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Falling Leaves: The Memoir of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter
3.88
it was amazing
This book is a look at a culture and a country. It was also a look at a family and relationships that just didn't work for any of the children but esp ...more
Mar 12, 2009
Mar 12, 2009
 
Obsessive Genius: The Inner World of Marie Curie
3.99
really liked it
The title "Obsessive Genius" refers to many different sides of Marie Curie's life. Some may have considered her story to be somewhat of a feminist mes ...more
May 27, 2009
May 30, 2009
 
Miles Gone By: A Literary Biography
4.20
it was amazing
"Miles Gone By" seems to be a near complete biography and one that allows the reader to see how the puzzle fits together. It would be easy to overlook ...more
Jan 2006
Mar 01, 2009
 
And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer
4.28
it was amazing
Backman has brought a unique beauty and intensity of emotion to the words of this moving story. The expressions of feeling suggest poetry and indeed t ...more
Jan 08, 2018
Jan 08, 2018
 
Down and Out in Paris and London
4.10
really liked it
Orwell presents this story as an autobiography. He starts the story in Paris where he prepares to go to work in a Hotel but then for a variety of reas ...more
Jan 2004
Mar 01, 2009
 
Pure in Heart
4.38
it was amazing
The Inner Man is the title of chapter 1. It tells us "those that would ascend and stand in the ultimate holy place, must have "clean hands, and a pure ...more
Dec 1990
Mar 12, 2009
 
The Art of Memoir
4.08
it was amazing
The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr is a book that the Wall Street Journal said should be “required reading for anyone attempting to write a memoir or who ...more
Feb 08, 2017
Sep 25, 2017
 
The Call of the Wild
3.84
it was amazing
FIRST PARAGRAPH: “Buck did not read newspapers, or he would have known that trouble was brewing, not alone for himself, but for every tidewater dog, s ...more
Feb 03, 2018
Feb 05, 2018
 
Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within
4.18
it was amazing
I liked Natalie Goldberg from the first time I read her books. She had me on board when I realized that New Mexico was special to her. I love New Mexi ...more
Feb 10, 2017
Sep 18, 2017
 
Among the Gently Mad: Strategies and Perspectives for the Book Hunter in the 21st Century
3.95
really liked it
This book, Among The Gently Mad, Strategies and Perspectives for the Book Hunter in the Twenty-First Century follows the authors previous books, "A Ge ...more
Jun 07, 2015
Oct 13, 2017
 
Inside the O'Briens
3.98
it was amazing
First paragraph: “Huntington’s Disease is an inherited neurodegenerative disease characterized by a progressive loss of voluntary motor control and an ...more
Jan 27, 2018
Jan 27, 2018
 
The Cat in the Hat
4.15
really liked it
The Cat in the Hat, by Theodor Geisel (Dr Seuss), was first published in 1957. It is a story about a tall human like cat who dresses in a red & wh ...more
Aug 30, 2017
Sep 30, 2017
 
Beartown
4.30
it was amazing
FIRST PARAGRAPH: “It is Friday in early March in Beartown and nothing has happened yet. Everyone is waiting. Tomorrow, the Beartown Ice Hockey Club’s ...more
Jan 13, 2018
Jan 13, 2018
 
The Silent Wife
4.02
liked it
Kerry Fisher wrote a letter to this books reader, and it is located at the end of this novel. It tells us why she decided to write this story. She sai ...more
Nov 17, 2017
Nov 18, 2017
 
Craft a Life You Love: 25 Practices for Infusing Creativity, Fun & Intention into Your Everyday
4.31
it was amazing
Does loving what you do attract creativity? In the book, "A Life You Love by Amy Tangerine", she starts out talking about how to “craft a life that yo ...more
Feb 24, 2017
Sep 10, 2017
 
Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore
3.81
it was amazing
Lydia Smith really loves her job at the Bright Ideas Bookstore in Denver. She grew up in a library based home in this town about 20 years ago. She had ...more
Nov 11, 2017
Nov 11, 2017
 
The Rooster Bar
3.81
liked it
John Grisham’s book, The Rooster Bar, is a surprise. It does have an interesting story and the plot is believable, but the characters seem to lack the ...more
Nov 03, 2017
Nov 04, 2017
 
A Lowcountry Heart: Reflections on a Writing Life
4.33
really liked it
This book was put together as a final collection of interviews, articles and letters from Pat Conroy's long literary life. The book attracted me becau ...more
Oct 29, 2017
Oct 29, 2017
 
Mere Christianity
4.31
really liked it
C.S. Lewis during World War II was asked by the BBC to do some radio programs about the fundamentals of Christianity. He started these 15 minutes broa ...more
Oct 28, 2016
Jan 26, 2018
 
Human Acts
4.15
really liked it
First Line: “In early 1980, South Korea was a heap of dry tinder waiting for a spark”

Park Chung-hee had ruled since 1961 but he was assassinated by t
...more
Jan 17, 2018
not set
Jan 17, 2018
 
How Bad Writing Destroyed the World: Ayn Rand and the Literary Origins of the Financial Crisis
3.39
it was amazing
Adam Weiner's book, "How Bad Writing Destroyed The World" takes some of the thinking that has influenced the world for the last 75+ years and ties it ...more
Jan 05, 2017
Sep 10, 2017
 
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
4.23
really liked it
Anne Lamott's seems to have been born a writer. I mean most of these talented people loved writing and books from an early age, but she really seems t ...more
Mar 22, 2017
Sep 18, 2017
 
Sweet Promised Land
4.11
it was amazing
The question of whether you can “go home again” takes on special meaning in the book “Sweet Promised Land”, especially for all first-generation immigr ...more
Nov 07, 2017
Nov 07, 2017
 
Making a Literary Life: Advice for Writers and Other Dreamers
3.97
it was amazing
Her book tells writers, dreamers, and even those trying to see their own life more clearly, how to find and identify the characters needed for the plo ...more
Feb 07, 2016
Oct 18, 2017
 
American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West
4.43
it was amazing
American Wolf, by Neil Blakeslee, is a book that brings two very different points of view into focus to see the impact of the reintroduction of wolves ...more
Dec 09, 2017
Dec 11, 2017
 
John Adams
4.06
it was amazing
America’s influence is best understood if you know more about the founders. David McCullough brings the life of one of the countries great ones into f ...more
Jan 2000
Feb 17, 2018
 
The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone
3.89
liked it
First Paragraph: “Imagine standing by a window at night, on the sixth or seventeenth or forty-third floor of a building. The city reveals itself as a ...more
Feb 02, 2018
Feb 02, 2018
 
The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum
4.09
really liked it
Temple Grandin says of this book, “I will be your guide on a tour of the autistic brain. I am in the unique position to speak about both my experience ...more
Feb 2018
Feb 01, 2018
 
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
4.32
it was amazing
Stephen King is the master craftsman of writing. He tells us a lot about himself in his book, "Stephen King On Writing, A Memoir of the Craft".

Early i
...more
Mar 03, 2017
Sep 10, 2017
 
Stories of Your Life and Others
4.26
really liked it
"Stories Of Your Life and Others" by Ted Chiang is contemporary science fiction. The book has 8 stories that originally were published separately. "St ...more
Jan 15, 2017
Sep 18, 2017
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