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Lady Audley's Secret
3.72
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
 
Proust's Way: A Field Guide to In Search of Lost Time
3.87


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
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Sep 28, 2012
Sep 26, 2012
 
The Constant Princess (The Tudor Court, #1)
3.85
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
 
Snuff (Discworld, #39; City Watch #8)
4.11
**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
 
Nicholas and Alexandra
4.23
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
 
First Family: Abigail and John Adams
4.01

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
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Mar 10, 2013
Mar 10, 2013
 
William Faulkner: The Yoknapatawpha Country
4.18
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
3.77
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
3.54
**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)
4.34
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
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
4.06
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
 
The Possessed: Adventures With Russian Books and the People Who Read Them
3.62


It's a bad habit of mine to stop in the middle of reading a book and consider, would I put this in my imaginary coml seminar? For example I would alw
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Sep 20, 2012
Sep 19, 2012
 
Edith Wharton as Spatial Activist and Analyst
4.00
Somers makes a few really interesting points to begin with but doesn't actually expand on them (good news for me I suppose) Her final judgement that " ...more
not set
May 24, 2011
 
Cocaine Blues (Phryne Fisher, #1)
3.76
good and ugly

I really enjoy Phryne Fisher on TV and this is a rare instance where the book and television show are both produced with almost equal re
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not set
Mar 01, 2015
 
What is Art?
3.63
The first time I read Tolstoy I wanted to throw up. We have a collection of his "Short Fictions" and there were a few passages about women that made m ...more
Oct 12, 2010
Oct 07, 2010
 
Boy, Snow, Bird
3.30
Oyeyemi is one of my favorite authors I wish I had started reading forever ago. This book answered almost none of the questions it raised and left all ...more
May 14, 2015
Jan 07, 2015
 
Queen of Fashion: What Marie Antoinette Wore to the Revolution
4.11
As Weber points out "fashion is the mirror of history" (louis xiv)
By telling the story of Marie Antionette through her fashion, rather then simply su
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not set
Jun 04, 2012
 
Ecstatic Nation: Confidence, Crisis, and Compromise, 1848-1877
3.91
I have trouble with narrative style history. That said I don't think Ecstatic Nation exactly qualifies as narrative-history. (Larson is my go to examp ...more
Mar 21, 2015
Mar 21, 2015
 
The German Genius: Europe's Third Renaissance, the Second Scientific Revolution, and the Twentieth Century
3.94
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
 
The Mother Tongue: English and How It Got That Way
3.97
Bryson is popular and humorous. I suppose these are both good things.
The danger with dealing in psuedo-pop-historical argumentation and language is t
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Sep 08, 2012
Jul 25, 2012
 
Housekeeping
3.82
I spent the morning paging through literary theory & now I've come to finish up the last segment of Housekeeping. It isn't fair to call this (July ...more
not set
Feb 04, 2011
 
The Woman in White
3.97
**spoiler alert** If there's one thing woman in white establishes it's that you can't have two Italian nationals in London in a Victorian novel withou ...more
Jan 09, 2015
Jul 04, 2012
 
The Drama of the Gifted Child: The Search for the True Self
4.08
This book already has enough of a following that it doesn't really require a very thorough review. Reading it is a personal journey the way people say ...more
Jul 26, 2012
Jul 26, 2012
 
The Oxford History of Ireland
3.41
somewhere in the first 50 pages Foster refers to mercenaries as 'ubiquitous'...but actually we don't see many of them. Cromwell is also dismissed rath ...more
Oct 10, 2010
Oct 10, 2010
 
And Only to Deceive (Lady Emily, #1)
3.72
**spoiler alert** I wanted to like this book but the action proved far too uneven. The first half summarizes and then the middle lags. As a result thi ...more
Nov 05, 2014
Nov 05, 2014
 
In One Person
3.62
ugh. I read this book for book club. I read it on my kindle and was actually able to return it for a full refund which made me so-happy.
This really r
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Jun 12, 2012
Jun 04, 2012
 
Can You Forgive Her?
3.95
This is not a book I would go around blindly recommending to people. But if you enjoy sentiment, drama and obvious authorial insertions Trollope is pr ...more
Feb 26, 2012
Feb 21, 2012
 
Truman
4.25
This is a really great book. It feels ridiculous to say anything other than that because bottom line I would read this again and rec it to friends.
Bu
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not set
Jan 05, 2011
 
Dead Souls
3.98
I'm not sure if this is the right translation of Gogol for me. I'm hoping to come away with some insight after my lecture tomorrow....
Feb 08, 2012
Feb 05, 2012
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