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Sad Desk Salad
really liked it
I think that anyone who blogs will appreciate Alex's story for sure, especially those who blog professionally. Internet and blogging ethics are still ...more
Oct 13, 2012
Oct 13, 2012
Operation Family Secrets: How a Mobster's Son and the FBI Brought Down Chicago's Murderous Crime Family
really liked it
Mafia stories like The Godfather and The Sopranos have always intrigued me. It was interesting to read a real-life Mafia story and see how the "movie ...more
Jul 25, 2012
Jul 26, 2012
Counting by 7s
it was amazing
This is the first middle-grade book I've read that was so compelling I couldn't put it down. My boys were also enthralled with it and they both gave i ...more
Apr 26, 2015
Apr 28, 2015
Necessary Lies (Necessary Lies, #1)
it was amazing
Even though Necessary Lies is a work of fiction, it's an accurate account of the way the Eugenics Sterilization Program worked in North Carolina. I wa ...more
Aug 08, 2013
Aug 07, 2013
Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor's Reflections on Race and Medicine
it was amazing
Black Man in a White Coat is Damon Tweedy’s memoir of his experience as a black man getting into medical school up through becoming a practicing physi ...more
Aug 23, 2015
Aug 25, 2015
A Long Way Home: A Memoir
really liked it
Saroo's story is amazing in so many ways. First, that he was able to survive on the streets of Calcutta (Kolkata) for weeks at only five-years old. Th ...more
Jul 05, 2014
Jul 14, 2014
White Water
it was amazing
On a very hot day in 1962, Michael and his grandmother take the bus into down. Once they get there, Michael runs to the water fountains to take a drin ...more
Jan 15, 2012
Jan 15, 2012
it was amazing
Five year old Jack doesn’t know anything of the world but Room. He was born in the eleven by eleven foot space and has never set foot outside of it. H ...more
May 21, 2011
Aug 04, 2011
Size 14 Is Not Fat Either (Heather Wells, #2)
really liked it
This is the second installment in the Heather Wells mystery series. Since I accidentally read the third book (Big Boned) first, reading Size 14 is Not ...more
Jul 25, 2011
Aug 02, 2011
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda (Origami Yoda, #1)
it was amazing
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda was last month's selection for the Intergenerational Book Club that my sons and I belong to. Both my boys love this b ...more
Dec 20, 2014
Dec 26, 2014
liked it
Tookie De La Crème is a Forgetta-Girl - no one notices her. With frizzy hair, a huge forehead and spindly body, she can literally lay in the middle of ...more
Jan 21, 2012
Jan 21, 2012
The Girl on the Train
it was amazing
Rachel is an alcoholic. She drinks so much that she often has blackouts. This makes her a very unreliable narrator. She also makes REALLY bad choices ...more
Mar 31, 2015
Apr 08, 2015
Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class
it was amazing
I found Dog Whistle Politics utterly fascinating, horrifying and heartbreaking all at the same time. Lopez defines dog whistling as "inaudible and eas ...more
Dec 22, 2014
Dec 19, 2014
S.E.C.R.E.T. (Secret, #1)
really liked it
I liked that this book had a great story - it's not just a string of sexual encounters. Cassie is a well-developed, fun character. I also liked that C ...more
Feb 26, 2013
Feb 26, 2013
Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography
it was amazing
I highly recommend listening to the audio version of this book. NPH reads it himself and that makes it all the funnier and more personal. It's almost ...more
Apr 2015
Mar 26, 2015
really liked it
Review after second reading: The first time I read this book, I read it really fast because I couldn't wait to find out what happened. In this second ...more
Dec 28, 2008
Dec 25, 2008
Captain Underpants and the Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks-A-Lot (Captain Underpants #12)
really liked it
My boys LOVE the Captain Underpants series and have read all the books but this is the first one I've read. I was actually pleasantly surprised. It wa ...more
Jul 07, 2015
Jul 06, 2015
Afraid of the Dark: What Whites and Blacks Need to Know about Each Other
really liked it
This book attempts to cross the color line and explain why there can be such a communication gap between black people and white people. I read this bo ...more
not set
Aug 27, 2008
Perfectly Broken
really liked it
I chose this book because I was told that if I liked Jonathan Tropper then I would like this book. That held true, although Robert Burke Warren defini ...more
Mar 15, 2016
Mar 30, 2016
The Yard
it was amazing
4.5 stars: The Yard is the family compound wherein Father Khalid, his four siblings and his elderly mother live. One day Father Khalid brings home Beh ...more
Sep 12, 2016
Sep 12, 2016
This Old World: A Novel of Utopian Dreams and Civil War
it was amazing
This Old World is the second book in the Slant of Light series and starts after the Civil War has ended. With almost all their men having been at war, ...more
Nov 09, 2014
Nov 10, 2014
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
really liked it
J.D. Vance grew up in Middletown, Ohio. His grandparents moved there from the hills of Kentucky in search of a better life. However, you can take the ...more
Mar 13, 2017
Mar 13, 2017
Becoming Ellen
really liked it
***This review has spoilers for Invisible Ellen but not for Becoming Ellen***

Becoming Ellen is the sequel to Invisible Ellen. I highly recommend readi
Jun 20, 2015
Jun 23, 2015
Theft by Finding: Diaries 1977-2002
it was amazing
First, I want to say that Theft by Finding should not be the first work you read by David Sedaris. You need to know at least a little about him and hi ...more
Jun 17, 2017
Jun 29, 2017
The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo
it was amazing
The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo is comedian Amy Schumer’s memoir. She writes it in a series of essays about her life. Some are funny and classic S ...more
Mar 27, 2017
Mar 30, 2017
Tuck Everlasting 40th Anniversary Edition
it was amazing
This book asks a question, “Would you want to live forever?” but does not have an answer. It makes for a great book to read and discuss with your kids ...more
Apr 19, 2017
Apr 20, 2017
A Circle of Wives
really liked it
I chose this book because it got an A- review in Entertainment Weekly and involves polygamy. Perfect combo for me! This book is different from the oth ...more
Aug 2014
Jul 30, 2014
Wishful Drinking
really liked it
Wishful Drinking is Carrie Fisher’s memoir with having both bi-polar disorder and a drug addiction as well as growing up as the daughter of two very f ...more
Jan 26, 2017
Jan 26, 2017
To Burp or Not to Burp: A Guide to Your Body in Space
it was amazing
To Burp or Not to Burp: A Guide to Your Body in Space not only answers questions that kids may have about life on the International Space Station (ISS ...more
Feb 2017
Feb 01, 2017
really liked it
After reading all the glowing reviews of Maine when it first came out a couple of years ago, I finally got around to reading (listening to) it. I'm so ...more
Nov 03, 2014
Nov 04, 2014
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