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The Last Lecture

This book should be on everyone’s bookshelf, or better, on their nightstand. It is written by a professor at Carnegie Mellon University who is dying of pancreatic cancer. It is a short book with conveniently divided “chapters” dealing with his life, his childhood dreams and how he went about achieving them, and the prospect of […]

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Abbey’s Road

What can I say — it’s Edward Abbey. Everyone should read Edward Abbey! These essays are ostensibly about travel for the most part, primarily in the southwestern United States, but really, everything Abbey writes is about life. I don’t agree with all of Abbey’s views, but he writes beautifully, he is always completely forthright, and […]

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The Pesthouse

I expected this book to be depressing, as it seemed to be a post apocalyptic world it was written about. However, the writing is so beautiful because it is about a journey in a different time, a journey to another physical place, but a journey also to a lifetime love. I especially loved that it […]

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The Red Pyramid

The perfect combination of funny and educational, just like Riordon’s previous series. Took a few chapters to get into it, but once I was into it, I just HAD to finish it, as soon as possible. I started the 2nd book in the series as soon as I was able. 🙂 Find in catalog

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Lean In

I’m a bit late in reading this modern classic for the working woman. I identified with many of the inequities Sandberg identified, e.g. certain traits such as decisiveness are admired in men but considered unattractive in women, and that lack of self-confidence holds many women back. Has the workplace improved — yes; but there is […]

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The Other Daughter

I generally enjoy Lisa Gardner’s books, and this is no exception. This book is the story of a young woman who was adopted after being abandoned at a hospital at 9 years old. The family who adopted her lost a daughter to a serial killer. 20 years later all of the family members start getting […]

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No Safe Place

I read a fair amount of romantic suspense, and while I can’t say for certain this is the worst one I’ve read, it certainly wasn’t good. In fact, if this wasn’t one of my TBR books, I probably wouldn’t have finished it. The story is about a Chicago police detective who teams up with an […]

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The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

My favorite author recommended this book highly, but I couldn’t get into it. I prefer very traditional storytelling structure (especially something fairy-tale like, as in Neil Gaiman’s Stardust) but this was experimental–narrated out of sequence, with omissions and digressions and flashbacks. I could never get a good sense of what was going on, or who […]

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