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The Blue Envelope
3.47
of course i loved this charming story...mystery adventure and exotic places but most of all i loved it because it was written by my grandfather....He ...more
Jan 2009
Feb 12, 2010
 
A Gay and Melancholy Sound
3.72
really liked it
Very smart...i felt as if i were being challenged to keep up with this witty and somber tale. I also felt it was autobiographical in some respects. Go ...more
Jun 18, 2012
Jun 16, 2012
 
Empress Orchid (Empress Orchid, #1)
3.87
it was amazing
Amazing the life of these people...am surprised by the brutality and callousness towards others.
not set
Mar 18, 2017
 
The Future City on the Inland Sea: A History of Imaginative Geographies of Lake Superior
0.00
so....a wierd choice but had seen it in some bibliography...the take away for me was how the northern reaches of Wisconsin the South Shore exactly.... ...more
not set
Mar 18, 2017
 
The Collaborative Habit: Life Lessons for Working Together
3.51
it was ok
This definatly is not about collaboration...it is more about collaging if that is a social skill we haven't explored it much...but to me collaborating ...more
not set
May 02, 2012
 
Driftless
3.88
really liked it
I loved the familiarity of the book...lived in rural Wisconsin for over 30 years and all the characters were familiar and the descriptions and the sit ...more
not set
May 02, 2012
 
My Beloved World
4.03
really liked it
She is an amazing person...I found the first half more intersting than the second. I sort of got lost in the fast pace through her career years...even ...more
not set
May 02, 2013
 
The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World
4.35
really liked it
so...i LOVED hearing the respect and love between the Dalai and Desmond...two men at the pinnacle of their development as human beings...I am not howe ...more
not set
Mar 18, 2017
 
The Enchantress of Florence
3.57
it was amazing
I enjoyed this...my first Rushdie...i appreciated the storytelling ambiance and the references or structure of actual history...what i like about read ...more
Dec 10, 2013
Nov 16, 2013
 
Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy, #1)
3.61
it was amazing
i found myself in the middle of this conflict. i do not like that one culture comes in and imposes their ideas on another but i am also not happy with ...more
not set
Nov 04, 2010
 
The Sea
3.49
liked it
i thought the language was very poetic but edging towards too many adjectives and adverbs...i thought again the author or character was a bit indulgen ...more
Mar 11, 2010
Mar 01, 2010
 
South of Superior
3.52
really liked it
At first i was not impressed..too many characters...switching too quickly...but the story grew on me and i appreciated the position that all the chara ...more
Sep 14, 2011
Sep 14, 2011
 
The Awakening
3.63
liked it
i thought i had read this before..apparently not. the significance of course is the time in which this book was written. at the time it was shocking a ...more
Feb 2010
Feb 12, 2010
 
The Picture of Dorian Gray
4.06
it was amazing
well...a push pull of emotions....a master writer can create that love/hate reaction for the reader. I was taken up with the characterizations and sho ...more
Apr 07, 2012
Apr 04, 2012
 
Van Gogh: The Life
4.09
it was amazing
wow. Over 900 pages and i could not stop. It helped that i love Van Gogh's work, his drawings, his captured energy...but what a tale...it brought me t ...more
Feb 07, 2012
Feb 07, 2012
 
The Orphan Master's Son
4.06
really liked it
whoa...really an eye opener..even if it is all fiction which i don't believe, bad things happen. Torture, violence make this hard to read but it is re ...more
Sep 2012
Sep 03, 2012
 
Memory of Trees: A Daughter’s Story of a Family Farm
4.05
liked it
she must have one terrific memory! so far 100 pages into the book she is still six years old!

Well, being about the same age as the author and growing
...more
Dec 07, 2011
Nov 02, 2011
 
The Book Thief
4.36
liked it
I have to stop reading these books that show how horrid humans can be to one another. I am getting depressed. I don't need to be reminded of the holoc ...more
Aug 23, 2012
Sep 03, 2012
 
A Hundred Flowers
3.73
really liked it
Good book. I recommended it to my daughter who teaches English. I thought her high school students would be interested in this. She has many Hmong stu ...more
not set
Dec 18, 2012
 
Luncheon of the Boating Party
3.66
liked it
Well on the positive side i contemplated the artwork way longer than i would have otherwise. I admire and am envious of the investigative work it took ...more
Nov 04, 2012
Nov 05, 2012
 
The Hare With Amber Eyes: A Family's Century of Art and Loss
3.85
really liked it
Fascinating to take us through the years using a collection to introduce us to the history of the "owners" of these objects. I had never so vividly un ...more
Sep 10, 2011
Sep 14, 2011
 
Anthill
3.43
liked it
Is this autobiographical? I realize that EO was not a lawyer but it seemed to me it would have to be drawn from experience. In the beginning there was ...more
not set
May 08, 2010
 
The Universe Within: Discovering the Common History of Rocks, Planets, and People
3.83
really liked it
wonderfully accessible book...great for high school and as an introduction to those who are newly interested in this. I especially liked the quote of ...more
Apr 03, 2013
Apr 03, 2013
 
Never Let Me Go
3.80
really liked it
i liked the creativity of the plot. The characters were not lovable and or engaging and there was a certain distance between the reader and the charac ...more
Jan 2009
Feb 12, 2010
 
The Lacuna
3.76
Well i had to skip ahead to get into the book i thought it was difficult to get going....once in the second half was very good. Of course the insights ...more
not set
Oct 15, 2013
 
My Life on the Road
4.08
it was amazing
I found this authentic and honest. Most revealing is exposing yourself not only to yourself but to others. In doing so you find your stereotypical bel ...more
Mar 06, 2016
Mar 03, 2016
 
Thirteen Moons
3.64
really liked it
I have so many lovely thoughts in my notes from this book. I did not love the characters but loved the writing and poetry of this book. there is somet ...more
Aug 2010
Sep 14, 2010
 
White Dog Fell from the Sky
4.03
really liked it
I liked this book...it opens your eyes to another kind of living...i wonder how many immigrants can relate to this story of displacement and setting a ...more
not set
Mar 18, 2017
 
So Terrible a Storm: A Tale of Fury on Lake Superior
3.91
liked it
So exciting to read. I have a long time association with lake Superior looking at it as well as boating on it. I have a great respect for the lake and ...more
Sep 12, 2011
Sep 14, 2011
 
Art and Physics: Parallel Visions in Space, Time, and Light
4.13
it was amazing
I can't get enough of this book. Art and Science together...both are abstract. so many interesting connections. Leonard was brilliant. it had me looki ...more
Jan 08, 2010
Jan 08, 2010
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