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The Light and the Dark
it was ok
This book forced me to reflect on the question of why I read books. The opportunity to be transported, explore ideas or experiences in different ways, ...more
Mar 28, 2014
Mar 22, 2014
The Orphan Master's Son
it was amazing
I have had difficulty putting into words the experience I had with this book because it was stunning, horrifying, humorous, creative and harrowing and ...more
Jun 2015
Jul 16, 2015
Tropic of Cancer
did not like it
This book was selected by one of my book clubs in a pursuit to identify a classic we have never read and a book that was banned. This hit both marks b ...more
Mar 15, 2012
Mar 29, 2012
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
liked it
The premise of this book is that we need to give a fuck about so much less; instead, we need to focus on what really matters. When we reflect deeply, ...more
Apr 16, 2017
Jan 10, 2017
liked it
Structured on the Mexican game of Loteria, each chapter was tied to one of the 54 cards. It was through each card/chapter that the 11-year old narrato ...more
Jan 06, 2014
Jan 05, 2014
City of Thorns: Nine Lives in the World's Largest Refugee Camp
Rawlence brought the scale of the largest refugee camp in the world, with a population of half a million, into sharp perspective by focusing on the li ...more
Feb 10, 2016
Oct 16, 2015
Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea
really liked it
The author compiled stories from North Korean defectors and used their experiences to create a picture of life in the most closed country in the world ...more
May 31, 2012
May 27, 2012
The Girl on the Train
liked it
The novel centered on Rachel, a woman whose life has fallen apart due to drinking, divorce and job failure. On her daily train ride, she developed a f ...more
Mar 09, 2015
Jan 28, 2015
State of Wonder
really liked it
Dr. Singh, a researcher for a pharmaceutical company, is tapped by the CEO to travel to the Amazon to track the progress of a new fertility drug in de ...more
Aug 28, 2011
Jun 02, 2011
To The Bright Edge of the World
really liked it
Set in 1885 as part of an army-funded expedition to explore and map parts of Alaska, the book chronicles an adventures of discovery, exhaustion, starv ...more
Apr 15, 2017
Nov 14, 2016
Year of Wonders
liked it
This novel chronicled one woman's experience living in an English village during the plague and provided a context for the reactions of the community ...more
Oct 13, 2014
Aug 12, 2012
The Circle
really liked it
The novel is told through the eyes of Mae Holland, a new professional who accepted a job at an in-demand tech company with an impressive campus and sm ...more
Apr 28, 2016
Mar 29, 2016
really liked it
Reading this book felt like a perfect northern Minnesota vacation - a few adventures, quirky people, stunning beauty and lots of time for thoughtful r ...more
Nov 08, 2014
Aug 25, 2014
Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things
really liked it
Through a collection of essays/casual meanderings on eclectic topics, the author shared outrageously funny and at times poignant observations from her ...more
Apr 07, 2016
Feb 29, 2016
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
it was amazing
The life that Louie Zamperini lived was simply amazing. He was an Olympic athlete who joined the Air Force during WWII and his plane crashed in the Pa ...more
Oct 13, 2012
Oct 03, 2012
Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging
liked it
This book draws extensively from the journalist's experiences as a war correspondent, as well as research on history, anthropology, sociology and psyc ...more
Mar 16, 2017
Dec 20, 2016
it was amazing
After rereading "Waiting for the Barbarians", I was reminded how much I appreciate J.M. Coetze's ability to write about the implications of oppression ...more
Mar 26, 2011
Mar 25, 2011
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
it was ok
I struggle with books that involve magic because I find the magical elements detracting from the elements I care most about - character development, r ...more
not set
Nov 18, 2014
liked it
With a humorous edge, this book told the story of an uninspired tech geek whose work involved trolling his company's email system for inappropriate co ...more
Jul 2014
Mar 08, 2014
The Sound of Things Falling
really liked it
This novel explored the way in which the past lives with us in the present. Set in Colombia in the mid-90s during the height of drug-related violence ...more
May 21, 2014
May 13, 2014
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
liked it
This memoir has received so much hype that I believe I walked into it with unattainable expectations. The context around this man's life is astounding ...more
Jul 09, 2017
Sep 29, 2016
liked it
I cannot overstate how much I was drawn into the experience of reading this book, which is not as easy or apparent as it may seem. The authors created ...more
Mar 2014
Nov 24, 2013
A Brief History of Seven Killings
really liked it
The book begins in Jamaica in 1976 around the attempted assassination of Bob Marley and quickly broadens scope by encompassing the gang and political ...more
Dec 30, 2015
Oct 14, 2015
The Mandibles: A Family, 2029–2047
did not like it
Starting this book immediately after the presidential election results were declared was a poor choice. The author portrayed a dystopian vision of the ...more
not set
Nov 29, 2016
Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right
it was amazing
Simply amazing. Arlie Hochschild, a liberal Berkeley professor, wanted to understand the political divisions in our country by delving into some of th ...more
May 31, 2017
Apr 11, 2017
The White Man's Burden: Why the West's Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good
liked it
The book is a harsh critique of current international development strategies encapsulated in plans like The Millenium Development Goals and "shock the ...more
Aug 2007
Oct 18, 2007
The Patron Saint of Liars
liked it
Rose, a young woman who leaves her husband in California and flees to Kentucky to stay at a home for unwed mothers is the center for the book. She is ...more
Oct 25, 2011
Aug 31, 2011
Orphan Train
liked it
Following the story inside a story motif, the book told the story of Molly, a present day teenager in the foster care system who completed community s ...more
Nov 2013
Sep 17, 2013
Still Alice
it was amazing
I was completely drawn into this book, told primary through the eyes of the main character, Alice Howland, as her early-onset Alzheimer's advanced. Th ...more
Apr 18, 2015
Apr 13, 2015
Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness
really liked it
The author applied her journalism skills to her own life by examining an abrupt decline in health that started with paranoia and erratic behavior and ...more
Feb 12, 2014
Dec 29, 2013
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