The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell

June 28, 2010

Plot summary (with spoilers): This book is a prequel to Bushnell’s novel Sex and the City, and takes the reader back to Carrie Bradshaw’s high school days. It’s senior year, and Carrie suffers from the same kind of angst that every other 17-year-old in the world (and everyone who has been to high school and […]


Conservative Victory by Sean Hannity

June 25, 2010

Summary: In this 2010 book, conservative news analyst Sean Hannity sets out his ideas for how the Republican party can overcome President Barack Obama’s radical agenda and regain control of the country. Doing this requires that the Republicans stand firm on such issues as national defense, fiscal policy, and a limited role for the federal […]


Too Many Textbooks!

June 23, 2010

Now that I’ve been in grad school for over a year, I’m starting to accumulate a bunch of used textbooks. Back when I was getting my undergraduate degree, I kept almost all of my textbooks because I thought I might need to refer to them someday. But of course I never did, and ended up […]


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June 20, 2010

Here are the current New York Times Bestsellers in a handful of the more popular categories. Hardcover Fiction: 1. THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST, by Stieg Larsson 2. THE LION, by Nelson DeMille 3. THE PASSAGE, by Justin Cronin 4. THE HELP, by Kathryn Stockett 5. THE SPY, by Clive Cussler and Justin […]


Twelve Times Blessed by Jacquelyn Mitchard

June 17, 2010

Plot summary (with spoilers): 43-year-old True Dickenson is the millionaire owner of an Internet/mail-order business, called Twelve Times Blessed, that is essentially a gift-of-the-month club for babies. True has been widowed for the past 8 years, and is currently raising 10-year-old son Guy on her own. She’s not exactly looking for love, but finds it […]


The Man of Property by John Galsworthy

June 15, 2010

Plot summary (with spoilers): The Man of Property and the subsequent interlude, Indian Summer with a Forstye, are the first two installments of The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy. As the entire collection would be far too difficult to sum up in a single blog post, I thought it would be best to tackle them […]


The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

June 12, 2010

Plot summary (with spoilers): One day while walking home from school in 1973, 14-year-old Susie Salmon is lured by neighbor Mr. Harvey into an underground den in a cornfield behind her house, where she is then raped before having her throat slashed. Susie tells the reader about this event even though she is already dead. […]


True Blue by David Baldacci

June 9, 2010

Plot summary (with spoilers): Mace Perry, a former cop, has just been released from prison after serving two years for a crime she insists she wasn’t responsible for. According to Mace, she was kidnapped, drugged, and forced to participate in armed robberies until she was caught. Apparently, her standing as a police officer — and […]


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June 7, 2010

Here are the current New York Times Bestsellers in a handful of the more popular categories. Hardcover Fiction: 1. THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST, by Stieg Larsson 2. DEAD IN THE FAMILY, by Charlaine Harris 3. 61 HOURS, by Lee Child 4. THE HELP, by Kathryn Stockett 5. STORM PREY, by John Sandford […]


Must Love Dogs by Claire Cook

June 4, 2010

Plot summary (with spoilers): Sarah Hurlihy is a 40-year-old preschool teacher who’s trying to get back into the dating game a couple years after her divorce from Kevin. The marriage just didn’t work out, as they slowly discovered they had very little in common after all. By the end, they barely spoke to each other […]