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Gilead (Gilead, #1)
it was ok
Dear Son:
The Too-Little-Too-Late Dilemma of Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead

It’s deceptively tempting to approach a book like Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead,
Nov 2007
Mar 06, 2008
Jayber Crow
it was amazing
An easy five star rating for this one- half way through I already knew it had become one of my favorite books.

Not driven by plot, in fact not "driven"
Jan 26, 2009
Jan 03, 2009
The Vicar of Wakefield
liked it
You can't get very far into Victorian literature without tripping over references to The Vicar of Wakefield. Either the novel's heroine is reading the ...more
Apr 21, 2009
Jan 28, 2009
Adam Bede
it was amazing
100% engaging. This is one of those books that you feel more human for having read.

What the plot may lack in scope, the writing makes up for tenfold w
May 2008
Feb 19, 2008
Womanspirit Rising: A Feminist Reader in Religion
really liked it
This text had been low on my Feminist Theology To-Reads simply because it was so often quoted since that I thought it might be redundant to read. But ...more
Sep 11, 2013
Sep 11, 2013
Trapped in the Mirror: Adult Children of Narcissists in Their Struggle for Self
it was ok
I'm giving up on this one half way through. What I hoped would be an exploration of adult manifestations of surviving (or trying to survive) a narciss ...more
Oct 2009
Jul 29, 2009
really liked it
Incandescent and blazingly truthful, George MacDonald's 1895 fantasy on Life after life, is not just a book, its a portal. To what end that portal lea ...more
Mar 09, 2009
Jan 08, 2009
really liked it

[from March 2009 read]

This was my 3rd reading of Charlotte Bronte's final novel. Between my 1st and 2nd reading, I also read her early novella "The Pr
Jun 29, 2013
Dec 15, 2008
Collected Poems
really liked it
The Spring and the Fall

In the spring of the year, in the spring of the year,
I walked the road beside my dear.
The trees were black where the bark was
Sep 09, 2009
Mar 30, 2009
Recovering Biblical Manhood & Womanhood
did not like it
it's for response will probably be "No Comment"
Oct 27, 2009
Sep 25, 2009
Power and Paradise in Walt Disney's World
really liked it
Disney scholarship can often swing frustratingly far either into cynical bashing or unreflective swooning. Cher Krause Knight's immensely informative ...more
Apr 26, 2017
Apr 26, 2017
His Dark Materials (His Dark Materials, #1-3)
it was amazing
I read this series (or novel in 3 parts) for the first time when I was 30. Six years later, it is just as atom-splittingly astounding. I don't know ho ...more
Feb 14, 2016
Jan 19, 2016
Wives and Daughters
liked it
I knew I was undertaking a possibly futile adventure when I began reading Elizabeth Gaskell's unfinished novel. Writing it in serialized form from 186 ...more
Sep 07, 2008
May 10, 2008
The Daisy Chain, Or, Aspirations: A Family Chronicle
it was ok
I only got half way through, but that was both as far as I could handle and as far as I needed. My two reasons for finally sitting down with a Charlot ...more
Apr 06, 2014
Apr 01, 2014
Everyday Theology: How to Read Cultural Texts and Interpret Trends
it was ok
This was a much anticipated read for me- the title pretty much sums up the intersection of my passions and curiosity. However, that may be why I didn' ...more
Feb 26, 2008
Oct 23, 2007
Undergoing God: Dispatches from the Scene of a Break-In
it was amazing
You know it's a good sign when you find yourself recommending a book to five people in a week, and you haven't even finished reading it. This is what ...more
Mar 20, 2009
Jan 31, 2009
liked it
Certainly an enjoyable read, but it necessitated wearing my "early 19th-century" lenses to be carried into it. Not sure if as literature it resonates ...more
May 25, 2011
Jan 28, 2009
Kiss Me Like a Stranger: My Search for Love and Art
liked it
I pickd this up sort of serenditpitously: I just felt I was supposed to read it. I think I was looking to be surprised by insight or inspiration. And ...more
Sep 2007
Sep 03, 2007
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
it was amazing
If you haven't already been encouraged to read this book--by someone you know, through something you read, via something you've watched--I'll add my n ...more
Aug 29, 2017
Feb 25, 2016
The Narcissistic Family: Diagnosis and Treatment
really liked it
The diagnosis and analysis portions of this book were phenomenal. The categories are outstandingly explored. However, the treatment approach emphasize ...more
Mar 06, 2008
Jan 30, 2008
The Tales of Beedle the Bard
really liked it
I was surprised, finally sitting down with Rowling's extra-textual contrbution to the Wizarding World (before Pottermore, that is), to discover an abs ...more
Jan 07, 2016
Jan 09, 2016
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Long Way Home (Season 8, #1)
really liked it
As what I believe is the first case of a television show continuing as comic book (this first batch of comics is called Season 8, just as if it were t ...more
Dec 2008
Dec 01, 2008
The Young Lady in Waiting: Developing the Heart of a Princess
did not like it
***see updated review below***

a) For my research, I purchased both "Young Lady in Waiting" and "Lady in Waiting" assuming this "young" version would b
Dec 08, 2009
Dec 07, 2009
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)
liked it
In re-reading Harry Potter for the first time in over six years, it's fascinating to come into the world of the books now having watched most of the f ...more
Sep 20, 2011
Sep 11, 2011
Mad Max: Fury Road
it was amazing
As the introduction by Mark Sexton explains, these collected prelude comics of Mad Max: Fury Road are not a marekting export thrown together post-popu ...more
Dec 22, 2015
Dec 24, 2015
Take This Bread: A Radical Conversion
it was amazing
The subtitle of Sara Miles' spiritual memoir is "a Radical Conversion" and those two words, along with the amazingly entrancing and appetizing peanut ...more
Feb 02, 2009
Jan 05, 2009
Redwall (Redwall, #1)
liked it
Continuing in my process of reading books for young people that I neither read nor heard of as a young person, I've started the Redwall series. Actual ...more
Apr 25, 2010
Apr 08, 2010
The Vagabond
liked it
For those expecting "Diaries of a French Burlesque Dancer", prepare to be disappointed. While one may approach Colette's behind-the-scenes of a travel ...more
Jun 10, 2011
Jun 05, 2011
really liked it
A beautiful and honest story, full of snow. It feels disquietingly similar to the high school and childhood life I saw happening around me, and often, ...more
Jan 10, 2009
Jan 09, 2009
The People of Sparks (Book of Ember, #2)
it was ok
I thought this book would never end. Though I've been loving my journey through juvenile and young adult fantasy fiction- this series by Jeanne DuPrau ...more
Mar 14, 2010
Feb 03, 2010
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