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The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: And Their Race to Save the World’s Most Precious Manuscripts
3.47
it was ok
This book really isn't what the title or description led me to believe what it's about. It's ostensibly about Abdel Kader Haidara who collected thousa ...more
Dec 06, 2015
Dec 03, 2015
 
The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future (Or, Don't Trust Anyone Under 30)
3.12
did not like it
This book was full of generalizations and sloppy assumptions. Bauerlain better hope this generation is dumb so that they actually buy what he's saying ...more
Nov 29, 2008
Sep 29, 2008
 
Hope's Boy: A Memoir
3.89
really liked it
Bridge details his life starting at age 5 when he returns to live with a mother he never really knew. After 2 years he is placed into foster care afte ...more
May 31, 2008
May 01, 2008
 
The Telling Room: A Tale of Love, Betrayal, Revenge, and the World's Greatest Piece of Cheese
3.29
it was ok
The last book I read was all about people obsessed with a fictional painting. This book is all about people obsessed with actual cheese. I really want ...more
Apr 10, 2013
Apr 01, 2013
 
The South
3.59
it was ok
Colm Toibin is actually coming to speak at the library where I work in a few weeks so I am trying to make it through some of his works before the even ...more
Mar 30, 2010
Mar 23, 2010
 
If Only You People Could Follow Directions: A Memoir
3.60
it was ok
This book is a disjointed memoir of Jessica Hendry Nelson chronicling the battles with mental illness, drug addiction, and alcohol addiction running i ...more
Sep 30, 2013
Sep 24, 2013
 
Middle Age: A Romance
3.58
did not like it
This is the second book I've read by Joyce Carol Oates and I think despite the fact that she is Alison's favorite author it will be the last. I find a ...more
Aug 20, 2009
Aug 30, 2009
 
Notes to Boys (And Other Things I Shouldn't Share in Public)
3.73
it was amazing
As a librarian many of the books I read come in the form of advanced readers copies. I was lucky enough to get an ARC of Notes to Boys. I admit I was ...more
Nov 28, 2013
Dec 01, 2013
 
Life Disrupted: Getting Real About Chronic Illness in Your Twenties and Thirties
3.76
liked it
I felt like this book had sort of an identity crisis. It mostly seemed to be a memoir of the author's experience with chronic illnesses that she had s ...more
Sep 03, 2008
Sep 11, 2008
 
Teaching the Cat to Sit: A Memoir
4.26
it was amazing
In this memoir, Michelle Theall examines her relationship with God, the Catholic Church, and her mother in light of her homosexuality. As a 43 year ol ...more
Oct 06, 2013
Sep 26, 2013
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