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The Winter of Our Discontent
3.97
Published the year before Steinbeck won the Nobel Prize in 1962, The Winter of Our Discontent has often been undeservedly scorned by critics as his mo ...more
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Nov 24, 2008
 
The Seas
3.77
The Little Mermaid Grows Up
A review by Alexis Smith

Samantha Hunt has written a layered debut novel, part fairy tale, part bildungsroman, and part medi
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Dec 08, 2008
 
Tender Buttons
3.79
Stein continues her experiments with a "continuous present" in this classic work written in 1912, emphasizing sounds, rhythms, and repetitions over an ...more
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Nov 24, 2008
 
Too Loud a Solitude
4.20
This slim little volume is packed with symbolic elements. Hantá, a small man and quintessential dreck-hero, spends his life in a dank cellar where all ...more
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Nov 24, 2008
 
The Habit of Being: Letters of Flannery O'Connor
4.44
"I have come to think that the true likeness of Flannery O'Connor will be painted by herself, a self-portrait in words, to be found in her letters," w ...more
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Nov 24, 2008
 
Honey in the Horn
3.60
What was missing in Davis's 1936 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Honey in the Horn was the romantic stereotyping and moralizing that could be found in mu ...more
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Nov 24, 2008
 
Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus: The 1818 Text (World's Classics)
3.70
Written by an anonymous nineteen-year-old, rejected by two publishers, and finally printed in a small run of only 500 copies, Mary Shelley's Frankenst ...more
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Nov 24, 2008
 
To Kill a Mockingbird
4.23
This is a book that still resonates more than 45 years after being published. After reading it again and again, I am still moved by the power and huma ...more
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Nov 24, 2008
 
The Sound and the Fury
3.85
Faulkner is in a class of his own, and this is his best work. Moving seamlessly from its opening incoherence to its revelatory finale, it's almost as ...more
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Nov 24, 2008
 
The Third Policeman
4.03
One of the funniest books I have ever read, but also one of the most profoundly unsettling. This is a story told by a robber/murderer who ends up at a ...more
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Nov 24, 2008
 
Cabinet of Natural Curiosities: The Complete Plates in Colour, 1734-1763
4.35
Taschen has always published heavy, lush art books, but they've outdone themselves with Cabinet of Natural Curiosities (weighing in at thirteen pounds ...more
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Dec 08, 2008
 
Sacred Games
3.92
"Sacred Games is a brilliant crime epic, which impressively balances a literary detective and gangster story with a cinematically violent tale of cont ...more
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Nov 24, 2008
 
Suttree
4.18
I read Suttree twenty years ago and was floored by the writing and the story. It is a poignant tale of a man choosing to live his life as he wants, tu ...more
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Nov 24, 2008
 
Bad Monkeys
3.61
Monkey Shines
A review by Gerry Donaghy

Jane Charlotte works for The Department of Final Disposition of Irredeemable Persons, a division of a nameless o
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Nov 24, 2008
 
Autobiography of Red
4.38
Meet Geryon: sensitive, stupid boy and winged, red monster. This is the story, written in verse, of his flight from an abusive brother and cipher-like ...more
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Nov 24, 2008
 
Notes of a Native Son
4.30
These brilliant essays, which ultimately form a profound meditation on what it means to be "native" to this complex and brutal country we call America ...more
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Nov 24, 2008
 
Hello World: A Life in Ham Radio
3.70
Will the internet replace the need for ham radio? Not according to life long ham radio operator Jerry Powell. More than an old-man's pastime, ham con ...more
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Dec 08, 2008
 
Travels with Charley: In Search of America
4.05
Wanderlust is a pervasive, seemingly incurable "virus of restlessness." Not contagious in any clinical sense, you either have it or you don't. John St ...more
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Nov 24, 2008
 
All the Names
3.87
A stunning novel by Nobel prize-winner José Saramago. At first, the style may be off-putting, but once you get into it, the story flows as delicately ...more
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Nov 24, 2008
 
Women
4.17
Annie Leibovitz got her start at Rolling Stone in the early seventies. There she made a name for herself and produced some of the publication's most ...more
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Dec 09, 2008
 
The Master and Margarita
4.33
A hilarious attack on the hypocrisy of early Soviet Moscow that is as much a commentary on Stalin's political propaganda as it is on all forms of patr ...more
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Nov 24, 2008
 
The Savage Detectives
4.05
Easily the year's most acclaimed literary sensation, Roberto Bolaño is enjoying a remarkably unprecedented ascendancy in fame. The Chilean novelist a ...more
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Nov 24, 2008
 
The Yiddish Policemen's Union
3.68
After winning the Pulitzer Prize for his groundbreaking The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, Michael Chabon returns for another literary tour ...more
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Nov 24, 2008
 
St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves
3.79
I was thrilled and enamored with the pinprick subtlety of all the goodness chocked into these short stories. I read a few when they first appeared in ...more
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Nov 24, 2008
 
Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
3.83
A review by Chris Bolton

Blink is a fluke. That is, my reading Blink is a fluke. Part of my job at Powells.com involves adding review and excerpts to t
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Nov 24, 2008
 
Out Stealing Horses
3.77
As a 67-year-old, Trond moves to an isolated part of Norway to live out the rest of his life quietly. After meeting his closest neighbor, he is forced ...more
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Nov 24, 2008
 
Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You: A Novel
3.69
James Sveck doesn't like people his own age. He has just graduated high school, but instead of listening to his parents and going to Brown University, ...more
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Nov 24, 2008
 
Night Train to Lisbon
3.66
From its first memorable passages to the complex tale that emerges, Night Train to Lisbon never relents in its existential telling of what life can be ...more
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Nov 24, 2008
 
Special Topics in Calamity Physics
3.70
Suspenseful, dark, and extremely funny, Marisha Pessl's debut novel is an impressive feat indeed. Blue van Meer is one of the most intelligent and awk ...more
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Nov 24, 2008
 
Don’t Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric
4.10
There are little televisions throughout Don't Let Me Be Lonely. Really. Little photographs of televisions, sometimes depicting widely broadcast images ...more
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Dec 08, 2008
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