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Sense and Sensibility
**spoiler alert** I was able to read this, my third Jane Austen novel, in advance of the PBS Masterpiece presentation during the past two Sunday eveni ...more
Apr 2008
Mar 24, 2008
Rabbit at Rest (Rabbit Angstrom, #4)
**spoiler alert** Enough - so ends the fourth installment of the Rabbit series and Rabbit himself in “Rabbit at Rest.” Set in both sunny southwest Flo ...more
Jun 2008
Jun 10, 2008
Bad Bet on the Bayou: The Rise and Fall of Gambling in Louisiana and the Fate of Governor Edwin Edwards
I love Louisiana for a lot of reasons. My first trip there (without family) was my sophomore year in college when my beloved Gators won their first na ...more
Jan 2003
Aug 23, 2007
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
I loved this book so much, I really have no idea what to write about it, so I have settled on simply included the wikipedia plot description and an ex ...more
Jan 2008
Dec 29, 2007
Paths of Glory
I was required to read this out-of-print masterpiece for a class in my final semester of law school entitled, “Law and Literature.” The class was a ge ...more
Jan 2001
Mar 11, 2008
My Friend Leonard
A whole bunch of hubbub concerning this James Frey work centered on whether this book was fiction or a memoir, but in all honesty, I don’t really know ...more
May 2008
May 15, 2008
Song of Solomon
As I go through this “1001 Books to Read Before You Die” exercise, not really intending to complete the list but still enjoying the journey, I am aske ...more
May 2008
May 12, 2008
Babbitt is the story of forty-six year old George F. Babbitt, real estate broker living in the Midwestern city of Zenith. Babbitt is the middle to upp ...more
May 2008
Apr 27, 2008
Where I Was From
I picked this one up after a close friend of mine had recently come in contact with someone who has spent significant time in California. This book is ...more
Nov 2008
Nov 01, 2008
A Doll's House
When I first read this book as required reading in high school, I could never understand why Nora was so angry. As the years have passed, I have found ...more
Jun 1994
Jun 16, 2007
In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin
Story of the American ambassador to Hitler's Germany primarily set in the years 1933-34. Interesting tidbits as follows:

Way that the Nazi system was u
Mar 2012
Apr 03, 2012
Jane Eyre (Great Illustrated Classics)
**spoiler alert** I initially picked this book up because of its frequent mention in Irving’s “Cider House Rules” and its prominent placement on so ma ...more
Aug 2008
Aug 18, 2008
Political Fictions
Another gem in the crown of Joan Didion’s collection of non-fiction writing. In “Political Fictions” she explores the nature of our political system i ...more
Nov 2008
Nov 08, 2008
The Child in Time
**spoiler alert** Stephen Lewis is the author of the successful children’s book, Lemonade, and member of an important government committee involving c ...more
May 2008
May 12, 2008
The Master
This book is a fictional biography of five years in the life of the great master, Henry James. This book can likely be enjoyed without some familiarit ...more
Jul 2008
Jul 13, 2008
Lord of the Flies
One of those classics that are so much a part of the culture that it feels like you have read them, even when you have not. The story concerns a group ...more
Oct 2008
Oct 04, 2008
The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives
Part of a growing collection of books, like "Freakenomics" which attempt to apply some of the harder sciences to the larger sociological problems. In ...more
Jan 2009
Feb 01, 2010
The Taming of the Shrew
This is the way to kill a wife, with kindness.

Some consider this play sexist, I have no idea why:

Thy husband is thy lord, thy life, thy keeper,
Thy he
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Jun 16, 2007
Ghosts of Manila: The Fateful Blood Feud Between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier
Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali fought three epic battles in the ring, the most remembered of which was the “Thrilla in Manila.” If you have ever seen re ...more
Nov 2001
Feb 15, 2008
A Book of Common Prayer
I have not been the witness I wanted to be.

Charlotte Douglas, an American woman sojourning in ficitional Central American country of Boca Grande, is t
Apr 2001
Jun 16, 2007
The Silent Season of a Hero: The Sports Writing of Gay Talese
Loved some of the stories here like, "The Loser," recounting Floyd Patterson and his interaction with bullies at his daughter's school, Liston, and no ...more
Nov 2011
Nov 28, 2011
Slow Man
Paul Rayment, a man in the late autumn of his years, is a very deliberate man. The novel begins with his cycling accident and the amputation of his le ...more
Aug 2008
Aug 23, 2008
Julius Caesar (Oxford School Shakespeare)
Cowards die many times before their deaths;
The valiant never taste of death but once.
Of all the wonders that I yet have heard,
It seems to me most stra
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Jun 16, 2007
Moonlight in a Pickup Truck
A quick-read that I picked up in order to stack my kindle. This story is about a girl who has one last night to make her high school crush think of he ...more
Jan 2012
Nov 18, 2012
The Long Way Home
Four women ranging in age from their 20s to 70s go on a road trip from Wisconsin to Las Vegas. Pretty purely chick-lit. The central character of the b ...more
Jan 2012
Oct 24, 2012
Away from Her
Made into a movie but derives from a short story from "Hateship, Courtship . . ." called "The Bear Came Over the Mountain."

Husband, Grant, wife, Fiona
Jan 2012
Oct 24, 2012
Good in Bed (Cannie Shapiro, #1)
Classic chick-lit in all its many forms. Sometimes we are with the wrong person when the right person is right there for us all along.

Amazon Summary:
Jan 2001
Jun 16, 2007
American Rust
Buell, Pennsylvania. Such a perfect a setting of forgotten steel-town America. So emblematic of so many places.

"You should have been here for the seve
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May 20, 2014
For Whom the Bell Tolls
Falling in love with Spanish women and death are two pretty decent themes. Young American, Robert Jordan, is fighting for the anti-fascists during the ...more
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Jun 16, 2007
Little Earthquakes
Chick-lit about pregnancy sounds dismissive, but that doesn't mean it's bad. Fun, quick read that fits nicely within the Jennifer Weiner canon.

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Jun 16, 2007