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The Killer Angels: The Classic Novel of the Civil War (The Civil War Trilogy, #2)
4.30
it was amazing
I am not really a fan of books about war. I have trouble envisioning the action and the maneuvers of the troops, and I find that I get lost in the det ...more
Mar 04, 2012
Feb 25, 2012
 
Bambi
4.10
it was amazing
This is not Disney. This book was incredible. The description was so real, the language not dumbed down for kids. Yes, the animals talked, but it wasn ...more
Dec 12, 2010
Dec 12, 2010
 
A Gesture Life
3.77
liked it
I almost love this book, but a few things keep me from it.

First, though, I'll tell you why I love it. I love the way the story unfolds. Chang-rae Lee
...more
Apr 29, 2012
Sep 26, 2011
 
Final Gifts: Understanding the Special Awareness, Needs, and Communications of the Dying
4.34
it was amazing
Back when I was a doula, I had this thought that working with women through the birthing process must be similar to working in hospice with people who ...more
Mar 06, 2013
Mar 07, 2013
 
There but for the
3.37
it was amazing
The fact is, this book makes me cry.

The fact is, this book is about being trapped by history. Or herstory. Yourstory and mystory. It's a mystery, myst
...more
Dec 28, 2011
Dec 27, 2011
 
Yearling
3.99
it was amazing
Every night for three weeks, my nine-year-old and I would snuggle together under a blanket, tea cups balanced on our laps. I would read aloud in what ...more
Feb 25, 2015
Feb 02, 2015
 
Mrs. Robinson's Disgrace: The Private Diary of a Victorian Lady
3.09
really liked it
This morning I heard a story on the radio show Radio 360 about Jace Clayton, a Brooklyn-based DJ also known as DJ/rupture, and how he pulls together s ...more
Aug 18, 2012
Jun 27, 2012
 
Present Moment Wonderful Moment: Mindfulness Verses for Daily Living
4.33
it was amazing
Last month I attended a women's retreat. At the retreat center, they had these little cards up all over the building with these great little meditatio ...more
Mar 10, 2014
Mar 10, 2014
 
Mary Poppins
4.05
it was ok
This was a weird one. I don't think my kids or I really got it. The kids seemed to like it okay up until Michael and Jane went to the zoo. It was arou ...more
Sep 30, 2013
Sep 29, 2013
 
Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting
4.10
it was amazing
I borrowed this book from my friend Melanie ages ago (maybe three years ago). I started it right away after I borrowed it, and while I appreciated the ...more
Jan 23, 2015
Jul 02, 2012
 
Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend (Scaredy Squirrel)
4.28
really liked it
My four-year-old says this book is "powerful and sweet." I should really get this kid his own Goodreads profile.

(The star rating is mine. My son woul
...more
Mar 19, 2014
Mar 19, 2014
 
Bud, Not Buddy
3.89
really liked it
This might sound silly, but this book reminded me that ten-year-old boys are still children. I have a son, but he's not yet five, so it's clear that h ...more
May 22, 2014
Feb 16, 2012
 
Voluntary Simplicity: Toward a Way of Life That is Outwardly Simple, Inwardly Rich
3.60
it was amazing
My husband and I took a "Voluntary Simplicity" discussion course back in 2000/2001. The course was from Northwest Earth Institute and was based on Dua ...more
Dec 10, 2011
Nov 21, 2011
 
The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible
4.37
really liked it
I found the first two-thirds of this book to be kind of a slog. There are some really insightful gems in there, but Eisenstein's style is so incredibl ...more
Dec 17, 2015
May 16, 2014
 
Organic Body Care Recipes
4.04
liked it
I've made four recipes from this, the Aloe and Calendula Cleansing Cream, the Fennel Soother, the Smooth-as-Velvet Vanilla Toner, and the "Out Damn Sp ...more
Sep 27, 2011
May 06, 2011
 
The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World's Most Wanted Man
3.86
really liked it
When the Patriot Act first passed in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, I was part of a group that organized panel discussions and protests against the act ...more
Sep 24, 2014
Feb 10, 2014
 
A Lemon and a Star
4.29
really liked it
If you know me or have read a handful of my book reviews or blog posts or overheard me talking to a random person on the playground, you know I have a ...more
Nov 18, 2012
Oct 09, 2012
 
Look Up!: Henrietta Leavitt, Pioneering Woman Astronomer
3.85
really liked it
My five-year-old reluctantly sat through my reading of this book, but my nine-year-old aspiring scientist loved it. It wasn't entirely clear in the st ...more
Nov 17, 2014
Nov 17, 2014
 
Using Bibliotherapy: A Guide To Theory And Practice
3.75
liked it
I picked this book up randomly from the library shelf, so I had few preconceptions when I began to read.

It's an interesting---although very academic--
...more
Aug 31, 2014
Jul 25, 2014
 
Next of Kin: What Chimpanzees Have Taught Me about Who We Are
4.43
it was amazing
Holy moly. This book is awesome.

I can't remember how we found this book. I think some website (maybe Goodreads) recommended it because my nine-year-ol
...more
Nov 22, 2014
Nov 12, 2014
 
Agnes Grey
3.65
really liked it
This was a short, fun read, which was quite a treat after some of the more sloggy stuff I've read in the recent past.

There were certainly some section
...more
Nov 30, 2014
Mar 07, 2013
 
Plain and Simple: A Journey to the Amish
3.75
liked it
I enjoyed the insights in this book. I enjoyed the simple style. While I find the direction some of Bender's conclusions take to be a little confusing ...more
Nov 21, 2011
Nov 20, 2011
 
The Accidental Keyhand (The Ninja Librarians #1)
3.66
really liked it
My synopsis:

Homeschooled siblings Dorrie and Marcus accidentally discover a secret doorway to a hidden library full of warrior librarians where they
...more
Jan 12, 2014
Jan 11, 2014
 
Night Film
3.78
it was amazing
Throughout the year, my spouse reads books about science, the economy, the economics of science, or the effects of the science industry on the economy ...more
Mar 11, 2015
Jul 01, 2013
 
The Middle Passage: White Ships/ Black Cargo
4.39
really liked it
My daughter's history text recommended The Middle Passage but suggested parents preview it. I'm glad I did. It's a beautiful and heart-wrenching book, ...more
Mar 31, 2013
Mar 31, 2013
 
The Man of My Dreams
3.21
it was ok
I'm not sure what it is I don't like about Sittenfeld's novels. I didn't like Prep all that much, but others seem to enjoy her work, so I thought I'd ...more
Jan 21, 2009
Jan 02, 2008
 
Station Eleven
4.02
it was amazing
I mentioned to my friend yesterday that I was reading this book, and she said, "Oh! Her writing is exquisite, isn't it? Too bad she didn't handle the ...more
Jul 05, 2015
Nov 26, 2014
 
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
4.34
really liked it
Foods I ate while reading The Hunger Games:

-popcorn (popped in coconut oil and seasoned with vegan butter and brewer's yeast)
-a bowl of blueberries an
...more
May 11, 2015
May 10, 2015
 
Peter Pan
4.10
liked it
I loved the beginning and end of this book, with the poignant reflections on the pain both of letting children grow up and of losing them before they' ...more
May 29, 2014
May 22, 2014
 
Amy and Isabelle
3.73
liked it
I didn't love this book, but I liked it. It took me until nearly halfway through to find it compelling, but I admit that after that, I couldn't put it ...more
Jun 23, 2009
Jun 21, 2009
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