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Seducing the Demon: Writing for My Life
3.72
it was amazing
You know, I'm not sure if this is gauche or not, but I love Erica Jong. I love her fearlessness, her ability to talk about desire and her ability to t ...more
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Jun 08, 2009
 
Fruitless Fall: The Collapse of the Honey Bee and the Coming Agricultural Crisis
4.30
really liked it
In 2008, I read over 30 books about bees for a project I was doing. My father told me about this newly released bee book, and I simply had to get my h ...more
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Feb 20, 2009
 
Endless Love
3.52
really liked it
Holy crap! I could not believe how quickly I tore through this book. It's about 432 pages and I read most of it in a day and a half.

I wasn't sure wher
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Apr 04, 2009
 
The Bishop's Man (The Cape Breton Trilogy #2)
3.71
really liked it
This book was wonderfully different from what I was expecting. I was expecting a straight narrative about sexual abuse in one church or community. Ins ...more
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Dec 12, 2009
 
Half of a Yellow Sun
4.28
really liked it
This book was both amazing and disturbing. It takes the reader into the 1960s Nigerian conflict by making the reader care deeply about several charact ...more
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Jun 27, 2009
 
The Believers
3.36
liked it
A screwball, domestic family novel. Good writing, good characters but everyone was sort of screwed up. I actually would have liked this one more if it ...more
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May 23, 2009
 
The Secret Fruit of Peter Paddington: A Novel
3.61
really liked it
Had read this book before, but read it on the plane and loved it. I love the voice, the Sarnia setting and the unique story. This is a Canada Reads se ...more
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Jan 12, 2009
 
The Bell Jar
3.98
it was amazing
I had read this before, but decided to pick it up again. I LOVE this book and definitely liked it more the second time.
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Feb 07, 2009
 
The World More Full of Weeping
3.79
really liked it
A beautiful and creepy ghost story/novella written by a friend.
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Dec 22, 2009
 
Fierce
4.23
really liked it
Hannah, I hope you're reading this. I read about your book in Quill and Quire, and got myself a copy for review. I really liked your collection. I tho ...more
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Jan 27, 2009
 
Gravity
3.59
really liked it
Full disclosure- This book won a novel contest that I entered. This book completely kicked my novel's ass, but then my novel kinda sucks. It was my fi ...more
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Jan 27, 2009
 
A Map of Home
3.73
liked it
I felt this book was uneven. The parts that were good, were really, really good, but there were parts that just weren't as interesting or convincing. ...more
Apr 04, 2009
Apr 01, 2009
 
The Horse Boy: A Father's Quest to Heal His Son
3.98
really liked it
I thought this book was simply fascinating. I heard about the movie before I knew there was a book. This book tells the story of a man and his autisti ...more
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May 05, 2009
 
Nineteen Minutes
4.10
liked it
I have really mixed feelings about this book. I read most of it in one day. I've fascinated by school shootings for numerous reasons- because of the t ...more
Mar 16, 2009
Mar 14, 2009
 
One Native Life
4.22
really liked it
This was a collection of spiritual essays about some of the people, places and things that gave Richard Wagamese hope over the years. Wagamese was a p ...more
Jan 08, 2009
Jan 06, 2009
 
Floor Sample
3.47
really liked it
I decided to read this book because Julia Cameron was involved with Scorsese (spelling) and I'm somewhat fascinated by him and his five marriages. He ...more
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Feb 04, 2009
 
Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie
3.87
really liked it
This is a book that I wish I could give a 4.5 star rating. I mentor a group of teen writers at the library and one of my teens had just finished this ...more
Mar 02, 2009
Mar 02, 2009
 
Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant : Confessions of Cooking for One and Dining Alone
3.74
it was amazing
This brilliant book is a collection of essays about cooking for one and eating alone. It's about the shameful, sinful meals that people enjoy when the ...more
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Jun 19, 2009
 
Animals Make Us Human: Creating the Best Life for Animals
3.99
liked it
I don't think I liked this as much as Animals in Translation, but it was still a fascinating read. The chapter on cattle and the chapter on zoos prove ...more
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Feb 10, 2009
 
Inferno
3.16
really liked it
Robin Stevenson is one of my favourite YA authors right now. Her books are fast paced and her characters are interesting. She manages to pack many iss ...more
Dec 08, 2009
Dec 04, 2009
 
The East, the West, and Sex: A History of Erotic Encounters
2.95
it was ok
Richard Bernstein decides to investigate the West's interest and eroticization of the East. I liked some of the historical research that he did, and c ...more
Oct 26, 2009
Oct 21, 2009
 
How Sassy Changed My Life: A Love Letter to the Greatest Teen Magazine of All Time
3.67
it was amazing
Wow, did I love this book. I sat down and read it in one sitting. Until I picked this up, I never thought about how my favourite teen mag influenced m ...more
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Jun 15, 2009
 
Trauma Farm: A Rebel History of Rural Life
4.03
really liked it
A fascinating and meditative and poetic look at farming and farming life from one of Canada's underrated writers. I'm going to review this book for my ...more
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Oct 18, 2009
 
This Will Go Down on Your Permanent Record
3.58
liked it
Great details about friendship, photography and life in the 1990s, but the story itself didn't keep me terribly interested. I kept on waiting for more ...more
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Aug 14, 2009
 
Food Matters: A Guide to Conscious Eating with More Than 75 Recipes
3.97
it was amazing
Mark Bittman is the author of the fabulous cookbooks "How to cook everything" and "How to Cook everything vegetarian". I am the owner of the vegetaria ...more
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Feb 23, 2009
 
Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance
3.82
really liked it
I listened to the audio classic version of this and would highly recommend it. Obama is a great reader and speaker and I felt I learned a lot from hea ...more
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Feb 20, 2009
 
Sister Wife
3.50
liked it
One of the 2 books about polygamous societies that I've read this year. Celeste is a 15-year-old girl who falls in love with one of the guys in her po ...more
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Oct 30, 2009
 
A Thousand Shades of Blue
3.44
really liked it
This book had an interesting location that added a great dimension to the plot. Sixteen-year-old Rachel is conflicted when her family decides to sail ...more
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Nov 03, 2009
 
What's Not to Love?: The Adventures of a Mildly Perverted Young Writer
3.96
really liked it
I was at a party when a friend of a friend started talking about Jonathan Ames. I was intrigued, so I ordered this book from the library. And I found ...more
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Jul 08, 2009
 
The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite
3.68
it was amazing
If I had my way, everyone in the world would have to go see "Food Inc" and then they would be handed a copy of David Kessler's "End of Overeating" as ...more
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Jul 28, 2009
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