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The Road
3.94
I learned how an author crafts suspense without force, how Christianity can infuse a book without pissing me off, and how delicate McCarthy is as a wr...more
May 2009
May 26, 2009
 
Love Medicine
3.95
This book has made me hungry for more of Erdrich's writing. She introduces a large number of exquisitely crafted characters all from the same extended...more
Dec 2010
Jun 14, 2009
 
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
3.84
Interesting look at Dominican history through damaged characters--much like Drown in that sense. I'm not going to lie, there were sections that bored...more
Mar 07, 2009
Mar 03, 2009
 
Flashes of War
4.57
Incredible imaginations of how different people have lived through (and sometimes not lived through) the destruction of war. In coffee shops, in parks...more
Jul 25, 2014
Jul 06, 2014
 
Tooth and Claw
3.81
Great collection of short stories that explores a wide range of characters in unique, sometimes bizarre, situations. Some examples: a woman who decide...more
Dec 2010
Jan 27, 2011
 
At the Gates of the Animal Kingdom: Stories
4.28
One of the forerunners of "dangerous writing," Hempel navigates those moments at which everything changes. When everything was going one way and then...more
Aug 06, 2009
Aug 02, 2009
 
Half of a Yellow Sun
4.21
It's hard for me to make a judgement call on this book. I wanted more from the characters, and the way sexuality was alive in the novel, though erotic...more
Aug 10, 2014
Jul 24, 2014
 
Tracks
3.92
Incredible production of narration. Chapters alternate from two points of view and two intended readers. One narrator is a grandfather and he is talki...more
Aug 03, 2009
Jun 14, 2009
 
This Is How You Lose Her
3.71
Structured as a series of stories about relationships tied together thematically, this book has its ups and downs. Some chapters are exceptional while...more
Nov 2012
Sep 03, 2012
 
Ceremony
3.69
Fucking incredible.
Sep 2008
Mar 03, 2009
 
We the Animals
3.59
Dangerous.
May 06, 2012
May 11, 2012
 
Nine Stories
4.19
Completely engrossing beginnings and characters, but each story falls vertical at the end. I know endings are hard, but come on! I've been reading a l...more
Mar 2009
Mar 23, 2009
 
Ancient Child
3.79
I love M. Scott Momaday and because I love The Way to Rainy Mountain and House Made of Dawn, I made myself finish The Ancient Child. I kept thinking,...more
Jun 25, 2010
May 13, 2010
 
World's End
4.01
Boyle has created fleshed out, lively characters, intricate plots, earth-toned language, and masterful irony! I must be biased though, because I feel...more
May 2010
Jun 17, 2010
 
Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories
3.99
Hit or miss with these stories, but the hits will leave you crumpled on the ground...in a good way...sort of... Many different voices hollering in bet...more
May 2008
Jul 15, 2008
 
The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse
4.19
This book ruined my own writing, because if I could write a book, this would be it. Passion, sacrifice, grudges, love, insanity, humor, hate, and a li...more
Jan 2014
Jun 14, 2009
 
A Friend of the Earth
3.65
Crotchety old man reminiscing on failures. Like reading Ed Abbey as he might write in 20 years (if he were alive and the world was flooded). Funny and...more
Jan 2005
Jul 15, 2008
 
The Best Short Stories by Black Writers: 1899 - 1967
4.20
So far, Zora Neale Hurston stands out, like a flower in the desert...not that the rest is dry, it just doesn't spring like Hurston.
Mar 03, 2009
Jul 15, 2008
 
The Way to Rainy Mountain
3.75
Everything's in here. It's an entire history of a people.
Mar 2006
Jul 15, 2008
 
Velocities: New and Selected Poems: 1966-1992
4.35
responsive, nostalgic, melancholic, infinite...
Jan 2005
Jul 15, 2008
 
The Past and the Punishments
4.31
Excruciating and grotesque.
Apr 2008
Jul 15, 2008
 
The Poisonwood Bible
3.98
Just wow. More later.
Jul 06, 2013
Aug 16, 2010
 
Sula
3.81
None
Aug 11, 2012
Aug 11, 2012
 
The Toughest Indian in the World
4.05
None
Mar 2007
May 26, 2009
 
Reservation Blues
3.96
None
Jan 2004
May 26, 2009
 
The Glass Bead Game
4.10
None
Jan 1996
Jul 15, 2008
 
Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West
4.20
None
not set
Aug 16, 2010
 
How We are Hungry
3.75
None
Aug 02, 2009
May 26, 2009
 
House Made of Dawn
3.66
None
Jan 2006
Feb 03, 2011
 
The Baron in the Trees
4.05
None
not set
Mar 03, 2009
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