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Mary rated a book 3 of 5 stars
The Reader by Bernhard Schlink
The Reader
by Bernhard Schlink
read in February, 2009
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I wasn't going to like this book; in fact I wasn't even going to read it. A love affair b/t boy of 15 and woman of 30-something? No thanks.

I'm thankful, though, that I read some reviews and realized there was more here. And more I found, as on I rea...more
Mary rated a book 2 of 5 stars
Vanishing Acts by Jodi Picoult
Vanishing Acts
by Jodi Picoult (Goodreads Author)
read in January, 2009
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an overall well-written, though sometimes laborious in detail, fun read.
Mary rated a book 5 of 5 stars
Mystery and Manners by Flannery O'Connor
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I love this book. It's Flannery O'Connor at her best, her nonfiction best, that is: wry, funny, and razor sharp. I can't believe she died when she was 39; or, more specifically, I can't believe she could write all she did, know all she did and live i...more
Mary rated a book 4 of 5 stars
The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer
The Pursuit of God
by A.W. Tozer
read in March, 2009
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I picked this one up, probably, b/c it was short and I'd never read anything by Tozer. I'd heard, when I was young and impressionable, that he was on the "mystical" side of things, and that, at first, scared me and, later, intriguied me.

Tozer descri...more
Mary rated a book 3 of 5 stars
A Long Obedience in the Same Direction by Eugene H. Peterson
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I read this one slowly and let it sink in--that worked well. Peterson leads a journey through the "songs of Ascent" from the Psalms while engaging the theme of walking and its spiritual correlative of sticking to obedience to God. Peterson writes so...more
Mary rated a book 5 of 5 stars
Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
Man's Search for Meaning
by Viktor E. Frankl
read in January, 2009
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This is one of those everyone should read. Frankl says that when he first wrote the book in 1945 (in nine days!), he had no idea that anyone would want to read it. Perhaps he considered that a personal account of experiences in concentration camps an...more
Mary and 11 other people liked Zinta's review of The Maytrees:
The Maytrees by Annie Dillard
" It was long ago that I bought the book, on a long, lone roadtrip southwest, in a favorite bookstore alongside the Rockies. I held it, carried it, kept it on my coffeetable, my nightstand, prolonging the sweet anticipation, knowing the coming rewar... " Read more of this review »
Mary and 28 other people liked Donald's review of The Maytrees:
The Maytrees by Annie Dillard
" I got myself in a snit over the review in the NY Times Book Review and sent the editor the following:

To the Editor:

Certainly Annie Dillard’s new novel, The Maytrees, deserved a more perceptive — indeed, a more proficient — reader than Ms. Reed (J... " Read more of this review »
Mary rated a book 4 of 5 stars
The Thanatos Syndrome by Walker Percy
The Thanatos Syndrome
by Walker Percy
read in June, 2008
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Here Percy is profound: psychologically astute and socially prescient. He knows people--the human condition, our querks, our excuses, our dilemmas. He knows us inside and out. And in _The Thanatos Syndrome_, Percy puts his own medical-school knowledg...more
Mary rated a book 5 of 5 stars
The Maytrees by Annie Dillard
The Maytrees
by Annie Dillard
read in January, 2009
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whew! a few quotes will have to suffice here b/c, well, dillard is ultimately un-paraphraseable (b/c her power is in the very details that would be glossed over in a pitiful paraphrase):
-Philosophy, Lou thought and so did Cornelius, had trivialized i...more
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