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Life is a Miracle: An Essay Against Modern Superstition
really liked it
Wendell Berry is a prophet for our time, and this is a great introduction to his non-fiction. Life is a Miracle describes how lack of connection to th ...more
Jan 19, 2010
Jan 06, 2009
The Great Brain
it was amazing
This series was one of my favorites as a child, and one I have enjoyed sharing with many children along the way. When I was a third grade teacher, we ...more
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Nov 27, 2013
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Dec 05, 2009
Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us
liked it
An informative and interesting read, that was obviously well-researched. The author does a good job nuancing the subject matter without vilifying indi ...more
Nov 28, 2015
Nov 26, 2015
Rich People Problems (Crazy Rich Asians, #3)
liked it
I like this series because it is beach breezy but transports the reader to a complex world with a Trollope level of relationships and protocols. Would ...more
May 28, 2017
May 26, 2017
Treasuring God in Our Traditions
liked it
If you have no idea how to create family traditions and like John Piper's poetry, you'll enjoy this. I thought it was okay, there were few new ideas t ...more
Jan 02, 2011
Jan 02, 2011
Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing
it was amazing
Beautiful and true meditations on scripture and scriptural ideas that are short and appropriate to read together as a family, perhaps over a meal. Wou ...more
May 29, 2013
May 23, 2013
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (Millennium, #3)
really liked it
A fitting end to a fun little trilogy. I am generally not a fan of procedurals, of modern mysteries and crime stories, but the Millennium books are an ...more
Jun 2010
Jun 02, 2010
The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy
really liked it
With its Latin-speaking father, spunky children and old-fashioned adventures, this book feels as if it could have been written 50 years ago. It's lite ...more
Dec 24, 2009
Dec 02, 2009
My Life with the Saints
really liked it
Winsome and wickedly funny, My Life With the Saints is part history, part theology and part memoir. Sharing about his own life and discovery of a vari ...more
Dec 21, 2011
Apr 14, 2008
The Admissions
liked it
Captures the anxiety of contemporary American striving with vivid, memorable characters. The anxiety is so real that I felt anxious for the characters ...more
Jan 31, 2016
Jan 28, 2016
The Truth Will Set You Free: Overcoming Emotional Blindness and Finding Your True Adult Self
it was ok
I think the theories presented here have some merit, but it wasn't as applicable as I would have liked. The key to overcoming emotional blindness and ...more
May 18, 2010
May 18, 2010
The Great Gilly Hopkins
really liked it
Like many banned books, the reason this book is controversial is that people take parts out of context. On the whole, it is incredibly redemptive and ...more
Jan 17, 2016
Jan 15, 2016
Death by Love: Letters from the Cross
really liked it
This book is a collection of pastoral letters pointing different people to different aspects of the theology of the cross. Clear and straightforward, ...more
Nov 27, 2008
Nov 20, 2008
Meet the Austins (Austin Family, #1)
liked it
If I could, I'd rate this 3.5 stars. I enjoyed it, and appreciated how real and ordinary the protagonist Vicky is portrayed as being. However, I found ...more
Jan 10, 2010
Dec 21, 2009
Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work
really liked it
This book is an important part of the conversation on work and higher education. It may be one of the best contributions on the nature of work for man ...more
Jul 05, 2010
Jul 03, 2011
My Man Jeeves (Jeeves, #1)
liked it
I love Wodehouse and all the Bertie Wooster stories, and I enjoyed reading these, but they should be saved until a reader is well into the canon. They ...more
Jun 18, 2015
Jun 05, 2015
Portnoy's Complaint
it was ok
This felt more like a caricature of Philip Roth's writing than a novel. The themes of Jewish identity, psychology, and the role of sex are ones Roth r ...more
May 12, 2010
May 10, 2010
To Hate Like This Is to Be Happy Forever: A Thoroughly Obsessive, Intermittently Uplifting, and Occasionally Unbiased Account of the Duke-North Carolina Basketball Rivalry
it was amazing
This hilarious book was a fun read for a Tar Heel in the Diaspora. If you are a Carolina fan, you are sure to enjoy it. The longer you've been a fan a ...more
Dec 08, 2011
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Jul 12, 2007
Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
liked it
I tend towards being a completist, and I realized that I had never read this book. It's a good read, because Gladwell is a great storyteller, but I pr ...more
Jul 09, 2017
Jul 08, 2017
Your Five-Year-Old: Sunny and Serene
liked it
These books are a yearly skim for me, they are reassuring about normal developmental stages, and also excellent comic relief with the stories and pict ...more
Aug 06, 2009
Jul 29, 2009
Why Not Me?
it was amazing
I love Mindy Kaling and I would probably give her grocery list at least three stars, but this had a little bit of everything — stories, advice, altern ...more
Sep 25, 2015
Sep 21, 2015
China Rich Girlfriend (Crazy Rich Asians #2)
liked it
I was happy to revisit Rachel, Nick, Astrid and all the others. This is a fun, beach-type light read. I don't think it is a must-read, but I like the ...more
Aug 12, 2015
Aug 09, 2015
The Astronaut Wives Club
liked it
The astronaut wives have such wonderful stories that this was a worthwhile read, but I kept wishing it had been written or edited better to make those ...more
Nov 11, 2015
Nov 09, 2015
Murder in the Cathedral
really liked it
This short play by T.S. Eliot dramatizes the murder (and martyrdom) of Thomas Beckett, former archbishop of Canterbury. Having studied that period of ...more
Feb 07, 2009
Mar 30, 2008
The Inimitable Jeeves (Jeeves, #2)
really liked it
I once read a quote from Stephen Fry about Bertie and Jeeves: "You don't analyse such sunlit perfection, you just bask in its warmth and splendour." I ...more
Aug 14, 2011
Aug 08, 2011
Death Comes to Pemberley
liked it
good car / vacation read, but I'd didn't LOVE it. James did a better job than most with writing a new story for beloved characters, so if you like Pri ...more
Mar 17, 2013
Mar 15, 2013
For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards
really liked it
Jen is hilarious, and there are some great nuggets of wisdom here, but it is more an entertaining encouragement than a book that will change your life ...more
Nov 05, 2015
Nov 01, 2015
Fantastic Mr. Fox
it was amazing
A great read aloud for a busy spring. Short, with very short chapters. It's the third or fourth Roald Dahl book I've read the girls, but it should hav ...more
May 04, 2012
Apr 29, 2012
Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy
really liked it
A good overview to the current state of bullying: problems and solutions. Probably not what I'd recommend for a parent in the throes of dealing with a ...more
Feb 12, 2013
Feb 06, 2013
The Daily Show: An Oral History as Told by Jon Stewart, the Correspondents, Staff and Guests
it was amazing
I came of age with the Daily Show, and watched it shape conversation and ultimately culture. It was so enjoyable to revisit the shows turning points a ...more
Jan 25, 2017
Jan 22, 2017
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