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The Whereabouts of Eneas McNulty
3.91
it was amazing
Cast off from his beloved Irish town for "unpatriotic" deeds that were never cast in any such light for him, Eneas McNulty embarks on a life both stun ...more
Jan 13, 2010
Jan 05, 2010
 
The Sartorialist (The Sartorialist, #1)
4.05
it was amazing
For years, Scott Schuman has manned the helm of one of the Web's greatest street style blogs. Now, he presents some of his favorite shots in this chun ...more
Sep 2009
Sep 24, 2009
 
Real Food for Mother and Baby: The Fertility Diet, Eating for Two, and Baby's First Foods
4.00
really liked it
After hearing Nina Planck give a talk a couple weeks back, and finding her to be sensible and passionate about food, I picked up this book. It's her s ...more
not set
May 25, 2009
 
Alice Waters and Chez Panisse: The Romantic, Impractical, Often Eccentric, Ultimately Brilliant Making of a Food Revolution
3.86
it was amazing
I'm not a big biography reader. Not yet, anyway. But every once in awhile, I come across a biography that examines its subject with such intelligence ...more
Mar 09, 2009
Mar 04, 2009
 
The Magician's Nephew (Chronicles of Narnia, #6)
4.02
liked it
HarperCollins publishes this as the first book in the Narnia series. That bothers me. Yes, it comes first in the chronology of the books -- it lays ou ...more
not set
Jan 14, 2012
 
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
3.97
it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. We discussed it in my book group last night and almost everyone was blown away by it -- by McCullers' age when she wrote ...more
Nov 17, 2009
Nov 04, 2009
 
Moby-Dick
3.47
really liked it
At long last, the white whale and I have swum the distance and come out at the end. Along the way, I was entranced, interested, dutiful, or remote, de ...more
not set
Jul 20, 2008
 
Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
4.10
it was amazing
Dwight Garner recently wrote about this graphic novel in The N.Y. Times and reminded me that I'd read it. This is what he said: "Two years ago Alison ...more
not set
Dec 08, 2008
 
Kitchen Table Wisdom: Stories That Heal
4.32
really liked it
One of the first author events I ever hosted at Kepler's was with Rachel Naomi Remen. How lucky I was to start so well.
Jan 1997
Mar 02, 2009
 
Food Matters: A Guide to Conscious Eating with More Than 75 Recipes
3.97
it was amazing
A perfect companion to Michael Pollan's 'In Defense of Food.'

In the first half of the book, Bittman details the many horrifying ways that agribusines
...more
Feb 2009
Feb 28, 2009
 
The Book of the Maidservant
3.53
really liked it
The medieval holy woman Margery Kempe dictated 'The Book of Margery Kempe,' which is considered the first autobiography in the English language. In it ...more
not set
Jan 08, 2012
 
Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever
4.10
really liked it
I can't get enough of books like this. My husband has accused me of reading books that simply validate my own views on children and literature. I'm su ...more
not set
Jun 30, 2009
 
Heartburn
3.57
liked it
Nora Ephron's new movie, 'Julie and Julia,' rode into its nationwide opening last weekend on a such a wave of publicity I'm almost too tired of all th ...more
not set
Aug 12, 2009
 
Babies Need Books: Sharing the Joy of Books with Children from Birth to Six
3.81
really liked it
Most of the arguments in here I already knew and enthusiastically endorse. One point, though, I hadn't thought of before: If you read with your child ...more
Jan 2009
Feb 17, 2009
 
The Case for Books: Past, Present, and Future
3.35
liked it
Robert Darnton is a cultural historian, the director of Harvard's library system, and the author of an eyebrow-raising number of titles, some of which ...more
not set
Jun 01, 2010
 
The Killer Angels (The Civil War Trilogy, #2)
4.30
it was amazing
I never would have read this book if I hadn't picked it for my book group. I'm so glad I did. It's a ferocious, harrowing, gorgeously written story. I ...more
not set
Mar 28, 2010
 
Jefferson's Sons
4.04
really liked it
I always knew about Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemmings. But I never thought of the children they had together, and what it was like to live at Montic ...more
not set
Oct 14, 2011
 
The Rescuers (The Rescuers, #1)
4.09
it was amazing
Miss Bianca, a pampered pet of an ambassador's son, lives in a porcelain pagoda; wears a dainty silver locket around her neck; and writes poems, oh la ...more
not set
May 04, 2010
 
Harriet the Spy (Harriet the Spy #1)
3.95
it was amazing
When I was growing up, my parents restricted my access to only two books: 'Forever' by Judy Blume, for obvious reasons, and 'Harriet the Spy' by Louis ...more
not set
Apr 07, 2010
 
Witches: The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem
3.63
it was amazing
I came across this book at the library and took it on home on a whim -- and then couldn't put it down. I never before read the full story of what real ...more
not set
Nov 12, 2011
 
Margaret Wise Brown: Awakened By the Moon
4.04
really liked it
I didn't read 'Goodnight Moon' as a child. I think I must have been one of the only ones. The picture book, which was published in 1947, is one of the ...more
Jan 27, 2010
Jan 05, 2010
 
A Few Green Leaves
3.92
it was ok
I wanted to read this because I've heard Pym compared to Laurie Colwin a lot. I enjoyed it. But it didn't have half the whimsy or style of a Colwin no ...more
Dec 2007
Dec 10, 2007
 
Diary Of A Baby: What Your Child Sees, Feels, And Experiences
3.59
it was amazing
A fascinating take on what a baby possibly perceives and feels from an infant psychologist at Cornell University Medical Center-New York Hospital. Not ...more
not set
Jul 10, 2009
 
Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World
3.98
it was amazing

This engrossing biography follows the inspiring and unpredictable life of Temple Grandin. As a child, Temple wouldn’t speak; she didn’t want to hug or
...more
not set
May 14, 2012
 
The Fairy Ring
3.49
it was amazing
When cousins Elsie and Frances fake photographs of themselves with fairies beside the stream behind their cottage, they don’t think it's anything more ...more
not set
May 14, 2012
 
Ad Hoc at Home
4.23
liked it
A good library read. I enjoyed his in-between essays on things like why he doesn't like spatulas. But the book is almost too big and beautiful for the ...more
not set
Jul 20, 2010
 
Clockers
4.06
it was amazing
This is one of those books that makes you reconsider other books you've rated with five stars. I wish I could give it 10 stars. I think it's a masterp ...more
not set
Jan 31, 2011
 
The Pillow Book
4.02
really liked it
Andrea turned me on to this book of brief pieces and whimsical, moving lists by a Japanese court lady in the year 1000. You'll read nothing else like ...more
Jan 2000
Jan 15, 2008
 
Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise
3.93
did not like it
The introduction was fascinating. The first few essays were intriguing. And then it slips into something far too concerned with its own reflection. Th ...more
Oct 2007
Dec 10, 2007
 
The Art of Eating
4.33
really liked it
I've had this book since 1988 -- I purchased it at the Village Green, my favorite independent bookshop in Buffalo, N.Y. I go through phases of dipping ...more
Jan 2007
Dec 10, 2007
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