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We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families
4.33
To be honest, Gourevitch's book doesn't sound inviting. What book about genocide could? And its title alone suggests a kind of vicious, heart-stopping ...more
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Jul 14, 2007
 
The Beans of Egypt, Maine: The Finished Version
3.57
The Bean family of the title are a motley group who bum and breed in Maine’s bucolic underbelly. They’re poor -- really poor -- but Carolyn Chute does ...more
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Jul 15, 2007
 
Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War
4.07
In Confederates in the Attic, journalist Tony Horwitz explores the ways in which the Civil War is still present in Southern culture.

I was a Civil War
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Jun 17, 2007
 
Absolute Watchmen
4.32
Who’s watching Watchmen? Everybody apparently. This book—or comic book, or graphic novel, or whatever you want to call it—has been picked apart endles ...more
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Jun 16, 2007
 
The Boys of My Youth
4.08
William H. Gass, that curmudgeonly king of American letters, proclaims with enormous exasperation that that “the perils of the present tense are prono ...more
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Jul 01, 2007
 
Bangkok Tattoo (Sonchai Jitpleecheep #2)
3.77
Who reads a novel to be hectored? Especially a detective novel. There may be a masochistic few who actually enjoy being addressed as farang (Thai for ...more
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Jun 16, 2007
 
The Silent Woman: Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes
4.00
Honestly, I could give two shits about Sylvia Plath & Ted Hughes. I've never read The Bell Jar, although I've heard it's quite good. My interest i ...more
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Jul 01, 2007
 
Bangkok 8
3.76
We’re all exasperated with the police at one time or another. But in Bangkok, the pique is simply more acute.

“I used to buy whole trays of Rolex watch
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Jun 16, 2007
 
The Tale of Kieu: A bilingual edition of Nguyen Du's Truyen Kieu
4.15
The Tale of Kieu is Nguyen Du’s masterpiece of Vietnamese poetry. Written at the beginning of the 19th century by a stressed-out mandarin whose belove ...more
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Jun 16, 2007
 
The Whore's Child and Other Stories
3.68
Richard Russo, once a teacher of writing himself, opens his debut collection of short stories, The Whore’s Child, in familiar territory: the classroom ...more
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Jul 01, 2007
 
Caravans
3.95
At just 336 pages, Caravans is a tight, talky, and wonderfully insightful piece of work set entirely in Afghanistan. The novel centers on Mark Miller, ...more
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Jul 11, 2007
 
Consider the Lobster and Other Essays
4.24
The essay “Joseph Frank’s Dostoevsky” appears near the end of David Foster Wallace’s collection, Consider the Lobster. In it, Wallace is writing about ...more
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Jun 16, 2007
 
Tomcat in Love
3.38
On page 172, it becomes crystal clear that Thomas H. Chippering, the protagonist of Tim O’Brien’s darkly outrageous new novel, Tomcat in Love, is pres ...more
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Jun 16, 2007
 
The Gangster We Are All Looking For
3.48
As novels go, The Gangster We Are All Looking For -- Le Thi Diem Thuy's beautifully told account of a Vietnamese immigrant family -- is soaking wet.

Th
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Jun 16, 2007
 
(Not that You Asked): Rants, Exploits, and Obsessions
3.59
The title is your first clue that these essays are not serious or literary or, for the most part, attempts at understanding anything. (Not to get all ...more
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Aug 01, 2007
 
Bix: Man and Legend
4.28
In a prose style short on fuss, Sudhalter, et al., give us the life of Leon Bix Beiderbecke from its conservative beginnings in Davenport, Iowa, to it ...more
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Jul 01, 2007
 
Finbar's Hotel
3.40
Perhaps it’s not being so stuffy to admit that a collaborative novel -- especially when it involves seven collaborators! -- doesn’t sound terribly app ...more
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Jun 17, 2007
 
Two Lives: Gertrude and Alice
3.61
Contra Ron Silliman, who wondered here on goodreads "why biographers choose to write about an artist for whom they have neither interest nor intuition ...more
Sep 29, 2007
Sep 24, 2007
 
The Boys' Crusade: The American Infantry in Northwestern Europe, 1944-45
3.87
In his opening pages, Fussell recalls the famed Children's Crusade of the early 13th century, when 50,000 young people may or may not have marched int ...more
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Jun 16, 2007
 
Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea
3.95
Guy Delisle, a French-Canadian animator, is expert at invoking the odd, the unexpected, even the surreal, all of which Pyongyang predictably provides ...more
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Jun 16, 2007
 
No Man's Land
3.93
When it rains on page 1 of Duong Thu Huong’s No Man’s Land, you know something’s up. That’s because in Vietnamese novels, the heavens are always tryin ...more
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Jun 16, 2007
 
The Real Tadzio: Thomas Mann's Death in Venice and the Boy Who Inspired It
3.37
It’s remarkable for any author to so successfully map out that always-elusive intersection of great art and the very creepy love of an old man for a y ...more
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Jul 01, 2007
 
Empire Falls
3.88
Filled with equal parts heartache and belly laughs, the book’s home is the fictional ex-mill town of Empire Falls, Maine, and its centerpiece is a hig ...more
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Jun 16, 2007
 
Denison, Iowa: Searching for the Soul of America Through the Secrets of a Midwest Town
3.52
It’s a mixed bag being the soul of America. You get to be a poem, a ballad even, but you’re also a depressing failure.

At least that’s how it goes for
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Jun 16, 2007
 
The Fermata
3.70
A guy figures out he has the power to stop time. He doesn't use it to rob banks or even prevent banks from being robbed. No, he uses it to look up wom ...more
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Jun 16, 2007
 
Wartime: Understanding and Behavior in the Second World War
4.12
Fussell writes in the voice of your favorite cranky old-man professor. He also happens to be a veteran of World War II, and uses that experience to il ...more
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Jun 16, 2007
 
Ministers of Fire: A Novel
3.53
Ministers of Fire is a great read. It's got the fast-paced plot of a genre thriller, but it's written with the attention to language you expect from l ...more
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Apr 02, 2012
 
Attack Poodles and Other Media Mutants: The Looting of the News in a Time of Terror
3.50
I'm not a big fan of overheated political polemics; I hate preaching to the choir. I hate the type of writers who just know they're right and everyone ...more
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Aug 27, 2007
 
Ernie's Ark
3.73
In “That One Autumn,” one of nine linked stories collected into Ernie’s Ark, Wood gives us her philosophy in one sharply focused moment. Marie, on the ...more
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Jun 16, 2007
 
Shamrock Tea
3.54
Most good books tell you how to read them. In the case of Ciaran Carson’s Shamrock Tea, it's on page 12, where the narrator, a fellow named Carson, mu ...more
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Jun 16, 2007
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