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The Dog Stars by Peter Heller
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Andy Rooney by Andy Rooney
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I always liked the straightforward wit and wisdom of Andy Rooney. I felt that one of the funnest parts of this book was the collection of witticisms (proverbs?) at the very end. Some of the parts in the middle were a bit mundane, but the genuine appr ...more
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All Joy and No Fun by Jennifer Senior
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This book explores the effects of children on parents. Having several children, I saw this and thought I would likely find it relevant and insightful. One of the more interesting aspect for me was how the author compared children today to children of ...more
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Bomb by Steve Sheinkin
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This is a factual history book that reads like spy novel fiction. I think that's what made it enjoyable for me--that it painted very interesting historical events in such readable, engaging ways. There is nothing dull about this. I've read other book ...more
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The Tiger's Wife by Téa Obreht
The Tiger's Wife
by Téa Obreht (Goodreads Author)
read in February, 2015
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This novel, set in the Balkans, weaves several related stories together. Themes of superstition, myth, and death are found throughout the threads of the story. I liked the portions relating to the "deathless man" the best, and I liked how it played a ...more
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Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry
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Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
Cloud Atlas
by David Mitchell
read in February, 2015
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This novel is written as several loosely linked short stories, spanning all sorts of writing genres and delivered mostly in halves. The only start-to-finish story is the chapter smack in the middle, and each of the other stories is wrapped around tha ...more
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Winter Street by Elin Hilderbrand
Winter Street
by Elin Hilderbrand (Goodreads Author)
read in January, 2015
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I thought this sounded like a cozy book to read by the fireplace over the Christmas break. And I guess it was in some ways, but I slowly became less enamored with many of the characters who increasingly seemed bourgeois and spoiled. I grew weary of h ...more
Quiet by Susan Cain
"This is a very interesting read, and it shed a great deal of light on my own experience as an introvert. I love the way the author argues that introversion is not a negative trait, but simply counter to our dominant culture, which prizes putting o..." Read more of this review »
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The Open Boat by Stephen Crane
The Open Boat
by Stephen Crane
read in December, 2014
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I read this short story back in high school and I enjoyed re-reading it again just recently. I recall some folks back then being frustrated or angry at it, but overall I found it to be impressive. It is a thinker story--a good one for discussion.
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