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it was amazing
I started Bluets on the train the other week, or at least that's how I remember it. Where was I going that taking the train was the best option? I don ...more
Oct 14, 2012
Sep 24, 2012
Candyfreak: A Journey Through the Chocolate Underbelly of America
liked it
The back jacket describes Candyfreak as 'hilarious' - I think that's a bit of a stretch. Like Not That You Asked, I found Candyfreak a quick and enjoy ...more
Aug 25, 2010
Aug 12, 2010
Opting In: Having a Child Without Losing Yourself
it was amazing
Really enjoyed this, though I would say that it's more about feminism than about motherhood/parenting. I particularly appreciated the discussions of o ...more
Jan 27, 2014
Apr 27, 2010
The Body: An Essay
really liked it
Carl told me I'd love this, that it was the perfect time for me to read it. And I did, and it was, though I don't know that I fully understood or abso ...more
Jan 02, 2013
Dec 03, 2012
The Points Of My Compass
it was amazing
For most of us, the name E.B. White conjures up one of two things: the charming animal stories of our childhood - Charlotte's Web, Trumpet of the Swan ...more
Oct 28, 2010
Jul 19, 2007
Generation A
really liked it
I wouldn't consider this Coupland's best, but I was drawn in immediately and stayed up past my bedtime several nights in a row in order to finish. It' ...more
Feb 16, 2010
Feb 11, 2010
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
really liked it
I threw out my back the day after reading an article by an economist that discussed the aspects of behavior economics that Marie Kondo got right. Find ...more
May 14, 2015
May 29, 2015
Fugitives and Refugees: A Walk in Portland, Oregon
really liked it
Review from my blog:

I started and finished Fugitives & Refugees, thus ending my resolve to not read any more Chuck books this week. Yes, we're on
Sep 05, 2003
Oct 14, 2010
Consuming Passions: A Food-Obsessed Life
it was amazing
This book is one of my all-time favorites. I love travel writing, and I love food writing, and this book combines some of the best of both. There are ...more
Jun 21, 2002
Jul 16, 2007
Wolf Hall (Thomas Cromwell, #1)
it was amazing
Dec 22, 2015
Nov 19, 2015
Toolbox for Sustainable City Living: A Do-It-Ourselves Guide
liked it
There are a few things I could say about this book.

First, it provides a wealth of information that goes far and above most of the other books of this
Sep 07, 2009
Mar 18, 2009
Portrait of a Marriage: Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson
it was amazing
For about two years, I was obsessed with Virginia Woolf and her relationship with Vita Sackville-West, and read whatever I could get my hands on about ...more
Jun 17, 2002
Jul 16, 2007
Information Architecture for the World Wide Web: Designing Large-scale Web Sites
really liked it
I'm on the team responsible for a major website redesign at our library, and my particular area of responsibility is the content and organization of t ...more
Nov 21, 2007
Oct 13, 2007
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
it was amazing
As a runner, it may seem strange that this is the first book I've read about running - or perhaps not, as running is a thing you can do, and do well, ...more
Jan 31, 2013
Oct 12, 2010
A Thousand Mornings
really liked it
We checked out a whole stack of books of poetry from the library earlier in the year in an attempt to read more poetry. I remembered loving Mary Olive ...more
Nov 2015
Oct 29, 2015
A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire, #4)
liked it
I read this as Ball of Beasts - not sure I would've been able to make it through the two volumes separately - it was hard enough to do it all in one g ...more
Oct 13, 2015
Oct 29, 2015
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)
really liked it
May 15, 2014
May 06, 2014
The Partly Cloudy Patriot
it was amazing
I picked this one up from BookMooch after hearing one of the stories on This American Life last fall (or maybe earlier this year?). I can't ever decid ...more
Oct 15, 2008
Oct 07, 2008
A Visit from the Goon Squad
really liked it
A Visit from the Goon Squad was my book club's pick for November. The book and its author, Jennifer Egan, have garnered a great deal of attention in t ...more
Nov 13, 2011
Oct 07, 2011
Vegan with a Vengeance: Over 150 Delicious, Cheap, Animal-Free Recipes That Rock
did not like it
I didn't think it fair to rate this book, as I neither finished reading it nor made recipes from it. My fiance and I are both enthusiastic omnivores, ...more
Oct 2009
Oct 07, 2009
Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things
really liked it
It took me a little while to really get what this book was about. Once I realized it was about how we make things rather than how we can responsibly c ...more
Jul 20, 2008
Jul 15, 2008
Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom is Wrong - and What You Really Need to Know
it was amazing
This book should be REQUIRED READING for any expecting parents, but will be of most interest to those who are at least a little skeptical of the advic ...more
Aug 07, 2014
Sep 11, 2013
The Queen of Fats: Why Omega-3s Were Removed from the Western Diet and What We Can Do to Replace Them
really liked it
I added this one to my "food writing" shelf, but I'm not sure it belongs there. The author definitely would say it doesn't, but they're my damned shel ...more
Jul 27, 2008
Apr 29, 2008
The Anti 9 to 5 Guide: Practical Career Advice for Women Who Think Outside the Cube
it was amazing
I've read a couple of books of this type in the last year - and this is by far the best. Equal part intensely practical and fun to read, [ author: Mic ...more
May 2009
Apr 15, 2009
The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World
it was amazing
A thoroughly enjoyable and thought-provoking book - one that I'd intended to pick up since hearing it discussed on NPR nearly two years ago.

The premis
Sep 20, 2013
Jun 27, 2010
The Art of Fielding
it was amazing
A2BC West pick for November-December.

Oh, I loved this book so much - but I don't know that I'll ever read it again. I loved the way Harbach wrote abou
Dec 28, 2012
Dec 25, 2012
The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living
really liked it
I imagine that in a few months, this will blend together with the other books/articles I've read about the impacts of simplicity, intentionality, and ...more
Mar 07, 2018
Feb 23, 2018
A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, #5)
liked it
I read this as Ball of Beasts - not sure I would've been able to make it through the two volumes separately - it was hard enough to do it all in one g ...more
Oct 13, 2015
Oct 29, 2015
The No-Cry Sleep Solution: Gentle Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night
liked it
When I was about 8.5 months pregnant, a colleague wandered into my office with a stack of books about sleep. He plopped them on my desk, saying that h ...more
Mar 20, 2015
Jan 19, 2015
So You've Been Publicly Shamed
liked it
I really enjoyed this book, though I'm at a loss for anything particularly insightful to say. The highlight for me was probably reading about his visi ...more
May 28, 2015
Apr 27, 2015
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