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I don't think I have ever read a novel that so accurately describes the thoughts and actions and motivations of human beings. There was not one false ...more
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Jan 08, 2010
A Working Theory of Love
The New Yorker had cited this novel in a short list of notable books released this month. I liked the sound of the plot, and liked even more the prais ...more
Oct 05, 2012
Oct 07, 2012
Paper Towns
I found myself quite taken by this book. Much more than what I expected when I first started.

I found Paper Towns on the staff recommendations shelf a
Jun 2009
Jun 22, 2009
Pontius Pilate
Pontius Pilate is where the classical world meets the Biblical, a pagan European man in the monotheistic Middle East, the Imperial governor over a not ...more
May 10, 2014
May 10, 2014
Quiet Days in Clichy
I thought, while spending a year overseas, I would read books about people who were living far from home. I was reading "Shogun", but after a few week ...more
Sep 13, 2011
Sep 13, 2011
The Sheltering Sky
A disappointment.

I had seen this book praised as one of the best novels about travel and was anxious to read it. I was intrigued by the setting of th
Mar 17, 2012
Mar 17, 2012
I had never seen any of the film versions of this book, but it was recommended in several places as one of the better science fiction novels written. ...more
Dec 22, 2012
Dec 22, 2012
A Universal History of Iniquity
I was actually pretty disappointed by this book. It's made of very short essays about some unkind people—knife-fighters, pirates, cultists—many of the ...more
not set
Jun 15, 2009
Winter's Bone
Ree, a poor teen in the Ozarks, raises her little brothers and cares for her invalid mother. When she finds out she and her family will lose her home ...more
Feb 12, 2014
Feb 12, 2014
Speak, Memory (An Autobiography Revisited)
This is one of the few instances where I wish I could give half stars. It really is between 3 and 4 for me, but I'm rounding up for reasons I don't ev ...more
Nov 03, 2012
Nov 04, 2012
R Is for Rocket
Ray Bradbury was my first "favorite author."

I'm sure that's true for lots of people.

There was a bookstore in Milwaukee, somewhere on the East Side,
Jun 23, 2014
Jun 23, 2014
The Luminaries
A young man, out to try his luck by searching for gold in 1800s New Zealand, stumbles into a secret meeting when he goes to relax in his hotel's bar. ...more
Jan 18, 2014
Jan 18, 2014
Don't Cry
Mary Gaitskill is one of my favorite writers. Her ability to realistically plumb the human soul and its motives is astonishing. She also can do some l ...more
Jul 2009
Jul 09, 2009
The first of my "hospital books", which I saved all summer to read during what ended up being my 9 day marathon at Weiss.

I found this book to be rema
Aug 2008
Aug 29, 2008
The Woman in the Dunes
A young man takes a few days off of work to catch beetles by the seaside. As the day turns to dusk, he asks a local from the nearest village if there' ...more
Dec 08, 2012
Dec 08, 2012
Girl Trouble: Stories
This is an excellently written collection of stories. One of them may be added to my mental list of "Best Short Stories I Ever Read."

The stories here
Mar 16, 2014
Mar 16, 2014
The Complete Adventures of Peter Rabbit
Beatrix Potter was always a favorite during childhood. Mom use to read to us from a collection of select stories. A few Christmases back I asked for s ...more
Jan 2009
Jan 28, 2009
The Hidden planet: science fiction adventures on Venus
An anthology of scifi tales who all share Venus as their backdrop. Published in 1959, before earthlings had a clear idea of what lay under the second ...more
Sep 26, 2014
Sep 26, 2014
The Next Time You See Me
13-year-old Emily finds a dead woman's body during one of her daydream-filled walks after school. Eventually, the stories surrounding that dead woman— ...more
Mar 21, 2014
Mar 21, 2014
The Sign of Four (Sherlock Holmes, #2)

I was hoping for a nice little mystery with fun characters, but there wasn't too much mystery and the characters were only sometimes fu
Jan 31, 2014
Jan 31, 2014
The Fault in Our Stars
An easy read with some big thoughts. I think the strongest part of the book is capturing how a cancer patient—especially a teen with cancer—might feel ...more
Aug 30, 2014
Aug 31, 2014
My Lunches With Orson
This was an interesting little read. In the mid-80s, actor/director Henry Jaglom tape recorded a number of luncheons he shared with actor/director Ors ...more
Apr 16, 2014
Apr 16, 2014
Great Expectations
I'd never read Dickens before, partially because the boyfriend of the sister of a high school buddy once complained that the author spent an inordinat ...more
Jun 13, 2014
Jun 16, 2014
The French Lieutenant's Woman
Both purposefully Victorian and post-modern, with some of the most carefully selected prose I've read in some time. Fowles mimicked the style of a dus ...more
Aug 2014
Aug 02, 2014
Bleeding Edge
Our hero, Maxine, is a fraud investigator in 2001 New York City who's hired to check out some shady dealings with a post-bubble-burst internet company ...more
Nov 20, 2014
Nov 20, 2014
Jim Henson: The Biography
The day Jim Henson died, I was devastated. I cried and cried, hidden away from my family, until my father approached me and said, "Hey, I know you're ...more
Apr 2014
Apr 01, 2014
Kenobi (Star Wars)
My Star Wars entry in Mike's and my property-based read-a-thon. I found this book to be significantly more enjoyable than the STNG book I read a few m ...more
Feb 23, 2014
Feb 23, 2014
The Book of Sand & Shakespeare's Memory
I knew Borges only through other authors who cited him—favorite authors like Umberto Eco. But I never got around to reading any of his books.

My fathe
Jan 2009
Mar 02, 2009
The Stories of Breece D'J Pancake
I'd never heard about Pancake's work before the story "Trilobites" was posted on Biblioklept a few weeks ago. I was taken by the voice in the piece, a ...more
Mar 04, 2014
Mar 04, 2014
On another world, mathematicians live monk-like lives in monasteries, thinking deep thoughts about truth, triangles, and a hypothetical skein of conne ...more
Jul 07, 2014
Jul 07, 2014
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