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Planet Google: One Company's Audacious Plan To Organize Everything We Know
3.56
It's super-fun to read a non-fiction book so close to the release date, and hence so up-to-date, as this is right now. There are no big revelations, b ...more
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Nov 24, 2008
 
The Death of Ivan Ilyich/Master and Man
3.97
Two little novellas. A nice introduction, though I always worry about whether the translation I'm reading is as good as it could be. There are footnot ...more
Mar 06, 2009
Mar 07, 2009
 
No One Belongs Here More Than You
3.81
Unlike Miranda's work in other media, which is often often upbeat, surreal, or almost horrific, these stories are imbued by sadness. Miranda's sensibi ...more
Oct 23, 2008
Jul 18, 2008
 
The Art Thief
2.98
A pretty generic whodunnit-type thriller with paintings as the object of the crime. Lots of info about the intersection of art, crime, and law enforce ...more
Sep 11, 2009
Sep 10, 2009
 
A Hologram for the King
3.32
Great and easy and fun read. But the NYT has this as one of the 5 best fiction books of 2012, which seems like a bit of overrate. Also: very much a "g ...more
Apr 2012
Apr 16, 2013
 
The Road
3.94
Love how he uses a simplification of language and punctuation to reinforce the erosion of the world in the story. Minimalistic yet very rich, with a s ...more
Dec 27, 2009
Jan 03, 2010
 
God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything
3.93
Hitchens is an entertaining writer. He's at his best when he's insulting people, which makes the chapters on Mormonism and Islam in this book fun read ...more
Jul 14, 2008
Jul 05, 2008
 
Survival City: Adventures Among the Ruins of Atomic America
3.37
Limp, rambling, and pretentious. With chapters like "dead city" and "survival city," the book reads like unenthusiastic writing assignments tied to va ...more
Sep 21, 2008
Jul 14, 2008
 
Seven Days in the Art World
3.53
I don't know that it was invaluably informative, but 80% of it was fun to read. My favorite chapters (in order): The Crit, The Auction, The Prize, and ...more
Feb 17, 2009
Feb 17, 2009
 
Et Tu, Babe
3.80
Leyner is definitely trying to push the boundaries, but he succeeds only to the extent that he makes this book somewhat irritating to read.
Jan 04, 2009
Feb 04, 2009
 
Cloud Atlas
4.01
Yup. Tour de force of writing and all that, but not enough of a payoff in terms of the 6 stories connecting to each other for me.
Dec 31, 2012
Jan 02, 2013
 
Need for the Bike
4.44
Equal part poetry and information you need. Also, this:

"In the peloton, refusing to dope means refusing to 'do the job'; it's like refusing to train o
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Jun 2008
Jul 31, 2008
 
What is the What
4.15
Stunning 1st person account of the war in southern Sudan and personal aftermath. Inexplicably listed as 'fiction,' probably due to Eggers' whimsy.
Sep 14, 2008
Jul 05, 2008
 
To Have and Have Not
3.57
Hmm... starts out really linear, then gets a bit random with a long digression right at the end. Still all types of great, though.
Aug 29, 2008
Aug 24, 2008
 
Silence
4.09
Pretty bleak. Sort of 1984, but set in 17th century Japan, and the main character is a Portuguese priest/missionary.
Aug 23, 2008
Jul 18, 2008
 
Here, There and Everywhere: My Life Recording the Music of the Beatles
4.22
Nothing earth-shattering, but this book kind of pulled me along. I skipped about the first and last 10%.
Feb 09, 2009
Feb 04, 2009
 
Yes!: 50 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Persuasive
3.97
Some interesting stuff about advertising.

"If operators are busy please call back."

"because"
Jul 26, 2008
Jul 05, 2008
 
Relocating to New York City and Surrounding Areas: Revised and Updated 2nd Edition
4.00
Really nice rundown of NY neighborhoods. Lots of useful info, but lots of it is "how to move" generic.
Feb 28, 2009
Aug 14, 2008
 
Cancel Your Own Goddam Subscription: Notes and Asides from National Review
3.89
Some nice Buckley snark, but lots of filler too.
Feb 2008
Jul 05, 2008
 
Lush Life
3.68
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Jan 15, 2009
Jan 17, 2009
 
The Jerusalem Diet: The "One Day" Approach to Reach Your Ideal Weight--and Stay There
2.36
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Nov 2006
Jul 05, 2008
 
The Great Gatsby
3.85
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Jul 05, 2008
 
Soap Box
3.83
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Jul 05, 2008
 
Identity
3.68
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Jul 05, 2008
 
The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century
3.62
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Jul 06, 2008
 
Ten Tales Tall And True
3.77
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Jul 06, 2008
 
It's All Too Much: An Easy Plan for Living a Richer Life with Less Stuff
3.83
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Oct 26, 2008
Jul 26, 2008
 
Stranger in a Strange Land
3.88
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Jul 05, 2008
 
Special Topics in Calamity Physics
3.70
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Feb 28, 2009
Jul 05, 2008
 
Girl, Interrupted
3.87
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Jul 05, 2008
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