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Richard the Third
4.12
it was amazing
Richard III is my historical boyfriend; I would run headlong into the TARDIS and never look back, just for the chance to go back and look once upon hi ...more
not set
Aug 27, 2008
 
The Bloody Countess: The Atrocities of Erzsebet Bathory
3.57
did not like it
Perplexingly awful; I'm one of those gullible fraidy-cat types who loves a good story about serial killers (medieval or otherwise), but I couldn't fin ...more
Jan 09, 2009
Jan 09, 2009
 
Love, Death, and the Changing of the Seasons
4.10
it was amazing
I had known about this since reading Pages for You, and always wondered a little about it and looked for it in used bookstores; it wasn't until I need ...more
not set
Nov 22, 2008
 
The Kabir Book: Forty-Four of the Ecstatic Poems of Kabir
4.26
it was amazing
Knowing nothing shuts the iron gates; the new love opens them

The sound of the gates opening wakes the beautiful woman asleep.

Kabir says: Fantastic! Do
...more
not set
Feb 13, 2009
 
A Tale of Two Cities
3.81
it was amazing
OH MY GOD, okay, so 95% of the characters are hilariously one-dimensional and I only cared if they died because Dickens wanted me to care (I could fee ...more
Mar 05, 2009
Mar 06, 2009
 
The Wild God of the World: An Anthology of Robinson Jeffers
4.41
it was amazing
Probably one of the most transcendent moments of my life has been going to a reading of Jeffers' poetry: sitting beside one of my best friends, occasi ...more
not set
Nov 23, 2008
 
Blood, Tin, Straw
4.03
it was amazing
I've had a passing acquaintance with Olds for a long while (this has rambled around in my head for most of the last year, at certain appropriate momen ...more
not set
Jan 21, 2009
 
A Shropshire Lad
4.04
it was amazing
from XXXVII

And friends abroad must bear in mind
Friends at home they leave behind.
Oh, I shall be stiff and cold
When I forget you, hearts of hold;
The la
...more
Nov 21, 2008
Nov 21, 2008
 
The Tao of Pooh
4.01
liked it
I didn't grow up with Pooh, so when finishing this in the bath tonight I found myself responding gleefully with a "Nope!" every time Hoff said "Rememb ...more
not set
Feb 11, 2009
 
Tragedy & Triumph: The Journals of Captain R.F. Scott's Last Polar Expedition
4.13
For God's sake look after our people.
not set
Jan 15, 2009
 
Deaf Like Me
4.00
liked it
Frustrating as all get out.
not set
Oct 30, 2008
 
The Daily Coyote: Story of Love, Survival, and Trust In the Wilds of Wyoming
3.96
it was amazing
Wonderful, if a bit full of self-conscious hippieness; I found myself rolling my eyes and muttering "Yes, yes, Namaste, get on with it already!" under ...more
Dec 26, 2008
Dec 31, 2008
 
Rupert Brooke
4.05
it was amazing
My mother and I are very fond of Deborah Crombie's series of mysteries; one references a Brooke poem at the beginning of every chapter. I remember ver ...more
Dec 14, 2008
Dec 14, 2008
 
King Leopold's Ghost
4.15
it was amazing
while i question the extent of hochschild's initial wide-eyed unawareness of the horrors perpetrated in the belgian congo (because it's IMPERIALISM, d ...more
Jun 2009
Jun 03, 2009
 
The Sociopath Next Door
3.75
it was ok
I particularly love the sections dealing with the shaping of personality by culture. I'm not sure how accurate all of her information is and I normall ...more
Dec 03, 2008
Dec 02, 2008
 
The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future (Or, Don't Trust Anyone Under 30)
3.12
I strongly suspect I'm going to spend a lot of this book swearing at the author; yes, it's depressing how little my generation reads, and I want to vo ...more
not set
Nov 22, 2008
 
Foreign to Familiar: A Guide to Understanding Hot- And Cold-Climate Cultures
3.98
it was ok
Has some interesting ideas & comprehensible anecdotes - but the plural of anecdote is not data, and the generalizing Lanier does is a mite uncomfo ...more
not set
Jan 29, 2012
 
Dork Whore: My Travels Through Asia as a Twenty-Year-Old Pseudo-Virgin
3.34
really liked it
Intriguingly revolting in parts and rib-achingly hilarious in others, this is pretty much the perfect thing to (attempt to) read while sweating out fr ...more
not set
Feb 26, 2009
 
Morphology of the Folktale
3.95
I should have read this years ago when I was taking Folklore at CCSF, but I frankly had less gumption then. Will give it one more shot in the Great Wi ...more
not set
Dec 09, 2008
 
Feast: Food to Celebrate Life
4.13
really liked it
Nigella Lawson continues to be my secret culinary girlfriend; so secret, even she doesn't know. I don't like this one quite as much as How to Eat..
Dec 07, 2008
Dec 12, 2008
 
Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance
4.19
really liked it
This made my cold, shriveled, cynical little heart beat a little harder. Science! Methodology! Statistics! Doctors and nurses being amazing! Ethics! I ...more
not set
Dec 24, 2011
 
Crossing Open Ground
4.12
it was amazing
Many thanks to my friend Kristina, lately of New York, for introducing me to this volume, which has broken my heart a thousand times.
not set
Dec 09, 2008
 
The Year of Magical Thinking
3.86
liked it
I read this about a year before my divorce; the whole while through both my reading and that dissolution I found myself thinking of Donald Hall's work ...more
not set
Nov 08, 2008
 
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
4.08
liked it
Six to Eight Black Men is definitely the highlight of this collection..
Dec 02, 2008
Dec 02, 2008
 
The Captain's Verses
4.26
it was amazing
Currently untouchable and tucked away; in ten years I'll visit it again.
not set
Nov 24, 2008
 
The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer
4.29
Holy cow.
not set
Dec 15, 2011
 
Shutterbabe: Adventures in Love and War
3.94
liked it
Hmm.
Apr 27, 2011
Apr 27, 2011
 
A Brief History of Time
4.12
I eked through Conceptual Physics with a C seven or eight years ago; I remember more about what it felt like to go from the freezing air-conditioned c ...more
not set
Dec 02, 2008
 
The Lovely Bones
3.77
did not like it
FEROCIOUS OLIVES.

This book was selected for a group presentation in one of my English Lit classes; because I hadn't read it, I picked up one of the fr
...more
not set
Nov 01, 2008
 
The Essential Cuisines of Mexico: Revised and updated throughout, with more than 30 new recipes.
4.36
it was amazing
Oh Diana Kennedy. I grew up with a copy of The Cuisines of Mexico; though I love my Essential Cuisines, whenever I'm sick in body or heart, it's that ...more
not set
Nov 01, 2008
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