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To Be Read Challenge Book Reviews

This page contains an archive of book reviews submitted by participants of the To Be Read Challenge.

Where the Lake Becomes the River

By Kate Betterton

This novel reminds me that good fiction tells deeper truths than non-fiction ever can. Betterton is a local author (Chapel Hill) who grew up in the Mississippi Delta, where her novel is set. Through the voice of character Parrish McCullough we follow the development of her family, meeting a wide range of characters — human […]

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Little Women

By Louisa May Alcott

I’m so glad I finally read this book that I received as a gift in 1987. It’s one of the real classics, written in the mid 1800’s with language of the period that sometimes was a little difficult to interpret. I can’t say this book was one of my favorites, but possibly if I had […]

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Pandora’s Lunchbox : How Processed Food Took Over the American Meal

By Melanie Warner

Warner writes an enjoyably readable account of what we eat when we eat processed foods — which accounts for 70% of the American diet. Her investigation took her to research labs, university food science departments, and factories around the country. In addition to demonstrating the nutritional inferiority of processed food, she reveals its profound health […]

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The Violets of March

By Sarah Jio

This seemed to be an appropriate month to read Sarah Jio’s first novel. I’ve read her later books, and there is a danger sometimes in going back to read an author’s freshman effort. It’s a story that toggles between the present and 1943 and involves family secrets that cross several generations: all elements that usually […]

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The American Muslim teenager’s handbook

By Dilara Hafiz, Yasmine Hafiz, and Imran Hafiz

A very engaging view of Islam, written in a youth-friendly format. While combining short quizzes and their answers, this book never slips into cuteness. It deals with the deep parts of this religion, explains its practices and key words, and comments on the value of getting to know friends of other faiths to build understanding […]

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The God Delusion

By Richard Dawkins

An interesting book, but I’m not sure who the author thinks his audience is. Atheists don’t need to be convinced that there is no god and believers won’t be swayed by logical arguments. I found his writing style to be a little off-putting, and there seemed to be a fair amount of repetition. Maybe he […]

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Bossypants

By Tina Fey

I really wanted to like this book, but reading it for more than 10 minutes at a time is like watching too many, say, Honest Trailer videos in a row on Youtube–what should be funny and engaging becomes just something to finish because you feel obligated to feel entertained. I really enjoyed certain parts of […]

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