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Harriet the Spy (Harriet the Spy #1)
3.96
it was amazing
I loved this book. Read it first in the fifth grade, then read it at least twice a year after that until it fell out of my book bag in the gym locker ...more
not set
Sep 08, 2007
 
The Tomb (Repairman Jack, #1; Adversary Cycle, #2; The Secret History of the World)
4.05
did not like it
The only book I have read in the "Repairman Jack" series, and, I think, the last.
Repairman Jack is a below-the-radar fixit guy that "repairs" problems
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not set
Dec 18, 2008
 
Flashback
3.26
did not like it
I like much of Dan Simmons work, but this particular novel is a clunker. The story takes place in the dystopian near future. America has become financ ...more
not set
May 23, 2012
 
A Year in Provence
3.95
liked it
This is a fun book that is literally about the first year Mayle spent in his new home in Provence. The chapters are divided into months, so a reader g ...more
Oct 2007
Oct 01, 2007
 
A Canticle for Leibowitz
3.98
really liked it
I remember reading an old first edition paperback as a teen and having my cousin's confirmation teacher disapprove of it. Want to make a curious teen ...more
not set
Aug 31, 2007
 
The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next, #1)
3.91
liked it
First the good stuff: I liked this book, although it reads more like urban fantasy than the mystery book it was sold to me as. I especially liked how ...more
not set
Apr 27, 2008
 
Accordion Crimes
3.58
did not like it
A book that traces the history of a little diatonic button accordion through the people that used it. I enjoyed "The Shipping News," and thought that ...more
not set
Sep 05, 2007
 
What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank
3.74
it was amazing
I really enjoyed this collection of stories. The first story, for which the collection is named, owes more than just the play on the title to Raymond ...more
not set
Oct 01, 2012
 
When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops?
3.84
did not like it
George Carlin has long been one of my favorite comedians (although, he kind of lost freshness around the time that "Toledo Windowbox" came out). Until ...more
Jun 19, 2008
Jun 17, 2008
 
The Supermale
3.71
liked it
Absurd, provocative and ultimately tragic this book is also funny in parts. Some ideas I enjoyed: that human potential is limitless but technology can ...more
not set
Dec 28, 2009
 
So Far from God
3.88
really liked it
This is a book that is much busier than it first appears. Castillo has written a novel that, on the surface, appears to be a kind of folksy, magical r ...more
not set
Mar 07, 2010
 
In the Miso Soup
3.61
really liked it
**spoiler alert** This novel about a sex industry tour guide (Kenji) in the seedier section of Tokyo's night districts and his strange American client ...more
Mar 25, 2008
Mar 04, 2008
 
Not the Israel My Parents Promised Me
3.61
liked it
In many ways this was Not the Book My Expectations Promised Me. I think I gave it 3 stars out of sentimentality.

The book is basically a graphic portr
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Aug 20, 2012
 
Love and Death in the American Novel
3.99
really liked it
At first I was put off by Fiedler's overblown, didactic voice, but then I found him a bit more entertaining--and wondered if he was fully serious with ...more
Mar 11, 2010
Mar 07, 2010
 
In Search of the Blues
3.56
really liked it
This is not a reconstruction of the blues, this is a reconstruction of the history of the blues as conventionally understood. Marybeth Hamilton chose ...more
not set
Jun 15, 2013
 
Dirty White Boys
4.03
did not like it
A crime thriller that is not too thrilling, really. The book begins with the prison shower room killing of an inmate by the antagonist, Lamar Pye. Lam ...more
not set
Apr 09, 2009
 
The St. Paul Conspiracy (McRyan Mystery Series, #1)
4.13
it was ok
This was the debut effort by Stelljes, and I could tell. I don't know who edited this book before publication, but there were several grammar and spel ...more
not set
Mar 02, 2013
 
Dialogue with Death
4.14
really liked it
A journal about the author's time (3 months) spent in a fascist prison, condemned to death, during the Spanish Civil War. A large portion is from the ...more
not set
Feb 01, 2012
 
Perdido Street Station (Bas-Lag, #1)
3.96
really liked it
What a world this guy wrote up. At first it was hard getting my head around some of the beings in this place, but Mieville helps by going deep and giv ...more
not set
Aug 31, 2007
 
Sanatorium Under the Sign of the Hourglass
4.13
it was amazing
I think Schulz wrote totally in the vernacular of dreams. Sometimes when I read one of his stories, it is almost as if I AM dreaming--I can sense some ...more
not set
Jan 12, 2013
 
Darkness at Noon
4.07
really liked it
Koestler's powerful novel is set in the late 30's, during the Bolshevik purges and Moscow show trials of the period. Koestler, who at one time had be ...more
not set
Feb 10, 2012
 
The Noblest Invention: An Illustrated History of the Bicycle
3.34
liked it
I enjoyed this book. A lot of great photos. This book was written by the editors of Bicycling Magazine and I think that influenced the layout of the b ...more
not set
Nov 24, 2008
 
How to Stay Alive in the Woods: A Complete Guide to Food, Shelter and Self-Preservation Anywhere
4.01
really liked it
A classic survival book by a skilled woodsman, but the main charm of the book for me is the wacky, roundabout syntax. Like this example about survivin ...more
not set
Sep 18, 2007
 
Buried Prey (Lucas Davenport, #21)
4.23
really liked it
This is my first exposure to the Lucas Davenport (set around the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul) series, and I think I picked a good one to s ...more
not set
Feb 19, 2013
 
George Lang's Cuisine of Hungary
4.49
really liked it
Lots of recipes, but that's not why you'll love this book. It's one of those cookbooks that you'll read cover to cover. It's history and sociology and ...more
not set
Dec 25, 2007
 
The Best Ghost Stories Of Algernon Blackwood
4.17
really liked it
Creepy. Master of atmosphere. Guy can spook with a phrase.
not set
Dec 25, 2007
 
Fat White Vampire Blues (Fat White Vampire, #1)
3.42
it was ok
Jules Duchon is a vampire living in New Orleans. Weighing in at 463 pounds, he is addicted to victims addicted to fried rich food. Schlumping around t ...more
Mar 06, 2008
Mar 04, 2008
 
Survival in Auschwitz
4.28
it was amazing
Levi's harrowing tale about the time he spent in the Buden Camp of the Auschwitz complex before being liberated by the Red Army (his book Reawakening ...more
not set
Aug 01, 2011
 
The Defiant : A True Story
4.32
really liked it
This is the war memoir of a Polish Jew who was 14 at the time the Nazis invaded Poland. His story begins at that point and then describes 3 years of h ...more
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Sep 18, 2011
 
The Screwed Up Life of Charlie the Second
3.76
liked it
A pretty good coming of age novel. I understand that this is Drew Ferguson's debut effort.
This book is written like a personal essay for college entra
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Mar 31, 2009
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