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John
4.06
it was amazing
It's no secret I adore Cynthia Powell Lennon, and I have for years.

If you come across this book without knowing her, you might expect this to be a tr
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Mar 2008
Mar 09, 2008
 
The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen
3.75
it was ok
This was a page-turner, thanks only to Jane Austen's wonderful storylines.

I would not read this book again, because there was virtually no originality
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not set
Mar 09, 2008
 
Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your History Textbook Got Wrong
3.96
it was ok
I love history. I love reading about it, I love memorizing it, I love questioning it, I love finding new interpretations of major events. So you would ...more
Nov 07, 2007
Nov 02, 2007
 
The Dreyfus Affair: A Love Story
3.90
really liked it
I still can't believe nobody told me this book existed. Slashing baseball players is a way of life in my household, so it was impossible not to like t ...more
Dec 16, 2008
Dec 15, 2008
 
Utopia
3.50
liked it
As much as I enjoy reading 16th century ideas (or rather, ideals), this book is pretty unforgiving.

It's safe to say that I enjoy the idea of this boo
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not set
Nov 23, 2008
 
Dawn (Xenogenesis, #1)
4.11
really liked it
This reminds me a bit of Timothy Zahn's Conquerors trilogy (although this came first), which I very much enjoyed.

A very engaging tale of a conquering
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Jul 16, 2011
Jul 16, 2011
 
Can't Buy Me Love: The Beatles, Britain, and America
4.16
it was amazing
I was incredibly skeptical about the Baltimore Sun review quoted on the cover ("The best book ever written about the Beatles"), but not any more.

Goul
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Jun 04, 2011
Jun 02, 2011
 
The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream
3.70
really liked it
Reading this book was almost as good as a Sunday spent with Tim Russert and Meet The Press.

Rhetoric aside, I don't think anyone can argue that here i
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Jan 24, 2009
Jan 04, 2009
 
Alexander Hamilton's Wife: A Romance of the Hudson
2.12
did not like it
I can't even shelve this one "history" because of all the dialogue the author has created. It's a strange, older fictional biography filled with scene ...more
not set
Jan 02, 2016
 
Shadow Moon (Chronicles of the Shadow War, No 1)
3.38
it was ok
I remember loving the movie Willow, so I gave this book another read. I liked the demon voice. I liked Willow's eagle and brownie companions. Other th ...more
Mar 10, 2011
Mar 06, 2011
 
One Year Gone (Supernatural, #7)
3.96
did not like it
I've learned by now that TV tie-in books, especially while the show is still on air, don't take any chances or enrich the characters' stories. Despite ...more
not set
Sep 20, 2014
 
Reporting Vietnam: Part One: American Journalism 1959-1969
4.28
really liked it
I learned so much about Vietnam -- the combat, the politics, the protests. Two of these articles were incredibly gut-wrenching and soul-shaking to rea ...more
Nov 23, 2011
Nov 25, 2011
 
Memories of John Lennon
3.88
liked it
I liked this book for what it was -- several glimpses at John (particularly post-Beatles) as seen through others eyes.

I wondered at the inclusion of
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Feb 2008
Feb 07, 2008
 
Fighting Back the Right: Reclaiming America from the Attack on Reason
4.23
liked it
This book is not subtle in the least, but I suppose only a liberal is picking it up anyway, with a title like tat. It's essentially a history lesson o ...more
not set
Jan 01, 2017
 
The Knight Who Saved England: William Marshal and the French Invasion, 1217
3.75
really liked it
This is a fascinating historical account of "the greatest knight", a man whose skills elevated him to status beyond his birth. William Marshal served ...more
not set
Jul 11, 2014
 
Titus Andronicus
3.71
it was ok
Sometimes, Shakespeare's just too violent for me
not set
Nov 25, 2012
 
Revolution of Hope: The Life, Faith, and Dreams of a Mexican President
3.53
liked it
This is a (mostly) interesting and informative book by and about the first Mexican President to break through the one-party corruption that had strong ...more
Jan 28, 2009
Jan 04, 2009
 
Playboy Interview with John Lennon and Yoko Ono
4.29
it was amazing
This book, along with the Plastic Ono Band album, were to me what pscyhedelia and the "bigger than Jesus" comment must have been to a Beatlemaniac in ...more
Jan 1996
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Sep 20, 2008
 
Innocent Traitor
3.94
really liked it
Pros: strong female characters, solid basis in history, intriguing discourse on the Protestant vs Catholic ways of thought and rule

Cons: I found the p
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Mar 2008
Mar 09, 2008
 
Mr. Lincoln's Wars: A Novel in Thirteen Stories
3.14
really liked it
The 13 stories are arranged out of order chronologically, but there does seem to be an emotional pattern to their assembly. I was a little confused by ...more
not set
Sep 07, 2008
 
Target (Star Wars: Rebel Force #1)
3.66
really liked it
I'm a sucker for any book set within the original trilogy timespan (Splinter of the Mind's Eye is still a favourite, regardless of its' seeming irrele ...more
not set
Mar 02, 2011
 
Curious Naturalists
4.12
liked it
I read chapters out of this book for a course in animal behavior. It was oddly intriguing to learn about black-headed gulls.

For instance, the descript
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Nov 2008
Nov 23, 2008
 
Lost Illusions
4.15
liked it
I need to expand my knowledge of Balzac and read something other than this work, because I always get caught up in Lucien's tale, despite the fact tha ...more
Oct 2010
not set
Sep 20, 2010
 
Annihilation (Southern Reach, #1)
3.63
really liked it
I'm not a fan of mysteries or video games, but reading this book was like watching a science fiction version of both those things and it worked. It's ...more
not set
Jan 14, 2015
 
The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War
4.19
liked it
My rating suffers for what's probably a personal failing -- I began this book expecting it to be about the war and not foreign policy. (One of the neg ...more
Jan 30, 2016
Jan 04, 2016
 
Nanjing 1937: A Love Story
3.24
liked it
I bought this book for the cover, more than anything. (Not the one pictured on Goodreads, but a very artistic colored-pencil looking yellow and red im ...more
not set
Jul 13, 2008
 
The Female Malady
4.14
really liked it
I picked up this book after its' chapter on shell shock in male combat veterans was referenced in another historical text. That chapter is not typical ...more
Sep 2015
Sep 07, 2015
 
The Heretic Queen
4.21
really liked it
Tip of the hat to Michelle Moran, who can write a love story about a brother and sister without alienating the reader. A hard task to accomplish, even ...more
Nov 2008
Nov 23, 2008
 
Who Cooked the Last Supper?: The Women's History of the World
3.88
liked it
I was expecting more of history than this book contained (and what it did contain wasn't always accurate), but still an important book to confront att ...more
Feb 17, 2014
Jun 08, 2013
 
Come Back To Afghanistan: My Journey From California To Kabul
3.83
really liked it
Hyder is an Afghan-American whose father sells his California retail store to return to Afghanistan to work in politics and help build a new governmen ...more
not set
Feb 20, 2012
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