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Cutting for Stone
Having recently spent 12 hours at the Addis Ababa International Airport while reading this book (not a coincidence), I have to say I really enjoyed it...more
Sep 28, 2013
Apr 07, 2013
The Piano Tuner
Being a pianist, I especially enjoyed this book. I loved the references to various preludes by Bach and the Haydn Sonata Op 50 in D Major (Youtube it!...more
Jul 04, 2008
Jun 23, 2008
Heaven Is Here: An Incredible Story of Hope, Triumph, and Everyday Joy
More than anything, I was affected by the honesty through good and bad of her recovery and the family relationships (that supported Stephanie so well)...more
Jun 04, 2012
Apr 14, 2012
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
This was a very interesting, accessible book which brought up the moral and ethical issues involved with the use of tissues and cells in addition to i...more
not set
Dec 26, 2011
Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother
I digested that book in about three hours. I was so curious to get insights into the Chinese parenting model. I am a piano teacher and constantly see...more
Sep 2012
Sep 01, 2012
Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
Very interesting book. It makes me want to toss my running shoes and run barefoot through the grass behind our house. I enjoyed McDougall's writing (d...more
Apr 06, 2012
Apr 05, 2012
The Husband's Manual
This book was gifted to me from the authors who live in my neighborhood. We just met on the evening Andy gave it to me, so don't think I gave it a "4"...more
Dec 20, 2013
Dec 20, 2013
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (Flavia de Luce, #1)
Quite an enjoyable mystery. (3+) I really enjoy books that incorporate music and art. I love going to the internet and learning about paintings or mus...more
Jul 14, 2010
Jul 07, 2010
con carino amalia
Every year, I try to read at least one book in spanish. I enjoyed this book. The language was very accessible for me. Amalia deals with her friend mov...more
Apr 19, 2013
Apr 19, 2013
Hannah Fowler
3+. Published in 1956, it is a story of Hannah Fowler, a frontier woman and her family, their dealings with the land and the Shawnee and Cherokee Indi...more
May 31, 2010
May 24, 2010
The Fault in Our Stars
This is one of those books that I consider good for me that I read it. Kind of like eating vegetables. I had the hardest time picking it up to read it...more
Apr 22, 2014
Apr 22, 2014
The Invisible Wall: A Love Story That Broke Barriers
The author captured heartbreak and sadness effectively in this book as well as the feelings between the Christians and the Jews and what life was like...more
Mar 21, 2013
Mar 20, 2013
Ayude a Sus Hijos a Tener Exito En La Escuela
I think families who have moved from a Central or South American Country to the U.S. would find this book very helpful. Even as a seasoned parent in t...more
Jul 05, 2012
Jun 22, 2012
Teaching Outside the Box: How to Grab Your Students By Their Brains
The title caught my eye since I'm always looking for ways to be a better piano teacher. I thought it would be inspiring summer reading. In many ways,...more
Jul 05, 2012
Jun 22, 2012
Abigail Adams
I was inspired to read about Abigail Adams after a spring break trip to Philadelphia. I enjoyed learning about her life and would have liked to have m...more
May 04, 2012
Apr 18, 2012
Porch Lights
This was a goodreads give-away. I appreciated the chance to be an early reader of the book. It caught my attention and I read the book in about 4 days...more
Jun 09, 2012
Jun 05, 2012
The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy
This book has mild adventures. I think there is potential to increase their intensity with more creative writing style. It is enough to hold our atten...more
Sep 2009
Aug 26, 2009
The Baker's Daughter
Fascinating premise: a German family during the holocaust and a Hispanic man doing border patrol in current day between Texas and Mexico. The stories...more
Feb 06, 2014
Jan 27, 2014
My Name is Mary Sutter
3+. I thought this was a very interesting personal look at the civil war and the medical side of it. I loved Mary Sutter, her strength, courage, and d...more
Oct 23, 2010
Sep 30, 2010
The Toymaker
Page turner. I couldn't stop reading this book and fortunately, I was able to read it very quickly without too many interruptions. I would recommend i...more
Jul 30, 2011
Jul 30, 2011
Bliss, Remembered
Things I liked: details of competition, talent coming from nowhere, delightful romance, wondering what was going to happen (the intrigue), some good q...more
Jan 02, 2014
Jan 02, 2014
The Higher Power of Lucky (The Hard Pan Trilogy, #1)
So. . . Newberry Award. Hmmm. I have to think about that one. I got it for my 10 year old son to read. There are definitely poignant, touching issues...more
Mar 29, 2012
Mar 29, 2012
The Lilies of the Field
Short, simple (or maybe not so simple) story of faith, love, and service. The nuns were endearing (Mother Maria Marthe and Sister Albertine, the artis...more
Aug 31, 2010
Aug 30, 2010
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
My sister gave it a "5". But I can't go that far. I was fascinated by the topic (having taken an anatomy class in college and growing up in a curious...more
Feb 25, 2010
Feb 17, 2010
The Life of Our Lord: Written for His Children During the Years 1846 to 1849
It is touching to hear Charles Dickens tell Jesus's story in a very simple and beautiful way to his children. I like his explanations of the parables...more
Dec 25, 2009
Dec 25, 2009
Comanche Moon (Comanche, #1)
Historical Fiction. What a tale! I was so wrapped up in the characters and so emotionally involved in their thoughts and actions, confusions, differin...more
Mar 08, 2010
Mar 05, 2010
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
Mostly, the new awareness of this time period in the history of the United States kind of shocked me. Between my grandparents and in-laws, I have had...more
Nov 28, 2010
Nov 09, 2010
Very interesting book as Ayaan explores her Muslim upbringing, its effect on women in particular and her relationship with God (or Allah). Some though...more
Apr 11, 2011
Apr 09, 2011
A Ticket to the Circus: A Memoir
The story was not at all what I was expecting, based on the title. However, having reached the end of the book, it's an apt title.
I was propelled thro...more
not set
Mar 02, 2011
The Night Circus
The ending chapter was very philosophical. I think I will read it (the ending) again. I had a hard time connecting with the characters. Very imaginati...more
Feb 25, 2013
Feb 12, 2013
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