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The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie
really liked it
Reviewing The Wilder Life rather requires reviewing my own continuing love of the Little House series of books. Wendy McClure indulges her childhood l ...more
May 15, 2012
May 16, 2012
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (Harold Fry, #1)
it was amazing
What a compelling and utterly absorbing story. Harold's walk and his encounters with the world he's been so disconnected from as well as Maureen's red ...more
Nov 06, 2012
Nov 06, 2012
Just in Case: How to Be Self-Sufficient When the Unexpected Happens
liked it
Kathy Harrison presents a compelling look at why we are more at risk from systemic failures in the power, food, transportation and communication netwo ...more
Oct 16, 2011
Sep 29, 2011
While...: Born During WWII
really liked it
I enjoyed the contrasting memoirs in While...: Born During WWII. I found many similarities between Peg Hanna's upbringing in Pennsylvania to my mother ...more
Sep 06, 2011
Sep 01, 2011
Saving Fish from Drowning
liked it
Overall I enjoyed the story, but felt the narrator dragged the book's pace down occasionally with too much information and description. The tourists w ...more
Jul 21, 2011
Jul 12, 2011
Shakespeare: The World as Stage
really liked it
I've enjoyed previous books by Bill Bryson, and this proved no exception. His survey of Will Shakespeare's life (what little we know of it) was nicely ...more
Jan 06, 2009
Dec 30, 2008
Blood and Iron (Promethean Age, #1)
really liked it
I'm still struggling a bit with this book. I enjoy it a lot, but there are times when I feel I don't know enough fairy tales -- as in tales of the fey ...more
Jun 05, 2009
Jul 20, 2007
Organize Now!: A Week-By-Week Guide to Simplify Your Space and Your Life
did not like it
Frankly, I found this book to be too condensed. To much is summed up in brief paragraphs of "Sort into three piles" with little, if any attention paid ...more
Jan 15, 2013
Jan 18, 2013
The Six Wives of Henry VIII
liked it
I certainly learned a lot of the detail in the convoluted processes behind the fascinating story of Henry VIII and his progression of wives.

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Apr 2008
Dec 09, 2007
really liked it
Richard Mayhew discovers a girl bleeding on the sidewalk. His fiancee tells him to just call 911 and be done with it, but when the girl protests again ...more
Feb 16, 2011
Mar 11, 2009
The Pillars of the Earth
really liked it
I really enjoyed this read, although in places it was, as Megan commented, a bit soap opera like. There were times when I wondered just what other evi ...more
Sep 05, 2010
Mar 16, 2010
Read This Next: 500 of the Best Books You'll Ever Read
really liked it
For intelligent, wide ranging, and beautifully snarky recommendations on what to read next, pick up this guide. I found it at the library, but will ne ...more
Feb 12, 2011
Feb 17, 2011
The Children's Book
liked it
To say this is a sweeping novel does it honor and a disservice. It is sweeping, following a generation from the late Victorian era to the trenches of ...more
Jan 05, 2011
Dec 31, 2010
A Secret Atlas (The Age of Discovery, #1)
really liked it
A Secret Atlas is a complex book, weaving many subplots together. It's slow to begin -- I had to push myself to keep going for the first 100 pages or ...more
Jun 17, 2008
Sep 13, 2007
Captive Queen
liked it
I sometimes wish I could combine Alison Weir's historical accuracy and detail with Philippa Gregory's storytelling flair. Weir is a competent writer, ...more
Dec 18, 2010
Sep 18, 2010
The Norton Anthology of English Literature
liked it
A more constrained (and therefore more limited) collection than the full two volume Norton Anthology of English Literature, this was the second volume ...more
not set
Feb 02, 2010
Tin House: The Ecstatic
liked it
Some wonderful pieces in here -- I particularly liked "The Summer People" by Kelly Link and "Caught Up" by Jamie Quatro. The interview with Ben Okri w ...more
Oct 20, 2011
Oct 19, 2011
The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
really liked it
Reading this book in conjunction with Barbara Kingsolver's "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle" taught me a lot about my food supply, and gave me a lot to thi ...more
May 2008
Jul 27, 2007
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
really liked it
This is a fascinating look at what it means to be an introvert in the most extroverted nation in the world. I recognized myself on nearly every page - ...more
Sep 09, 2014
Jan 01, 2012
Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World
liked it
An interesting survey of a thousand years of the human pursuit of codfish, and the technological advances in the last two hundred years of that pursui ...more
Aug 02, 2011
Nov 10, 2010
Junior Girl Scout Badgebook
Frankly, I'm disappointed to be moving on to Cadettes already -- there is so much good stuff in here we didn't do.
not set
Feb 08, 2009
My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales
liked it
The collection of modern fairy tales (including some reinterpretations of classic fairy tales) is uneven. Some of the stories are fantastic, while oth ...more
Sep 03, 2011
Jul 13, 2011
The Happiness Project: Or Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun
really liked it
Gretchen Rubin does the heavy lifting, reading across a wide variety of writing about happiness, to bring a greater experience of happiness on a daily ...more
Oct 30, 2016
Oct 18, 2016
The Greatest Knight (William Marshal, #2)
really liked it
An engaging story and a very likable character. I wish Ms. Chadwick had delved a little more deeply into some of William Marshall's motivations and of ...more
Jul 06, 2011
Sep 08, 2009
Why Calories Count: From Science to Politics
really liked it
This is a great survey of the science behind nutrition and the factors that create the obesity epidemic in the US. This is a great starting point for ...more
May 21, 2012
Apr 15, 2012
The Norton Anthology of English Literature, Volume 1
liked it
How does one rate the Norton Anthologies? Flawed, as all anthologies are, but also a remarkable collection of English literature. I still own my copy ...more
not set
Feb 02, 2010
Odd Girl Out, Revised and Updated: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls
it was amazing
If you have a daughter in late elementary or middle school, this is a very important read. I think Rachel Simmons brings out a lot of important issues ...more
Dec 20, 2011
Sep 11, 2011
The Night Before Christmas
really liked it
This edition is illustrated by Arthur Rackham, one of my favorite illustrators from the first part of the 20th century. Rackham's illustrations depict ...more
not set
Feb 02, 2010
The Joy of Cooking
really liked it
Joy of Cooking is one of the first books I'll turn to when I'm looking for how to prepare something I haven't made before, or for in depth information ...more
not set
Jan 08, 2009
Better Homes & Gardens New Cook Book
really liked it
I have made many recipes from this cookbook, and received my copy in 1983 as a Valentine's gift from my mother. I find it a dependable resource for pr ...more
not set
Jan 08, 2009
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