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A Child Called "It" (Dave Pelzer #1)
4.09
liked it
I know it's not nice to burn, stab, poison, starve or otherwise torture your kid, but damn! If THAT can't motivate a boy to do the dishes in less than ...more
Jun 13, 2008
Dec 31, 2007
 
You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up: A Love Story
3.18
it was ok
I'm not sure if I can finish this book. I picked it up because it's got a clever title and I was wondering what advice a funny married couple might di ...more
not set
Jul 28, 2010
 
When Elephants Weep: The Emotional Lives of Animals
4.04
did not like it
I was hoping this would be more like "Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior," with lots of interesting facts ...more
not set
Nov 05, 2007
 
Why Men Marry Bitches: A Woman's Guide to Winning Her Man's Heart
3.86
liked it
In this self-help book, "bitch" refers to a classy lady who doesn't take shit from men. It was kind of amusing, an easy read and made sense in some pa ...more
not set
Jan 25, 2008
 
Shattered Dreams: My Life as a Polygamist's Wife
3.81
liked it
While reading this book, I discovered my husband may still technically belong to the Mormon church his mom signed him up for as a kid. Well, probably ...more
Nov 2007
Nov 05, 2007
 
The Annotated Peter Pan
4.10
liked it
Peter Pan is kind of a dick in the original. When he teaches Wendy, John and Michael to fly, he doesn't teach them to land. When they doze off in the ...more
Feb 2012
Dec 16, 2011
 
Dry
4.01
it was amazing
Apparently, I am drawn to books written by gay men. I've never read any of Burroughs' work before, but own a copy of "Running with Scissors" that look ...more
not set
Jun 23, 2009
 
With a Tangled Skein (Incarnations of Immortality, #3)
3.98
liked it
I read a few others from this series as a teenager. The series deals with the personages of death, time, fate, nature, evil, etc. "With a Tangled Skei ...more
May 19, 2009
May 25, 2009
 
The Alphabet of Manliness
Maddox *
3.70
it was amazing
Brought to you by the mastermind behind www.thebestpageintheuniverse.com. He's not the kind of person to read if you are easily offended. But if you e ...more
not set
Nov 06, 2007
 
Storey's Basic Country Skills: A Practical Guide to Self-Reliance
4.21
liked it
This is more like a series of articles by different experts than a front-to-cover book. I was hoping that in reading this, I would be able to do a lot ...more
not set
Nov 08, 2007
 
The White Bone
3.80
it was amazing
A fantasy about elephant families where some of them can read minds and some can talk to other animals. It sounds too sci-fi until you start reading i ...more
not set
Nov 05, 2007
 
Strange Angel: The Otherworldly Life of Rocket Scientist John Whiteside Parsons
4.00
really liked it
**spoiler alert** I kind of love this book but can't seem to finish it. It's been on my bedside table for over a year. I think maybe I love the story ...more
Apr 29, 2012
Nov 06, 2007
 
Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America
3.60
liked it
For all the author says about the greatness of the American blue-collar worker (she even brags about her husband being one), she seems to think the wo ...more
Jan 2004
Nov 06, 2007
 
The Ninth Life of Louis Drax
3.60
it was amazing
If you like Chuck Palahniuk's style, you should definitely give Liz Jensen a try. In this book, there are two narrators, each with a really distinctiv ...more
not set
Jan 21, 2008
 
Flowers for Algernon: A One-Act Play
4.01
it was amazing
"It's lonely at the top" seems like a trite cliche, but this book pretty much proves it.

Charlie, a retarded adult, becomes an experimental subject in
...more
not set
Jan 16, 2009
 
The Age of Miracles
3.64
it was amazing
What would you do if the world was ending? What if it was taking a really long time to end?

Even when "normal" things happen (piano lessons! school! ha
...more
not set
Oct 28, 2017
 
Super Sad True Love Story
3.44
it was amazing
I recently saw a summary of Ionesco's "The Bald Soprano" saying it was about Englishness and the futility of communication. "Super Sad True Love Story ...more
Dec 2010
Dec 03, 2010
 
The World Without Us
3.79
really liked it
"The World Without Us" takes the question "What would happen if all the humans disappeared?" to a number of experts for their takes on the planet's po ...more
not set
Feb 21, 2008
 
Cult Insanity: A Memoir of Polygamy, Prophets, and Blood Atonement
3.65
really liked it
Parts autobiography, parts true crime thriller, "Cult Insanity" is the story of Ervil LeBaron's rise to power in two fundamentalist Mormon nut-job cul ...more
not set
Oct 06, 2009
 
Hella Nation: Looking for Happy Meals in Kandahar, Rocking the Side Pipe,Wingnut's War Against the GAP, and Other Adventures with the Totally Lost Tribes of America
3.69
it was amazing
I'm jealous of the journalistic niche Evan Wright has carved out for himself. Over a 10-year span at different publications including Hustler and Roll ...more
not set
Mar 31, 2009
 
Doomed (Damned, #2)
3.26
really liked it
This wasn't my favorite Palahniuk novel, but I think this sequel was better than "Damned."

If you read "Damned," you might be wondering things like "D
...more
Aug 11, 2014
Jul 21, 2014
 
Gone Girl
4.03
it was amazing
**spoiler alert** Although the end disappointed me a lot, I loved this book. The author has a great way of presenting relationships with all their lit ...more
Nov 2012
Dec 04, 2012
 
The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values
3.91
it was ok
I didn't finish this, although I tried mightily. The basic idea Sam Harris sets forth here is that morality is universal and that the morality of acti ...more
May 16, 2011
Mar 02, 2011
 
A Wrinkle in Time
4.04
it was amazing
Looking back at this book from an adult perspective, I'm wowed by all the high-level vocabulary and ideas in this children's book. "Bilious" was one o ...more
not set
Nov 13, 2008
 
Snuff
3.18
it was amazing
I knew I'd love this book, although I must say I'm equal parts proud and disappointed that I guessed one of the plot twists. Suffice to say I have rea ...more
not set
Apr 10, 2008
 
Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior
3.75
it was amazing
Irrationality has been on my mind for the past few weeks and I have determined that I am more rational than you. Partly because I buy the cheap brands ...more
not set
Aug 11, 2008
 
Fool
3.96
it was amazing
King Lear retold from the fool's perspective, with some plot revision. I loved it for the mix of Shakespearean language with modern English slang and ...more
Apr 22, 2009
Jan 16, 2009
 
The Fault in Our Stars
4.26
really liked it
Do you like books that make you cry? If so, you'll love this one. Of course when you read a book about kids with cancer, it's a good guess that someth ...more
Jun 2014
Jul 21, 2014
 
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
3.89
it was amazing
Good stuff! A nerdy, fat Dominican man's loveless life is chronicled here by the voices of people who knew him, with a section about his mother's youn ...more
not set
Dec 09, 2008
 
Sin in the Second City: Madams, Ministers, Playboys, and the Battle for America's Soul
3.61
really liked it
If you liked "Devil in the White City," by all means pick this one up. Set in the years just after the turn of the century, this book details the goin ...more
not set
Oct 16, 2009
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