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Travels with Charley: In Search of America
This is the first of Steinbeck's books I've read that I've really enjoyed. It's a wonderful narrative of his trip across country, and the introspectiv...more
May 2010
Apr 15, 2010
The Artists of the Yellow Book and the Circle of Oscar Wilde: 5 October to 4 November 1983
A fascinating, brief examination of the cultural milieu of The Yellow Book magazine published in London in the 1890s, and it's somewhat difficult rela...more
Aug 24, 2013
Aug 24, 2013
The Curious Life of Robert Hooke: The Man Who Measured London
Insert obligatory "I read this because of Neal Stephenson's Baroque Cycle" here.

An excellent biography of a difficult subject. Hooke is something of a...more
Mar 22, 2014
Oct 15, 2008
Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City
Delisle's travelogues are consistently good. He deals with his most controversial subject in this one, but I think he takes a fairly nuanced approach...more
May 30, 2012
May 30, 2012
Sam & Max: Surfin' the Highway Anniversary Edition
Just reread this book, it's about as good as I remember from the first time I read it about fifteen years ago. It's also spawned some of my favorite c...more
May 22, 2010
May 22, 2010
Satchel Paige's America
Learned about this book from Greg Proops' podcast.

Proops said it was a great book, and if anything he understated it. This book was amazing, Fox set...more
May 15, 2011
Apr 13, 2011
Red Families v. Blue Families: Legal Polarization and the Creation of Culture
I saw the authors speak on a panel at the George Washington University Law School. It's a very interesting subject, and I look forward to learning mor...more
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Mar 26, 2010
The Incredible Double
I love interesting first person narrators, and this is a great one. A strange and entertaining story in which the city of Berkely is almost an additio...more
Dec 24, 2009
Dec 24, 2009
The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)
I haven't read much new fantasy lately, but this came well recommended. Rothfuss is one of the best new authors that I've encountered, and I'm looking...more
Aug 10, 2010
Aug 07, 2010
Purity of Blood (Adventures of Captain Alatriste #2)

Just as good as the first Alatriste novel. His portrayal of the time feels very real, though I confess I don't really know the history well enough to...more
Aug 03, 2012
Aug 02, 2012
Eve's Diary
I'd read a selection from this in high school and meant to track it down and read the whole thing. Finally did so, and I'm glad I did. It's hard to de...more
Aug 14, 2011
Aug 13, 2011
Rashomon and Seventeen Other Stories
Akutagawa is a master storyteller, and this collection clearly demonstrates that, while also showing the breadth of his career. There is a dark sense...more
Oct 2007
Aug 02, 2007
Maigret Mystified
Great Maigret mystery with a weird ending. Simenon's ability to create so many vivid characters in such a short book continues to impress me.
Jan 02, 2013
Jan 01, 2013
The Broken Kingdoms (The Inheritance Trilogy, #2)
An excellent follow up to the first book. As it becomes clearer what Jemisin's overall goal is with this series it becomes even more interesting.
Feb 22, 2011
Feb 22, 2011
The Warsun Prophecies (Penny Arcade, #3)
I always enjoy these collections. It's fun to revisit the old comics, and Tycho's commentary makes it feel a bit like he's reading them with you.
Feb 2010
Feb 18, 2010
The Other
This is a collection of lectures given by Kapuscinski on the idea of 'the other' and how it relates to the self and to society. While very interesting...more
Dec 12, 2008
Sep 14, 2008
The 14th Dalai Lama: A Manga Biography
Picked this up on a whim, and I was very impressed with it. Saiwai describes the Dalai Lama's life very effectively, and movingly.
Jun 13, 2012
Jun 13, 2012
Tintin & Co.
This is good, but Farr's other book on Tintin, Tintin: The Complete Companion is better.

The text in these character sketches often devolves into Farr...more
Jun 26, 2008
May 05, 2008
The Case of the Missing Books (Mobile Library Mystery #1)
A wonderfully witty "mystery." The main character arrives from London to a small town in North Ireland where he is to serve as the librarian, only the...more
Jul 2007
Jul 01, 2007
Walt Kelly's Pogo Romances Recaptured
One of the most influential cartoonists of the 20th Century, Walt Kelly's work is as charming today as it was when written.
Jul 29, 2009
Jul 29, 2009
One Nation Under Contract: The Outsourcing of American Power and the Future of Foreign Policy
I saw her speak at George Washington University, she had some very interesting ideas and I'm curious to learn more.

ETA: Finally finished this. Anyone...more
Jul 04, 2010
Jan 14, 2010
The Kingdom of Gods (The Inheritance Trilogy, #3)
This is an excellent conclusion to one of the best fantasy series I've read in ages. Jemisin is a phenomenal new talent.
Dec 21, 2011
Jan 01, 2012
Can't Anybody Here Play This Game?
This book effectively sums up why I am a Mets fan in both its description of the 1962 Mets and the wit with which Breslin writes.
Aug 09, 2009
Aug 09, 2009
CryoBurn (Vorkosigan Saga, #14)
The Vorkosigan books remain the best space opera series out there. It's nice to revisit the world now and again.
Nov 10, 2010
Nov 10, 2010
1968: The Year That Rocked the World
My fondness for Kurlansky's writing is long-standing. Still this is an excellent example of what I like about him. He finds a common thread, in this c...more
Dec 2008
Oct 04, 2008
The Last Brother
A beautiful novel about grief, loss, and childhood. Appanah weaves a powerful story through the recollections of an older man remembering an incident...more
Jul 23, 2014
May 30, 2014
Some of the poems are better than others. I like her use of language, which is evocative and sort of playfully uncomfortable.
May 13, 2012
May 12, 2012
Seven Plays: Buried Child / Curse of the Starving Class / The Tooth of Crime / La Turista / Tongues / Savage Love / True West
I read this on my brother's suggestion, he told me that I should read True West and Buried Child. I originally intended to read all of them but got bo...more
Sep 2007
Jun 24, 2007
Loser Takes All
Not Greene's best, but still quite good. Short pithy tale about a slightly lost couple, and the impact that winning at roulette has on their relations...more
Aug 08, 2012
Jul 29, 2012
A concise but rich biography of Napoleon. Johnson is a diligent historian and provides an excellent guide to Napoleon's life and times.
Dec 30, 2011
Dec 27, 2011