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recommended for: Anyone who is tired of NY Times best-sellers
read in March, 2007
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Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey
Desert Solitaire
by Edward Abbey
recommended for: Anyone who loves the outdoors and longs to be there instead of here
read in June, 2000
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This was my first Edward Abbey book. I read it while spending a somewhat lonely and isolatory summer conducting a reasearch project at my undergraduate school. After I read this book, I proceeded to clean out the library's entire collection of Abbey ...more
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The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
The Lovely Bones
by Alice Sebold
recommended for: Moms--just kidding
read in February, 2006
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This was a book I wanted to hate. I picked it up from my mom's bedside table and labeled it immediately "A mom book" deemed worthy of bathroom reading only. (Sorry mom.)

To me, "Mom books" are overly-sentimental, too plot-driven, and contain some ty
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Moby Dick by Herman Melville
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I'm so embarassed to admit that I've never read this book. It's on my really, really long mental list.
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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime
by Mark Haddon
recommended for: Anyone who works with kids with Asperger's Syndrome
read in July, 2006
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I read this book specifically because of my work with kids on the spectrum (Autism Spectrum). I loved this book because the main character reminds me so much of my favorite student (I know we shouldn't have favorites, but we all do.) The funny thing ...more
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Notes from Underground, White Nights, The Dream of a Ridiculo... by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Notes from Underground, White Nights, The Dream of a Ridiculous Man, and Selections from The House of the Dead
by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
recommended for: Anyone who is tired of NY Times best-sellers
read in March, 2007
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I chose to read this book because my brain has recently been flooded with too much wine and work and not enough self-indulgent intellectual stimulation. In other words, too much teaching others and not enough teaching myself. So, in an attempt to cha ...more
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A Million Little Pieces by James J. Frey
A Million Little Pieces
by James J. Frey
recommended for: People who assume memoir is made up.
read in January, 2007
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Well, so most of this is probably made up. Does that matter to me? Sort of. When I first read this I thought, "Wow, important and interesting read." I was kinda psyched. When stupid Oprah (Why does she appear so often in my reviews?) exposed James Fr ...more
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Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat
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