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Inkheart (Inkworld, #1)
3.86
it was ok
I was very much looking forward to reading this, as it had very good word-of-mouth as a high-quality children's/YA fantasy that adults will also enjoy ...more
Jun 2008
May 21, 2008
 
The Portable Dorothy Parker
4.34
it was amazing
So you want to write? Pick up this collection of poetry, short stories, essays, and criticism and bow to the master. Looking for a cutting remark? Dor ...more
not set
Aug 12, 2007
 
Oleanna
3.63
really liked it
I will say about Oleanna that when I saw Mamet's production of the play, I thought it was one of the most offensive depictions of feminism, so-called ...more
Jan 1993
Jan 23, 2008
 
Corelli's Mandolin
3.96
it was amazing
This is a meaty, sweeping, witty, and romantic story about one of the more literarily-neglected corners of World War II, the involvement of Italy and ...more
Dec 27, 2008
Dec 15, 2008
 
Walden & Civil Disobedience
3.96
really liked it
I first read Walden in perhaps the most ideal set of circumstances possible -- for an entire semester my first year of college, in a highly popular se ...more
Oct 1986
Sep 11, 2007
 
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (Bridget Jones, #2)
3.55
liked it
Not quite as good as the original, nonetheless, spending more time with Bridget and her friends as they count alcohol units and worry about what under ...more
not set
Aug 17, 2007
 
What Do People Do All Day?
4.24
it was amazing
This book was a gateway drug to my son, who now spends half his time poring over (and creating) detailed cross-sections and schematics. And Lowly Worm ...more
not set
Apr 14, 2009
 
The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For
4.36
it was amazing
How spectacular to finally find nearly all of Dykes to Watch Out For in one volume (there are omissions, but not very many, and the exclusions were ca ...more
Dec 13, 2008
Dec 10, 2008
 
From Hell
4.17
it was amazing
Around junior high I became fairly obsessed with the Jack the Ripper case, and read a number of the attempts over the years to solve the case. I never ...more
Apr 2008
Apr 28, 2008
 
One Good Turn (Jackson Brodie, #2)
3.79
really liked it
In this follow-up to Case Histories, we find retired detective Jackson Brodie in Edinburgh, where his girlfriend Julia is appearing in a not-very-good ...more
not set
not set
Jul 31, 2007
 
Emotionally Weird
3.45
really liked it
In this clever and humorous novel, Kate Atkinson deploys various post-modern novel techniques (bickering narrators, meta-discussion of the story being ...more
May 10, 2009
Aug 19, 2007
 
The Virgin in the Garden
3.72
really liked it
I just re-read this first novel in the Frederica Potter series, and found it even deeper and more impressive than my first reading. It's hard to sum u ...more
not set
Jul 12, 2007
 
New Our Bodies, Ourselves: A Book by and for Women
4.35
really liked it
I bought my first copy of Our Bodies, Ourselves when I was purchasing the books for my first semester's classes in college, and the then-new edition ( ...more
Sep 1986
Jan 11, 2008
 
Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret
3.89
it was amazing
This was the coming of age touchstone for my generation of girls growing up in the 70s (with that iconic purple cover showing Margaret and her hair), ...more
not set
Jan 17, 2008
 
The Girlfriends' Guide to Pregnancy
3.72
liked it
Vicki Iovine rather revels in her status as a princess type, with the money, the manicures, the jewelry, etc., but even if you can't quite relate, thi ...more
Jan 2001
Aug 03, 2007
 
Porn for Women
4.04
it was amazing
So you know how they always say that it's not the hardcore sex that women are interested in with respect to porn, it's seeing chemistry between the pa ...more
Feb 2008
Feb 29, 2008
 
Steffie Can't Come Out to Play
3.73
did not like it
This is one of those "edgy" young adult novels that was quite notorious in the late 70s (not quite the level of Go Ask Alice, but up there) and often ...more
not set
Jan 23, 2008
 
The Exception
3.80
really liked it
This is a top-notch, meaty psychological thriller that takes you inside a small office dedicated to research into genocide. There, the five office wor ...more
Dec 2007
Dec 17, 2007
 
Nineteen Seventy Seven (Red Riding, #2)
3.85
liked it
I'll review the entire Red Riding Quartet, since the books really compose one large narrative.

David Peace takes us into one of the bleakest worlds I'v
...more
Dec 08, 2010
Dec 08, 2010
 
Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer
3.57
really liked it
I very much enjoyed this story of a poor boy who becomes a hotel entrepreneur in turn of the century New York, who dreams of a marvelous place where v ...more
not set
Aug 03, 2007
 
Bangkok 8 (Sonchai Jitpleecheep #1)
3.76
really liked it
With a bang (or, rather, a venomous bite) John Burdett introduces us to the spiritual, yet corrupt, world of Bangkok policing, with the murder-by-drug ...more
Nov 2007
Nov 08, 2007
 
44 Scotland Street (44 Scotland Street, #1)
3.62
liked it
Alexander McCall Smith, after chatting with Armistead Maupin at a party at Amy Tan's house about serialized novels, undertook to write what is essenti ...more
Sep 20, 2008
Sep 26, 2008
 
Sisterhood is Powerful: An Anthology of Writings from the Women's Liberation Movement
4.20
really liked it
I'm re-reading this now, and it's remarkable to me how fresh so much of it still is, that is if you look past the 1970s-era lingo. That's not necessar ...more
not set
May 09, 2010
 
The Golden Name Day
4.17
it was amazing
My friends and I were so in love with this book that we had a "Yellow Roses" club and to this day kick around the idea of getting matching yellow rose ...more
not set
Aug 03, 2007
 
Sex Tips For Girls: Lust, Love, and Romance from the Lives of Single Women
4.08
it was amazing
It's a little scary, how much my girlfriends and I obsessed over this book in the 1980s. To this day, any time I say anything slightly funny, eventual ...more
not set
Jul 12, 2007
 
The Big Girls
3.08
it was ok
This story, told entirely in interwoven monologues in which the speaker is not identified, takes place in and around a women's prison in which Helen, ...more
Dec 2007
Nov 26, 2007
 
I Love a Man in Uniform: A Memoir of Love, War, and Other Battles
3.59
Following her memoir/travelogue/burlesque history, Strip City, Lily Burana met and married Mike, a historian and active-duty Army major who taught at ...more
Apr 04, 2009
Mar 11, 2009
 
Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen: How One Girl Risked Her Marriage, Her Job, and Her Sanity to Master the Art of Living
3.69
it was ok
I had started poking around Julie Powell's blog rather late in the game of her writing it, so it was very hard to catch up with her adventures in cook ...more
not set
Aug 08, 2007
 
Netherland
3.41
really liked it
This book, somewhat reminiscent of Ian McEwan's book Saturday, tells the story of Hans, a banker originally from The Hague, and late of London, who li ...more
Nov 22, 2008
Nov 11, 2008
 
Careless in Red (Inspector Lynley, #15)
3.89
it was ok
Elizabeth George is rightfully recognized as one of the most literary and literate of police procedural writers, but this latest entry in her Thomas L ...more
Aug 23, 2008
Aug 18, 2008
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