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Equus
3.94
liked it
Read it in order to decide whether to see the play with Daniel Radcliffe. Glad I read it first. It's completely melodramatic and obvious - reads like ...more
Oct 30, 2008
Dec 19, 2008
 
You Know You Love Me (Gossip Girl, #2)
3.53
it was ok
Brearley was my excuse for reading the first book in this series. What am I doing reading more?

There's something irresistible about gossip, I guess. E
...more
Feb 16, 2009
Feb 16, 2009
 
After the Music Stopped: The Financial Crisis, the Response, and the Work Ahead
4.09
really liked it
Blinder is a phenomenal professor, because he can take the most dry, confusing subject (macro! *shakes fist*) and make it your favorite class by telli ...more
Sep 13, 2013
Aug 29, 2013
 
A Single Man
4.10
really liked it
Does a lot with a minimal plot. Really moving -- the book manages to convey some really powerful ideas about grief and otherness in a very personal wa ...more
Sep 19, 2010
Sep 19, 2010
 
The Market for Virtue: The Potential and Limits of Corporate Social Responsibility
3.39
really liked it
This is categorized as an academic textbook, but it's really a very accessible, evenhanded discussion of CSR, which is quite the hot topic right now. ...more
Sep 2007
Aug 06, 2007
 
Amsterdam
3.40
liked it
Didn't love this one as much as other McEwan works, maybe because the characters are so unpleasant. I'm guessing the tight, mystery-type plotting is w ...more
Jul 2010
Aug 16, 2010
 
Land's End: A Walk in Provincetown
3.71
really liked it
This book is a profile of a place the author really loves, and I really liked the personal anecdotes and the many tiny details. Also a nice glimpse in ...more
Apr 05, 2009
May 03, 2009
 
Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation
3.92
(1) Highlight: Abigail Adams's scathing "excuse you, we are NOT friends" letter to Thomas Jefferson. (2) Makes a pretty compelling argument that Hamil ...more
Sep 07, 2016
Sep 08, 2016
 
Coraline
4.03
really liked it
I initially thought this was a graphic novel. It's not, but the images created by the text are even more terrifying. Unbelievably creepy, creative and ...more
Mar 09, 2009
May 03, 2009
 
Disgrace
3.83
liked it
This might not have been the best choice for a quick plane read. Lots of heavy topics, but it had a sort of paint-by-numbers quality to it that kept i ...more
Aug 04, 2013
Jul 31, 2013
 
Where I Was From
3.87
it was amazing
Favorite California book so far. I love the way she weaves together family and history and culture, exploring this very strange place.
Feb 09, 2013
Feb 13, 2013
 
Everything Here Is the Best Thing Ever: Stories
3.37
liked it
A hipster Philip Roth? Good short stories, if a bit unnecessarily quirky and not really what I was looking for in a vacation read.
Jun 30, 2011
Jul 06, 2011
 
Supercapitalism: The Transformation of Business, Democracy, and Everyday Life
3.97
really liked it
Reich might be a better writer than economist. He's not exactly breaking news here, but I found this really compelling, particularly how he frames the ...more
Jul 02, 2008
Jul 16, 2008
 
This Organic Life: Confessions of a Suburban Homesteader
3.94
really liked it
If you're thinking about reading "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle," read this instead! The author has been growing her own vegetables in the Hudson Valley ...more
Jan 12, 2009
Jan 11, 2009
 
Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance
4.19
liked it
Didn't find this particularly profound or memorable, but it was an interesting look at the life and psyche of a doctor.
Apr 06, 2009
May 03, 2009
 
Going in Circles
3.71
liked it
Cute, very personal story with fun roller derby sequences. But none of the characters really rang true.
Jul 2010
Aug 16, 2010
 
The Wordy Shipmates
3.66
really liked it
Interesting and quirky (but not nearly as cutesy as Vowell's public radio stuff) historical anecdotes.
Mar 26, 2009
May 03, 2009
 
Cape Wind: Money, Celebrity, Class, Politics, and the Battle for Our Energy Future on Nantucket Sound
3.78
really liked it
The coworker who lent me this book warned that it would make me hate Ted Kennedy. He was right!
Nov 29, 2008
Dec 19, 2008
 
Outliers: The Story of Success
4.11
liked it
Malcolm Gladwell is great at telling stories but terrible at drawing conclusions from them.
Oct 2009
Oct 20, 2009
 
The Fault in Our Stars
4.27
liked it
Kids with cancer who talk like Aaron Sorkin characters. And yet, I was on board most of the way through.
Aug 22, 2012
Aug 21, 2012
 
Curtain Creek Farm
3.33
really liked it
Cute, moving, funny stories about the lives and relationships of modern-day hippies on a commune.
Apr 13, 2009
May 03, 2009
 
Paradise Lost: California's Experience, America's Future, Updated with a New Preface
3.68
it was ok
Some interesting background on the rise of the ballot initiative industry and anti-tax activism in California. Elsewhere, though, there's an odd combi ...more
Dec 07, 2012
Nov 20, 2012
 
The Woman Who Died a Lot (Thursday Next, #7)
4.04
really liked it
Thursday Next! Still great fun, even though I missed the BookWorld in this one.
Dec 21, 2012
Dec 21, 2012
 
Schuyler's Monster: A Father's Journey with His Wordless Daughter
4.14
it was ok
I used to read the author's blog years ago and remember reading about Schuyler and her "big box of words." It's nice to get the full story, which also ...more
Apr 21, 2009
May 03, 2009
 
Mission Al-Jazeera: Build a Bridge, Seek the Truth, Change the World
3.60
really liked it
I picked this up after hearing Rushing interviewed on WNYC's "On the Media." His career path is just amazing - from Marine with no interest in journal ...more
Aug 2007
Aug 02, 2007
 
My Sister's Keeper
4.06
it was ok
Oh, this book is so bad. Good mindless reading, though.
Oct 2009
Oct 20, 2009
 
Then We Came to the End
3.45
really liked it
Well, I'm certainly not the first to compare this book to "The Office," but it really is just exactly that same brand of humor. It's painfully realist ...more
Jul 2007
Jul 14, 2007
 
Men Explain Things to Me
3.93
The first essay is one for the ages.
Jan 14, 2016
Jan 14, 2016
 
A Home at the End of the World
3.89
it was amazing
I just loved the way this was crafted.
Dec 09, 2011
Dec 10, 2011
 
The Ecology of Commerce: A Declaration of Sustainability
4.09
liked it
This was probably an important book at the time, but it's pretty outdated now. Although his ideas can be thought-provoking, they are not well-develope ...more
Sep 2007
Oct 03, 2007
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