The History of Love
3.91
it was ok
Nicole Krauss is married to Jonathan Safran Foer. They both live in Park Slope, Brooklyn, and they both write clever, critically acclaimed novels feat ...more
not set
Jul 17, 2007
 
Hunger
4.09
liked it
A wiser man than me (read: Chris Rock) once said, "If a homeless person has a funny sign, he hasn't been homeless that long. A real homeless person is ...more
not set
Aug 13, 2007
 
A Simple Plan
3.91
really liked it
Scott Smith's books are, above all, methodical. For all their chaos and violence, everything seems inevitable, everyone acts logically, and yet, witho ...more
not set
Oct 01, 2007
 
Only Revolutions
3.19
it was ok
Oh, what a gimmick! Two stories, sharing the page, meeting at page 180, and continuing on to page 360 where the ending of each story is also the begin ...more
not set
Jan 25, 2008
 
No Country for Old Men
4.12
it was amazing
No Country For Old Men may be Cormac McCarthy's most accessible and fun book yet, but that doesn't mean there's nothing more to it. Ostensibly the sto ...more
not set
Jul 16, 2007
 
Foreskin's Lament
3.83
really liked it
I believe in God. It's been a real problem for me.

Alas, Shalom Auslander's problems with God aren't so easily shrugged off. His problems with God are
...more
not set
Sep 02, 2007
 
The Emperor's Children
2.93
liked it
It's no secret how The Emperor's Children will end. Claire Messud's novel follows a group of New Yorkers, all connected in some way, during the summer ...more
not set
Aug 22, 2007
 
Finn
3.71
it was ok
Using Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn as a blueprint, particularly the scene where Jim and Huck discover Pap Finn's body, Jon Clinch e ...more
not set
Jun 28, 2007
 
Go Tell It on the Mountain
4.00
liked it
James Baldwin's semi-autobiographical first novel, Go Tell It On the Mountain, reads like Virginia Woolf in Harlem. Its hypnotic stream-of-consciousne ...more
not set
Oct 10, 2007
 
Black Swan Green
3.97
really liked it
Growing up is tough going anywhere, and the town of Black Swan Green is no different. David Mitchell's novel follows Jason Taylor, a thirteen-year-old ...more
not set
Nov 23, 2007
 
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)
4.61
it was ok
Without giving too much away, Harry, Ron, and Hermione have foregone their senior year at Hogwarts to search out and destroy the pieces of Voldemort's ...more
not set
Jul 24, 2007
 
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
3.89
really liked it
Based on a short story he wrote for The New Yorker, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao is Junot Diaz's first novel and second book, coming almost te ...more
not set
Jun 21, 2007
 
Memories of My Melancholy Whores
3.58
it was ok
I came to this book without much Marquez experience, having only read the superb novella, "Chronicle of a Death Foretold," and the often-beautiful, mo ...more
not set
Nov 05, 2007
 
Gone, Baby, Gone (Kenzie & Gennaro, #4)
4.14
it was ok
For the most part, Gone, Baby, Gone is a by-the-book mystery. There are the wise-cracking detectives, the hardened police officers, the hints that thi ...more
not set
Nov 02, 2007
 
God Is Dead
3.75
liked it
Ron Currie asks us to please believe, for two hundred pages or so, that God has come to Earth as a Dinka woman and died in the desert of Darfur. His d ...more
Aug 2007
Aug 03, 2007
 
The Year of Magical Thinking
3.86
it was amazing
A sad story told with heartbreaking simplicity. Joan Didion's daughter is hospitalized unexpectedly for complications stemming from pneumonia and goes ...more
not set
Jun 21, 2007
 
Dope
3.60
it was ok
In her previous novel, Come Closer, Sara Gran puts an unusual spin on the horror genre, transcending the usual demon possession story with beautifully ...more
not set
Sep 17, 2007
 
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
4.01
liked it
Jean-Dominique Bauby was the editor-in-chief of the French Elle Magazine before suffering a paralyzing stroke that left him unable to move anything bu ...more
not set
Nov 02, 2007
 
Tree of Smoke
3.57
really liked it
Big and messy and wonderful, Tree of Smoke follows a group of people for more than a decade as they try to navigate their way through the political, m ...more
Mar 24, 2009
Feb 23, 2009
 
Into the Wild
3.94
really liked it
The story of Christopher McCandless who graduated from Emory, gave all his savings to charity, and ventured out west and ultimately, to Alaska, where ...more
not set
Jan 07, 2008
 
Killing Floor (Jack Reacher, #1)
4.04
it was ok
Lee Child's newest novel, Bad Luck and Trouble, was one of the best thrillers I've read in a long time. The prose was stripped down, the hero Jack Rea ...more
not set
Feb 19, 2008
 
The Killer Angels (The Civil War Trilogy, #2)
4.30
liked it
A play-by-play account of the battle of Gettysburg, told from the points of view of Longstreet, Chamberlain, Lee, and many more soldiers who made toug ...more
not set
Dec 21, 2007
 
A Little Life
4.27
liked it
No one captures my complex and contradictory feelings about this book better than Courtney Barnett in her song "Pedestrian at Best":

"I love you I hat
...more
Jan 09, 2016
Dec 26, 2015
 
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
4.22
really liked it
The best book about writing I've ever read. Inspiring, down-to-earth, even mean sometimes. Anne Lamott doles out advice, personal experiences, hope, a ...more
Mar 24, 2008
Feb 27, 2008
 
The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League
4.12
really liked it
None
Dec 23, 2014
Dec 23, 2014
 
Remainder
3.64
really liked it
None
Nov 11, 2012
Nov 08, 2012
 
Sharp Objects
3.92
it was ok
None
Jun 08, 2013
Jun 08, 2013
 
Self-Help
4.20
really liked it
None
Sep 08, 2009
Feb 05, 2009
 
American Pastoral (The American Trilogy, #1)
3.91
really liked it
None
May 21, 2016
Apr 30, 2016
 
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game
4.24
liked it
None
May 23, 2011
Apr 25, 2011
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