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That Same Flower: Floria Aemilia's Letter to St. Augustine
3.65
liked it
I can never tell what's truth or fiction from Jostein Gaarder, but I suppose that's the point. It's a quick read-- both a lover's private break-up let ...more
Mar 06, 2009
Mar 10, 2009
 
Let's Kill Uncle
3.79
really liked it
I'm not sure if this was written for children, but it has a nice fairy tale feel. Kind of an updated Hansel and Gretel or something of that sort. Real ...more
Apr 23, 2011
Apr 10, 2011
 
Animal Dreams
4.05
really liked it
Good homecoming novel about family, friends, love... and Nicaraguan contras. I'd classify it as activist extra-literary chick-lit.
Feb 27, 2009
Mar 10, 2009
 
When God Was a Rabbit
3.67
really liked it
I can't think of too many novels about families in which the families themselves aren't the source of the drama. And for that, I enjoyed this book and ...more
Jun 19, 2012
Jun 19, 2012
 
Manhood for Amateurs
3.72
liked it
I was very excited to have won this from a Goodreads giveaway.

Although now that I've finished, I think I still prefer Kavalier and Clay.

Chabon treat
...more
Nov 23, 2009
Nov 02, 2009
 
Terry Jones' Medieval Lives
4.00
really liked it
I'm very fond of the idea that a member of Monty Python's Flying Circus wrote this. Because if a comedian can become a historian, theoretically we all ...more
Nov 28, 2010
Nov 22, 2010
 
The Night Circus
4.03
really liked it
Much to my surprise, this book made me think. I mostly read it to delight in the descriptions of steampunk London. But at the end of the day (or the b ...more
Sep 23, 2012
Sep 16, 2012
 
The Fifty Year Sword
3.58
really liked it
I did not expect anything about this book, even though I'd read several reviews and House of Leaves. The machine-embroidered illustrations are lovely ...more
Apr 12, 2013
Apr 11, 2013
 
The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood
3.98
really liked it
Chock-ful of ... you guessed it... information.

A few anecdotes worth highlighting: the love story of Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage, the connection
...more
Jul 20, 2012
Oct 18, 2011
 
The Age of Miracles
3.64
really liked it
A friend suggested reading this side by side with Karen Russell's Swamplandia! It's a good call; the stories are so similar, even though the plots are ...more
Dec 07, 2012
Dec 07, 2012
 
A Visit from the Goon Squad
3.64
it was amazing
I don't really need to review this do I? What can I say that a Pulitzer Prize cannot? But I will add to the praise by saying that Powerpoint chapter i ...more
Jul 02, 2011
Jun 28, 2011
 
Pride of Baghdad
3.88
really liked it
Yes, yes, it's a comic. But you're reading the Watchmen, right?

This is the Iraq War from the perspective of escaped lions from the Baghdad zoo.

Last
...more
Jan 07, 2009
Mar 23, 2009
 
Like Water for Chocolate
3.94
really liked it
Upon second reading I still can't believe this was assigned to a tenth grade English curriculum.

But oh how I love the imagery-- over the top and juic
...more
Dec 06, 2008
Dec 06, 2008
 
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
4.34
really liked it
Super engrossing fast read-- quicker than scarfing a bag of Doritos. And it left me feeling just as unsatisfied and guilty. I must read the next book! ...more
Feb 26, 2011
Feb 26, 2011
 
Look at Me
3.40
really liked it
I really enjoy Jennifer Egan's multi-narrator approach. Rather than have each narrator tell their side of the same story, she has them tell their stor ...more
Aug 28, 2012
Jul 29, 2012
 
There Is a Country: New Fiction from the New Nation of South Sudan
3.54
liked it
A solid set of well-written short stories (and one poem). The editor set out to define a new country with stories that weren't just of war and sorrow, ...more
Aug 14, 2013
Aug 11, 2013
 
Mule
3.65
really liked it
With TV shows like Weeds or Breaking Bad we learn that you can only be in the illegal drug trade for 1-2 seasons before the plot just gets out of cont ...more
Jun 13, 2012
Jun 13, 2012
 
Ten Little Indians
4.08
really liked it
These seem like fun light stories, or sad light stories because of the simple first-person prose, but they have a weight behind them. I'm still turnin ...more
Jan 14, 2011
Jan 12, 2011
 
Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables, #1)
4.23
liked it
I read this in elementary school and forgot pretty much everything. So nice to return to it after a long hiatus, and find it absolutely charming! It's ...more
Apr 15, 2012
Apr 09, 2012
 
Couch
3.42
really liked it
There's no doubt the plot's original. Picked this up from Powell's Books on a trip to Portland, and was quite entertained by the author's concern for ...more
Sep 03, 2009
Aug 30, 2009
 
Century Girl: 100 Years in the Life of Doris Eaton Travis, Last Living Star of the Ziegfeld Follies
4.19
it was amazing
Beautiful pictures and a quick read, but I'm still thinking about the luck of this girl who saw pretty much every major event of the 20th Century up c ...more
Mar 26, 2011
Mar 26, 2011
 
Brida
3.46
liked it
Nice spiritual parable if you've got an afternoon to sit on a porch. Not great lit, but there are a few pithy truths inside, if that's what you're loo ...more
Jun 08, 2009
Jun 16, 2009
 
The 826 Quarterly, Volume 9: The Apprentices Issue
4.00
really liked it
We ought to celebrate student writers more. Especially of the 10 yr old variety. Great story about the Rain Man, and some excellent food memoirs in th ...more
Apr 30, 2009
Apr 29, 2009
 
Eating Animals
4.18
really liked it
I really thought I'd be able to read this book, enjoy Jonathan Safran Foer's writing, and keep on with my omnivorous lifestyle. How wrong was I!
Feb 14, 2011
Feb 15, 2011
 
Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned: Stories
3.85
it was amazing
I feel like I know every uncomfortably real character, like we're somehow old friends or longtime family. Even though I just finished, I want to start ...more
Dec 10, 2010
Dec 05, 2010
 
Ender's Game (Ender's Saga, #1)
4.30
it was amazing
It's so hard to reconcile my feelings for this book with my feelings about the author's personal views.
Dec 26, 2013
Dec 24, 2013
 
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
4.12
really liked it
Similar themes as Alexie's other writings, but this time with teen angst and illustrations!
Jan 22, 2011
Jan 21, 2011
 
Hellboy, Vol. 4: The Right Hand of Doom (Hellboy, #4)
4.33
really liked it
I have one word, and that word is pancakes.
Apr 27, 2014
Apr 28, 2014
 
Where'd You Go, Bernadette
3.90
really liked it
First book to make me say "Oh no she didn't" out loud.
Oct 06, 2013
Oct 05, 2013
 
The Elegance of the Hedgehog
3.74
it was amazing
I'm not sure how I knew from the first chapter that this would be a favorite, but as I turned each page I found more and more to savor. This book is a ...more
Dec 29, 2012
Nov 10, 2012
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