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Cold Mountain
3.83
it was amazing
You've probably seen the movie made from this book.

It was a fine movie. It won Oscars.

But it cannot begin to capture the truly spectacular parts of th
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Mar 2001
Aug 28, 2007
 
Water for Elephants
4.07
it was amazing
I read this book in one day. It pulls you in.

I learned a lot about the old traveling circuses and life with them. That was really interesting.

But the
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Jul 2007
Aug 28, 2007
 
Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion
3.77
liked it
In Overdressed Elizabeth Cline details the problems with what she terms "fast fashion:" the cheap clothing that has permeated nearly the entire market ...more
Aug 30, 2012
Aug 15, 2012
 
The United States Constitution: A Graphic Adaptation
3.93
it was ok
As a constitutional scholar, I picked up this book with some trepidation about how it was going to portray the history and content of the Constitution ...more
Jun 19, 2013
Jun 18, 2013
 
Heart of Darkness and The Secret Sharer
3.49
did not like it
I believe the book's tagline says it all: "The horror, the horror."

I hated this book. HATED. I remember one day when I had done my reading section for
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Oct 1998
Sep 04, 2007
 
Alias Grace
3.97
really liked it
4.5 stars. Fantastic book. Margaret Atwood only grows in my estimation each time I encounter her.
Jan 14, 2016
Dec 31, 2015
 
Sophie's World
3.88
liked it
At least towards the end Gaarder straight up admitted that this is a philosophy textbook that is disguised as a novel. If one is going to disguise a p ...more
Dec 18, 2014
Nov 07, 2014
 
Small Wonder
4.00
it was amazing
I love Barbara Kingsolver with an enthusiasm I have rarely felt for a person I don't actually know. Partly that's because I feel I do know her, becaus ...more
Sep 12, 2012
Aug 05, 2012
 
Making It: Radical Home Ec for a Post-Consumer World
3.91
liked it
I definitely love the idea of this book, but I found many of the projects a little too off-the-grid for what I'm willing or able to try at this point. ...more
Apr 2012
Apr 15, 2012
 
Notes from No Man's Land: American Essays
4.15
it was amazing
I can't tell whether to give more credit to Biss or to her editor, but this set of essays is some of the best crafted language I have ever read. Biss ...more
Dec 29, 2014
Dec 18, 2014
 
Batman: The Killing Joke
4.36
it was ok
Although I have read a fair few graphic novels now, I am not a comic book reader. This, in fact, was my first superhero graphic novel read (though of ...more
Oct 12, 2013
Oct 18, 2013
 
Gone Girl
4.03
liked it
An amazing, detailed and thoughtful suspense story. But I found it dragging and wished it moved more quickly. I would have found it more compelling, I ...more
Jan 20, 2016
Jan 17, 2016
 
The Lottery and Other Stories
4.06
really liked it
3.5 stars, more precisely. Oh, hell, let's go crazy. 3.75.

Since it seemed that everyone knew the story of "The Lottery," I wondered if I had read it
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Oct 16, 2014
Oct 16, 2014
 
Old Man's War (Old Man's War, #1)
4.23
liked it
I don't have a wide experience of this type of military sci-fi book from which to draw my conclusions, but to me this book felt a lot like reading an ...more
Mar 24, 2017
Mar 23, 2017
 
How Bad Are Bananas?: The Carbon Footprint Of Everything
3.67
really liked it
I had several worries going into this book. The first was that it was going to be a dull litany of statistics that I would soon glaze over (mind you, ...more
Dec 05, 2012
Dec 04, 2012
 
A Little Princess
4.20
really liked it
I have a vague recollection of being handed this book to read as a child and loving it. But I don't think I got to finish it before having to give it ...more
May 21, 2015
May 17, 2015
 
You're Not Doing It Right: Tales of Marriage, Sex, Death, and Other Humiliations
3.76
really liked it
Michael Ian Black is VERY frank about his life and its very normal, even banal problems in this memoir. Oh, you and your wife fight about chores? Your ...more
Feb 17, 2014
Feb 17, 2014
 
Americanah
4.26
really liked it
Various Thoughts On Americanah.

This novel is a sort of primer to Americans, perhaps especially to white Americans, on some of the experiences and thou
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Jan 22, 2015
Jan 08, 2015
 
A Spool of Blue Thread
3.40
liked it
A story that follows an American Everyfamily through a few generations, though I wasn't able to discern any good reason for why Tyler chose to break u ...more
Feb 25, 2016
Feb 21, 2016
 
Bossypants
3.94
it was amazing
You know those times when you're just a wee bit late to a party? So here's my deal: I'm not an SNL watcher. I DID see Tina Fey's Sarah Palin impressio ...more
Mar 24, 2016
Mar 22, 2016
 
Tiny Homes: Simple Shelter
4.16
it was ok
Whatever Kahn's intended purpose was with this book, it did not mesh with what I was looking for. I am just beginning to explore the idea that I may p ...more
Mar 06, 2014
Feb 20, 2014
 
The 100 Thing Challenge: How I Got Rid of Almost Everything, Remade My Life, and Regained My Soul
2.84
liked it
I am a huge proponent of simple living and buying only what I really need. I was excited to read this book because it seemed to fit my philosophy perf ...more
Aug 08, 2012
Aug 14, 2012
 
Seven Brief Lessons on Physics
3.95
liked it
This book feels like it was intended to be a gift from a sciencey person to their English- (well, Italian-)major partner hoping that they'll stop glaz ...more
Apr 05, 2016
Mar 12, 2016
 
1984
4.14
really liked it
This is both a 5-star and a 3-star book in my mind, so I guess I'll call it a 4, even though that's not really what I mean.

I wish I had first read it
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Feb 20, 2015
Sep 11, 2012
 
The Handmaid's Tale
4.06
really liked it
4.5 stars.

A terrifying dystopia second only to 1984 in the level of horror and control its author imagines. It is also the only dystopia I know of tha
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Mar 06, 2015
Feb 26, 2015
 
The Complete Maus (Maus, #1-2)
4.53
liked it
3.5 stars.
I liked this book. I thought the juxtaposition of Vladek Spiegelman's story of the Holocaust and Arthur Spiegelman's experiences with his a
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Jun 27, 2013
Jun 18, 2013
 
In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto
4.07
really liked it
I wanted to give this book five stars. I really did, because I really enjoyed reading it. Michael Pollan is an engaging writer who makes me want to ge ...more
Sep 08, 2012
May 01, 2012
 
The Red Diary/The Re[a]d Diary
3.45
liked it
3.5 stars.
I read The Red Diary first, and then The Re[a]d Diary, which meant that I did not come to Steven Seagle's explanation of the stories' juxtap
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Jun 21, 2013
Jun 18, 2013
 
Notes from a Small Island
3.91
liked it
This is the sixth book by Bill Bryson that I've read, and it is easily my least favorite. I normally find his combination of gruffness and wonderment ...more
Mar 13, 2014
Sep 12, 2012
 
The Turn of the Screw
3.45
it was ok
I just finished reading this book, but I had to go read the Wikipedia entry about it to make sure I hadn't missed some crucial plot element somewhere ...more
Oct 19, 2014
Sep 06, 2014
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