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The German Genius: Europe's Third Renaissance, the Second Scientific Revolution, and the Twentieth Century
4.19
really liked it
Watson has a gift for producing vibrant, elucidated, quotes--from other people's arguments. About 1/10th of the way through his 900 page long volume ( ...more
Sep 08, 2012
Jun 21, 2012
 
Homegoing
4.40
it was amazing
You know the thing where someone tells you they picked up a book and didn't put it down until they had finished it? I couldn't go to sleep until I had ...more
Dec 07, 2016
Dec 07, 2016
 
Proust's Way: A Field Guide to In Search of Lost Time
3.92


This is a cogent book on a rather long, rather infamous work of fiction. Proust is, as Shattuck admits, a niche market. His books do not sell out or
...more
Sep 28, 2012
Sep 26, 2012
 
Honor Girl: A Graphic Memoir
3.83
it was amazing
**spoiler alert** Guys this book is really good. It has jokes about the secret garden and boy bands and haircuts and religious summer camps and skittl ...more
May 24, 2017
May 24, 2017
 
So Much for That Winter
3.57
it was amazing
I really did enjoy this book. I enjoyed it so much I've read it twice already. I also want to say I enjoyed BOTH novellas and not just the first one. ...more
Aug 25, 2016
Jun 21, 2016
 
An Atlas of the Difficult World
4.17
it was amazing
Because I've always loved Adrienne Rich I hadn't realized the ways her poetry is very different from what I usually read. Rich doesn't work from an ek ...more
Apr 09, 2017
Apr 09, 2017
 
Down Below
4.10
it was amazing
I feel so upset that I didn't know anything about Leonora Carrington until I picked up this book. I felt an immediate urgency about it: a short essay ...more
Apr 19, 2017
Apr 19, 2017
 
Lady Audley's Secret
3.73
really liked it
If there's something I'm learning lately it's that I really enjoy books where most of the plot has to be addressed by different characters over hearin ...more
Jan 12, 2015
Jan 07, 2015
 
Rose
4.28
really liked it
I had this referred to me almost a year ago and hadn't touched it yet. Thinking of these poems as a collection Lee Young-Lee builds a library of image ...more
Jul 2016
Jul 01, 2016
 
We Are Okay
4.02
it was amazing
This is a good book. A really good book. I don't want to give away plot, "we are okay" is about the movement of grief through the body, through relati ...more
Mar 27, 2017
Mar 13, 2017
 
Of Fire and Stars
3.67
really liked it
1. This is really good! 2. There are princesses who ride horses and run away together 3. I wish I had more to say about this book but I was miserable ...more
Mar 28, 2017
Mar 15, 2017
 
Scattered at Sea
3.81
it was amazing
These poems are at once exactly what I expected and want from poetry and then full of things I never would have considered to look for or write or rea ...more
Jul 07, 2016
Jul 04, 2016
 
Diving Into the Wreck
4.21
it was amazing
So I'm really happy I read two Adrienne Rich books in 48 hours but on the other hand now I don't have anymore at home to read
Apr 09, 2017
Apr 09, 2017
 
Caliban and the Witch: Women, the Body and Primitive Accumulation
4.44
it was amazing
Sometimes you get a book and you are already reading a book or twelve but this book is so exciting you finish it immediately even if you have homework ...more
Feb 19, 2016
Feb 19, 2016
 
Men Explain Things to Me
3.93
it was amazing
1. This book is really excellent. 2. What this book is excellent at isn't talking about men talking. Solnit thoroughly excavates her argument and reve ...more
Mar 12, 2017
Mar 12, 2017
 
First Family: Abigail and John Adams
4.01
liked it

1. I did not really enjoy this book very much as I started it because it felt like a long series of summaries. It still does but the last half of the
...more
Mar 10, 2013
Mar 10, 2013
 
House of Names
3.61
it was amazing
**spoiler alert** This book is really good! Really good. Going into a story and knowing the ending the beginning and even many of the side plots that ...more
May 13, 2017
May 12, 2017
 
The Constant Princess (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels, #6)
3.88
did not like it
Surprise Surprise, this book is terrible. Katherine of Aragon is really one of my favorite historical characters and having seen the number Gregory pu ...more
Jan 2013
Mar 10, 2013
 
Nicholas and Alexandra
4.25
really liked it
I haven't read enough Russian History to know just how useful, excellent or creaky this book might be. And one of the primary reasons I haven't read m ...more
Jul 23, 2012
Jul 22, 2012
 
Snuff (Discworld, #39; City Watch #8)
4.15
really liked it
**spoiler alert** The first Terry Pratchett novel I read was Feet of Clay and it has remained my favorite. Pratchett does a great job of conveying the ...more
Mar 10, 2013
Mar 10, 2013
 
Pope Joan
4.06
liked it
I feel like I could have liked this book more?? But I didn't so?
It's made me convinced I would like more books to be written about pope Joan.
It's ju
...more
Jan 09, 2017
Jan 09, 2017
 
A House Full of Females: Plural Marriage and Women's Rights in Early Mormonism, 1835-1870
3.91
it was amazing
Fascinating. I don't think there's much point arguing with history or religion, the real weight of Ulrich's book is that she enables her readers to go ...more
Mar 16, 2017
Mar 12, 2017
 
Ten Years in the Tub: A Decade Soaking in Great Books
4.07
liked it
So halfway through this book I found out there are many other collections of Nick Hornby's articles for The Believer and I don't know enough about the ...more
Oct 31, 2016
Oct 27, 2016
 
William Faulkner: The Yoknapatawpha Country
4.14
liked it
At no point in reading Cleanth Brook's treatment of Faulkner do you stop wishing you were reading Faulkner, which isn't really Brook's fault I suppose ...more
Jul 14, 2012
Jul 14, 2012
 
Northanger Abbey
3.80
it was amazing
Austen is a satirist I don't know how we overlook it. Possibly because we've get to make a blockbuster-satire film. If YA literature keeps going the w ...more
Sep 16, 2012
Sep 15, 2012
 
Mr. Fox
3.58
it was amazing
**spoiler alert** It's been a long time since I stayed up to finish a book but I've been staying up to the limits of my reasonable latest bed time to ...more
Jan 04, 2015
Jan 03, 2015
 
Maus: A Survivor's Tale : My Father Bleeds History (Maus, #1)
4.35
really liked it
There's a complicated aesthetic experience you have to go through when you're reading Maus. The subject is presented really well--the form and structu ...more
Oct 2012
Sep 26, 2012
 
Our Mutual Friend
4.07
really liked it
Dickens is an author who can take you through a wormhole or down a rabbit hole. In the former voyage you get out on the other side after 600-800 pages ...more
Sep 19, 2012
Sep 12, 2012
 
Walking to Martha's Vineyard
4.07
liked it
This is a favorite collection of a dear friend. I've had it loaned to me several times (when I had the flu or a cold or we'd had a lot of rain that we ...more
not set
Jun 06, 2011
 
Blue Pastures
4.27
it was amazing
There are some passages or essays here which reoccur in Upstream but perhaps what this book was best for is this: I have finally forgiven/understood O ...more
Feb 09, 2017
Feb 05, 2012
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