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Lush Life: A Biography of Billy Strayhorn
**spoiler alert** Overall a good book about a very interesting and talented musician who to this day remains unrecognized for the contributions he mad ...more
Oct 16, 2009
Oct 13, 2009
We Own This Game: A Season the in the Adult World of Youth Football
A tightly written portrait on a season of youth football in Miami. Football is truly treated like a religion in Fla-outsized expectations fall on ever ...more
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Aug 11, 2009
Split Season: 1981: Fernandomania, the Bronx Zoo, and the Strike that Saved Baseball
Well written and researched book on the baseball season of 1981 where the owners forced a strike over free agency, chief among other issues facing the ...more
Jun 16, 2015
Jun 18, 2015
The Accidental Connoisseur: An Irreverent Journey Through the Wine World
A humorous and offbeat take on the world of wine set as a travelogue. Osborne travels the world and visits various wine producers to get at the elusiv ...more
Jan 2004
Aug 05, 2009
You're Okay, It's Just a Bruise: A Doctor's Sideline Secrets About Pro Football's Most Outrageous Team
Read this a few years back but seems timely with the recent news of three NFL players donating their brains to science for concussion research after t ...more
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Oct 06, 2009
Really enjoyed this book and couldn't put it down. This is the second book by Bellow I have read, the first being Augie March, but I found this to be ...more
Jun 12, 2009
Jun 12, 2009
The Snakehead: An Epic Tale of the Chinatown Underworld and the American Dream
Excellent book! Couldn't put it down-engaging and well written book on human smuggling focusing on the Golden Venture shipwreck off the Rockaways up t ...more
Jul 30, 2009
Jul 29, 2009
Complete Poems, 1904-1962
cummings is my favorite poet. Have purchased three copies of this book for friends who want to read poetry but don't know where to begin. Also worth c ...more
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Jun 12, 2009
Shibumi (Nicholai Hel, #1)
This book was given to me by a friend who professed to never read who was enthralled with this story. Easy to see why he liked it so much-Trevanian mi ...more
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Jun 12, 2009
Rule of the Bone
Just could not get into this book-seemed all over the place and frankly it wasn't a terribly interesting story for me. I know the character Bone is fr ...more
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Jun 12, 2009
Churchill: A Life
A summary of Churchill's life by a very skilled historian. Probably the best one volume biography out there. Gilbert misses nothing in this book and s ...more
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Jun 12, 2009
City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles
Not sure how it holds up considering when it was first written but I liked the author's insights into LA and what it means to be a resident of that ci ...more
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Jun 18, 2009
Selected Poems
Got this book and after reading it went out and got her collected works-that is the better purchase though this one is strong in offering an introduct ...more
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Jun 12, 2009
Let the Great World Spin
Any book this highly rated better deliver the goods. It started off great-I really liked the story of the two brothers before they moved to NYC. Once ...more
Dec 2009
Jul 25, 2009
American Pastoral (The American Trilogy #1)
What a clunker. I only finished because I started it. I have read other books by Roth head and shoulders over this piece of drivel. Way too much point ...more
Jul 29, 2010
Jul 22, 2010
The Seven League Boots
Had a hard time with this book. Just couldn't get into the story which I found to be dull. This is on my shelf to read again so I might like it better ...more
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Jul 25, 2009
The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
Enjoyed this until the end-I tend to lose interest when people wax on and on about their love of food and how absolutely wonderful this or that meal w ...more
Aug 27, 2009
Aug 08, 2009
Ballad of the Whiskey Robber: A True Story of Bank Heists, Ice Hockey, Transylvanian Pelt Smuggling, Moonlighting Detectives, and Broken Hearts
Well written book mixing sports to a small degree and the messiness of changing political philosophies.
Jan 2009
Feb 24, 2009
Cuba Confidential: Love and Vengeance in Miami and Havana
Very good examination of the Cuban exile community in Miami.
Sep 2004
Jul 30, 2009
No Touch Monkey!: And Other Travel Lessons Learned Too Late
Read this on the way to Africa four years ago after my friend giggled non stop while reading the first chapter. After begging for something to read an ...more
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Nov 07, 2008
Pale Fire
What a great book! All praises heaped upon this novel are well deserved. I lost all faith in fiction these past few years and couldn't wrap myself aro ...more
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Apr 16, 2009
Misadventure in the Middle East: Travels as Tramp, Artist, & Spy
Definitely worth reading-excellent account of an artist and his friends traveling through the Middle East as the invasion of Iraq gears up. Hard to be ...more
Jan 2008
Nov 07, 2008
Old Soldiers Never Die: The Life of Douglas MacArthur
Fair and balanced portrait of MacArthur-overall a good read that touches on every major point of his life. Of interest is where he differs from other ...more
Jan 2003
Nov 07, 2008
Memoirs of a Geisha
I didn't get all the cheers and hosannas being heaped upon this novel. Story-not so interesting. Writing-generous to only be calling it ham handed. OK ...more
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Nov 07, 2008
The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
Not quite sure what to make of this book after reading it. Would like to see other opinions since I don't fully embrace the idea of a tipping point an ...more
Jan 2002
Nov 07, 2008
Wonder Boys
I have now adopted as my credo that I will never again pick up a Michael Chabon novel. I have read two others and this was as bad as the other two. I ...more
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Nov 07, 2008
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
Not a huge fan of the author but read this for book group-I was enjoying it until the last third then...HUH? Totally lost interest then and changed a ...more
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Nov 07, 2008
The Mysteries of Pittsburgh
Read this when it first came out-didn't get what all the rage was for this novel. Didn't find it particularly well written or interesting.
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Nov 07, 2008
The Catcher in the Rye
Never cared for this book-only read it once and it is lost on me what the rage of this book is.
Willing to give it another read.
Jan 1985
Nov 06, 2008
The Kite Runner
So so-didn't really like the book too much. Not my cup of tea I guess.
Jan 2005
Nov 07, 2008
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