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People of the Book
4.01
really liked it
Geraldine Brook's latest is a treat for us librarians (as well as dedicated to us in the front!) as she traces the path of an ancient religious text t ...more
Aug 2008
Jul 01, 2008
 
The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More
4.15
it was amazing
Didn't everyone try to learn to see through things using the flame trick like Henry Sugar?
Jan 1985
Jan 13, 2009
 
P.S. Be Eleven (Gaither Sisters, #2)
3.99
it was amazing
It's entirely possible that I love this continuation of the Gaither sisters' small saga even more than the first award winning smash of a novel, but t ...more
not set
Jul 06, 2013
 
Change of Heart
3.91
did not like it
**spoiler alert** A convicted Death Row murderer who is believed by his lawyer and priest to be the Messiah due to his uncanny ability to manifest dai ...more
May 2008
May 19, 2008
 
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
3.60
really liked it
This epic story of a lonely boy, his loyal dog, and his family's betrayal at the hands of his bitter uncle will not only haunt me for the rest of the ...more
Jul 2008
Jul 26, 2008
 
The Sugar Queen
3.98
it was ok
This treacly romance was lauded by reviewers, but I found it as difficult to swallow as a spoonful of raw sugar. Two young sheltered women in their tw ...more
Oct 2008
Sep 06, 2008
 
Breath
3.80
really liked it
I really, really loved this novel of two Australian teenage boys and their obsession with a has-been 70's surfing guru and his angry, bitter young wif ...more
Jul 2008
May 28, 2008
 
Rosemary's Baby
3.96
really liked it
OMG, so scarily NORMAL! Like, "Oh, here's your new apartment, meet your new neighbors, and by the way, we worship Satan every other Wednesday. Hope yo ...more
Jan 1997
Jan 13, 2009
 
Mortal Coils (Mortal Coils, #1)
4.07
it was ok
In the tradition of American Gods, fifteen-year-old twins Eliot and Fiona find out that they are the mortal offspring of Lucifer and the goddess Fate. ...more
Aug 11, 2009
Jul 17, 2009
 
Liar & Spy
3.81
it was amazing
Rebecca Stead's books are like an onion--as the layers are peeled away and the characters reveal their secrets, the reader is left with a shiny nugget ...more
May 2012
May 17, 2012
 
What It Is
4.08
it was amazing
What It Is by Lynda Barry is a fascinating memoir/scrapbook/writing guide that almost defies definition. The first half of the book contains melanchol ...more
Jul 25, 2008
Jul 15, 2008
 
Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me
3.96
really liked it
This graphic memoir about a young artist struggling with manic depression is like the chatty little sister to the works of Alison Bechdel. While Forne ...more
Nov 2012
Nov 05, 2012
 
Nightwoods
3.58
really liked it
This gothic mountain tale about a pair of feral twins and the backwoods aunt who takes them under her wing after their mother is murdered by her redne ...more
Oct 2011
Oct 28, 2011
 
Can You Sue Your Parents for Malpractice?
3.74
really liked it
Remember the make-out egg timer?!
Jan 1984
Jan 13, 2009
 
Just After Sunset
3.85
really liked it
This scrumptious lil' candy box of nasty short story surprises is vintage King, each darkly delicious tale accompanied by a ghost ("Willa"), serial ki ...more
Nov 2008
Oct 25, 2008
 
Zoe's Tale (Old Man's War, #4)
3.73
it was ok
This inter-galactic science fiction about a teenage girl who is destined to save her planetary colony from certain destruction has a promising start. ...more
Sep 2008
Sep 06, 2008
 
Raymie Nightingale
3.92
liked it
Meh. Despite the hype, it didn't move me and I'm a KD fan. Some very nice sentences to be sure, but It seemed a little quirky for quirky's sake. The t ...more
May 08, 2016
May 08, 2016
 
The End of Your Life Book Club
3.81
liked it
“We’re all in the end-of-our-life book club, whether we acknowledge it or not; each book we read may well be the last, each conversation the final one ...more
Nov 2012
Aug 07, 2012
 
Do Unto Animals: A Friendly Guide to How Animals Live, and How We Can Make Their Lives Better
4.05
it was ok
Oh how I wanted to love this book! I heard Tracey Stewart interviewed by Terry Gross on Fresh Air (http://www.npr.org/2015/11/03/4541183...) and was s ...more
Dec 30, 2015
Dec 30, 2015
 
Gone Girl
4.03
it was amazing
It's been a long time since I've been so singularly entertained by a novel. This story of a picture perfect marriage between two unapologetic liars th ...more
Jun 2012
Jun 11, 2012
 
Real Friends
4.10
it was amazing
This graphic novel by superhero team Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham, based on Hale's childhood school experience, made me ugly cry in the faculty room a ...more
May 19, 2017
May 19, 2017
 
The Underground Railroad
4.04
it was amazing
The hype is all true. Absolutely stunning. At Reading Rants: http://www.readingrants.org/2016/08/1...
Aug 11, 2016
Aug 12, 2016
 
Tiger Eyes
3.86
really liked it
Judy Blume actually signed this much-loved dog-eared paperback of mine and it is one of my most prized possessions. Sadly, I have tried giving it to t ...more
Jan 1986
Jan 13, 2009
 
Summer of Fear
3.81
really liked it
Still freakin' scary and still one of my best 7th grade booktalks. Lois Duncan knows how to work the fear nerve!
Jan 1985
Jan 13, 2009
 
Fieldwork
3.61
it was amazing
This is without a doubt, one of the best books I have ever read. This story of an anthropologist who murders a missionary in Thailand reads like the b ...more
May 2010
May 16, 2010
 
Society's Child: My Autobiography
3.90
liked it
Before Britney Spears, The Jonas Brothers, or Miley Cyrus, there was Janis Ian! Ian was a sixties wunderkind who scored her first single at the age of ...more
Sep 2008
Aug 28, 2008
 
Alys, Always
3.40
really liked it
This slow burning domestic drama about a sparrow of a woman trying to pass herself off as a peacock reminded me favorably of Ruth Rendell's later work ...more
Jul 2012
Jul 29, 2012
 
Luckiest Girl Alive
3.48
liked it
What a compellingly nasty little book! This poisonous tome, full of raw viceral descriptions that will make you squirm in both recognition and disgust ...more
May 20, 2015
May 20, 2015
 
Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life
4.23
it was amazing
I found this exquisitely researched and detailed biography of the Janus-faced writer Shirley Jackson utterly beguiling. Though her life seems charmed ...more
Mar 21, 2017
Mar 21, 2017
 
The Cat Ate My Gymsuit
3.82
really liked it
Oh Marcy, could I love you more? This book helped me and a lot of other girls accept what we looked like and who we were. I especially like this cover ...more
Jan 1985
Jan 13, 2009
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