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Johnny Got His Gun
4.16
it was amazing
Every time I read a book, I feel committed to it as if to a relationship. That relationship can be an infatuational fling, a carnal attraction, a pass ...more
Aug 2007
Jun 13, 2007
 
Care of the Soul: A Guide for Cultivating Depth and Sacredness in Everyday Life
3.99
it was amazing
SECOND REVIEW, MARCH 2008:
There will be many revisions of this review because I will probably have to read and re-read this book for my entire life ju
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Mar 05, 2007
Jun 06, 2007
 
Geek Love
3.98
it was amazing
What is with Portland? Oregon brews these freakish, fantastical authors - fascinated with the off color beauty of the grotesque. Not to say that both ...more
Aug 2007
Aug 02, 2007
 
The Introvert Advantage: How to Thrive in an Extrovert World
3.88
really liked it
I seriously want to buy this book for every single introvert I know. After that, I want to buy this book for every single extrovert I know.

Truth is, t
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Feb 16, 2009
Jan 19, 2009
 
Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality
3.92
it was ok
Call me a snob, but I don't understand why everyone thinks Miller is such an amazing writer. Despite his ability to say what Christians around the wor ...more
Jan 2005
Jun 07, 2007
 
Soul Mates: Honouring the Mysteries of Love and Relationship
3.98
really liked it
Another amazing installment in Moore's lifelong quest towards avodacting the mysterious and unfathomable depths of the human soul and how it can possi ...more
Mar 30, 2009
Mar 27, 2009
 
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
3.80
really liked it
How does one go until age 28 before reading this? I have no idea--but I was delighted WAY beyond expectation and learned so much when I read this and ...more
Jan 2006
Jun 06, 2007
 
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
4.10
it was amazing
I have finished.

Dillard has been the surprise of my year. I was once introduced to her by a bartender I worked with but because I think he was more in
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Jan 29, 2009
Aug 27, 2008
 
The Collected Poems
4.20
it was amazing
Yes please. This is a fabulous collection of all MzPlath's work. Lady Lazurus is my favorite by far. Shall I list it here? Well, ok.

Lady Lazarus
I hav
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not set
Jun 13, 2007
 
One Hundred Years of Solitude
4.04
really liked it
I started this book when I went to Europe for the first time, so Marquez accompanied me throughout France and Italy - and he was the truest of compani ...more
Jun 2007
Jun 06, 2007
 
East of Eden
4.35
it was amazing
And i finally finished.
Another thing about the re-read, it takes quite a bit longer! But I am so immensely satisfied that I did it, and I will do it a
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Jan 2006
Jun 06, 2007
 
The Purity Myth: How America's Obsession with Virginity is Hurting Young Women
4.06
really liked it
Yo! Women are still oppressed!

Just a little background about me, so you can understand my review. I was raised in a Christian home and sent to purity
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May 09, 2013
Mar 09, 2013
 
The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays
4.18
really liked it
In this philosophical essay, Camus presents and defends his philosophical school of thought entitled the philosophy of the absurd.

The philosophy of th
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not set
Jun 06, 2007
 
The Book Thief
4.36
liked it
Don't read adolescent fiction as a rule, but a former student suggested I do, and I always follow the personal recommendations of ppl I love even they ...more
Apr 18, 2012
Apr 05, 2012
 
When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times
4.29
really liked it
I underlined entire pages. Profound.
Mar 31, 2014
Sep 29, 2013
 
Cannery Row
4.02
it was amazing
From the beginning, Cannery Row was akin to sitting on the porch with your grandpa while he smokes his pipe and tells the tales of a disjointed but de ...more
Nov 03, 2008
Aug 13, 2007
 
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
3.97
it was amazing
Update:
Re read 5/2015. I blazed through this a second time, again taken with Strayed's ability to make a book about a tedious hike read like an actio
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Apr 15, 2013
Apr 10, 2013
 
Shrill: Women Are Funny, It's Okay to Be Fat, and Feminists Don't Have to Be Nice
4.22
liked it
This is a gem, for sure. I am so glad I actually finished the book, though. After the first few chapters (which felt more like stand alone essays than ...more
Sep 15, 2016
Jun 10, 2016
 
Jane Eyre
4.10
it was amazing
Please tell me you have read this book.

Charlotte Bronte so subtly captures the limitations humans place on themselves when handed a life of pain. Jane
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Jan 1995
Jun 06, 2007
 
Our Andromeda
4.08
really liked it
I stumbled into the poetry of Shaugnessy via Cheryl Strayed's FB page, who recommended it. I gave my daughter the middle name 'Andromeda' so I am alwa ...more
Apr 09, 2013
Mar 09, 2013
 
A Doll's House
3.69
liked it
My only exposure to the Norwegian playwright, Isben...A Doll's House very cleverly tricks the reader into a dialogue concerning social justice. Isben ...more
Jan 1999
Jun 06, 2007
 
The Chosen
4.03
it was amazing
A masterful example of why I love and read classical literature. Potok immediately grabs the reader in with his ability to make us identify with a you ...more
Jan 2005
Jun 06, 2007
 
The Story of Christianity: Volume 1: The Early Church to the Reformation (Story of Christianity)
4.10
really liked it
I had never before read church history. I was really impressed with this book. Joel taught it at a class I took, and I had no idea how fascinated I wa ...more
Mar 2007
Jun 07, 2007
 
Ina May's Guide to Childbirth
4.41
it was ok
I actually couldn't get through the first half; and this book isn't for everyone. I was reading all the stories about these births on "The Farm" and w ...more
not set
Jun 07, 2012
 
Dark Nights of the Soul: A Guide to Finding Your Way Through Life's Ordeals
4.17
really liked it
I have listened to the first three chapters of this book, and just like Care of the Soul - Thomas Moore successfully weaves philosophy, literature, my ...more
Aug 2007
Aug 22, 2007
 
On Beauty
3.69
really liked it
This was my first Zadie Smith, and I found it so deceptively easy to read. Subtle, but poignant. Looking forward to more of her work.
May 08, 2015
Apr 07, 2015
 
The Maytrees
3.55
liked it
Oh Annie.
Oh Annie.

I read this after a direct recommendation from a friend, which I rarely do because I rarely share people's taste in modern fiction.
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Feb 2009
Jan 29, 2009
 
The Varieties of Scientific Experience: A Personal View of the Search for God
4.27
it was amazing
So simple and digestible. I highly recommend to anyone exploring discrepancies in faith or curious about my spiritual path. Sagan is my spiritual fath ...more
Feb 13, 2015
Apr 23, 2012
 
Truth and Beauty
3.94
really liked it
I often tire of how people speak of the dead - as if they were perfect. Ann captures the complexities of relationships, how we compare and judge but a ...more
Oct 14, 2015
Oct 19, 2015
 
How to Be a Woman
3.73
it was amazing
This bitch is funnnyyy.

And also important, right, and clever.

But mainly, she's FUNNY. Though I don't entirely agree with her rants about shoes (no hee
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May 17, 2013
Apr 19, 2013
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