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The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving
the secret to jonathan evison's success, i think, is that he's both emotionally courageous AND funny as hell, which is a rare and electrifying mix. i...more
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Sep 15, 2012
Journey to the End of the Night
just finished reading it and it really feels like it might be the central book of the entire 20th century. i see catch-22 and henry miller and william...more
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Jul 02, 2012
Weetzie Bat (Weetzie Bat, #1)
really hated this book for the first couple pages, couldn't believe i was supposed to read an entire bookful of this happy hippie treacly bullshit, th...more
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Sep 01, 2012
The Scarlet Letter
okay, so shoot me, i never read this before. well, i tried a couple times, in high school and college, but the opening part, the introduction about th...more
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Dec 22, 2010
Half a Life
i feel bad for not liking this more than i do; darin strauss seems like a good guy and life definitely dealt him a shitty hand in the accident this me...more
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Oct 28, 2010
The Aspern Papers
the more i read of henry james, the more i think he may be my favorite writer. it's weird, because he seems to be exactly all those things i most desp...more
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Aug 30, 2011
Chronicle of a Death Foretold
usually when i read garcia marquez i love it at first but then it just keeps circling and circling and eventually my brain shuts down and i pass out,...more
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Oct 21, 2012
A Severed Head
iris murdoch reminds me a lot of henry james, in that her style is almost scientific. there's a method and a premise and the rest is investigation; it...more
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Aug 09, 2012
A Heart So White
liked it, didn't love it, didn't really "really like it," found myself often sighing loudly towards the end-- JUST FRIGGIN SAY WHAT YOU'RE GONNA SAY A...more
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Sep 10, 2011
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
i would give this book 4 1/2 stars if i could. it really is almost perfect. the only downside in my mind is it's not that original-- i've seen this ba...more
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Jul 01, 2011
Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day
well, i mailed in the last round of copy-edits today, so the book is now out of my hands. it feels really weird but also kind of nice. i hope it is ha...more
Mar 23, 2011
Nov 10, 2010
Mr. Peanut
really probably more like a 4.5, but i'm rounding up because this guy's voice is just incredible. it's the kind of voice that makes you suddenly reali...more
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Aug 01, 2012
During the Christmas holiday, that curious, suspended pause in the rushing semester, William Stoner began to realize two things: he began to know how...more
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Jun 29, 2013
The Savage Detectives
like stumbling through a vast desert of boredom and finding some neat-looking rocks every now and then.
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Sep 28, 2012
Mortal Leap
this book came so highly recommended i almost didn't want to read it, i figured it couldn't possibly live up to the hype. but it did, and in a nice wa...more
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Aug 09, 2012
La Bête Humaine (Les Rougon-Macquart, #17)
i avoided naturalism for a long time, i always thought it was going to be really dry and boring stuff, social criticism and whatnot, stories about peo...more
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Dec 31, 2012
Crapalachia: A Biography of Place
One time a man left home. He had argued with his mother and father the day before he left. They spoke horrible words to one another and he left withou...more
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May 15, 2013
Tough Guys Don't Dance
okay, at this point i just flat-out love norman mailer, but his endings are really letting me down. his voice is so wild and burning and furious, so f...more
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Jul 19, 2011
No Longer Human
the opening of this book, which is a description of three photographs taken of a man over the course of his life, is one of the most best and disturbi...more
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Sep 19, 2012
It is said there are flowers that bloom only once in a hundred years. Why should there not be some that bloom once in a thousand, in ten thousand year...more
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Nov 01, 2008
The Notebook (The Notebook, #1)
i expected this to be horrible, but it was actually pretty good; a much stranger book than i expected. i thought the first part was great; if the book...more
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Dec 29, 2012
No One Belongs Here More Than You
sarah was throwing away this book so i took it. she said that it was horrible and that she could only manage to read one story, but i didn't believe h...more
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Mar 16, 2008
xo Orpheus: Fifty New Myths
i have a story in this book called "The Squid Who Fell in Love with the Sun."

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Sep 24, 2013
Witch Piss
i feel like this is some kind of transitional work maybe. the usual sam pink blueprint is you take a narrator and walk him around the very real street...more
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Mar 01, 2014
The New Life
i don't really know what to say about this one. i think i will be thinking about it for a while. i will say this: i found it both compulsively readabl...more
Apr 09, 2009
Apr 08, 2009
Twilight (Twilight, #1)
well, i finally read harry potter, so i figured i'd give twilight a shot… and i gotta say, it really surprised me. basically, i thought it was great.

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Jun 24, 2011
The People Trap
it's probably good that robert sheckley is dead, because if i ever met him, i'd probably just start screaming WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR IDEAS!?!?!?? WHERE...more
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Jul 02, 2012
Miles: The Autobiography
i won't say this is the absolute best book i've ever read, but it sure is a motherfucker, as miles would probably say if he were here. though actually...more
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Jun 09, 2009
An American Dream
should be subtitled a book of smells. never read so many smells in my life. all of them bad. seriously, either mailer has the most sensitive nose on t...more
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May 07, 2011
Farewell Horizontal
i almost had an aneurysm trying to figure out how to encapsulate the world and plot of this book. so i'm just gonna pass on that. and the fact that je...more
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Mar 14, 2013
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