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Karen rated a book 3 of 5 stars
Shop Class as Soulcraft by Matthew B. Crawford
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The only reasons that I didn't give this book a higher rating are because the organization seemed pretty sporadic to me and because he seemed to be directing his words toward people who are already involved in the trades, which strikes me as preachin ...more
Karen rated a book 3 of 5 stars
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
Neverwhere
by Neil Gaiman (Goodreads Author)
read in January, 2009
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This was a very enjoyable read, but not so enthralling that I'll pick it up again and again. It's a cute gritty fantasy (if such a thing is possible)... I just generally prefer stories with more "oomph" to them.

This is a great book if you're looking
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Karen rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Lest Innocent Blood Be Shed by Philip Paul Hallie
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Part history, part philosophy, _Lest Innocent Blood be Shed_ studies one example of proactive non-violence and how such a stance fits into a moral hierarchy.

Essentially, a tiny village of French Protestants followed their pastor's lead and rescued a
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Karen rated a book 5 of 5 stars
The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway by Ernest Hemingway
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What can I say? I love Hemingway... I love his deceptively simple writing style in which very little is said, but very much is expressed. I love that he writes on two levels... the painfully simple story he appears to tell and the incredibly complex ...more
Karen rated a book 5 of 5 stars
Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon Morell
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I have always been conscious of nutrition and health, but this book was a real eye-opener! While I'll admit that Fallon is a bit of a fanatic and that some of her "research" may be questionable, my gut tells me that, overall, she is correct. Certainl ...more
Karen rated a book 5 of 5 stars
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)
by Patrick Rothfuss (Goodreads Author)
read in February, 2009
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This is probably the most well-written fantasy-genre book I have ever read. Not only is the story fantastic (so far, anyway... the next two in the trilogy aren't yet published) but the writing is impeccable. There is enough description that you feel ...more
Karen rated a book 5 of 5 stars
The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
The God of Small Things
by Arundhati Roy
read in February, 2010
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_The God of Small Things_ is one of the most tragic books I have ever read. If you are looking for a happy ending, look elsewhere.

That said, Roy's command of language and startling insights clearly denote this work as true literature. I adore her us
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Karen rated a book 5 of 5 stars
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
American Gods (American Gods, #1)
by Neil Gaiman (Goodreads Author)
read in January, 2007
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Brilliant, witty, imaginative, gritty, and enthralling. I'm not sure if I would categorize this book as fantasy, horror, or literature because it blends the three quite well.

Though one could complain that the main character (Shadow) is too detached t
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Karen rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Good Omens by Terry Pratchett
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If you have an off-kilter, yet intellectual sense of humor, you will laugh the whole way through! This is one of the funniest books I have ever read.

One of the amazing things about this text is that, though it was written by two authors, on two diffe
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Karen rated a book 5 of 5 stars
Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut
Breakfast of Champions
by Kurt Vonnegut
read in May, 1999
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This book, which I first read at 17, was my introduction to Vonnegut... and boy am I glad it was! _Breakfast of Champions_ is archetypal Vonnegut and put his other texts into a perspective I might not have grasped if I had read them first.

He approach
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