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Average rating: 3.78 · 1,949 ratings · 118 reviews · 7 distinct works · Similar authors
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Hard Laughter by Anne Lamott
Hard Laughter
by Anne Lamott (Goodreads Author)
read in August, 2014
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I think many nonfiction books should be pamphlets.

This novel should have been a short story. A very, very short story.

Yes, it is, at times, funny and sweet but good god, make something happen. <- What I was thinking, during most of the book.

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Hard Laughter by Anne Lamott
" This was a book I thought about giving up on many times. There are three reasons why I continued: 1) I want to like Anne Lamott's fiction because I so loved Bird by Bird, 2) the theme of the book -- dealing with a father's failing health -- was a... " Read more of this review »
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Bound by Antonya Nelson
Bound
by Antonya Nelson
read in July, 2014
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Starts off like a ball of fire, continues to be interesting, ends abruptly.

No surprise, then, that Nelson is best known for her short stories.

Nonetheless, it was a quick and enjoyable read; the characters are well-thought-out and seemed like people I...more
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No Great Mischief by Alistair MacLeod
No Great Mischief
by Alistair MacLeod
read in June, 2014
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It's really, really good. But it's not quite great.

A Canadian friend gave me this book, telling me great things about MacLeod. And I liked the book generally - it works like a painting or a poem, in the sense that OK maybe there's not a plot, exactly...more
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The Keep by Jennifer Egan
The Keep
by Jennifer Egan (Goodreads Author)
read in June, 2014
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Like EVERYONE (probably), I read A Visit From the Goon Squad first, thinking I would be disappointed by earlier Eganwork.

Incorrect.

Castles! Boyhood hand-wringing! And a twist ending! (Of sorts.) It's got everything a person could want.

Most of all, I...more
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White Noise by Don DeLillo
White Noise
by Don DeLillo
read in April, 2014
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I liked it quite a lot, but I could imagine other people not liking it all.

So if you happen to be reading this and you don't like it, don't feel bad!
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Up in the Air by Walter Kirn
Up in the Air
by Walter Kirn
read in June, 2014
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I spent most of my twenties and early thirties traveling and fighting off loneliness. This book, then, hit me on several levels. I like that it didn't take itself too seriously (until the end), that it was almost always funny, and that the character...more
The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. by Adelle Waldman
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The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. by Adelle Waldman
The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.
by Adelle Waldman (Goodreads Author)
read in March, 2014
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After Nathaniel P. and Olive Kitteridge, I'm beginning to think that only women should be allowed to write books. It seems that the books I've been reading by male writers are all so self-important and heavy, while books like this one are lighter and...more
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The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon
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I gave it 200 pages, and then I put it aside.

I thought I was becoming a Michael Chabon superfan. Then I started reading this disaster. Nothing felt right about it: not the characters, not the made-up setting, not the plot, which seemed as forgettable...more
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