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Erica rated a book 4 of 5 stars
The Economic Naturalist by Robert H. Frank
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I really enjoyed reading this book. It as interesting to discover that so many decisions are made based on pure economic reasoning.

As the book cover indicates, there is a reason why milk is sold in rectangular containers, whereas sodas are sold in c...more
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Feuchtgebiete by Charlotte Roche
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This book is weird. No, it's raunchy. No, it's just disgusting.


It's about an 18 year old girl, Helen, who has an infected asshole and has to have surgery. The entire novel is told in the first person as she thinks of numerous things (disgusting habit...more
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The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
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Loves it.

In this first novel of the series, the protagonist, Mma Ramotswe introduces the reader to her family, her history, and her country, Botswana.

It has been such a long time since I read a work of fiction with such curiousity (and also a smile)....more
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Morality for Beautiful Girls by Alexander McCall Smith
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Josey and Beth first mentioned this series of novels about two years ago. "Ladies Detective, what?" I asked.

Then, when I was in Nepal, Grady mentioned he read them all and said of them, "Yeah, they are really good!"

Two weeks ago, when I was in Berlin...more
Erica rated a book 5 of 5 stars
The Kalahari Typing School for Men by Alexander McCall Smith
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I think this novel is my favorite so far (remember, I haven't read them all yet).

Why? There is something about this book that speaks to my heart. Perhaps it is Mwa Ramotswe, who's love of her country and old Botswana ways is illustrated in everything...more
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The Full Cupboard of Life by Alexander McCall Smith
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I read this entire book today. Maybe it's because I waited in two NHS waiting rooms for over 3 hours, or maybe it's because this Ladies' No. 1 Detective Agency series has got me hooked.

In this fifth novel, Mwa Ramotswe deals with several issues inclu...more
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In the Company of Cheerful Ladies by Alexander McCall Smith
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What a lovely book!

This is the fifth book that I've read of McCall Smith's Ladies' Detective Agency series.

In this novel, Mwa Ramotswe and her crew deal with a missing Zambian financier, a new hire by accident, a marriage proposal and a return of som...more
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Blue Shoes and Happiness by Alexander McCall Smith
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Yes, I read another one of McCall Smith's Ladies' Detective Agency books. This one, Blue Shoes and Happiness, also captures the essence of old Botswana ways and the cheerful characters of Mma Ramotswe and Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni.

I felt that this novel, w...more
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Life of Pi by Yann Martel
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I liked this story. I mean, it took me a while to get into it. I started this about 2 years ago but never could get past the first 30 pages.

Now, I found that I was engrossed by the story of a young man, Pi Patel, who finds himself shipwrecked on a l...more
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