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How to Become Ridiculously Well-read in One Evening: A Collection of Literary Encapsulations
Funny synopses/alternate versions of classics everyone "should" read/know.
I had to give up on this on
May 17, 2010
Jan 11, 2008
Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist
Everyone who hates this book because it's "emo" must never have had their hearts broken, and must be so jaded or so ever-popular that they never knew ...more
Oct 06, 2008
Feb 16, 2008
Pudd'nhead Wilson/Those Extraordinary Twins (Critical Edition)
Cindy said it best: []

Cindy gave it 5 stars on 05/31

recommends it for: anyone
This book may be one of the best
Feb 2007
Jun 25, 2007
New Kids on the Block: Five Brothers and a Million Sisters
The short review:
As was expected, it was a fluffy, light read. I was kind of torn about this book--it was interesting and had some good history and st
Jul 03, 2013
Oct 10, 2012
The Thin Man
I'm not generally into the mystery/detective genre as a whole, except the books that are really good stories. I'd heard of The Thin Man and I think I ...more
Feb 27, 2012
Nov 01, 2009
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
I don't even know where to begin talking about the plot of this book. It's ... drugs .... lots of drugs ... and craziness. A guy and his attorney go t ...more
Jul 05, 2011
Nov 22, 2007
Shakespeare Wrote for Money
The third of three collections of Nick Hornby's book columns from Believer magazine.

"How can you ever understand a novel if you don't understand pain
May 04, 2010
Mar 07, 2009
The Homework Machine (The Homework Machine #1)
This was a totally cute book. Four very different kids (2 brains, the class clown, and the independent, alternative girl) get stuck sitting together i ...more
Feb 23, 2008
Aug 21, 2007
Haiku U: From Aristotle to Zola, 100 Great Books in 17 Syllables
Some books like this -- books that try to summarize or parody classic books in a funny way -- fall flat, but this one worked for me. There were quite ...more
Apr 28, 2012
Feb 22, 2008
Arsène Lupin versus Herlock Sholmes (Arsène Lupin, #2)
I enjoyed reading this book as much as I enjoyed reading the other Arsene Lupin book. The thing that this one has that the other didn't is that this i ...more
Jun 2007
Jun 24, 2007
Confessions of a Teen Sleuth
This is a *hilarious* parody of Nancy Drew books. After 7 decades of being misrepresented, Nancy finally has her say.

Nancy's former college roommate,
Jun 2007
Jun 25, 2007
The Story Girl
4.5 stars

A very nice book; while not in the same time as Anne of Green Gables, it definitely has the exact same feeling--Anne should/would be friends
Dec 17, 2008
Dec 12, 2008
In a way, what Nick Hornby does for books in The Polysyllabic Spree and Housekeeping vs. the Dirt, he does here for music.

By explaining what he likes
Mar 21, 2009
Jul 01, 2007
When the Emperor Was Divine
I didn't expect to like this book (about a Japanese family who's forced into an internment camp in California during WWII) because I generally don't l ...more
Feb 2006
Jul 01, 2007
I Am America (And So Can You!)
What I learned from this book: Stephen Colbert is always right (not like we didn't already know that).

Fans of Stephen Colbert, you're already reading
Oct 2007
Sep 23, 2007
Fermat's Last Theorem: Unlocking the Secret of an Ancient Mathematical Problem
Math geekiness -- yum! This was a nice history of what's been dubbed "Fermat's Last Theorem" (that x^n + y^n = z^n ONLY works for squares) and the 199 ...more
Oct 29, 2011
Jul 03, 2007
The Commitment: Love, Sex, Marriage, and My Family
This is a FUNNY book - essays about Dan Savage's life, his life with his boyfriend, their son, his family, and the debate over getting married.

Feb 2007
Jun 25, 2007
The Name of This Book Is Secret (Secret, #1)
A fun book. A page-turner, even for an "adult."

It's cute and quirky -- the author constantly telling you details are secret, or that he's not giving
Nov 10, 2008
Jan 28, 2008
The Exploits of Arsene Lupin
This is a great book! It's a nice, quick read, but very intellectual. The stories aren't Whodunnits, but How'dhedunnits - we know (or, we can pretty w ...more
Jun 2007
Jun 24, 2007
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter #1)
What's there to say about Harry Potter that hasn't been said already? The books in this series are some of my favorite books of all time: they're fun, ...more
Jul 1999
Jun 27, 2007
Tales of Henry James
I knew nothing about Henry James before I read his short stories for a class. When I read them, I LOVED them. They're fun and personal (lots of storie ...more
May 2006
Jun 25, 2007
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter #5)
Still more Harry Potter goodness, this time with more intrigue and anticipation. What's the Order of the Phoenix? Who's in the Order? How will the eve ...more
Jun 2003
Jun 27, 2007
The Pat Hobby Stories
Poor Pat Hobby. He's not only a down-on-his luck writer, but he's just plain unlucky.

These are great short stories. You often can't help but feel sad
Aug 14, 2009
Jul 01, 2007
OOPS!: Movie Mistakes That Made the Cut
It's fun reading about major motion picture projects that, despite the majorness and the big budgets, still have flubs. It's also always fun to find o ...more
Dec 2003
Jul 01, 2007
The Westing Game
Sam Westing dies, but the will he leaves is a puzzle, literally. The heirs must solve the riddles in order to claim the money. Can you solve the riddl ...more
Oct 1989
Jul 02, 2007
High Fidelity
Yes, I read this because of the movie, but it stands well on its own. Even if I'd never seen the movie, I think I'd like this book (perhaps not quite ...more
Oct 2002
Jul 01, 2007
The Golden Ball and Other Stories
This was the first (and still the only, for some reason) Agatha Christie book I ever read. I never thought I'd like Agatha Christie, but I really love ...more
Jan 1995
Jun 25, 2007
The Haiku Year
Haiku Year is a collection of haiku written by J. Michael Stipe, Grant Lee Phillips, Tom Gilroy, Anna Grace, Jim McKay, Douglas A. Martin, and Rick Ro ...more
Apr 25, 2003
Jun 27, 2007
The Future Dictionary of America
Such smart-asses. A smart-ass, witty, and intelligent commentary on the nation in 2004 (and, unfortunately, before and since then).
Aug 2004
Jul 01, 2007
10 Sure Signs a Movie Character is Doomed: And Other Surprising Movie Lists
fun little lists about movies ("The Best...", "The Worst...", "The 10 Sure Signs a Movie Character is Doomed," etc.)
Dec 2003
Jul 02, 2007
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