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The Remains of the Day
4.09
(5.0) If you're going to dedicate your life to something, make sure it's worth it

Because you'll often give up something more beautiful and more import
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Dec 07, 2014
Nov 14, 2011
 
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Open
4.12
(5.0) I want you to read this book

Oh my goodness, this was one of my favorite reading experiences ever. I'm not sure I can objectively explain it, but
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Mar 2011
Mar 02, 2011
 
12
Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea
4.41
(5.0) Excellently researched and told stories of North Koreans from Chongjin

Excellent, but a couple of minor flaws almost made it a 4.5. The North Kor
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Feb 07, 2012
Jan 17, 2012
 
5
The Cuckoo's Egg: Tracking a Spy Through the Maze of Computer Espionage
4.19
(5.0) So much fun! (may need to be a little computer-geeky to really love it)

Crazy cool true story about an astronomer-turned-sysadmin at Berkeley in
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Mar 29, 2005
Jun 16, 2008
 
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The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography
4.25
History of crypto, from its very beginning to public key cryptography and a sketch of quantum cryptography. Very well written and researched, balancin ...more
Aug 22, 2008
Aug 18, 2008
 
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The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company That is Connecting the World
3.82
If at all interested in the history of Facebook, do read this

I made the mistake of reading The Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich, which was a ter
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Dec 28, 2010
Mar 16, 2011
 
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Zeitoun
4.08
Just a very well-told story

Zeitoun is a Syrian-American who runs a house painting business with his Southern born wife, Kathy. He decides to stay duri
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Nov 27, 2009
Mar 16, 2011
 
6
The Kite Runner
4.22
One of the most engaging novels read recently. Terrific novel of a Afghani boy who fights for his great father's love, betrays his only friend, flees ...more
Jan 2006
Jun 16, 2008
 
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Rules of Civility
3.98
(5.0) Loved this, especially the witty dialog

Great plot, only a few times was it unrealistic (e.g. how much Katey suddenly took to firearms), but espe
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Mar 30, 2013
Dec 10, 2012
 
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Cloud Atlas
4.01
(5.0) So good it's one of my recent go-to fiction recommendations

Innovatively structured novel spanning generations, implying reincarnation. Each chun
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May 2007
Jun 16, 2008
 
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Life of Pi
3.87
Fabulous work. Tremendous storyteller. I remember thinking..."I know this is fiction, but I really want it to be true. I want to believe it." As Marte ...more
Aug 2003
Jun 16, 2008
 
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Lucky
3.74
memoir of woman raped in college. Extraordinarily powerful, insightful. Demonstrates a woman with power, will and determination, but also the traumati ...more
Jan 2002
Jun 16, 2008
 
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Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!: Adventures of a Curious Character
4.28
None
Jan 2001
Sep 19, 2012
 
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Crime and Punishment
4.15
None
Jan 2004
Jun 16, 2008
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