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You Can't Get There from Here: A Year on the Fringes of a Shrinking World
3.46
Fun, entertaining, quick read (when you gloss over some of the repetitions in chapters).

Chapters I especially loved: the South African one, discussing...more
Mar 23, 2014
Mar 10, 2014
 
Twilight (Twilight, #1)
3.56
**spoiler alert** A predictable take on the appeal of vampires to teenage girls. Vampire Edward falls in love with Bella, she of course cannot resist...more
Jan 05, 2009
Dec 23, 2008
 
A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers
3.40
A fast read for a cross-country airplane ride. Good if you can be distracted by turbulence, loud babies, and $5 cocktails.

The young Chinese narrator's...more
Jun 18, 2008
Jun 20, 2008
 
What is the What
4.15
Horrific story, and unfortunately, it's terribly told here. I expected to come away from this book pressing copies into other peoples' hands. Instead...more
Jul 2008
Jun 20, 2008
 
Novel About My Wife
3.29
Compelling, well-written, and achingly sad. (I'm currently reading Nabokov's Timofey Pnin as a comic antidote to pull me out of the funk after reading...more
Oct 20, 2008
Jul 17, 2008
 
Everything Is Illuminated
3.89
i think i'm done with this at page 45. the "alex" narration is grating. someone compares it to jim in huck finn in brilliance. i think it's just tedio...more
Dec 23, 2008
Nov 19, 2008
 
Trespassers Will Be Baptized: The Unordained Memoir of a Preacher's Daughter
3.54
Amusing light read, perfect for metro commuting. Beware of over-the-shoulder snoopers who see chapter titles such as "Faithfulness" and think you are...more
Nov 2008
Jul 31, 2008
 
Brief Encounters with Che Guevara: Stories
3.95
Okay, I chose this based on the review by Malcolm Gladwell of all people, in the New Yorker, http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/20.... Also based on t...more
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Nov 19, 2008
 
The Urban Homestead: Your Guide to Self-sufficient Living in the Heart of the City (Process Self-Reliance Series)
4.00
Ordered it from Amazon, after seeing it on Kelly Hoffman's list (I've made her my personal librarian).

I couldn't wait to read it but now that I am, I...more
Jul 28, 2008
Jun 30, 2008
 
Pretty Good Number One: An American Family Eats Tokyo
4.12
Overall an enjoyable book that makes me want to go back to Japan for a food crawl. I lived there for years and this book compresses a lot of what I ex...more
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Aug 14, 2013
 
A Moment in the Sun
3.91
I love the history embedded in this book: Cuba, the Philippines, and the Spanish-American war; racial issues in the late 19th century, epitomized by t...more
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Jun 28, 2011
 
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
3.73
Typical meandering essay by Murakami. Interesting to hear how and why he started running, and developed into a marathoner, and also to hear the inters...more
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Aug 07, 2008
 
Paris: The Secret History
3.77
i wish i'd started reading this long before i went to paris. i learned so much about the city... great great book for the traveller. now i want to col...more
Mar 19, 2010
May 22, 2009
 
The Mission Song
3.28
I was interested in the topic, too bad I'm not interested in trashy writing. At least Stephen King tries to write well at least in the beginning of hi...more
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Jun 20, 2008
 
Special Topics in Calamity Physics
3.70
Great start, but my interest peetered out as she kept going on and on with her academic virtuosity but didn't get to the end. I skipped to the end to...more
Mar 2007
Jun 20, 2008
 
The Savage Detectives
4.05
Barely finished it... After all the hype, I was disappointed. Maybe if I were reading it for a LatAm lit class I might get more out of it.
Sep 23, 2008
Jun 20, 2008
 
Jessica Z.
3.51
7.9.08: chose this because of this review in omnivoracious
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Jul 09, 2008
 
Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
4.12
Great! To be cliche... coming of age story that should be a classic like Catcher in the Rye.
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Aug 01, 2008
 
A True Novel
4.14
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Nov 20, 2013
 
Walter Benjamin at the Dairy Queen: Reflections on Sixty and Beyond
3.76
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Oct 2008
Jul 26, 2008
 
Reading Judas: The Gospel of Judas and the Shaping of Christianity
3.63
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Jun 20, 2008
 
A Little History of the World
4.07
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Sep 12, 2008
 
God's War: A New History of the Crusades
3.87
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Jun 20, 2008
 
What Do Cats Dream?
4.40
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Aug 01, 2008
 
Y: The Last Man, Vol. 7: Paper Dolls (Y: The Last Man, #7)
4.26
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Aug 08, 2008
 
The Summer Book
4.12
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Jul 26, 2008
 
The Yiddish Policemen's Union
3.67
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Nov 05, 2008
 
Last Seen in Massilia (Roma Sub Rosa, #8)
4.04
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Jan 06, 2009
 
A Murder on the Appian Way (Roma Sub Rosa, #5)
4.07
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Jan 06, 2009
 
A Twist at the End
3.75
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Jan 06, 2009
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