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Kate (klc23) | 127 comments 1. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

Everyone I know who has read this book has either loved it or couldn't finish it. I finished it, but it was hard to stomach at times. I'm not going to rant about why, but suffice it to say, I found her whiny and unappreciate. Yay for 2011!

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Kate (klc23) | 127 comments 4. The Air Between Us: A Novel by Deborah Johnson

This was a decent book, but it wasn't at all what the back blurb said it was about. It was almost like the beginning and the ending were one story and the rest of the book consisted of an entirely different story.

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Kate (klc23) | 127 comments 5. All the President's Men by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward

Watergate was before my time, but I knew the gist of the scandal. I saw the movie years ago, but I had a hard time following all that was happening and who all the players were. The book was really great in laying everything out clearly. It was a lot less boring than I thought it would be, and pretty fascinating the extent to which the conspiracy reached. Now I'm going to have to watch the movie again!

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Kate (klc23) | 127 comments 6. Lost and Found by Carolyn Parkhurst

This was surprisingly enjoyable. I read Parkhurst's other book The Dogs of Babel, and overall it was good, but I'm still not sure how I really feel about it. But Lost and Found was much better. I really liked the way Parkhurst got into the characters' heads. It was almost like I was listening to the running dialogue we all constantly have going on in our own heads. It was pretty entertaining to see how some of the characters justified their actions and what they really thought about the other characters. And the game show was a fun idea. It was a nice change after reading about 1970s politics and intrigue. Now on to another doosie.

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Kate (klc23) | 127 comments 7. Alex & Me: How a Scientist and a Parrot Discovered a Hidden World of Animal Intelligence--and Formed a Deep Bond in the Process by Irene M. Pepperberg

This was my first audiobook, and I think I'm officially a convert in listening to audiobooks while taking road trips. The book was very good. I'm not a bird person, but Alex's story is amazing. I definitely laughed out loud multiple times when hearing about Alex's spunk and intelligence. My only complaint is that ***spoiler alert*** Pepperberg did not give the cause of Alex's death. He was middle aged, and she states that she had an autopsy done, but she never stated what they found. So if anyone knows...

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Donna | 1350 comments Nova Science Now just reran their piece on Alex in honor of his passing, and they didn't say either. A suspicous person might wonder if there was... fowl play... Sorry, sorry, sorry. I couldn't stop myself. I'm so ashamed.

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Kate (klc23) | 127 comments Donna wrote: "Nova Science Now just reran their piece on Alex in honor of his passing, and they didn't say either. A suspicous person might wonder if there was... fowl play... Sorry, sorry, sorry. I couldn't sto..."

That's so bad. ;-)

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Kate (klc23) | 127 comments 8. The Appeal by John Grisham

A perfect example of why judges at any level should not be elected.

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Kathleen (missbelgravia) | 205 comments Oh, Kate. The stories I could tell. I stopped practicing law in state court, where the judges are elected, and began practicing in Federal court, where the judges are appointed. A new world, where the principles and love of the law could be applied.

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Kate (klc23) | 127 comments Kathleen wrote: "Oh, Kate. The stories I could tell. I stopped practicing law in state court, where the judges are elected, and began practicing in Federal court, where the judges are appointed. A new world, where ..."

I'm an attorney too, and I work in the Federal Courts. I'd love to hear some of your stories. It's things like this that bring out my passion for law.

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Kate (klc23) | 127 comments 9. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco

The was long and difficult, but I'm glad I read it. I can't say I understood everything that went on in the storyline, but I got the important parts I think. I can see how someone who has more interest in the relationship between politics and the Catholic Church during the middle ages would really love this book.

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Kate (klc23) | 127 comments 11. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

I enjoyed Half Broke Horses more, but this was still a great read. Completely heart-wrenching, but entertaining. And I'm amazed that at least 3 out of the 4 kids turned into successful adults. That's quite a triumph for them, and quite inspiring for me.

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Kate (klc23) | 127 comments 12. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

I had no idea what this book was really about before I read it. If I had known, I probably would have skipped it. It wasn't bad, just not really my thing. I don't think I'll be finishing the trilogy.

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Kate (klc23) | 127 comments 14. The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis

Which finishes out The Chronicles of Narnia for me. I can't believe I never read these as a kid. I really missed out.

15. Islands in the Stream by Ernest Hemingway

I burnt myself out on Hemingway a few summers ago and decided I was not as much a fan as I originally thought. I've had this book sitting around since then and finally got around to reading it. I now think it's my favorite Hemingway book. A little slow in parts but beatiful and heart-breaking. So, apparently I am a Hemingway fan, just in small doses.

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Kate (klc23) | 127 comments 16. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

I read this when I was little, but I really didn't remember it. So glad I reread it. It's so much better than I remember! I do remember loving Many Waters, but I don't think I read any of the other books from this series. I'm going to now!

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Kate (klc23) | 127 comments 17. The Lost Dogs: Michael Vick's Dogs and Their Tale of Rescue and Redemption by Jim Gorant

I listened to this in the car while on a road trip. The beginning of the book, which describes the condition of the dogs and their lives before they were rescued, was pretty hard to get through. At one point I thought I was going to have to pull the car over.

But most of the rest of the book was really interesting and uplifting. 51 dogs were rescued, and only one had to be put down. The rest were fosterable, adoptable, or able to be rehabilitated and go on to live safe, happy lives. I think it's kind of an amazing story.

Needless to say, Michael Vick and his crew are the scum of the earth. I won't elaborate any further.

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Kate (klc23) | 127 comments 18. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

I can appreciate Gaiman's talent and amazing imagination, but this genre isn't really for me.

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Kate (kateksh) | 741 comments Hey, Kate -- sister of the bar named Kate, here. So glad I haven't experienced elected judges' bad decisions, here -- just regular bad decisions. I haven't read Gresham in a long time. Maybe now I will. Greetings to our sister counsel Kathleen (that's my full name!!)

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Kate (klc23) | 127 comments 22. Little Chapel on the River: A Pub, a Town and the Search for What Matters Most by Gwendolyn Bounds

This was sooo good, but I'm a sucker for a story about regular, old people and their regular, old (extraordinary) lives.

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Kate (klc23) | 127 comments 23. Prime Green: Remembering the Sixties by Robert Stone

I thought this would be more of a cultural overview of the time period, but it turned out to be just a pretty boring memoir. Stone's use of ridiculously obscure vocabulary and vague descriptions made him come off as pretentious and as if he were just recounting his experiences with the people who were there and already knew what happened, to the following effect: "Remember when we got high in Mexico? Yeah, good times." - Except with bigger words.

24. Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry

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Kate (klc23) | 127 comments 25. The Lawyer's Career Change Handbook: More Than 300 Things You Can Do With a Law Degree, Updated and Revised by Hindi Greenberg

Absolutely worthless

26. The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson

Slow going, but really interesting. I loved all the little trivial details about the fair. I'm looking forward to reading Larson's other books.

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Kate (klc23) | 127 comments 27. An Alphabetical Life: Living It Up in the World of Books by Wendy Werris

Not exactly what I was expecting, but entertaining nonetheless. And a really quick and easy read.

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