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The Wicked, Wicked Ladies in the Haunted House
3.88
Some people love Christmas. The crinkly wrapping paper, the many gifts, the cookies and hot cocoa, the ham dinner.

I love Halloween. When the slow fog
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Dec 17, 2014
Jun 04, 2014
 
Broken for You
3.80
did not like it
Interesting that the author has chosen to write about broken bits of china because this was one of the more fractured stories I've read. The book star ...more
Jan 2008
Feb 03, 2008
 
And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic
4.38
it was amazing
My top 10 list of books consists of fiction - and this. I was in my 20's and came across this book at a garage sale. The title looks academic but ther ...more
Jul 23, 2016
Sep 25, 2007
 
The World According to Garp
4.07
really liked it
A near-perfect book. I've read "Garp" many times and it's one of those stories that shouldn't have made a good film and yet it did because it just too ...more
Jan 2008
Feb 03, 2008
 
Bitch: In Praise of Difficult Women
3.35
it was ok
I wanted this book to really champion loud, opinionated, awesome and fearsome women (you know, the ones that men call "bitches") and yet, this falls f ...more
not set
Oct 01, 2007
 
March
3.74
did not like it
After having read "People of the Book" and loved it, and "Year of Wonder" and enjoyed that, I was so excited to read "March". It won a Pulitzer, and i ...more
not set
Aug 14, 2014
 
All the Ugly and Wonderful Things
4.09
liked it
This is tough. This is a very good book about a very difficult subject matter and if you choose to read it (which I do recommend) please be prepared.

F
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Oct 23, 2016
Aug 24, 2016
 
Maggie Now
3.86
really liked it
I read this book not long after reading "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" when I was nine or ten years old. Certainly less well-known that ATGIB and perhaps ...more
Feb 02, 2016
Oct 01, 2007
 
Everything I Never Told You
3.80
liked it
The story of a family trying to deal with the death of their teenaged daughter, Lydia. It's the late 1970s and the Lee family is unraveling. Their dad ...more
Sep 02, 2016
Jun 24, 2014
 
Anne Sexton: A Biography
4.17
really liked it
Middlebrook is simply a first-rate biographer. She manages to piece together all the ragged threads of Anne Sexton's life and work: the possible sexua ...more
Jan 14, 2014
Sep 25, 2007
 
The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry
4.25
liked it
What a great collection of poetry - much of it rebellious in tone (the great American virtue). It literally is the "wafer thin mint" because it truly ...more
Jan 2008
Feb 03, 2008
 
Drinking and Tweeting: And Other Brandi Blunders
3.47
it was ok
This chick is funny as shit but I'm not sure she can read a book, let alone write one. I'm pretty sure she told a bunch of wild stories about her ex-h ...more
Mar 08, 2014
Sep 11, 2014
 
The Buddha in the Attic
3.60
liked it
Painful, informative and in-depth story of a group of mail-order brides sent from Japan to San Francisco in the early 20th century. The author's use o ...more
Mar 03, 2017
not set
May 22, 2014
 
The Wave
3.55
liked it
This book actually came out just after the television after-school special aired, so you can see how it just follows the movie (if you've seen it) and ...more
not set
Sep 17, 2014
 
Island of the Blue Dolphins (Island of the Blue Dolphins, #1)
3.81
really liked it
A suberb story for the young and the not-so-young reader. Karana is left to her own devices, abandoned when her people set sail from their island. Lef ...more
not set
Sep 30, 2007
 
The Great Forgetting
3.61
liked it
Ooh. This started off really strong with a great premise: what if a chunk of our history had been erased to shield the public from knowing that the Na ...more
Aug 08, 2016
Jul 09, 2016
 
The Wild Party
4.12
really liked it
Literally one of the most fun reads I've ever had. It's awesome when you have a friend over and the two of you take turns reading it out loud. And it' ...more
Jul 21, 2015
Sep 30, 2007
 
Lincoln in the Bardo
3.86
did not like it
Well, that's got to be the quickest I've ever given up on a book.
Apr 13, 2017
Mar 14, 2017
 
The Laws of Gravity
3.50
it was amazing
I wrote this book so I can't really be objective!
Oct 17, 2014
Aug 23, 2013
 
The Bucolic Plague: How Two Manhattanites Became Gentlemen Farmers: An Unconventional Memoir
4.06
liked it
I first learned about the Fabulous Beekman Boys and Josh Kilmer-Purcell on their reality show several years ago. I related to the idea of 'getting awa ...more
Jun 11, 2016
Jun 06, 2016
 
Ring (Ring, #1)
3.82
liked it
If you've seen the American horror film "The Ring" or the original Japanese version "Ringu" and wondered: "Well, why is this chick so evil?" Then you ...more
not set
Oct 01, 2007
 
Shot in the Heart
4.18
really liked it
Can families be haunted?

Mikal Gilmore attempts to roll back the fair amount of mystique and hyperbole that was done in the name of literature to his f
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Feb 23, 2017
not set
Sep 25, 2007
 
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values
3.76
it was amazing
An important book, one of the best of the past generation. I believe I was around twenty when I tackled "Zen" for the first time. Ostensibly the story ...more
Oct 26, 2013
Sep 24, 2007
 
Will There Really Be a Morning?
4.11
liked it
I initially LOVED this book when I first read it, back in my early twenties. Who wouldn't? Anti-establishment actress who yearns to be on stage gets s ...more
Sep 26, 2014
Sep 17, 2014
 
In the Country We Love: My Family Divided
4.06
liked it
A personal story from the frontlines of America's immigration crisis. If you forget that there are real humans who are deeply impacted by the deportat ...more
Oct 13, 2016
Apr 24, 2016
 
It Wasn't Always Like This
3.41
it was ok
I feel like the only reason this is being marketed as YA is because, right now, that's what's selling.

This is really a standard mystery with some youn
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Aug 16, 2016
May 22, 2016
 
Edie: An American Biography
4.14
really liked it
I was sixteen when I first read this, stumbling across it in a box of paperbacks my grandfather brought back from the flea market. I was sixteen and t ...more
not set
Oct 01, 2007
 
Girl in the Woods: A Memoir
3.48
it was ok
I was interested in this story, having read and loved "Wild" and thought this would be a comparable story. I really enjoy memoirs - particularly stori ...more
May 07, 2016
Sep 02, 2015
 
Ride the Wind
4.37
really liked it
Don't be misled by the cover - while there are some romantic elements this is mostly historical fiction. Based on a true story, this is a fictional de ...more
not set
Oct 01, 2007
 
Love Will Tear Us Apart
2.96
did not like it
Insipid.
not set
Sep 25, 2007
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