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The Kalevala
4.06
This is a thought-provoking piece of majestic work. Thought-provoking because as I read it, an insane amount of questions kept coming to mind which I...more
Aug 11, 2011
Aug 10, 2011
 
The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success
3.68
So, this was disappointing.

In sum, this book is about how some psychopathic qualities are actually really helpful and positive and incorporating them...more
Dec 09, 2012
Dec 06, 2012
 
Look Homeward, Angel
3.93
Very rarely do I hit a wall with a book that makes me think I will never finish it. I inherited this book from my parents, who inherited it from my Na...more
Sep 25, 2011
Aug 11, 2011
 
Cloudsplitter
3.91
I got into an argument not too long ago - the topic being who, in recent reading memory can write the best run-on sentences.

Obviously, I am nominating...more
Jul 15, 2011
May 25, 2011
 
Their Eyes Were Watching God
3.82
I really don't know what I was expecting with this book. I recently reread Of Mules and Men - a book I read in a college Folklore and Anthropology cou...more
Dec 03, 2011
Aug 16, 2011
 
How to Heal a Broken Heart in 30 Days: A Day-by-Day Guide to Saying Good-bye and Getting On With Your Life
3.61
I was not expecting to have to be a guinea pig for this one, but heartbreak sucks. And causes mucho purchasing of self-help tomes. I read this in conj...more
Jun 12, 2013
Apr 21, 2013
 
Way Worse Than Being A Dentist: The Lawyer's Quest for Meaning
4.24
*Spoiler/ambiguous personal essay alert*

This was really funny and heartrending, especially if you're currently practicing "BigLaw" (I'm not sure what...more
Mar 19, 2013
Mar 18, 2013
 
Healing Multiple Sclerosis: Diet, Detox & Nutritional Makeover for Total Recovery
3.43
I have an excellent ms specialist who tested me for candida in every way possible (it was negative) as part of her narrowing down what was wrong with...more
Mar 23, 2014
Mar 21, 2014
 
English: A Novel
3.20
This book is charmingly cruel, amusingly disjointed, illogically lovable. Set during China's Cultural Revolution (an event which, I obviously need to...more
Jan 05, 2012
Jan 03, 2012
 
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)
3.81
I think Chelsea handlers set the bar too high got female comediennes who want to write a book. She actually writes stories, anecdotes, solid routines...more
Jun 03, 2013
May 30, 2013
 
Havanas in Camelot: Personal Essays
4.01
What a completely wonderful and random gem I picked off the shelves of the library. Someone asked me recently what Styron was doing these days and I a...more
Jul 02, 2012
Jun 29, 2012
 
The Confessions of Nat Turner
3.94

I've read Sophie's Choice a long time ago and before this book and I marvel at the fact that an author can ask us to accept so many questions and cont...more
Nov 26, 2010
Nov 22, 2010
 
The Circle
3.42
My rating this vacillated from 1 for the crappy writing to 5 for some new insights into both the advantages and disadvantages of having everyone on th...more
Jan 26, 2014
Jan 04, 2014
 
The Memoirs of a Prague Executioner
3.91
I guess I was hoping for something more stylistically approachable as a historical document, but the translation (and/or adapatation - it's not really...more
May 13, 2013
May 08, 2013
 
The Virgin Suicides
3.81
Reading Eugenides is like being trapped in someone's nightmare. Someone's nightmare who is so aesthetically pleasing you don't want to leave. And he d...more
Sep 11, 2011
Aug 30, 2011
 
The Horse Whisperer
3.70
Hands down the worst written book I've read in awhile. It was like a bad train wreck that never could stop. I actually skimmed through the entire last...more
Oct 15, 2014
Dec 02, 2011
 
Life Is a Brief Opportunity for Joy
4.24
This book was a pleasant surprise - a tightly written simple outline of how to approach many oh-so-common everyday mental health problems ... or as th...more
Mar 18, 2013
Mar 01, 2013
 
Selling America Short: The SEC and Market Contrarians in the Age of Absurdity
5.00
At turns pithy, pungent and poetic with some of the most marvelous metaphors coined by a lawyer, this book offers powerful insight into the unexpected...more
Jul 07, 2014
Jul 03, 2014
 
Water for Elephants
4.05
There are times where you just want to bitch-slap an author for trying to act like their screenplsy is a novel. Or when the dialogue between character...more
Apr 17, 2011
Mar 24, 2011
 
Absurdistan
3.28
This book was magnificent, hilarious, poignant, repugnant and pretty much non-stop. And it includes a ripping satire of oil companies, modern day Russ...more
Dec 11, 2012
Nov 10, 2012
 
Beating the Check: How to Eat Out Without Paying
4.00
I think anyone who's ever had the dubious honor of waitressing in a chain restaurant at the mercy of horrible and cheapass customers, and with no back...more
Jul 22, 2012
Jul 23, 2012
 
The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment
4.06
Maybe I've grown up since I last tried reading this, or maybe I'm at a point where I had a lot to learn from it, but learn I did. Employ remains to be...more
Jun 13, 2013
Jun 05, 2013
 
The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee
3.49
This should really be one and a half. Silverman is a mediocre writer, and come to think of it, most of her comic appeal is in her evil ingenue deliver...more
Dec 13, 2012
Dec 12, 2012
 
The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon, #3)
3.60
Okay, I think my work here with Dan Brown is done and he really didn't make it easy for me with this last one. A friend pointed out that this could ha...more
Jan 03, 2012
Dec 08, 2011
 
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)
4.06
How on earth, I though after listening to Larsson spend another page and a half talking about grocery lists, daily errands and home furnishings - did...more
Jan 09, 2012
May 25, 2011
 
The Bell Jar
3.94
I wish Sylvia and I would've been BFF. Or maybe more like Esther Greenwood and I. Or a combination of both. This is for a lot of reasons. Mainly becau...more
Apr 20, 2012
Aug 16, 2011
 
The Satanic Verses
3.71
I have a very dirty secret involving why it took me so long to read this book. Is it because I have a hard time with Rushdie's prose? Oh my no - it go...more
Nov 14, 2011
Aug 16, 2011
 
Portnoy's Complaint
3.68
Ladies and gentlemen, let me warn you. Not just a *spoiler alert,* but a *do not read this review if you are at any way squeamish about male reproduct...more
Dec 2011
Aug 30, 2011
 
Middlemarch
3.89
*Spoiler alert*

Yeah, I actually finished this tome about 2 months ago but honestly felt like I really needed to think about a way to write a report to...more
May 10, 2011
Feb 20, 2011
 
The Marriage Plot
3.40
There's really no polite way to say this, but Jeffrey Eugenides has absolutely no business narrating something in the third person. Nor does he have a...more
Nov 25, 2011
Oct 03, 2011
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