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Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life
4.18
it was amazing
Oddly enough since I have always lived on the Northern plains and have only been to the ocean a few times, I loved this book. Finnegan does a marvelou ...more
May 11, 2015
May 12, 2015
 
The Song Poet: A Memoir of My Father
4.42
it was amazing
Several years ago, Kao Kalia Yang wrote the story of her Hmong family and their escape from the mountains of Laos and the army of the Pathet Lao to ar ...more
Jul 13, 2016
Jul 13, 2016
 
The Orphan Master's Son
4.07
liked it
I found this Pulitzer Prize winner (2012) to be so full of violence and cruelty that I nearly quit reading it and put it away. Johnson has created a f ...more
Jun 19, 2013
Dec 20, 2013
 
Boy Kings of Texas: A Memoir
3.61
really liked it
Domingo Martinez has written a tough, grritty memoir of his survival in the very tough, very gritty macho life of a dirt-poor family in the Mexican ba ...more
Mar 03, 2013
Mar 10, 2013
 
Silent Dancing: A Partial Remembrance of a Puerto Rican Childhood
3.71
it was amazing
"Silent dancing" refers to an old silent movie that Judith Cofer's uncle filmed at a family party in Puerto Rico. Taken in the early 1960s, it appears ...more
Jul 13, 2012
Nov 25, 2012
 
You Don't Have to Say You Love Me
4.27
really liked it
This memoir is actually a connected series of short essays that detail Alexi's childhood and his relationship with his mother, in particular. He was r ...more
Nov 26, 2017
Dec 02, 2017
 
Falling Leaves: The Memoir of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter
3.88
it was amazing
"Falling leaves return to their roots" is an old Chinese saying and from this comes the title of Adeline Yen Mah's life story. she is a medical doctor ...more
Jul 10, 2012
Nov 25, 2012
 
House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East
3.60
it was amazing
This excellent memoir details several things: foremost, it tells of Anthony Shadid's experiences renovation his ancestral family home in Marjayoun, Le ...more
Feb 2013
Feb 18, 2013
 
The Autobiography of Us
3.08
liked it
This novel tells the story of a friendship between two girls as they move beyond high school to college and then into "real life." Alexandra and Rebec ...more
Feb 27, 2013
Mar 10, 2013
 
The Land I Lost: Adventures of a Boy in Vietnam
3.72
it was amazing
This is a somewhat autobiographical account of a boy's life - the most adventuresome parts - in a hamlet in the ceentral provence of Vietnam prior to ...more
Jan 20, 2013
Feb 18, 2013
 
Chocolat (Chocolat, #1)
3.95
it was amazing
Vianne and her daughter, Anouk, blow into a small French village and open a shop to sell homemade chocolates as well as other candy. Their presence ca ...more
Jul 28, 2013
Dec 23, 2013
 
The Girl with No Shadow (Chocolat, #2)
3.81
really liked it
This sequel to "Chocolat" has more overt magic and mystery. Vianne and Anouk Rocher have moved to Paris, but have difficulties settling in. The story ...more
Aug 04, 2013
Dec 23, 2013
 
Norwegian Wood
4.03
really liked it
My copy was listed as being by Huruki Murakamiand translated by Jay Ruben.

This Japanese novel is set in 1969-70. The main character, Toro Watanabe, is
...more
Nov 11, 2014
Jan 01, 2015
 
Mick: The Wild Life and Mad Genius of Jagger
3.38
did not like it
I thought this book was a colossal waste of time and trees. Christopher Anderson may be a well-respected biographer, but he obviously disliked his sub ...more
Aug 24, 2012
Nov 25, 2012
 
The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid
3.94
really liked it
A funny, poingnant and sometimes surprising memoir of Bill Bryson's childhood in Des Moines, Iowa. Many of his memories reminded me of my own childhoo ...more
Jan 22, 2012
Jan 24, 2012
 
Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander, #2)
4.32
it was amazing
Book 2 of Outlander series - very long, but enjoyable. (800+ pages)
Jul 10, 2016
Jan 04, 2014
 
The Bartender's Tale
3.97
it was amazing
None
Jul 04, 2012
Nov 25, 2012
 
A Fireproof Home for the Bride
3.53
liked it
None
Oct 13, 2015
Oct 14, 2015
 
Sweet Tooth
3.40
it was amazing
None
not set
Nov 25, 2012
 
A House of My Own: Stories from My Life
4.25
really liked it
None
Mar 31, 2016
Dec 29, 2016
 
Mom and Me and Mom
4.16
really liked it
None
not set
Nov 10, 2014
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