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The Virgin Suicides
3.83
it was amazing
Eugenides strikes again. I first read Middlesex two years ago and was blown away by the eloquence with which he wrote, and the depth of what he had to ...more
Jul 25, 2011
Jul 19, 2011
 
Little House in the Big Woods (Little House, #1)
4.16
really liked it
I can see why people love these books. Here is the American myth - families pulling themselves up by the bootstraps and children being seen and not he ...more
Oct 02, 2014
Oct 02, 2014
 
The Tower, The Zoo, and The Tortoise
3.58
really liked it
Balthazar and Hebe have lost their own son Milo and are grieving. In their grief they have lost themselves and each other. Hebe is brittle, and hates ...more
Feb 03, 2015
Feb 03, 2015
 
All We Shall Know
3.91
it was amazing
I bought this when we were in Ireland and it is a beautiful and haunting tale of a woman who finds herself stuck in a marriage that is dangerously sou ...more
Oct 23, 2016
Aug 03, 2017
 
About Love: Three Stories by Anton Chekhov
4.02
really liked it
I fell in love with Chekhov when I was 15 through his short stories. Since, I have attempted to love his plays (Cherry Orchard, Seagull, etc.) and fai ...more
Feb 05, 2013
Jan 24, 2013
 
The Pearl That Broke Its Shell
4.12
really liked it
Nadia Hashimi is a pediatrician and author. This is her first book. In it she weaves together two stories into a generational narrative about two wome ...more
Jan 18, 2015
Jan 10, 2015
 
Piecing Me Together
4.21
really liked it
Best YA book I've read. This book develops a narrator going through a transition to an elite (read: mostly white, privileged) school, and trying to fi ...more
Jul 09, 2017
Jul 31, 2017
 
Mother Night
4.21
really liked it
One of my favorites that I've rady by Vonnegut so far. This book is set up, like so many of his books, as a true story about someone who lived through ...more
Jan 23, 2015
Jan 20, 2015
 
Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World
3.92
really liked it
This book surprised me. A book about cod, you say?? YES. Read it.

This book is a part of the "Big Ideas" school of history. It spans hundreds of years
...more
Jul 26, 2015
Jul 14, 2015
 
What the Living Do: Poems
4.30
it was amazing
I first read this book in high school, and found it serendipitously on the remainder table at Odyssey Books yesterday. A fine book of poetry that make ...more
Feb 24, 2011
Feb 24, 2011
 
Station Eleven
4.02
really liked it
This is one of the better books I've read in a while. Here is my one piece of advice - don't read anything about this book before you read it. Just re ...more
Jan 31, 2015
Jan 20, 2015
 
The Normal Heart
4.24
it was amazing
Having recently read The Laramie Project, I was reading this play very much through that lens. It is a powerful witnessing of a painful and tragic tim ...more
Jul 25, 2015
Jul 26, 2015
 
The Overwhelming: A Play
3.91
really liked it
This play is set in 1994 in Rwanda right before the massacres began. Now I have read a few other books on this topic, including Paul Rusesabagina's An ...more
Jun 22, 2012
Jun 23, 2012
 
The Sparrow (The Sparrow, #1)
4.17
really liked it
This is a great example of what science fiction can do. I loved the anthropological and religious studies bent to this book. What a great concept - li ...more
Apr 11, 2013
May 19, 2013
 
A Walk in the Woods
4.05
it was amazing
A great, clear, informative, and funny read. His voice is loud and clear and one I actually want to listen to! I loved the story of his journey - espe ...more
Jun 21, 2012
Jun 20, 2012
 
What Would the Founders Do? Our Questions, Their Answers
3.39
liked it
This was a fun read for me as a US history teacher. I loved the anecdotes. I do have to say that standing on its own I don't think it was a great book ...more
May 26, 2012
May 26, 2012
 
Encounters with the Archdruid
4.19
liked it
John McPhee was recommended to me as a non-fiction writer that I might like, and this book came up. It follows a genre of environmental non-fiction th ...more
Apr 30, 2011
Apr 27, 2011
 
Blue Streak: Inside jetBlue, the Upstart that Rocked an Industry
3.64
really liked it
This is a fun read about the airline industry. Peterson has written a smart, well-researched book about Jet Blue that gives an accurate if breezy acco ...more
May 21, 2015
May 21, 2015
 
Eiger Dreams: Ventures Among Men and Mountains
3.97
liked it
This book took me a while to finish. It is a collection of short stories and magazine articles Jon Kakauer wrote in the 80s. I didn't know this when I ...more
Oct 28, 2011
Sep 13, 2011
 
Ketchikan: A Short Story from Legend of a Suicide
4.00
liked it
Hmmm...where to begin. I really liked the writing of this book - pulled me in immediately. And I couldn't put it down. Then....I hit page 160 and I re ...more
Jul 16, 2011
Jul 11, 2011
 
The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History
3.75
liked it
I really enjoyed reading about World War Two through the lens of the monuments men. I appreciated hearing the stories of a division that since the end ...more
Apr 26, 2014
Apr 15, 2014
 
Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992
3.90
really liked it
I read this play after I stumbled upon it while looking for plays I could direct at the Renaissance School. It treats the before, during,and after of ...more
Mar 24, 2011
Aug 27, 2010
 
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
4.17
really liked it
607 pages later, I'm still trying to figure out what this book was about - which I think is the point: Murakami writes in a style of magical realism i ...more
Apr 18, 2011
Apr 02, 2011
 
Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness
4.00
really liked it
A fast-paced book, half reportage (the author is a reporter a the NY Post), half mystery. It is sentimental without being cloying, and factual without ...more
Mar 31, 2015
Mar 31, 2015
 
This is a Test
4.03
it was amazing
Short, hilarious play. I am previewing plays now to figure out the spring play, as well as next season. So far, I am thinking of matching this play wi ...more
Jan 29, 2012
Jan 29, 2012
 
Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President
4.19
it was amazing
This book deserves five stars. I knew very little about James Garfield before reading this book - only that he had been assassinated. I was rewarded, ...more
Feb 23, 2014
Mar 05, 2014
 
Homage to Catalonia
4.14
it was amazing
I didn't know a damn about the Spanish Civil War before I read this book. Nor did I understand the difference between anarchist, fascist, and communis ...more
Feb 26, 2011
Feb 06, 2011
 
All the Bright Places
4.19
liked it
**spoiler alert** I agree with lots of reviewers here. contradicting myself, I will say that this book felt both forced and genuine. These felt like t ...more
Jun 10, 2015
Jun 10, 2015
 
We Lived in a Little Cabin in the Yard
3.96
really liked it
This is a stunning collection of slave narratives - easy to understand and fascinating. I do wish it explored more its methods of collection however a ...more
Jul 21, 2013
Jul 21, 2013
 
Restoration
3.55
really liked it
It is really interesting that this book was written by Olaf Olafsson. Here is an Icelandic man writing (very convincingly) in the voices of two women, ...more
Jul 07, 2012
Jul 06, 2012
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