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Amanda rated a book 4 of 5 stars
The Martian by Andy Weir
The Martian
by Andy Weir (Goodreads Author)
read in August, 2015
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Rough around the edges at times, but a roaring page turner with a great protagonist, a hugely compelling plot, and a fun MacGyver on Mars aspect to it. I probably would have loved it even more had I understood and appreciated the science more. As it ...more
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River of Shadows by Rebecca Solnit
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Amanda rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
Where'd You Go, Bernadette
by Maria Semple (Goodreads Author)
read in July, 2015
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Thoroughly enjoyed this. Finished it in one (admittedly late and long) night. Funny, satirical, but with a big heart and a ton to say about parenting -- which I needed lately. I loved Bernadette's final decision regarding the world she should show to ...more
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Belinda by Maria Edgeworth
Belinda
by Maria Edgeworth
read in July, 2015
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First of all .... I loved this book. I loved the time period, the characters, and, though this is probably anathema in so many circles, the didactic nature of the story. Edgeworth managed to have every character learn about life in both difficult and ...more
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Belinda by Anne Rice
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Amanda rated a book 3 of 5 stars
The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison
The Empathy Exams: Essays
by Leslie Jamison (Goodreads Author)
read in July, 2015
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Jamison's book kind of defies categorization, and I'm not sure whether it's stronger or weaker for that. I had a difficult time beginning the book, mostly due to an essay on Morgellons that stretched my own ability to be empathic, and my own ambivale ...more
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Quiet by Susan Cain
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As a full-on introvert, this was a book all about me. It was refreshing to read my traits, habits, desires, and skills all laid out in one fell swoop. I particularly enjoyed the chapter on the Evangelical Christian churches and their championing of e ...more
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Brilliant Women by Elizabeth Eger
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A combination beautiful coffee table art book and a thoughtful, intelligent introduction to the Bluestockings. So interesting, and the play between both art and academia, as well as perception and reality, was fascinating. I love that the women were ...more
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Castle Rackrent by Maria Edgeworth
Castle Rackrent
by Maria Edgeworth
read in July, 2015
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Through happy circumstances, my research on early female novelists led to Edgeworth and I thought I'd start with her first novel, since Nick Carraway alludes to it in _Gatsby_. What a solid, funny, painful novel! Thady and his devotion to a place and ...more
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