more
Jan 12, 2014
Feb 02, 2013
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