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Away
3.36
it was ok
"an orphan, a widow, and the mother of a dead child, for which there's not even a special word"

A few years ago i read The Woman who Walked to Russia:
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Jul 15, 2007
May 25, 2008
 
Peony in Love
3.59
really liked it
As i was making my way through the first section of Peony in Love, i was beginning to think i should have paid more heed to the valentine heart on its ...more
Jul 29, 2007
May 24, 2008
 
The Faith Club: A Muslim, A Christian, A Jew-- Three Women Search for Understanding
3.75
really liked it
"A Muslim, a Christian, and a Jew walk into a room..."

Ranya Idliby, Suzanne Oliver, and Pricilla Warner were virtual strangers brought together by th
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Apr 22, 2007
May 25, 2008
 
The Book Thief
4.36
really liked it

Markus Zusak is a poet. I'm not sure if he calls himself that, but he is an artist when it comes to wordcrafting. The Book Thief is an exquisite, engr
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Aug 09, 2007
May 24, 2008
 
Life on the Refrigerator Door
3.65
really liked it
"This is Just to Say
I have eaten
the plums
that were in
the icebox
and which
you were probably
saving
for breakfast
Forgive me
they were delicious
so sweet
and s
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Sep 08, 2007
May 24, 2008
 
Life's a Beach
3.10
really liked it
This may come as a big surprise, but, Life's a Beach by Claire Cook makes great beach reading (if i still had the time and inclination to lie about on ...more
Jul 06, 2007
May 24, 2008
 
The Girls Who Went Away: The Hidden History of Women Who Surrendered Children for Adoption in the Decades Before Roe v. Wade
4.15
liked it
On December 26 of last year Diane Rehm had Ann Fessler on her show to talk about the book The Girls Who Went Away: The Hidden History of Women Who Sur ...more
Jul 11, 2007
May 24, 2008
 
Sex Wars: A Novel of Gilded Age New York
3.73
liked it
I was first introduced to Marge Piercy by a grad school roommate and i tore through all the books i could find written by Piercy up to that point. I j ...more
Sep 30, 2007
May 24, 2008
 
Bel Canto
3.92
it was amazing
Bel Canto gathers together a rather disparate group of people of varying nationalities and classes in an unnamed South American country to hear a worl ...more
Aug 02, 2007
May 24, 2008
 
Ophelia
3.74
liked it
I won't rehash my love of all things Shakespeare and the particular love i have for his play Hamlet here (although my reading of the particular young ...more
Feb 24, 2008
May 24, 2008
 
Something Queer is Going On (Something Queer Mysteries, #1)
4.34
really liked it
Once upon a time, a long time ago, in a kingdom far, far away, when i was but a young girl...


My mother was working for her Educational Psycology PhD a
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Jan 1979
May 24, 2008
 
Free for All: Oddballs, Geeks, and Gangstas in the Public Library
3.51
it was ok
sounds somewhat more interesting than it actually is…

(i, at least, have managed to bite my tongue before the curse words actually emerge, or at least
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Feb 29, 2008
May 24, 2008
 
Little Night
3.99
it was amazing
Just when you thought i might have gone and tried to grow up on ya'all i have another wonderful picture book recommendation for everyone to check out: ...more
May 03, 2007
May 25, 2008
 
Caspian Rain
3.65
liked it
Gina B. Nahai finally seems to be finding an American audience for her work; perhaps our esteemed president's war on terrorism (or his seeming declara ...more
Dec 16, 2007
May 24, 2008
 
Remind Me Again Why I Need A Man
3.30
really liked it
Maybe i actually needed those hordes of junior high school kids to take out my rampagey crankiness on because now that i'm working in a calmer library ...more
Aug 20, 2007
May 24, 2008
 
About Alice
4.00
really liked it
About Alice is Calvin Trillin's beautiful, loving tribute to his late wife, Alice. After over forty years together he still speaks of her with that tr ...more
Apr 2007
May 25, 2008
 
Feed
3.54
really liked it
Titus’s world is so fast-paced that the girls must dash off to the bathroom, not only to touch-up their make-up, but also to change their hairstyles, ...more
Apr 03, 2007
May 25, 2008
 
An Alphabetical Life: Living It Up in the World of Books
3.32
it was ok
I am not sure that working in a bookstore carries quite the same cache that it used to. When i was in high school and then later, in college, all of m ...more
Apr 16, 2007
May 25, 2008
 
Something Queer at the Library (Something Queer Mysteries, Book 3)
4.01
liked it
Something Queer at the Library concerns some vandalized library books, and Gwen and Jill's attempt to uncover the culpret and motive (actually not a b ...more
Jan 13, 2008
May 24, 2008
 
Big Ideas for Small Spaces
3.00
it was ok
I am forever reading decorating bks but rarely implementing ideas (perhaps because i like so few of them...)
This book like so many others has great pi
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Jan 2000
Jun 03, 2008
 
Fledgling
3.90
it was amazing
"I awoke to darkness.
I was hungry--starving!--and I was in pain. There was nothing in my world but hunger and pain, no other people, no other time, no
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Apr 2007
May 24, 2008
 
The Blood of Flowers
3.95
it was amazing
"First there wasn't and then there was. Before God, no one was."


A much more poetic opening than “Once upon a time…” don’t you think? This is Anita Am
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Jul 25, 2007
May 24, 2008
 
Smile When You're Lying: Confessions of a Rogue Travel Writer
3.47
it was ok
I almost put down Chuck Thompson's smile when you're lying: confessions of a rogue travel writer before i was 50 pages into it with the intention of n ...more
Jan 21, 2008
May 24, 2008
 
The Stolen Child
3.71
really liked it
"The trick of growing up is to remember to grow."
The Stolen Child by Keith Donohue was inspired by the W. B. Yeats poem of the same name (which was
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Jan 09, 2007
May 24, 2008
 
The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Work
3.24
it was ok
From the self-same people (Joshua Piven and David Borgenicht) who brought you The WORST-CASE SCENARIO Survival Handbook and all of the many speciality ...more
Jun 21, 2007
May 25, 2008
 
A Gentle Madness: Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes, and the Eternal Passion for Books
4.05
liked it

I'm not sure that i actually fall into the category of bibliophile or bibliomaniac, although i've often called myself one. I do have a collection of o
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Aug 26, 2007
May 24, 2008
 
The Abstinence Teacher
3.24
really liked it
"A stranger might have mistaken him for a dedicated Information Sciences professional getting an early start on some important research,
but Ruth knew
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Dec 09, 2007
May 24, 2008
 
A Thousand Splendid Suns
4.34
it was amazing
Sometimes a book just sucks you in, so much so that when you pick it up at 9:30 p.m on a Friday night to start reading it because you are so very behi ...more
Oct 27, 2007
May 24, 2008
 
Innocent Traitor
3.94
really liked it
of the blood. . .I think i might have mentioned once or twice that i am a tudorphile. As such, i have read (and own) many of Alison Weir’s excellent h ...more
May 2007
May 25, 2008
 
Swimming Upstream, Slowly
3.24
really liked it
Here's an interesting idea (or horrifying, depending on who you are~like me, just as a for instance):

Let's just say you're a woman (with me so far?),
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Jan 13, 2008
May 24, 2008
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