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The Wealthy Renter: How to Choose Housing That Will Make You Rich
3.93
it was amazing
I walked past this book twice in the Cambridge Public Library before picking it up. I mean, how could a book about the Canadian housing and rental mar ...more
May 30, 2017
Feb 08, 2017
 
A Home for Mr. Easter
3.56
it was amazing
A zany, impressive piece of work of the "unicorns farting rainbows" variety. I particularly enjoyed the very dry conversations Tesana (protagonist) en ...more
Jan 2011
Jan 16, 2011
 
Salt: A World History
3.74
really liked it
What I learned:
*Everybody loves salt fish
*Chinese invention stories war with European invention stories - WHO WILL WIN?!
*The planets resources -salt,
...more
Feb 28, 2017
Feb 20, 2017
 
Between the World and Me
4.40
it was amazing
I've been reluctant to write a review for 'Between the World and Me' because, well, it's one of THOSE books. Doesn't need me to share any words: you r ...more
Jan 2016
Mar 02, 2016
 
Deskbound: Standing Up to a Sitting World
4.34
liked it
I didn't read this book. I did, however, check it out of the library because I was highly tickled by what I felt was a somewhat unchecked use of hyper ...more
Jan 2016
Jan 13, 2017
 
The Home Edit: A Guide to Organizing and Realizing Your House Goals
3.66
liked it
I've read a LOT of organizing books. Two things struck me about this one: 1.) Putting items in consistently shaped containers and labeling them --bril ...more
May 15, 2019
May 16, 2019
 
Shine, Coconut Moon
3.62
liked it
I picked up this debut novel because 1.) the cover (yes, what they say about covers is true) and 2.) what I know about Sikhs could fit on the thin end ...more
May 2013
Feb 06, 2013
 
Wrapt in Crystal
3.54
it was amazing
My partner refers to this book as "sexy space cop." I think that nearly sums it up.

"Wrapt in Crystal" is a novel I come back to over and over and over
...more
not set
Sep 23, 2010
 
Adoption Nation How The Adoption Revolution Is Transforming America
3.64
did not like it
This book didn't keep me. I found myself too often mired in the fat pools of statistical data, and then put off by the relentlessly chipper tone that ...more
Jan 03, 2011
Dec 28, 2010
 
Ampersand Revisited
4.34
really liked it
I have limited language for describing my experience of reading poetry and poetry chapbooks, so I sometimes don't try because I can't reach what I wan ...more
Sep 04, 2016
Sep 05, 2016
 
His Favorite, Vol. 1
4.01
really liked it
I'm . . . not sure what to make of this book?

For one, it's funny and adorable. For two, it flies in the face of consent-culture. Three, I suspect the
...more
Nov 14, 2016
Nov 13, 2016
 
The World Has Changed: Conversations with Alice Walker
4.15
it was amazing
"The World Has Changed" was one of those surprise books I picked up on a whim that turned out to be exactly what I needed at the moment I needed it. T ...more
Nov 22, 2010
Oct 31, 2010
 
Whip Smart: A Memoir
3.46
it was amazing
This beautifully composed book stands out not just because of the subject, and the author's sensitive, inquisitive, analytical, and sympathetic review ...more
Dec 03, 2016
Oct 30, 2016
 
Bo at Ballard Creek
3.85
really liked it
I had to slow myself down to read this book. As a young reader, I skipped the Little House series due to (assumed, by me) lack of diversity and antiqu ...more
Aug 14, 2013
Aug 06, 2013
 
Mama Africa!: How Miriam Makeba Spread Hope with Her Song
4.16
liked it
I grew up listening to Miriam Makeba and following the plight of black South Africans, not so dissimilar to the struggles my older relatives experienc ...more
Jun 15, 2019
Jun 15, 2019
 
Sisters of the Yam: Black Women and Self-Recovery
4.44
it was amazing
This is a hard book to rate. I'm not sure why? Maybe because it's not really about enjoyment, it's about life and how to weave through the layers of i ...more
Jan 15, 2017
Dec 01, 2016
 
National Velvet
4.10
I remember, as a kid, trying and trying to read this book. It was tough to get into. That wall of British culture that my American sensibilities could ...more
Jan 1986
Jul 07, 2016
 
Dark Moon Defender (Twelve Houses, #3)
4.10
it was ok
Starting off a little slow...


Didn't get much better. A slow middle-of-the-series book. The love story was particularly unattractive and the end a litt
...more
not set
Apr 25, 2007
 
A Boy Like Me
4.18
really liked it
Full disclosure: I'm friends with this author. :^)

Back when I was a yougin', I could count the number of books I read in a year that featured people o
...more
Mar 2015
Sep 03, 2014
 
Real Happiness at Work: Meditations for Accomplishment, Achievement, and Peace
4.02
really liked it
Practical steps to finding satisfaction with your job, whatever job you do? Yes. Easy? Not really! But, if something is worth the effort, is it ever t ...more
May 2014
Jan 24, 2014
 
The First Rule of Punk
4.08
it was amazing
Solid. That's what this novel with zine elements is. I not only felt for the protagonist, I made friends with her new friends; grumbled with her again ...more
Dec 04, 2018
Sep 30, 2018
 
Fangirl
4.06
it was amazing
I don't even want to review Fangirl because then I'll have to admit that I've read the whole thing and it will never be new to me again. That's just d ...more
May 2014
Jun 17, 2014
 
Brown Girl Dreaming
4.16
it was amazing
I saved this book for a while because I knew I'd love it & didn't want to consume it too quickly.

I've been following Jacqueline Woodson's career since
...more
Jun 2015
Jul 30, 2014
 
The Good Braider
3.94
really liked it
Novels in verse make me want to run screaming, so good thing I hadn't noticed the format of this story about a Sudanese refuge and her family's fraugh ...more
Aug 14, 2013
Aug 14, 2013
 
Outsiders Within: Writing on Transracial Adoption
4.17
liked it
2-24
“Outsiders Within: Writing on Transracial Adoption” has altered my view on the adopting across the color line. What used to look like an impressiv
...more
Feb 18, 2010
Feb 18, 2010
 
This One Summer
3.69
really liked it
Beautiful, quiet, and complicated. Two girls in a moment between childhood and adulthood, one (Rose) struggling with understanding the complicated ide ...more
Jan 2017
May 18, 2014
 
What Did You Eat Yesterday?, Volume 1
3.81
it was amazing
Finally: a manga whose visual language I understand (with my American sensibilities), and a series I can joyfully read and revisit. In addition to the ...more
Nov 2015
Aug 13, 2014
 
Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don’t Know
4.04
really liked it
I went into this book totally unprepared. Although I've been casually following Malcolm Gladwell's work for years, and even saw him speak at a book si ...more
Apr 2020
Apr 20, 2020
 
Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised In Brief
3.96
really liked it
Equal parts deadly boring and fascinating. I found the sample situations kind of hilarious, despite the social class assumptions (tennis club, anyone? ...more
Jun 2017
Nov 05, 2017
 
The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy: A Handbook for Girl Geeks
3.70
it was amazing
I'm not a geek. Nor a nerd. Turns out, after all these years of not-quite identifying but playing at the edges of geekhood and nerddom, I'm a fangirl. ...more
Aug 2015
Sep 03, 2015
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