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The Mind-Body Problem
3.67
What I like most about this book is really a matter of personal preference. It's the inside look into the characters--the socially awkward, yet celebr ...more
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Mar 25, 2008
 
Prozac Nation
3.52
I did enjoy this book, but not for the reasons I thought I would. Though it is advertised as a memoir, I expected, and hoped for, more of a social cri ...more
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Mar 23, 2008
 
Cannery Row
3.98
Why Steinbeck is so highly regarded eludes me. The half of this book that I could get through was nothing but a list of character traits. He and his f ...more
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Jan 19, 2009
 
Rampage: The Social Roots of School Shootings
3.69
Here's something not to admit in public: I'm fascinated by school shootings. Not because I love violence; I detest it. But because it seems such a cle ...more
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Mar 24, 2008
 
The Theory of the Leisure Class (Modern Library Classics)
3.91
The version I actually read was called The Veblen Reader, which contained excerpts from Leisure Class. I actually read more of the introduction than a ...more
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Apr 08, 2008
 
Heir to the Glimmering World
3.09
Oh Cynthia Ozick, what have you done? This book is a hair's breadth away from being brilliant. What made you go awry?

The majority of the story is tol
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Mar 25, 2008
 
Thus Spoke Zarathustra
4.04
I feel the need to disclaim that though Nietzsche appears to be the hipster philosopher of choice, I do not include him here for that reason. Close in ...more
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Apr 10, 2008
 
The American Religion
3.74
I like harold Bloom's religious critisism, probably because he comes at it from the perspective of a non-believing Jewish literary critic and I'm a no ...more
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Apr 10, 2008
 
Escape from Freedom
4.19
The problem with books by psycologists, sociologists and historians is that they're not writers. Like many books by such authors, Escape suffers from ...more
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Mar 25, 2008
 
We
3.97
We is not as important for being good (it's pretty good) as it is for its historical significance. It's ne of the earliest examples of sci-fi, and pro ...more
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Mar 24, 2008
 
Trout Fishing in America / The Pill vs. the Springhill Mine Disaster / In Watermelon Sugar
4.16
If I were an author living in the 60s, I'd like to think this is the book I would have written. There's not much American lit I know of that does absu ...more
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Mar 24, 2008
 
The Collected Tales of Nikolai Gogol
4.36
I don't know exactly what stories are in this edition, but, I absolutely love Gogol's short stories. Anyone who knows me knows I love absurdism, and G ...more
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Mar 24, 2008
 
Heart of Darkness
3.39
I don't know what the hell "Green Integer" means, but heart of Darkness is brilliant. I got teased for liking this because I was allegedly "getting su ...more
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Mar 20, 2008
 
Of Human Bondage
4.08
If you've read any of my other reviews, you know I have an unhealthy aversion to third person omnicient narration. I really tried to get past that han ...more
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Apr 25, 2008
 
Life of Pi
3.86
Life of Pi s a charming, page-turner of a novel. It is a compelling story, well constructed, and with just enough of a philosophical theme to give it ...more
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Mar 23, 2008
 
The Trial
3.98
The word Kafkaesque, when referring to a convoluted, quixotic experience in the legal system comes from this book. Like 1984, a book that's enriched t ...more
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May 06, 2008
 
Journey to the End of the Night
4.25
Hamsun can get away with having turned into a jerk, Celine cannot. Like Gore Vidal, he seems to put too much of his own voice into his main character. ...more
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Mar 24, 2008
 
The Cheese Monkeys
3.74
I'n mot big on endings. Books don't have to tie things neatly together at the end to satisy an irational need for closure. Most good books don't do th ...more
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Jun 18, 2008
 
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
3.65
I know this book is over-hyped by the hipster literary community, but it is a good book. It's well written, with a unique style and voice. The themes ...more
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Mar 24, 2008
 
Dave Barry Slept Here: A Sort of History of the United States
3.99
Don't be a literature snob; read this book. If you like history and laughing, you're a fool not to give it a chance. Sure, you can go for literary hum ...more
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Mar 24, 2008
 
Pastoralia
4.13
Yeah, pretty good. Does the po-mo thing well. Not as challenging as it could be. It's tough to develop characters in Saunder's style, and his stories ...more
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Apr 10, 2008
 
The Joy Luck Club
3.86
Joy Luck Club has the rare quality of the combination of popular accessibility and literary sophistication. Though highly rated in general, I think it ...more
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Mar 21, 2008
 
The Immoralist
3.61
Following Hamsun's Hunger, this might be the the second most important novel in shaping the literary style of the 20th century. It is extremely person ...more
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Mar 25, 2008
 
Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream
3.39
This is another one I felt the need to pick up because of my experience as a detached employee in a large corporation. I don't know if one could relat ...more
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May 06, 2008
 
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood (Persepolis, #1-2)
4.20
I don't generally read graphic novels, but I thought this was rather good. If nothing else, it's a glimpse into various cultures, and an illustration ...more
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Apr 10, 2008
 
Madame Bovary
3.62
This has to be the most overrated book ever crowbarred into the western lit canon. The story is bland and uncompelling. The characters are unsympathet ...more
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Mar 21, 2008
 
Erewhon (Erewhon , #1)
3.31
Butler is not a great writer, but he is a great storyteller. His occasional awkwardness of language even adds to Erewhon's charm. The sarcastic, satir ...more
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Mar 21, 2008
 
The Old Man and the Sea
3.64
When you're young, you hate The Old Man and the Sea, and you love Catcher in the Rye. When you get older you hate Catcher in the Rye, and love Old Man ...more
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Mar 20, 2008
 
Why I Am An Agnostic and Other Essays
3.97
I probably call this more of a rant than an essay, but I enjoyed it. It doesn't offer anything a non-believer doesn't already know, but it's a nice, e ...more
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Apr 10, 2008
 
The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism
3.87
It's been several years since I read this, but I remember being awestruck by a number of its ideas. Finding these ideas requires some patience, howeve ...more
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Mar 25, 2008
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