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The Hudson: A History
3.43
liked it
Very interesting book but as it tells the history of the Hudson through illustrative episodes, much is left out and anyone familiar with the river wil ...more
Jan 2007
Feb 22, 2009
 
The Far Pavilions
4.20
liked it
I read this when I was rather young but I recall really loving it at the time. It may have been my first truly epic romance novel but I can still conj ...more
Jan 1977
Feb 22, 2009
 
The Design of Everyday Things
4.18
it was amazing
This is a great book.

Ever push on a door that said "pull"? It isn't you. It's the design. If a door needs a sign to tell you how to use it, it is a po
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not set
Feb 23, 2009
 
The Toss of a Lemon
3.77
really liked it
A well written and fascinating look at the life of an Indian woman from the 1890s to Independence.

A life I couldn't imagine living heartrendingly chr
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Sep 2009
Feb 22, 2011
 
The Dante Club
3.38
liked it
Very enjoyable read but there are a few of those off details that drive me nuts.

As a mystery it falls down a bit at the end, structurally but a good f
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not set
Feb 22, 2009
 
The Road
3.95
liked it
I am very conflicted by this book. It was a wonderful read but the author never addresses how people could even be alive in a world without plants.
He
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Jan 2008
Feb 22, 2009
 
London
4.06
did not like it
This is NOT a novel. It is a sequence of sketches that is ultimately unsatisfying.

The author could have done a bit more to bring all the elements he d
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not set
Feb 22, 2009
 
Sophie's Choice
4.18
it was ok
There were a few points in the book where the author's mechanisms showed through. That and the "tomorrow is another day"-esque ending cooled me on the ...more
not set
Feb 22, 2009
 
Reader's Digest Back to Basics: How to Learn and Enjoy Traditional American Skills
4.35
it was amazing
I love this book. It was given as a gift by a Manhattanite friend when we moved "up country"

More of a project or reference book, it covers everything
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Jan 1987
Feb 23, 2009
 
Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life
4.34
it was amazing
Even though this is a series of short explorations on mindfulness and anger, I found this perfect bedtime reading at a time when I thought I was facin ...more
Sep 1992
Apr 10, 2009
 
NNNNN: A Novel
2.98
liked it
Thoroughly enjoyable. A bit on the silly side as one would expect from the author.

This book would be the perfect airplane read in that it is engaging
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Jun 15, 2009
Jun 13, 2009
 
Mysteries of the Middle Ages: The Rise of Feminism, Science and Art from the Cults of Catholic Europe
3.82
it was ok
For the most part this book was a pleasant reminder of all the Mediaeval history and literature courses I took as an undergrad. Not much new, no great ...more
May 13, 2009
Apr 24, 2009
 
The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next, #1)
3.91
it was ok
Very disappointed in this book. What a great premise but the execution really fell flat for me. So many existential issues were bumped up against but ...more
not set
Feb 22, 2009
 
Atonement
3.88
really liked it
Great story but the incident that set off the action could have been better handled. Have a hard time believing that the O so smart medical school can ...more
Jan 2008
Feb 22, 2009
 
The Horse Whisperer
3.77
did not like it
This book drove me nuts. Wonderfully written but in the end the basic premise is that if you are emotionally constipated adultery is okay
not set
Feb 22, 2009
 
Six Walks in the Fictional Woods
4.12
it was amazing
One of the best collections of essays I've read. It changed and deepened my understanding of the experience of reading fiction.
Jan 2000
Feb 22, 2009
 
The Pillars of the Earth (Kingsbridge, #1)
4.29
did not like it
I got fifty pages in and just couldn't stand the stultifying prose, obvious plot mechanics and complete lack of atmosphere.
not set
Mar 05, 2011
 
The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials, #3)
4.07
it was ok
disappointing finale.

The book reads as if the publishers told Pullman he had to cut it down by three hundred pages
not set
Feb 22, 2009
 
Till We Have Faces
4.19
it was amazing
the myth of Cupid and Psyche reworked into a wonderful Christian allegory on the redemptive power of love.

not set
Feb 22, 2009
 
One Hundred Years of Solitude
4.04
liked it
I think you need to know a lot more about South American history than I do to really appreciate thia book.
Jan 2007
Feb 22, 2009
 
Jitterbug Perfume
4.24
really liked it
Amazingly, I am new to Robbins but I am finding his books incredibly fun and thought provoking at the same time.
Feb 2011
Feb 22, 2011
 
Gentlemen of the Road
3.42
liked it
Nicely written. It is a lot of fun but seems to break down a bit at the end.
Enjoyed it but not a keeper
not set
Feb 24, 2009
 
My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey
3.86
it was amazing
READ THIS BOOK

An amazing account of the author's stoke that will have you saying, "Oh, so that's why that happens" over and over again.

A careful blend
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Jun 28, 2009
Apr 28, 2009
 
People of the Book
4.01
really liked it
Fascinating fictional history of the Sarajevo Haggadah, a Jewish prayer book that survived over five hundred years of being in the wrong place at the ...more
Apr 2010
Jan 09, 2010
 
Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas
3.73
really liked it
Tremendous fun.
Jan 2011
Feb 22, 2011
 
The Queen's Man (Justin de Quincy, #1)
3.88
did not like it
Without a doubt one of the worst books I have ever read.

The writing is adequate.

BUT

If you know even the slightest bit about Medieval History stay far
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not set
Feb 22, 2009
 
Prodigal Summer
3.98
really liked it
As much as I love Barbara Kingsolver and agree with much of her world view, the preachiness of Prodigal Summer really distracted from an otherwise exc ...more
not set
Feb 22, 2009
 
In The Blink Of An Eye
3.98
liked it
Though not a fan of mystery or suspense novels, Corsi Staub tells a great story and once I started it, I was dragged, almost unwilling, through to the ...more
Jan 2003
Feb 22, 2009
 
The Bean Trees (Greer Family, #1)
3.95
it was amazing
If I were ever to write a novel, this is the book I would want to write.
not set
Feb 22, 2009
 
Rubyfruit Jungle
3.88
liked it
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not set
Feb 22, 2009
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