Karla F. (KarlaF) - Reviews

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1,2,3 To the Zoo: A Counting Book
1,2,3 To the Zoo: A Counting Book
Author: Eric Carle
Book Type: Board book
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 4/4/2006


a fun counting book.


500 Low-Carb Recipes
500 Low-Carb Recipes
Author: Dana Carpender
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 12/22/2005
Helpful Score: 1


Great recipes -- everything I tried making was easy, and delicious.


Amanda's Wedding
Amanda's Wedding
Author: Jenny Colgan
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 6/12/2006


Funny and completely enjoyable.


An Unconventional Family
An Unconventional Family
Author: Sandra Lipsitz Bem
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 6/11/2006
Helpful Score: 1


A very interesting, compelling read by a brilliant academic psychologist, that describes what family life might be like if both parents try to translate feminist values into child rearing practice.


Aromatherapy an a Z
Aromatherapy an a Z
Author: Patricia Davis
Book Type: Paperback
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Review Date: 4/18/2006


Very good reference book for aromatherapy, basic enough for beginners but detailed enough for those with more knowledge.


As Nature Made Him : The Boy Who Was Raised as A Girl
As Nature Made Him : The Boy Who Was Raised as A Girl
Author: John Colapinto
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 4/18/2006
Helpful Score: 8


A great read for anyone interested in the psychology of gender and/or the politics of mental health treatment. Also thought-provoking if you are a parent or contemplating being one. An excellent read, written by a journalist who investigated a case where psychologists convinced parents to raise their boy (an identical twin) as a girl, after a botched circumcision.


Baby Einstein: What Does Violet See? Raindrops and Puddles (Baby Einstein's What Does Violet See)
Review Date: 4/4/2006
Helpful Score: 1


Interactive and fun "look around" board book from Baby Einstein company.


Baby Laughs:  The Naked Truth About the First Year of Mommyhood
Baby Laughs: The Naked Truth About the First Year of Mommyhood
Author: Jenny McCarthy
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 8/28/2006
Helpful Score: 1


Very, very funny. My son is in kindergarten this year, but this book brought back memories.


Back When We Were Grownups
Back When We Were Grownups
Author: Anne Tyler
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 8/14/2006
Helpful Score: 4


This was a very thoroughly enjoyable book-- not fluff fiction, but a wonderful and easy read anyway. This book shares several themes with Tyler's more recent book, Digging to American-- including older women searching for love and companionship (subtheme: widowhood), the wackiness but comforting aspects of extended family, and stepchildren. The characters in this book are incredibly deep and often moving, including an elder who turns 100 (and has a vividly described party), a daughter obsessed with making gourmet food (she's a caterer) that most of her family would rather not eat (and her resentment around that), and a very creative but weird preteen boy. It's a book that you will want to keep reading until you find out what happens in the end-- but then you realize that the book's main value was about how it made you think about your own life and family.


Backlash : The Undeclared War Against Women
Backlash : The Undeclared War Against Women
Author: Susan Faludi
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 4/4/2007
Helpful Score: 1


An essential feminist text, tracing the media bias that perpetuates stereotypes against women.


Battered Women and the Law (University Casebook Series)
Review Date: 1/8/2006
Helpful Score: 1


The absolute best resource if you are interested in domestic violence and the legal system-- covers social science aspects and the broad variety of legal issues that often arise in domestic violence cases.


Big Cherry Holler (Big Stone Gap, Bk 2)
Big Cherry Holler (Big Stone Gap, Bk 2)
Author: Adriana Trigiani
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 2/17/2006


A sequel to her previous novel, this one was enjoyable largely because I liked the first one so much. This one is also very engaging, although it was much more dramatic because of the haunting that the main character obviously possesses from the death of her young son. Still a good read.


Big Stone Gap (Big Stone Gap, Bk 1)
Big Stone Gap (Big Stone Gap, Bk 1)
Author: Adriana Trigiani
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 2/1/2006


I really enjoyed reading this book-- I found the characters engaging, the plot mellow but interesting, and the setting of the book fascinating. The author's writing style is lovely and descriptive, and the dialog between characters very believable. Overall, the reading experience was like sinking into a good movie. I'm now reading the sequel and enjoying that as well.


Blue Shoe
Blue Shoe
Author: Anne Lamott
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.2/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 4/13/2006
Helpful Score: 7


Anne Lamott is a wonderful writer, and I have read and loved all her other books. This one suffers from incessant references to church, the bible, prayers, G-d's will, etc-- not that there's anything wrong with that, but they appear disconnected from the story. Perhaps this is an attempt to fit into the category of "Christian fiction"-- which, if you like that genre, you will probably like this book. If you check out the reviews of this book on Amazon you will see a total split among reviewers, where the Christian fiction readers love the book, and almost everyone else hates it.

Even though I experienced this novel as tedious and boring, I still wanted to finish it to see what happened next. The characters were interesting and enjoyable and some of the dialog, when it wasn't between people talking about Christian subjects, was not vapid and formulaic-- but witty and real, as Lamott's other books have been. In this book, it's like Lamott has developed a Christian form of Alzheimer's, and only flashes of herself as a talented writer appear throughout the book.


The Bright Forever
The Bright Forever
Author: Lee Martin
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 9/11/2007


I found this book totally captivating, probably because it was written in the first person (at least I think this is the correct label-- as in the author was writing to the reader (and stating this directly). It follows the fine tradition of telling the story from several different viewpoints, and the story unfolds both quickly but also with exquisite anticipation, a hard line to follow.


The Cat Who Brought Down the House (Cat Who...Bk 25)
The Cat Who Brought Down the House (Cat Who...Bk 25)
Author: Lilian Jackson Braun
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 12/4/2005


Another fun read.


Circle of Grace
Circle of Grace
Author: Penelope J. Stokes
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/5/2007


This was a surprising read in many ways, with the focus on a group of college friends who reconnect in their early 50's, after having had very little contact except through a "circle" journal. In this journal, each of them lied about some important aspect of their lives to their others, and they "fess up" on a weekend trip back to their college town. Not the stereotypical "friendship" novel, but it shares common themes of friendship and being open and honest in relationships. Some surprising twists in each of the character's lives keeps it a fast and enjoyable read.


Civil Liberties and Civil Rights (David C. Baum memorial lectures)
Review Date: 4/2/2008


A nice volume of well-received lectures on civil rights, including affirmative action, a review of criminal cases during the Warren court, and racial discrimination in the workplace.


The Color Purple
The Color Purple
Author: Alice Walker
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 12/4/2005


The best of Walker's many excellent books, in my opinion.


The Creation of Feminist Consciousness: From the Middle Ages to Eighteen-Seventy (Women and History)
Review Date: 4/4/2007


A beautifully-written and scholarly book about women's history (the period covering the middle ages to 1870's).


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