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All the Light We Cannot See
it was amazing
I read a lot. Good books, great books, fluffy books, serious books. Every so often, I discover a really good book and then I probably nag you to read ...more
Apr 2015
Oct 29, 2014
The Yarn Whisperer: My Unexpected Life in Knitting
liked it
"Being called a 'knitting rock star' is like being voted the best Pakistani restaurant by the Bangor Daily News.

To knitters, Clara Parkes is a rock st
Oct 2013
Nov 01, 2013
After You
it was ok
I read this in an evening when I wasn't feeling well and DH took over boy duty. It was fine for that but not a great novel. Ellie's best friend, Lucy, ...more
Jul 2010
Oct 04, 2009
Writing In An Age Of Silence
really liked it
I've read all of Sara Paretsky's V.I. Warshawski mysteries and as a former Chicagoan, I can even pronounce "Warshawski." I love Paretsky's books and e ...more
not set
Aug 21, 2009
it was amazing
Ifemelu is a Nigerian student who leaves her family and boyfriend behind to attend college in the United States. She gains fame online with her blog a ...more
not set
May 27, 2013
A Fierce Radiance
it was ok
I wanted to like this book because the topic is fascinating, but I just could not deal with 500 pages of Belfer's writing style. She repeats things. S ...more
Apr 08, 2013
Jul 27, 2010
The World Without You
it was amazing
The World Without You begins one year after journalist Leo Frank is murdered in Iraq. His parents, three older sisters, widow and young son gather for ...more
Jul 2013
May 29, 2013
Bravest Dog Ever: Story of Balto
really liked it
This is not fine literature, but I usually find these learn-to-read books dull and this one tells a compelling story of a dog in Alaska who helps resc ...more
Jan 31, 2012
Jan 31, 2012
The Chemistry of Joy: A Three-Step Program for Overcoming Depression Through Western Science and Eastern Wisdom
it was amazing
I recommend this book for anyone who copes with depression, esp. chronic depression, or who lives with a loved one who suffers from depression. Dr. He ...more
Mar 2010
Jan 27, 2010
The Interestings
it was amazing
When I was a teenager, I didn't go to camp like the characters in this book. I worked at a camp and haunted the library. That mid-to-late-80s era of p ...more
Sep 2014
Sep 10, 2014
Enrique's Journey: The Story of a Boy's Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite with His Mother
it was amazing
This is our temple's winter social-justice read and I was asked to lead one of the discussions.

The level of reportage in this book is stunning. Nazari
Jan 26, 2018
Jan 17, 2018
The Shadow of the Wind (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books,  #1)
it was amazing
I don't have anything original to say about this novel. Why are you reading this boring review? Go read the book! Five stars for beautiful imagery, ca ...more
Jul 2012
Apr 07, 2009
Unmentionable: The Victorian Lady's Guide to Sex, Marriage, and Manners
really liked it
This is funny and also a good reminder that life is relatively easy for middle-class women in the 21st century.
Mar 21, 2017
Mar 21, 2017
After I'm Gone
it was amazing
What? You're giving five stars to a Laura Lippman mystery? Ranking her with Tana French and some of your favorite literary masterpieces?

This is, in my
Nov 2014
Oct 01, 2014
Woman: An Intimate Geography
really liked it
I loved this book but found it challenging and eventually had to assign myself 5-10 pages a day. Every paragraph of Angier's study of women's physiolo ...more
Jan 2010
Feb 04, 2010
The Blessing of a Skinned Knee: Using Jewish Teachings to Raise Self-Reliant Children
it was amazing
Mogel is a child psychologist who studied Judaism and applied it to her approach to parenting. Her basic premise is that children need limits and stru ...more
May 2010
May 29, 2010
Bowling Avenue
liked it
This was a 3.5 for me. I saw it on a library shelf and grabbed it because I didn't realize Ann Shayne (known to knitters as half of Mason-Dixon Knitti ...more
Oct 2012
Oct 26, 2012
Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72
really liked it
I picked this up because Shelf Awareness suggested it as an antidote to this crazy campaign cycle. I was barely a toddler during the 1972 presidential ...more
Oct 23, 2016
Feb 18, 2010
The Dance Boots
it was amazing
This collection of linked short stories is barely 150 pages but the author wastes no words and at the end I had a picture of four generations in an Oj ...more
Jul 14, 2016
Jul 15, 2016
The Burglar Who Counted the Spoons (Bernie Rhodenbarr, #11)
really liked it
It is impossible for me to be objective when it comes to Bernie Rhodenbarr. I have loved this series for 25 years and was excited to see one more entr ...more
Dec 2017
Jan 05, 2018
Plainsong (Plainsong, #1)
it was amazing
I am giving this five stars because Goodreads doesn't allow me to give six. This is easily one of the most gorgeous novels I've read. Haruf takes a sm ...more
not set
Jun 13, 2009
The Faith Club: A Muslim, A Christian, A Jew--Three Women Search for Understanding
liked it
A Muslim, a Christian and a Jew walk into a New York apartment...

Ranya, Suzanne and Priscilla are mothers struggling with faith after 9/11. They start
Sep 2013
Aug 21, 2013
Coming to Term: Uncovering the Truth About Miscarriage
it was amazing
I read this after I had my second miscarriage in less than five months. I found Cohen's book comforting; he is a science journalist who researched mis ...more
Jan 2005
Aug 30, 2009
The Passenger
really liked it
This one kept me up late turning pages forward to read the story and backward to find the clues.
Oct 24, 2016
Oct 23, 2016
The Underground Railroad
it was amazing
Colson Whitehead reimagines the Underground Railroad as a literal track and trains buried beneath the earth. Cora's mother escaped years earlier, and ...more
Nov 2016
Aug 13, 2016
Winter's Bone
it was amazing
I don't give many five-star ratings but Woodrell deserves one for this gorgeous and bleak story of Ree Dolly, a teenage girl battling poverty and the ...more
Jun 08, 2014
Jun 04, 2014
How to Not Write Bad: The Most Common Writing Problems and the Best Ways to Avoid Them
it was amazing
It takes a certain type of geek to read this sort of book cover-to-cover. I am that sort of geek. Yagoda has a fresh approach to classic grammar and s ...more
May 2013
Feb 08, 2013
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
it was amazing
I read The New Jim Crow last year. It was a painful and eye-opening read, but the book made me hopeful that we could make some changes as a nation, bo ...more
Jan 19, 2016
Jan 05, 2016
Mrs. Katz and Tush
it was amazing
I first came across this story on a DVD of Reading Rainbow, and then we received a copy via PJ Library. Five stars for a sweet story about the friends ...more
Nov 2013
Nov 21, 2013
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
it was amazing
I read all the time and it is not unusual for me to learn something new from a book. It is less common for me to find a book that changes the way I lo ...more
Dec 2014
Nov 22, 2014
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