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A Life in Secrets: Vera Atkins and the Missing Agents of WWII.
4.04
really liked it
Ooof - this is a long, detailed, sometimes disturbing but always fascinating account of Vera Atkins' work with female SOE agents both during the war, ...more
May 10, 2008
Dec 28, 2007
 
The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East
4.03
it was amazing
Not a light read, but certainly an important one. The Lemon Tree intertwines the history of Palestine and Israel with the individual stories and histo ...more
Jan 07, 2011
Dec 20, 2010
 
Apples Are from Kazakhstan: The Land That Disappeared
4.00
really liked it
"I stopped at an ATM at the corner of a street where a camel stood nonchalantly snacking on a small tree... The camel held my gaze for a moment, turne ...more
Aug 24, 2008
Jul 02, 2008
 
The Life of Jews in Poland before the Holocaust: A Memoir
3.95
liked it
The author has a very matter-of-fact style, describing the facts around daily activities and life of his Jewish family before WWII. The memoir is heav ...more
Mar 02, 2008
Dec 19, 2007
 
Injustices: The Supreme Court's History of Comforting the Comfortable and Afflicting the Afflicted
3.95
liked it
Very disorganized writing, with some odd segues (how did we get from anti-trust to the Kansas-Nebraska Act in just two paragraphs?) but if you take th ...more
Nov 10, 2015
Mar 22, 2015
 
A Christmas Memory
4.23
it was amazing
I read this short story every year before Christmas, and every year, without fail, I cry. It's the story of a young boy and his aged relative and thei ...more
not set
Dec 12, 2007
 
Chapters: Creating a Life of Exhilaration and Accomplishment in the Face of Change
3.67
liked it
Here's my "you had me at hello" moment: this quote from Tennessee Williams sets the stage for chapter 2, and seems to have been written just for me at ...more
Jun 2008
Jun 15, 2008
 
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
3.99
really liked it
I started this book 5 hours ago and only paused to eat dinner. How could I possibly go to bed halfway through the story? Impossible!
Sep 02, 2014
Sep 02, 2014
 
Eat, Pray, Love
3.51
did not like it
Here is how I described the book to several friends:

"I'm divorced, depressed and lonely in Italy. I'm divorced, depressed and lonely in India. I'm div
...more
Nov 2007
Dec 11, 2007
 
The Childhood of Jesus
3.38
it was ok
Strange, yet compelling to finish.
Jan 15, 2015
Jan 15, 2015
 
The Beggar and the Hare
3.37
really liked it
What a quirky tale! Vatanescu, a Romanian, finds himself in Finland under the thumb of a human trafficker, where he is sent to beg on the streets. Aft ...more
Jan 09, 2015
Jan 09, 2015
 
Half a Life
3.55
liked it
The author was involved in a truly tragic accident as a high school senior, and the impact on his life has been significant. I do not want to diminish ...more
May 22, 2011
Jun 03, 2011
 
Dead Center: Behind the Scenes at the World's Largest Medical Examiner's Office
3.82
liked it
A fascinating look into the workings of New York City's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, and at the work they did to identify victims of the WTC ...more
Jun 19, 2010
May 19, 2010
 
Walking the Gobi: A 1,600-Mile Trek Across a Desert of Hope and Despair
3.97
really liked it
This one gets 4 stars purely for the adventure and determination behind the journey. 64 year old Helen and her 70+ year old husband walk 1600 miles ac ...more
Oct 11, 2009
Oct 07, 2009
 
Letters from Yellowstone
3.71
really liked it
Short, quick read. The epistolary format keeps the story interesting - what is shared with friends and family far away, and what is left out or only q ...more
Apr 09, 2015
Apr 09, 2015
 
The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
4.33
it was amazing
While we know the result of this team's Olympic competition (not a spoiler: they win gold), I still found myself tense up and get all anxious as they ...more
Jan 03, 2015
Jan 03, 2015
 
The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog: And Other Stories from a Child Psychiatrist's Notebook
4.49
it was amazing
WOW - lots of great research and information on the developing brain, and the effects of both minor and major trauma on the brains of infants and chil ...more
Apr 08, 2009
Mar 21, 2009
 
A Train to Potevka
3.37
it was ok
I'd like to give this one 2.5 stars. The idea is great. The story has a lot of potential, but the delivery lacks a certain amount of punch. Written as ...more
Nov 14, 2010
Nov 14, 2010
 
Rambling On: An Apprentice's Guide to the Gift of the Gab
3.74
liked it
Hrabal has a unique writing style, to be sure. I struggled through this book of short stories, not because they were uninteresting, but because of his ...more
Jun 06, 2015
May 28, 2015
 
Her Fearful Symmetry
3.23
really liked it
I really want to give this one 3.5 stars, but will settle for 4.

I feel as though I've just watched a movie. The vivid imagery created in the text is s
...more
Jan 31, 2010
Jan 27, 2010
 
Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World's Stolen Treasures
3.78
really liked it
Whittman is like a modern day Indiana Jones, recovering stolen artwork and returning it to its rightful owner. From Rembrandts to African headrests to ...more
Jan 17, 2015
Jan 17, 2015
 
Anna and the Swallow Man
3.66
really liked it
"Anna still was not certain what precisely was meant by this word "war," but it seemed, at least in part, to be an assault on her cookie supply, and o ...more
Jul 10, 2016
Jul 09, 2016
 
The Farm
3.54
really liked it
Don't start this book in the evening if you have to go to work the next day; you'll have a hard time putting it down. Though all the chapters are shor ...more
Mar 10, 2015
Mar 11, 2015
 
The Likeness (Dublin Murder Squad, #2)
4.05
really liked it
It has been awhile since I read a mystery, and this one hooked me within a couple of pages. This is the second book by this author with Detective Cass ...more
Oct 05, 2009
Sep 21, 2009
 
Same Kind of Different as Me
4.22
liked it
Tough book to rate... could be a 2, could be a 4. As far as writing and story line and all of that academic stuff, it's on the low end of the scale. B ...more
Feb 21, 2011
Feb 20, 2011
 
The True Story of Hansel and Gretel
4.02
really liked it
I normally don't like Holocaust fiction - there are so many true stories worth telling and hearing. But this telling is unique, as it creatively weave ...more
Apr 15, 2011
Apr 07, 2011
 
Provence, 1970: M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, James Beard, and the Reinvention of American Taste
3.63
it was amazing
If you love food, you'll love this book. I zipped through it in just a few days.

In 1970, some of the food greats - MFK Fisher, Julia Child, James Bear
...more
Dec 17, 2013
Dec 15, 2013
 
The Case of the Missing Books (Mobile Library Mystery #1)
3.02
it was ok
This little quirky, comedic mystery was a quick read, and enjoyable for that aspect. But, it was just... odd. There really is very little mystery or s ...more
Dec 20, 2010
Dec 18, 2010
 
Homer's Odyssey
4.18
really liked it
Aw, Homer... you're a riot!

From the day Homer met his human, Gwen, he became her number one fan, and she, his. Although he lost his eyes to an infecti
...more
Oct 26, 2010
Oct 20, 2010
 
Eggshells
3.09
it was amazing
Vivian inherits her dead great aunt Maud's house, and sets about to set her own smell in it. She posts an ad on a tree for a friend named Penelope, an ...more
Jul 29, 2017
Jul 22, 2017
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