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White Oleander
Well, what was I supposed to rate it?
I did work awfully hard on W.O.... still like it. Sad to think Oprah's book club is all over, it was quite an ex
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May 05, 2011
Just Kids
This book will be added to "The Art Spirit" as an essential volume on my writer's "behind the desk" bookshelf, the story of two baby artists and how t ...more
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Jan 21, 2011
Paint it Black
thought it was about time to add Paint it Black to my books... I have read it, a few times!
Still like it. The aftermath of a suicide in 1980 punk rock
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May 05, 2011
The Orphan Master's Son
Just starting this--so far it's absolutely ripping. Saw Johnson on a panel, talking about 9/11, Ten Years After, with Steve Erickson and Dana Goodyear ...more
Mar 12, 2012
Oct 15, 2011
Written on the Body
Her artistry makes my mouth drop open. The most poetic, passionate, erotic book, it sits on my shelf with Duras' The Lover and Rikki Ducornet's The Wo ...more
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Mar 04, 2009
The Flamethrowers
I've been looking forward to reading this--just started but already I'm caught up. The chunkiness of the prose, the good crunchiness of it--just the c ...more
Jun 30, 2013
Mar 27, 2013
The Lover
I loved the strangeness of this woman's interior, her voice, the way such a slim volume can sum up an entire life, compelling and erotic and intellect ...more
Jan 12, 2014
Mar 04, 2009
Blindness (Blindness, #1)
This is such a tough book, emotionally. I was 'reading' it in unabridged audio and had to stop. It was just too suspenseful a story--too truly horrifi ...more
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Apr 21, 2014
The Magic Mountain
Time time time... I have the flu, which is the perfect condition in which to read 700 page book about a tuberculosis sanitarium. It changes your sens ...more
Feb 10, 2010
Dec 07, 2009
Wolf Hall (Thomas Cromwell, #1)
There are two kinds of historical novels. The first kind focuses on a protagonist, living in an historical moment, where it's the protagonist and his ...more
Jan 12, 2015
Dec 29, 2014
The Golden Notebook
I read the Golden Notebook at the height of the journaling movement of the 1970's, Ira Progroff and his intensive journal-writing workshops, conscious ...more
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Mar 14, 2009
The Great Glass Sea
This big deep wonderful plunge of a novel--THIS is exactly why I love fiction, wanted to be a writer in the first place. The Great Glass Sea is set in ...more
Aug 30, 2014
Jul 18, 2014
Off Course
This book may inspire a new shelf, a substratum of 'the love story', which is 'the mistress's story.' A young, but not too young, woman looking for so ...more
May 2014
May 01, 2014
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Such a brilliant book, I'll say that up front, and that the truth of a brilliant novel just has to be internally logical, which this is. A parable of ...more
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Jan 20, 2015
Winter of Artifice
I'm a lover of Anais Nin's fiction, and Winter of artifice is one of the greats. A spiderweb, a veil--you either love her or you hate her.

The first s
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Mar 04, 2009
A stellar debut. Probably the most surprising book I've read this year. Received it in galleys after having met Cynthia Bond years ago, when this nove ...more
May 09, 2014
May 05, 2014
An Unquenchable Thirst: A Memoir
Chilling memoir of what it was like to be a nun in the Missionaries of Charity (Mother Theresa) order, Johnson went in as a novice at 19, and remained ...more
Sep 21, 2013
Aug 31, 2013
Telegraph Avenue
So love digging into this contemporary, real world, adult Chabon. THIS is the Chabon I love, the book I'd been waiting for. Contemporary(ish) Oakland, ...more
Aug 31, 2013
Dec 22, 2012
I'm Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen
So great to have a kid who works in a bookstore, who knows what I REALLY want. Have to keep from gulping this down at a single sitting.
Dec 22, 2012
Dec 09, 2012
Winter Sunshine
The perfect companion for a winter's day. People don't read this great native philosopher and naturalist nearly enough. He was a contemporary of John ...more
Jan 23, 2014
Jan 09, 2014
The Woman Upstairs
I was a little hesitant to try another Claire Messud after the Emperor's Children, which I didn't take to--I like a book that lingers, that sticks to ...more
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Jul 22, 2013
The House of the Seven Gables
I adore this book. I recall reading it for the first time in my twenties, picking it up at random and being amazed how lively and picturesque the writ ...more
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Oct 07, 2013
The Possessed: Adventures With Russian Books and the People Who Read Them
Read like wildfire, though personally I could have used more, more Russian books--and a bit less random student adventures--the Samarkhand stuff got t ...more
Mar 11, 2010
Mar 04, 2010
Edie: American Girl
The first biography I'd ever read completely constructed of reported memories of the subject from people who'd been in his or her circle or encountere ...more
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Feb 02, 2015
An astonishingly beautiful, sensual, lyrical, formally experimental book. In character vignettes of one, two, three pages interleaved with short poems ...more
Jan 23, 2015
Jan 14, 2015
My Blue Skin Lover
In this small, lovely book, a woman, Anjali, a Columbia PhD candidate and devoted wife, finds an unimaginable spiritual life opening up for her during ...more
Jun 07, 2014
Jun 06, 2014
Little Failure
Another uneven maddening crazy brilliant Shteyngart book, this time a memoir. The tale begins in early childhood in Leningrad, follows the family's em ...more
Jul 14, 2014
Jun 05, 2014
House of Day, House of Night
Oh boy--you know how you dig into a book, not knowing what to expect, and you come across big, glorious ideas about the world, just scattered in among ...more
Jul 25, 2013
Oct 21, 2010
The Waste Land and Other Poems
April is the cruellest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land...
Retracing myself through the labyrinth of the Waste Land. Making a
Feb 06, 2012
Mar 14, 2009
The Innocence of Objects
This unique art book is a tour of an actual museum, in Istanbul, which Nobel Prize winning author Orhan Pamuk created as a repository of physical obje ...more
Feb 18, 2014
Feb 18, 2014
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