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The Three-Martini Playdate: A Practical Guide to Happy Parenting
3.71
really liked it
I very much enjoyed this cheeky little book. Told in a tongue-and-cheek style, infused with some real advice, it's a humorous reminder that we all nee ...more
Oct 2007
Oct 16, 2007
 
Turn Left At The Trojan Horse: A Would-Be Hero's American Odyssey
3.24
it was amazing
To call this "travel memoir" is euphemism. It makes the book sound quaint, but the writing is too good to be quaint, and the "journey" too profound to ...more
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Mar 25, 2010
 
How to Meditate: A Practical Guide to Making Friends with Your Mind
4.25
it was amazing
For beginners and experienced meditators--Pema Chodron's writing is always enlightening. Her style of meditation is not to transcend, but to lean into ...more
Jul 15, 2015
Feb 26, 2015
 
The Fault in Our Stars
4.26
it was amazing
Goodreads requires written reviews, not drawn. So in words, then: If I were to draw a venn diagram of my review of this book, it would show a large ci ...more
Sep 20, 2014
Sep 17, 2014
 
The Subversive Copy Editor: Advice from Chicago (or, How to Negotiate Good Relationships with Your Writers, Your Colleagues, and Yourself)
4.11
it was amazing
Laughed on every page (really), and was reminded at each turn that the goal of editing is clarity, not to hold so tightly to the rules (but you must f ...more
Nov 15, 2012
Jul 24, 2012
 
Will Grayson, Will Grayson
3.83
liked it
First, very cool bookcover design, so kudos to the editor/designer/art director/(whomever else was involved) in this edition of the book (you have to ...more
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Oct 22, 2016
 
She Persisted
4.47
it was amazing
Really great. I was worried it would be another illustrated dissertation packaged as book for children but really meant for adult buyers, but it's gre ...more
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Jun 30, 2017
 
Breath, Eyes, Memory
3.86
really liked it
Aside from the most forgettable title ever, this book is anything but forgettable. The book takes place both in Haiti and in NYC and efficiently spans ...more
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Mar 20, 2014
 
Super Natural Cooking: Five Delicious Ways to Incorporate Whole and Natural Foods into Your Cooking
4.04
it was amazing
Even if you never cook a single recipe from this book, it' worth owning. If not for the info on natural grains and flours and sweeteners, then for the ...more
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Mar 26, 2008
 
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
3.97
really liked it
Lots of surprises in the beginning. About midway through I got sick of it (sick of her, probably about the time in the story she was getting sick of h ...more
Aug 27, 2015
May 14, 2015
 
The Martian
4.39
really liked it
Addictive. Surprisingly well-crafted for a first book (or extremely well edited). Either way--not my typical genre, read for book club, and couldn't p ...more
Oct 19, 2015
Aug 28, 2015
 
Orange Is the New Black
3.70
really liked it
I've read hundreds, thousands? of books, and I've never read anything like this. You couldn't dream up fiction like this if you tried, and yet through ...more
Jan 07, 2014
Dec 26, 2013
 
The Chain Letter of the Soul: New and Selected Poems
4.37
it was amazing
There are two ways to read Bill Holm:

Let the poems wash over you
like a pretty sunset, not
trying to understand it,
just accepting it as is.

Or, upon waki
...more
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Dec 18, 2012
 
The Hundred Dresses
4.07
liked it
Published in 1944, this might be one of the first mean-girl bullying books. The writing feels a little old-fashioned and heavy-handed, but the message ...more
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Nov 24, 2014
 
Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened
4.17
really liked it
Here's the most delightful way to understand the experience of depression, or living with someone who suffers from depression. Hilariously effective, ...more
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Jan 10, 2014
 
Roar Softly and Carry a Great Lipstick: 28 Women Writers on Life, Sex, and Survival
3.48
really liked it
This review from PW sums up my thoughts about this collection of essays from women on various topics that in one way or another, we can all find ourse ...more
Jan 2005
Nov 08, 2007
 
Reservation Blues
3.98
really liked it
I've read this book several times. I forgot (always forget) how profoundly sad it is. But there is always hope inside the stark reality of Sherman Ale ...more
May 2015
Mar 02, 2015
 
Outliers: The Story of Success
4.11
really liked it
Pretty much everything Gladwell writes is fascinating, but this one particularly so. First half was riveting; 2nd half I had to trudge through a littl ...more
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Oct 15, 2013
 
Tagged
3.83
liked it
Good writing and storytelling and I enjoyed the main character's development. It is a compelling read that moves you along, but certain aspects of the ...more
not set
May 10, 2016
 
Seesaw  Girl
3.62
really liked it
I love Park's writing style. She writes with out drawing attention to the writing or the authorial voice, allowing the story simply and elegantly to r ...more
Mar 06, 2012
Mar 04, 2012
 
The World As I See It
3.91
it was amazing
Certainly I know Einstein as a mathematical genius, but I never knew he was a sage. Fascinating philosophy, eternally relevant.
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Feb 01, 2011
 
And Then You Know: New And Selected Poems
3.68
really liked it
Took me awhile to get the hang of his poetry, but now I'm hooked. He makes me blush. And he makes me want to write.
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Apr 30, 2010
 
Tugg and Teeny
3.69
liked it
The artwork is pretty beautiful, but the writing is ho-hum. The stories are ho-hum. There are perhaps too many characters in the stories for this leve ...more
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Nov 18, 2011
 
Star Wars: Jedi Academy, Return of the Padawan (Jedi Academy, #2)
4.26
really liked it
These books are hilarious. My 9 year old son and I can't get enough of them. I particularly like this one because our main character, Roan, has a toug ...more
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Nov 24, 2014
 
Birdsong: Fifty-Three Short Poems
4.33
it was amazing
My favorite collection. And Colemam Barks is my favorite translator of Rumi poems.
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Dec 08, 2013
 
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
4.14
really liked it
What a funny old fashioned book rediscovered (in a cereal box no less). AJ loves this book, weirdly, as I did too as a kid. He'll sit and look through ...more
not set
Mar 19, 2009
 
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
4.18
really liked it
So funny and sweet, and appreciated that the writing stayed tightly focused on the story. We are not church-goers so it was interesting reading this b ...more
not set
Dec 29, 2014
 
Twilight (Twilight, #1)
3.57
liked it
Yeah I read it...you got sumthin to say about it? No actually I enjoyed this read. It's very compelling. I have an affinity for vampire stuff to begin ...more
not set
Mar 19, 2009
 
Science Verse
4.05
it was amazing
This is pretty brilliant, but perhaps that goes with out saying with Scieszka. Poems with science themes based on famous poems or songs or childhood r ...more
not set
Jul 22, 2014
 
Jedi Academy
4.21
really liked it
I read this with my 8 year old son. We laughed a lot throughout--depictions of Yoda probably the funniest. Unlike Brown's other two related (hilarious ...more
Jan 07, 2014
Dec 26, 2013
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