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Bellocq's Ophelia
4.30
really liked it
After reading a great essay on poets.org, I discovered a book called Bellocq's Ophelia written by Natasha Trethewey. It's a series of poems written as ...more
Aug 2007
Dec 10, 2007
 
The Story of the Little Mole Who Went in Search of Whodunit
4.16
it was amazing
This is the inspiring tale of a determined little talpid who stuck his head out of his hole and got shat on. Most of us would have just went back into ...more
Jan 1993
Jan 12, 2008
 
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
4.21
really liked it
I never could finish "Catcher in the Rye." To me it was ridiculous, and yet another book where a privileged white male bitches and moans about his lif ...more
Dec 2007
Dec 20, 2007
 
The Rabbits
4.27
it was amazing
Ooooh, this is such a great picture book. The illustrations and text are a perfect marriage. Shaun Tan composes complex, layered images. John Marsden' ...more
not set
Dec 10, 2007
 
The Viewer
3.76
liked it
I requested this book from my library solely to see more of Shaun Tan's illustrations. He's the illustrator, but not the writer of the story. The stor ...more
Dec 2007
Dec 14, 2007
 
Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism
4.12
liked it
The writing doesn't flow easily, but it is written simply. Temple Grandin does a very good job of describing how the intake of information and the sha ...more
Apr 2010
May 06, 2010
 
Good Mail Day: A Primer for Making Eye-Popping Postal Art
4.03
really liked it
This is a nifty little book. It doesn't blow up the world for people who've been naturally signifying their correspondence, but the authors provide af ...more
Nov 2010
Nov 16, 2010
 
Introduction to African Religion
3.76
liked it
This was a good introduction to the underpinnings of African philosophy and beliefs. It's very basic, but a good launch pad for further research into ...more
Jan 2008
Jan 10, 2008
 
Passionate Minds: Women Rewriting the World
3.85
really liked it
Claudia Roth Pierpont's style of writing and lack of pedantry delighted me while reading this collection of essays about female writers. She can be ly ...more
Jul 21, 2011
Jul 27, 2011
 
Artful Sentences: Syntax as Style
3.98
really liked it
This is a book for writers, and those who have to read and grade papers. Myself, I'm not big on deconstruction as that path usually leads to meaningle ...more
Mar 2008
Dec 11, 2007
 
Beige
3.63
really liked it
Oooh! I Heart Cecil Castellucci even more. I really dug this book. Just like "Boy Proof," you get a well written interior monologue. But, this time, C ...more
Jan 2008
Jan 11, 2008
 
Tap Dancing on the Roof: Sijo (Poems)
3.80
really liked it
This is another book that is a pleasure to hold as well as read. The format is square and smaller than most picture books. Inside, the paper is of goo ...more
Mar 2008
Mar 23, 2008
 
The Adventuress
3.32
really liked it
The edition I read (Abrams, ISBN 081097052X) is physically lush. The spine is done up in something resembling green suede and the pages are thick like ...more
Mar 2008
Mar 21, 2008
 
The Boy Who Didn't Believe in Spring
4.12
really liked it
I liked this Lucille Clifton picturebook much better! The protagonist, King Shabazz, has a fashion style and exploring impulse akin to my own. Instead ...more
Jun 2010
Jul 02, 2010
 
I Am America (And So Can You!)
3.91
really liked it
I Am Laughing (And So At You!) I loved this book (Dr. Stephen T. Colbert, DFA told me so). This is such a well designed book, possibly a piece of art. ...more
Dec 2007
Dec 10, 2007
 
The Hunt for Red October (Jack Ryan Universe, #4)
4.02
liked it
I'm not a Clancy reader, and I don't think I'll pick up another one of his titles. I saw the film first, and it's really one of my favorite films to w ...more
Apr 2011
May 25, 2011
 
What Are You?: Voices of Mixed-Race Young People
3.88
it was amazing
This is a well-done compilation of the perspectives of mixed-race young people. In a way, this was better than "Half + Half" because the p.o.v. isn't ...more
Jan 2008
Jan 13, 2008
 
Pretties (Uglies, #2)
3.85
liked it
Again, the strongest feature of this story for me (like "The Uglies") was the action. The vodka trick on ice was so cool! And, it would be something I ...more
Feb 2008
Feb 27, 2008
 
Confessions of an Introvert: The Shy Girl's Guide to Career, Networking and Getting the Most Out of Life
2.87
it was ok
It's super basic, and probably more helpful for someone who hasn't discovered their own strategies to overcome being an introvert in an extrovert, fam ...more
Feb 13, 2011
Feb 13, 2011
 
All Us Come Cross the Water
3.67
liked it
I'm guessing this would still be a good tool to use when discussing slavery as a part of your personal history. I was brought up to be proud of being ...more
Jun 2010
Jun 16, 2010
 
Eloise in Paris
4.24
it was amazing
Punctuation is an adult thing. This is evident in the breathless, tumbling dice style of storytelling that belongs to children. I remember proudly fin ...more
May 18, 2010
May 19, 2010
 
By Herself: Women Reclaim Poetry
4.00
liked it
Disclosure: I only read SOME of this book, not all of it.

If I needed a great, refreshing source for a paper discussing female agency in poetry, poetr
...more
Nov 22, 2010
Nov 23, 2010
 
Just Kids
4.14
I'm reading this at the moment, and it's a very good book. At first, Ms. Smith's fluttery, syncopated (much like her recitation style) rhythm--which s ...more
not set
Nov 18, 2010
 
Time Flies
3.80
really liked it
This was a good book to rediscover on a grey morning with black coffee in bed. Dinosaurs don’t flip my switch, but museums definitely do. Rohmann depi ...more
May 14, 2010
May 14, 2010
 
Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays
3.82
liked it
The essays are thoughtful and well-written. The movie reviews were a bit hodgepodge for my taste. I didn't read every essay because I avoid reading cr ...more
Oct 09, 2010
Oct 09, 2010
 
When You Reach Me
4.08
really liked it
What a great, but quick, read. Rebecca Stead is becoming an interesting translator of science to middle school kids. In her first novel, "First Light, ...more
Jan 11, 2011
Jan 12, 2011
 
Ramadan Moon
3.96
liked it
This is a more lyrical celebration of Ramadan than the previous picturebook I read ("Ramadan," Ghazi). I love the illustrations, which delightfully co ...more
Nov 06, 2010
Nov 08, 2010
 
Little Sister and the Month Brothers
3.79
liked it
The format of the storytelling and the illustrations are interesting. First, the depictions of Little Sister and presenting single shots of her action ...more
Nov 22, 2010
Nov 23, 2010
 
Toussaint L'Ouverture: The Fight for Haiti's Freedom
4.13
it was amazing
Written by Walter Dean Myers, and illustrated by Jacob Lawrence, y’all! ‘Nuf said. It’s a beautiful book with a great story. There are depictions of c ...more
May 15, 2010
May 15, 2010
 
First Light
3.85
really liked it
When it comes to YA, I prefer stories that tip toward action instead of struggles for status or love. Rebecca Stead's novel combines action and suspen ...more
Oct 29, 2010
Oct 29, 2010
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