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My Story
did not like it
This was about as far from what I was expecting as it could possibly be. I heard Smart speak about her experience in an interview with Terry Gross and ...more
Nov 10, 2013
Oct 08, 2013
it was amazing
Understated yet altogether profound. Lancelot's story is retold entirely within his disturbed mind from a single room in an institution with but one w ...more
Mar 11, 2011
Feb 04, 2011
Smile When You're Lying: Confessions of a Rogue Travel Writer
it was ok
In sum: disparaging remarks about nearly every region the world, replete with reductionist stereotyping. Sure, you'll laugh of loud, but it might be f ...more
Jun 08, 2014
Jan 17, 2014
The Black Cat
really liked it
An immaculate though hard to swallow vignette of the power of one's guilt to gradually degrade character as a natural means for assuaging that guilt. ...more
Sep 15, 2013
Sep 14, 2013
The Miseducation of Cameron Post
it was amazing
Danforth has a beautiful grasp of adolescent self-discovery and weaves that with ostracizing and frightening influences. She's got such perspective on ...more
Feb 19, 2014
Jan 24, 2013
Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things
liked it
Updated upon finishing--

Gearing up for a move out of state this month... I certainly need to dump a lot. Let's call it "borderline pathological" ;-]

Jun 11, 2014
Jan 14, 2014
Faces in the Water
it was amazing
A deeply personal account from a clearly reliable but intensely disturbed and isolated narrator, Istina Mavet, as she is bounced around among a slew o ...more
Sep 2013
May 28, 2013
The Fault in Our Stars
it was amazing
The characters are sages of enlightenment masquerading as 15-year olds. Granted they face grave emotional and physical suffering well beyond their yea ...more
Feb 26, 2014
Aug 15, 2012
Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness
liked it
All the while I had to wonder why her family was just so adamantly opposed to the idea of [their daughter being tainted by] mental illness? I guess th ...more
Feb 09, 2014
Sep 03, 2013
The Tell Tale Heart: And Other Writings
it was amazing
Never have I encountered such uncanny description of acute insanity from the inside out. [Case in point, the opening lines: "TRUE! nervous, very, very ...more
not set
Jan 02, 2010
Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui
it was ok
What does feng shui have to do with what your poo looks like? Everything, apparently.
May 28, 2014
May 26, 2014
Unterzakhn (Pantheon Graphic Novels)
it was ok
My six cents:

1. All over the place. Individual chunks of the narrative never really connected, so I never felt it ultimately culminated in much. Also
Apr 13, 2014
Aug 23, 2013
Flight Behavior
liked it
I had such high expectations; put it on hold at the library and waited about 6 months to finally get my hands on it. I'd heard Kingsolver speak about ...more
Jul 04, 2013
Nov 09, 2012
Winter's Bone
really liked it
Very good though ultimately I preferred the film. Something that will stick with me is this profound description of practical (non-religious) determin ...more
Feb 2014
Jun 16, 2013
South of Broad
it was ok
UGGGHHHHH. "Because music is an inexplicable awakener of the dark engines of our immortal souls, I remember every song that we danced to during that m ...more
Apr 07, 2014
Dec 13, 2013
The Witches of Eastwick (Eastwick #1)
it was ok
Initially I was extremely impressed with how well Updike crafted at least two of the three female leads. He seemed to be very in touch with female con ...more
Nov 04, 2013
Sep 14, 2013
Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me
really liked it
Ellen Forney conveys her very complex struggle with mental illness in lighthearted comic language and sketches, with candor and a special humor that b ...more
Feb 22, 2014
Aug 23, 2013
it was amazing
There's a fine line to straddle when crafting a precocious child. Gaiman quite successfully avoids the abyss of annoying with the perfectly flawed, de ...more
Oct 10, 2013
Sep 14, 2013
The Awakening
liked it
Chopin was undoubtedly a revolutionary and possessed insight well advanced of her era, as demonstrated in her ideas behind The Awakening, but her de ...more
Dec 2011
Oct 29, 2011
The Sociopath Next Door
it was ok
Teeming with sensationalism. The case studies are overwrought with unnecessary detail and do not prioritize illustrating her characterization of socio ...more
Apr 2009
Mar 18, 2009
The Yellow Wall-Paper
really liked it
Quite similar thematically to Chopin's The Awakening and first published only three years prior. But this short story is certainly a more striking rep ...more
Nov 15, 2013
Oct 16, 2013
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
it was amazing
McCullers conveys an egalitarian philosophy using the strife historically faced by both blacks and Jews as a platform. Intricacies abound. Collectivel ...more
Jul 06, 2010
Mar 08, 2010
One Hundred Years of Solitude
it was ok
An intricate web of characters and relationships. In his world, humans live for hundreds of years. I can (kind of) get over that, but what I cannot re ...more
Oct 2010
Oct 06, 2008
Ida: A Novel
liked it
Simplistic, beautiful sentence structure. Reads like a long continuous poem rather than a novel. You could linger on a sentence to decipher an array o ...more
Nov 2009
Nov 05, 2009
Over: The American Landscape at the Tipping Point
it was amazing
Beginning with the Native American proverb, "Treat the earth well: It was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children," wh ...more
Jan 2009
Dec 25, 2008
The Torso (Inspector Huss #3)
liked it
Not going to miss reading the fanciful, elaborate descriptions of "Manpower" AKA "Penis Power" at all. Very illuminating to say the least (if you read ...more
May 03, 2014
Oct 24, 2013
Sickened: The Memoir of a Munchausen by Proxy Childhood
really liked it
Despite all life has waged against her, Julie Gregory has an empowered voice. Here, she details growing up with her mother's obsessed effort to contri ...more
Aug 16, 2012
Dec 26, 2008
Reflections in a Golden Eye (Paperback)
really liked it
Subtle and intricate unrequited ties among characters without going soap-opera-y-dramatic. Each character is wholly integral to the story and is outst ...more
Mar 23, 2011
Mar 16, 2011
Love Is Not Constantly Wondering If You Are Making the Biggest Mistake of Your Life
it was ok
Anonymous is truly gifted.

Hilarious (if in title alone)! Apparently it's some weird flavor of 'choose your own adventure' though self-proclaims NOT A
Sep 12, 2013
Sep 09, 2013
You Deserve Nothing
it was amazing
Solidly 4.5 and rounded up. Reflections on the past through three different perspectives - two students and a literature teacher at an international h ...more
Mar 12, 2015
Dec 16, 2012
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