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Patron Saint of Liars
The story of Rose, a habitual abandoner, who finds herself in a home for unwed mothers in the 1960s. The story is about the place almost as much as th ...more
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May 25, 2007
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
It was one of the more incredible books I've ever read. The book is the true story of the author's life in Sierra-Leone, and the story of many other c ...more
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May 25, 2007
A Soft Place to Land
There were things I really loved about this novel, this story of two sisters and the irrevocable changes wrought in their lives after their parents ar ...more
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Jan 16, 2012
A Lantern in Her Hand
I read this one for my church book club. As soon as I heard the title, I recognized it as one of my mother's favorite ever books. I read it in high sc ...more
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May 25, 2007
The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #5)
This is my review of the whole series. :)

I found these books highly readable. I zipped quickly through the whole series and enjoyed each book a little
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Apr 02, 2010
The Actor and the Housewife
If you put every romantic comedy you ever saw and a couple of Jack Weyland novels in a blender, this book is what you'd end up with. I'm not entirely ...more
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Oct 14, 2009
The Birth House
I had a hard time deciding how many stars to give this book.
I enjoyed a lot of things about it. The characters are engaging and interesting and quickl
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Jun 12, 2009
Cleopatra's Daughter
I very much hope that Michelle Moran has written or will write more books because I immensely enjoyed this, as well as her two preceeding books (Nefer ...more
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Apr 18, 2010
My Sister's Keeper
**spoiler alert** **This review may contain some semi-spoilers. I tried to avoid any blatant spoilerishness, but I do hint at things here and there... ...more
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May 17, 2009
Dating Game
I have never read a Danielle Steel novel and for some reason when I saw this in the free books bin at my local used book store I thought, "why HAVE I ...more
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Jun 20, 2011
The book opens with the headmaster of a private school in a small Vermont village. He has been given a video tape and told he ought to see the content ...more
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Jul 22, 2009
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
I read this with my kids (ages 7 and 9). I remembered it as one of my favorite books from my childhood and was so excited to share it with them. It wa ...more
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Aug 31, 2009
The Help
I have to admit that despite all the hype I was really reluctant to read this book and probably wouldn't have picked it up if my book club hadn't sele ...more
Jul 20, 2010
Jul 13, 2010
The Heretic Queen
I have to admit that as I began this book I fully did not expect to enjoy it as much as the first, but as I turn the last page, I have to say I think ...more
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Feb 04, 2010
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
I have decided to set aside "World War Z" for now. I just wasn't finding it very compelling. While the writing is smart and witty and clearly well inf ...more
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Mar 13, 2012
The Road
I can't say I "enjoyed" this book, because I found it troubling and at times very disturbing, however it is one of the better written books I have rea ...more
Jan 20, 2009
Jan 15, 2009
Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith
This was a lovely book. Part memoir part religious philosophy, the book is a collection of essays in which Lamott opens her life and her heart to the ...more
Jan 14, 2013
Dec 17, 2012
There are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in the Other America
Alex Kotlowitz first met Pharoah and Lafayette, the subjects of the book, as a journalist writing a story to accompany photographs a friend had taken ...more
Apr 19, 2009
Mar 13, 2009
Lawn Boy
I read this book with my eight-year-old son. We loved it! Somehow I have made it thus far in life without ever reading a Gary Paulsen novel. And while ...more
Feb 23, 2009
Feb 14, 2009
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)
I have to say, people...I do not get it. Pretty much everyone I know raved about this book. All of my friends loved it, it's a huge international sens ...more
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Oct 13, 2010
The Hour I First Believed
Wow. I really loved this book. I do have to warn my more sensitive friends that it does deal with some adult subject material and there is a little bi ...more
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Aug 25, 2010
The Ruins
This book was way out of my usual genres. I've never been a big fan of horror, but I couldn't put this one down! I'm sure this is due, in part, to the ...more
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Jul 25, 2008
The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children
My husband and I have recently discovered Kirk Martin and his "Celebrate Calm" approach to parenting. ( We have found his philos ...more
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Dec 21, 2008
Ahab's Wife, or The Star-Gazer
I am very divided about this book. I missed the book club discussion on it and was going to abandon it, until I was informed that my book club, for th ...more
Jan 07, 2009
Nov 02, 2008
The Night Strangers
**spoiler alert** I found this book highly entertaining. Especially for the first 250 pages. The story follows airline pilot Chip Linton who survives ...more
Dec 17, 2012
Mar 19, 2012
Trans-Sister Radio
Trans-Sister Radio is the story of four individuals (who take turns narrating the story). College professor Dana is a transexual--"a woman born in a m ...more
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May 25, 2007
Eighth Grade Bites (The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod, #1)
I'd like to give this one like 2 and a half stars. (Goodreads should really do half stars) The writing is OK. To me, it read like a book for young rea ...more
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Feb 01, 2011
All the Lovely Bad Ones
I didn't realize when I picked this up that is why by the same author as "Wait Til Helen Comes" which was my favorite scary book as a kid, but a few c ...more
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Aug 29, 2011
Like Water for Chocolate
**spoiler alert** This was a very well written book. I loved the food imagery and the way that scents and tastes would carry the narrator away into ta ...more
Feb 23, 2011
Feb 09, 2011
I Feel Bad about My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman
I didn't realize until halfway through the book that Ephron also wrote one of my all time favorite movies When Harry Met Sally... and relizing that ma ...more
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May 25, 2007
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