Wednesday, December 31, 2008

What We Read - Instant Reviews Dec - Nov


  • “right now I'm not - that's the problem. I want to get back to the biochemistry and electrical engineering stuff.”

  • Biology (Campbell) "Broad survey, very interesting, well-written."


  • alphabet, by Inger Christensen. "I've got this slim paperback propped up in the kitchen window / laundry window to work on memorizing as I work. Long poem, psalm-like in its rhythms, beauty of the natural world, hope and hatred"

  • Daniel Plainway, or the Holiday Haunting of the Moosepath League, by Van Reid. "Light, likable, innocent and easy-paced mystery set in Maine of the late 1800's."

  • The Trouble with Poetry, by Billy Collins. "National poet laureate is witty and wry - these are funny(!!) poems, often with a tug at the end.”

  • Everlost, by Neal Shusterman. "YA sci-fi, an alternate afterlife, inventive, funny, thought-provoking."

  • The Victorious Expression: Four Spanish Poets, by Howard Young. "Good biographical / historical context and commentary, translations of poems are clunky, originals lovely."

  • Wooden Fish Songs, by Ruthanne Lum McCunn. "Bio-novel of the father of the Florida citrus industry and groundbreaking hybridizer – Lue Gim Gong – told in the voices of three women: Lue remains a benign mystery – the disappearing point of origin that connects three otherwise disparate realities. Beautiful achievement."

  • The Saffron Kitchen (Yasmin Crowther) "English/Iranian woman and her troubled mother leave London for the village near the Afghan border where their family lived. Predictable and irritating."


  • Snow Falling on Cedars, by David Guterson. "Very thought-provoking school assignment."

  • American Pageant "My history book - it's actually really well written - more like a storybook than dusty historical tome.”

  • Ironhand, by Charlie Fletcher. "London statues come alive, one of the coolest books in A WHILE."

  • Brisingr, by Christopher Paolini. "Eragon series, great escape-read."

  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith. "NY girl grows up right before WWI, insightful look at human nature, very interesting"


  • Grand Sophy and The Nonesuch, by Georgette Heyer. "Classic and good as always."

  • Amazing Grace, by Megan Shull. "Really good! I agree with the blurb on the front 'a chick-lit grand-slam!”

  • Just One Wish, by Janette Rallison. "Teen romance, cheesy, but good.”


  • The Snow Queen, by Hans Christian Andersen. "I liked the robber maiden and the reindeer. I think the robber maiden was kind of crazy."

  • Meerkats (Storad) "They're fast-diggers. A bunch of them live together"

  • Centipedes, Millipedes, Scorpions, and Spiders (Gilpin) "Disgusting. I had to quit reading the book because I was so grossed out.”

  • The Story of Salt, by Mark Kurlansky. "I think it's cool that salt used to be rare and now you can find it everywhere."

  • Nellie - A Horse to Remember (school reader) "This 4 year-old horse looks like a swayback, but becomes steeplechase champion. Things keep happening.”

1 comment:

caitlin said...

I just want to point out that I did not enjoy Snow Falling on Cedars---I didn't think it was appropriate at all. I merely was interested in the complexities of racial prejudice and shocked at the depth and longevity of human hatred. And the difference one good act can make. However, I do not suggest it.

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