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Night and Day
This book is a more sociopolitical and also existential version of a Jane Austen novel - a comedy of manners on the surface that in fact explores deep ...more
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Oct 13, 2011
French Milk
I'm really growing to love Lucy Knisley. Her ability to the elevate ordinary experiences into the meaningful, without seeming pretentious or terribly ...more
Apr 29, 2014
Apr 29, 2014
Just Kids
An excellent book about Patti Smith's evolving relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. Starting out as enthusiastic but perhaps unsure tee ...more
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Dec 12, 2010
The Waves
Holy crap. This book was intense. Like of all of the works by Woolf I've read so far, things end as you start racing toward a different (or new) level ...more
Oct 05, 2011
Sep 20, 2011
Big Sur
Awesome book about Kerouac's struggle with alcohol delirium tremins while trying to find some solitude at Big Sur after getting famous. Very good poem ...more
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Feb 05, 2009
i almost hesitated before giving this five stars, but then figured why not? when this book starts, you think it's a generic family portrait set in the ...more
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Feb 08, 2009
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate (Calpurnia Tate, #1)
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The glass ceiling as seen through the eyes of an 11-year-old girl living in rural Texas at the d
Apr 04, 2012
Mar 23, 2012
The Dark is Rising (The Dark is Rising, #2)
Excellent book that stands the test of time! This is the sequel to Over Sea, Under Stone and it was a great second installment. While this book only c ...more
May 12, 2012
Apr 13, 2012
The Sound and the Fury
This book is basically amazing. That's all you can say about it if you've read it. The stream of consciousness style really isn't at all confusing and ...more
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Feb 02, 2009
On the Jellicoe Road
I had to read this book for a YA graduate class. I chose it from the Printz award list not knowing what it was about exactly. It was available at my l ...more
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Sep 05, 2009
Code Name Verity
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This book is a love story, though not in the usual way. It's a brilliant narrative about the unb
Jul 08, 2012
Apr 09, 2012
Twelve Kinds of Ice
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How lovely! Ellen Obed's set of vignettes about her family's winter experiences in rural Maine s
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Jul 09, 2012
Liar & Spy
This book is about revolutionary spelling methods, the false map of the human tongue, naming yourself, a French post-impressionist painter and Mr. X. ...more
Aug 27, 2012
Mar 26, 2012
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks
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Was I ever late to the party on this one! However, in this case, it's better to be late than mis
Aug 21, 2012
Aug 14, 2012
Okay for Now
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This book had a rough first chapter. Doug is 13 and his family moves suddenly one summer after h
Jan 25, 2012
Jan 08, 2012
Saving Francesca
Reread this in a marathon of just over two days because I'll be leading a book discussion group on this story shortly. While I remembered a lot of it, ...more
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Aug 06, 2010
Mrs. Dalloway
This is called Mrs. Dalloway, but most of the book is experienced through the eyes of others. Virginia Woolf very cunningly depicts how the profound c ...more
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Aug 09, 2011
The Cracks in the Kingdom (The Colours of Madeleine, #2)
Even better than the first book. Less self-conscious and much more confident in its execution. This book was really just a lot of talking between peop ...more
May 20, 2014
Nov 17, 2013
Moments of Being
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The moments that can't be articulated. Virginia Woolf is the only writer I have ever encountered
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Sep 29, 2011
This is probably bad to admit, but this is the book that made me read what became my favorite book - To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf. A reader com ...more
Jun 06, 2011
May 24, 2011
First contemporary story I've read in a very long time (possibly ever) that was a real jolt to read. This book was brilliant. I loved the characters, ...more
Mar 08, 2013
Jan 25, 2013
White Teeth
Fascinating. Zadie Smith is the like the Lou Reed of modern fiction. She finds a way to communicate something incredibly profound using colloquial mea ...more
Mar 20, 2014
Feb 22, 2014
To the Lighthouse
This book was wonderful. Virginia Woolf succeeded completely in capturing the quiet tumult of the mind in this work. The links and gaps between our in ...more
Aug 05, 2011
May 24, 2011
The Great Gatsby
I know there are a lot of books considered to be great American tragedies, but this is the only one to me. This book about bootlegger Jay Gatsby and h ...more
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Feb 02, 2009
A Monster Calls
This is a story within a story (or maybe I should say stories within a story). A monster visits 13-year-old Conor O'Malley one night after he has woke ...more
Dec 10, 2011
Aug 01, 2011
The Catcher in the Rye
This is one of the most realistic depictions I've read of the mentality of a teenager, though I think it speaks to adults too. J.D. Salinger doesn't d ...more
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Jan 30, 2009
The Butter Battle Book
Are you willing to destroy the world because you believe communism can't coexist with capitalism... oops.. I mean because people who spread their butt ...more
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Feb 24, 2009
Infinity and Me
An interesting way to consider the concept of infinity. Lovely illustrations that harken back to the 1920s, and an approach to life that works well wi ...more
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Aug 08, 2012
Pride and Prejudice
I don't give a rat's ass about whether this is supposed to be chick lit. That's a narrow view of this really funny book that's a satire on the stupidi ...more
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Feb 02, 2009
Waiting for Godot
Not sure why I never added this until about 600 books later. This is one of the few books that I sat back and thought - this is amazing, this author u ...more
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Nov 25, 2012
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