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Hilary rated a book 5 of 5 stars
Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
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Lovely, witty, provoking, inspiring, etc. I am on an Anne Lamott kick, obviously. I don't really want to write fiction (I mean, ok, maybe kinda; but only kinda), so I read this more for her than the content, but if I were to ever teach CW or somethin ...more
Hilary rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
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I am not ever, ever going to go into anything business-y, but this was fantastic, and definitely has implications for my field, too, where we are evaluated on performance and likeability. She gets a little name-droppingly repetitive at times, but the ...more
Hilary rated a book 3 of 5 stars
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
Eleanor and Park
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I was late to the hyped up party on this one, and maybe that's why I wasn't super into it like everyone else has been. I don't know. It was totally put-down-able for me, and I really had to talk myself into finishing it. After about 2/3 of the way th ...more
Hilary rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
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So, I almost put this on my syllabus last fall (having never read it, shhh), but then changed my mind at the last minute. I'm glad I did for teaching purposes, but this is a fantastic coming of age story. I couldn't put it down and finished it in a d ...more
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Bonk by Mary Roach
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Ok, so this isn't technically a textbook, but I would absolutely teach it (rumor has it that Fall of 2015 I'm going to teach Sexuality 101). Mary Roach is absolutely hilarious, and the topics she covers are even more widespread than Jesse Bering (who ...more
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Operating Instructions by Anne Lamott
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Welp. I admit that memoirs/journals are among my favorite genres, but DAYUM. This was phenomenal. Read it in the early, early morning in the airport/layover/plane(s), and I was finished before arriving at my final destination. I did, however, manage ...more
Hilary rated a book 4 of 5 stars
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz
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I love Caribbean literature, and had some basic knowledge of the political backdrop against which much of this story takes place; I think it helped, but it wasn't necessary to enjoy it. Great use of alternating narration/focalization. It took a minut ...more
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Think Like a Freak by Steven D. Levitt
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Love this series, natch. Read this in one sitting in an indie bookstore in my hometown. As someone who listens to (slash is obsessed with) the related podcast, this installment was a wee repetitive, but it wouldn't be for non-listeners (obviously). A ...more
Hilary rated a book 3 of 5 stars
David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell
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Ok, MG is a good writer in the sense that he can make somewhat complicated concepts accessible for the average layreader. (Well, accessible to me. Am I the average layreader? Hmm.) He can turn history and facts into narrative in a pretty compelling w ...more
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Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry
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Trying this whole "read a chapter or two before bed" thing for the New Year. Had a friend recommend this.

Decent. Good pacing for most of it--some parts were a wee slow--good themes--though a bit didactic at times, but again, I'm an adult reading YA.
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