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It Starts with Food: Discover the Whole30 and Change Your Life in Unexpected Ways
4.09
liked it
Well, Jeff and I made it through 15 days of the W30 before he had a CAT scan that sparked the lymphoma diagnosis and cancer treatment odyssey of the p ...more
not set
Feb 12, 2013
 
Memory Wall
4.09
it was amazing
Phenomenal. Still reeling from its awesomeness.

When I finished this book, I remained stuck in a sort of trance state, sitting in my living room, but
...more
not set
Jan 21, 2011
 
The Plague of Doves
3.76
it was amazing
Louise Erdrich rules. I've liked her other stuff, but this book made even The Painted Drum pale in comparison. The characters in this book are complex ...more
May 26, 2008
May 19, 2008
 
Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion
4.42
it was amazing
"G," Father Boyle, is a perfect contrast to Greg Mortenstern. Instead of bragging and inflating the success stories of his amazing organization, "Home ...more
May 23, 2011
Jan 21, 2011
 
Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting
4.09
liked it
Forgive the rambling. Am writing when too tired and after a glass of wine and beer.

This is a set of topical chapters/mini-essays on various facets of
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Feb 26, 2011
Feb 07, 2011
 
The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee's, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table
3.57
it was amazing
This struck me as a well-researched book (it has footnotes and endnotes after all). It was also well-written, and for me at least, it was also a page- ...more
not set
Feb 22, 2012
 
Perfection Salad: Women and Cooking at the Turn of the Century (California Studies in Food and Culture, 24)
3.75
did not like it
I would move this to my "read" or "2008" shelf, but that would be dishonest, because I couldn't finish the book. If I had been required to read it, fo ...more
Mar 2008
Mar 16, 2008
 
Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity
4.27
really liked it
This review, which I am hastily typing on my phone, will not do this book justice. It was awesome. The only reason I gave it four instead of 5 stars w ...more
not set
Apr 10, 2013
 
The Glass Castle
4.25
really liked it
Once I started this book, I could hardly put it down to watch Stella. I did though, and that, among other things sets me apart from the parents who ra ...more
Sep 08, 2010
Sep 10, 2010
 
Americanah
4.27
it was amazing
Oh, how I would have loved to discuss this one in a book group. And eat Nigerian food.

I'm finding it difficult now to describe the book without making
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not set
Nov 07, 2013
 
Little Bee
3.70
really liked it
BOOK CLUB BOOK: We talked at book club about how the publicist assigned to this book did an excellent job building up hype and mystery. If you read th ...more
Apr 30, 2010
Apr 20, 2010
 
American Tapestry: The Story of the Black, White, and Multiracial Ancestors of Michelle Obama
3.62
it was ok
I'll start with the positive. I learned some new things about the Great Migration and the Civil War. The book included some other points of historical ...more
not set
Sep 30, 2012
 
We All Wore Stars: Memories of Anne Frank from Her Classmates
3.81
liked it
Theo Coster (who went to create the game "Guess Who?") was Anne Frank's classmate at one of the segregated school Jewish children were forced to atten ...more
not set
Feb 07, 2012
 
You Belong to Us
4.21
liked it
This book is a no-holds barred examination of the author's experience as an adoptee meeting her adoptive family after years of growing up in a closed ...more
not set
Sep 06, 2015
 
Baby Catcher: Chronicles of a Modern Midwife
4.33
really liked it
Peggy Vincent is one spunky lady. I would have loved for her to deliver Stella. She's clearly no-nonsense, but also the kind of pseduo-hippie that wou ...more
not set
Oct 26, 2011
 
Swamplandia!
3.22
liked it
This book took me a long time to slog through. It started off well for the first chapter or so, but the middle portion, once all of the children are s ...more
Feb 18, 2012
Jan 24, 2012
 
Tenth of December
3.96
really liked it
Given the reviews I've seen cropping up, I think I expected this to knock my socks off a little bit more than it did. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed it ...more
Apr 18, 2013
Mar 26, 2013
 
Cutting for Stone
4.28
really liked it
It took me an inordinately long time to get into this book. It's separated, chronologically, into several "books" or groups of chapters, and the first ...more
not set
Mar 04, 2011
 
Beautiful Child: The story of a child trapped in silence and the teacher who refused to give up on her
4.22
liked it
This book is a summary of the author's - a Special Education teacher - academic year with a particularly diverse and challenging class. I read this in ...more
not set
Jan 05, 2016
 
This Is How You Lose Her
3.76
it was amazing
Devoured this in a week, which is astoundingly speedy given my life at the moment. Most of these stories center on Yunior - a Dominican immigrant to t ...more
Sep 18, 2013
Feb 05, 2013
 
Imperfect Birds
3.27
it was ok
Having read "Bird by Bird" I think I appreciated this book more than I would have if I hadn't had so much new insight into Lamott's writing process. S ...more
Jun 27, 2010
Jun 29, 2010
 
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
4.50
it was amazing
This extremely well-written book obliterates any legitimacy that the War on Drugs might conceivably have. And, as the title would suggest, it exposes ...more
Sep 21, 2014
Aug 29, 2013
 
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
3.90
liked it
I noticed that Diaz thanked Danticat in his copious shout outs at the back of the book. I love Danticat's books, both for her storytelling and the ins ...more
Aug 18, 2008
Aug 20, 2008
 
Sin in the Second City: Madams, Ministers, Playboys, and the Battle for America's Soul
3.62
liked it
For its insight into Chicago and the shady, shady morals of Victorian society, I found this book rather intriguing. While I found the themes it explor ...more
Sep 25, 2008
Sep 19, 2008
 
Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son's First Year
4.19
it was amazing
I highly recommend this book for anyone expecting a baby or even anyone who might be thinking about having a child some day. Lamott's journal of her j ...more
Jun 15, 2009
Jul 29, 2009
 
Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant : Confessions of Cooking for One and Dining Alone
3.74
liked it
As you might expect from the title, this book discusses eating alone. Some of the essays struck me as quite self-righteous and snobby. Others explored ...more
Aug 04, 2009
Aug 09, 2009
 
The Circle
3.45
it was ok
If I had not discussed this in a book group, it might have suffered from even fewer stars. But it was ok. I firmly believe that Eggers writes best whe ...more
not set
Sep 21, 2014
 
Parallel
3.86
did not like it
Why did I finish this?

I didn't want to read about a privileged teen torn between her life as a Hollywood starlet or a freshman at Yale.

I don't care a
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not set
Jun 19, 2013
 
The Book of Mormon Girl: Stories from an American Faith
3.51
liked it
I'm of two minds about this book. If my rating were based solely on the style of the writing, or its literary prowess, I'd probably give it a two. If ...more
not set
Aug 16, 2012
 
The Fortune Cookie Chronicles: Adventures in the World of Chinese Food
3.64
liked it
This was on the SF Book Club, or SF Reads shelf at the library. It's the easiest place to browse when I'm trying to keep an eye on Stella, so I often ...more
not set
Oct 26, 2011
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