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Undermajordomo Minor
it was amazing
Undermajordomo Minor begins where The Sisters Brothers leaves off: with a son saying goodbye to his mother. The title is a joke in The Sisters Brother ...more
Mar 2015
Mar 10, 2015
Girl in a Band
liked it
I think its telling that after spending 270 pages with the author I don't really have a sense of her as an artist, musician, or a person. I know a lot ...more
Apr 2015
Mar 03, 2015
The Collected Works Of Billy The Kid: Left Handed Poems
it was amazing
"Get away from me yer stupid chicken."

Oh man I love this book. There's a blurb from Larry McMurtry where he admits that it "strains one's powers of de
not set
Jun 03, 2009
really liked it
A deeply sad book.

It begins with an enormously sympathetic portrait of Salinger during WWII. Though he was not an infantryman, he was attached to Fou
Sep 2013
Sep 18, 2013
Geek Love
it was amazing
This book has been sitting on my shelf for 20 years. It was purchased at the Bay Ridge branch of the Brooklyn Public Library by my Aunt Peg. The book ...more
Dec 28, 2015
Dec 07, 2015
it was amazing
I read Brightfellow without really meaning to. I was reading The Deep Zoo, a short collection of Ducornet's nonfiction that feels like the skeleton ke ...more
Feb 16, 2016
Feb 15, 2016
The Law of Dreams
it was amazing
Imagine that you’re a tenant farmer. You’re young, never been to school, never owned a decent pair of shoes. All your life you’ve lived on the same pi ...more
Apr 2008
Jan 10, 2008
Home Land
it was amazing
There are two kinds of readers in this country: those who know that Sam Lipsyte is the funniest writer of his generation and those who haven’t read hi ...more
Jan 2005
Jun 26, 2007
it was amazing
The oldest valentine on record dates back to the early 15th century, but the practice of committing one’s amorous intentions to paper goes back at lea ...more
Jan 2012
Feb 18, 2012
Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned
it was amazing
In the title story of his debut collection, "Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned," Wells Tower uses contemporary American idiom to tell the story of ...more
Nov 13, 2008
Nov 04, 2008
The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox
liked it
Maggie O'Farrell's new novel asks the question: What do you do if the local psychiactric hospital calls to tell you you've got a great aunt you never ...more
Dec 2007
Dec 24, 2007
The Book of Drugs: A Memoir
really liked it
This is a tough book to recommend. If you like stories about rock and roll debauchery, Book of Drugs won't disappoint, but Soul Coughing, by the autho ...more
Mar 2012
Mar 10, 2012
The Cradle
it was amazing
The Cradle is full of surprises. On the surface, it doesn’t have a lot to recommend it. It’s a shaggy dog tale that is essentially a glorified road tr ...more
Sep 2009
Oct 15, 2009
The Return
it was amazing
I've never read Bolaño before. I don't know anything about him, his books, his publication history. I know that he is dead and that he wrote 2666. I a ...more
Oct 10, 2012
Jul 16, 2010
NOFX: The Hepatitis Bathtub and Other Stories
it was amazing
I never thought I'd say this, but this is one of the best punk rock memoirs I've ever read. Readers of my reviews know that while I'm pretty generous ...more
May 20, 2016
May 15, 2016
Now You See Him
it was ok
Now You See Him by Eli Gottlieb is a bedeviling book. A writer from a small town who rises swiftly to fame with the publication of a brilliant collect ...more
Feb 16, 2009
Jan 27, 2009
The Bathroom
it was amazing
Having realized that he prefers reading in the tub, the protagonist of Jean-Philippe Toussaint’s The Bathroom decides to take up residence there, beca ...more
Oct 2008
Oct 22, 2008
The Guest Cat
really liked it
A quiet book about a Japanese couple who become enamored with their neighbor's cat. On the surface, very simple and straightforward, but there are man ...more
Mar 2015
Mar 06, 2015
Against the Day
it was amazing
Against the Day is a book of terrorists.

Bomb huckers, outlaws and anarchists lurk everywhere and—surprise, surprise—nearly all of them are likable. A
not set
Jun 28, 2007
All This Life
it was amazing
It didn't occur to me until just now that All This Life is like a mash up of Dave Eggers and Richard Brautigan. A cast of misfits and outcasts unplug ...more
Feb 2015
Feb 14, 2015
Fahrenheit 451
really liked it

Bradbury wrote an early 25,000-word draft of Fahrenheit 451 in nine days on rented typewriters in a basement at UCLA. This is the kind of thing I love
Sep 2012
Sep 12, 2012
Breakfast at Midnight
it was amazing
I took a trip to Europe this summer. Thankfully, my vacation resembled nothing like Louis Armand’s Breakfast at Midnight published by Equus Books.

Jun 2012
Sep 07, 2012
Cured: The Tale of Two Imaginary Boys
it was amazing
A moving account of an extraordinary friendship that stretches from postwar England, is tested through post-punk London and disintegrates, as so many ...more
not set
Oct 06, 2016
The Argonauts
liked it
I don't think I would have read this if I'd known what it was about but after reading Bluets a few years ago I was curious to read Nelson's work again ...more
Aug 08, 2015
Jun 21, 2015
Warlock (Legends West, #1)
it was amazing
I’ve wanted to read this book since I spied Thomas Pynchon’s endorsement in his introduction to Richard Farina’s Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to ...more
Feb 2009
Jan 19, 2009
The State We're In: Maine Stories
really liked it
I've avoided reading Ann Beattie for the same reason I've avoided the rest of the dirty realism crowd. I emerged from my literary awakening as an unde ...more
Oct 31, 2015
Oct 13, 2015
Gun, Needle, Spoon
it was amazing
I've read a lot of junkie fiction and nonfiction but none that has as much hardboiled criminal activity as O'Neil's story from the streets of San Fran ...more
Aug 17, 2015
Aug 16, 2015
Bad Sex
it was amazing
An episodic account of an affair that aspires to great love and collapses in alcoholic ruin. I like this book a great deal but it's a bit like admirin ...more
Jun 07, 2015
Jun 05, 2015
Call Me Burroughs: A Life
it was amazing
Drugs, gun and cats. Yes, cats.
Jan 2014
Jan 06, 2014
Pafko at the Wall
it was amazing
In what is essentially the prologue to Underworld that ran in Harper's in slightly different form, Pafko at the Wall describes the events of October 3 ...more
Jan 06, 2010
Jan 05, 2010
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