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Owls Circle Tracks; Journey with Education; Pretty Library

Tracks and Shadows: Field Biology as Art, by Harry Greene
This was lovely - easy to read but deeply geeked out. Only the last section directly addresses the subtitle, but the entire work exemplifies it.

The Circle, by Dave Eggers
I ate this in one enormous serving. Yes, yes, it has flaws. But a lot of its critics don't seem very familiar with the conventions of satire or the nuances of the text. Definitely worth my time.

Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls, by David Sedaris
This was a mixed bag, and less than I expect from Sedaris - who when he is on is one of my most favorites. Most of the pieces I liked were toward the end of the book.

Stuck in the Middle with You, by Jennifer Finney Boylan
Boylan is one of the most readable, intriguing writers I haven't read enough of. Trying to remedy that a bit :).

My Education, by Susan Choi
This was overwhelming and strained and often very very good. Some sentences so apt I had to reread three or four times before I could let them go. Often very funny, often perfectly observed. I enjoyed this infinitely more than "graduate student sleeps with a bunch of people older than she is in varyingly weird power relationships" might suggest.

Journey, by Aaron Becker
Lovely, wordless, reminiscent of a video game.

All Our Pretty Songs, by Sarah McCarry
Magical, though it never quite stopped being frustrating to read on a sentence by sentence level - everything all stuffed in and present tense everywhere. Still, I'm awfully glad I didn't let those things stop me, because I was very satisfied by the end.

Evaluating the Impact of your Library, by Sharon Markless and David Streatfield
I can't imagine many of you would be in a situation where you must read about library assessment, but if you ever are, this book is SO MUCH BETTER THAN ANY OF THE OTHERS OMG. British dry wit can make anything better, and reasonableness also helped.
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