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Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life
3.85
Usually I don't get a lot of joy from celebrity biographies, but I hated to put this one down. Maybe because Steve Martin is a very intelligent introv ...more
Feb 25, 2009
Feb 27, 2009
 
Lost on Planet China: The Strange and True Story of One Man's Attempt to Understand the World's Most Mystifying Nation, or How He Became Comfortable Eating Live Squid
3.78
Wow, this offers a grim view of China. I liked the author's previous two books, The Sex Lives of Cannibals, and Getting Stoned With Savages. In those ...more
May 30, 2009
May 30, 2009
 
The Yiddish Policemen's Union
3.68
Thanks, Jackie! No book since Oscar Wao has given me this much delight. I had no idea at the beginning I would fall in love with it. It's a detective ...more
Apr 17, 2009
Apr 17, 2009
 
The Silk Palace
2.88
I forced myself to finish this one. I hadn't read any fantasy in a long time, and I like the genre for the same reason I like travel writing - I like ...more
Jun 07, 2009
Jun 07, 2009
 
The Man Who Got Away
4.50
Wow, there are no books by Sumner Locke Elliott in Goodreads, aside from a German translation of this one. I'm amazed because he's one of my favorite ...more
Sep 24, 2009
Sep 24, 2009
 
Eva
3.37
I picked this up at the Friends of the Library book sale. The consciousness of a thirteen-year-old girl, an accident victim, is transmitted to the bra ...more
Mar 03, 2009
Mar 15, 2009
 
For the Sins of My Father: A Mafia Killer, His Son, and the Legacy of a Mob Life
3.95
This was a page-turner! In the early chapters, the author describes his rather idyllic life as the son of a rich and doting daddy in a series of littl ...more
Mar 10, 2009
Mar 15, 2009
 
Stranger in the Village of the Sick: A Memoir of Cancer, Sorcery, and Healing
3.58
It's the "sorcery" part of this book that drew me to it - the author is an anthropologist who spent many years in apprenticeship to a Songhay sorcerer ...more
Feb 15, 2009
Feb 21, 2009
 
The Friday Night Knitting Club (Friday Night Knitting Club, #1)
3.40
Standard chick lit, full of stereotypes: the hardworking, self-sacrificing single mom, the shallow rich socialite, the wise older women who solve prob ...more
May 25, 2009
May 30, 2009
 
American Wife
3.69
I loved this! This is my favorite of Ms. Sittenfeld's three novels. Until the end, the book isn't political, but an imaginary autobiography of the cur ...more
Jan 02, 2009
Jan 02, 2009
 
The Stars My Destination
4.15
To read and enjoy this book, you have to be able to choke down the un-ironic portrayal of women as sex objects, there to be raped or seduced no matter ...more
Nov 13, 2009
Nov 18, 2009
 
Just After Sunset
3.82
As with most short story collections, there was a range of appeal. A couple of them were outstanding and stayed with me long after I finished reading ...more
Dec 17, 2009
Dec 17, 2009
 
Take the Cannoli
3.86
I was familiar with Sarah Vowell from This American Life. Her strange little voice is made for humor, so having that in my head made the stories even ...more
Feb 28, 2009
Feb 28, 2009
 
Pardon My Spanglish
4.00
The entire book is written in Spanglish, making the final chapter, transcriptions of Spanglish conversations at his family's Christmas dinner, a bit r ...more
Sep 21, 2009
Sep 24, 2009
 
Middlemarch
3.90
This took me much longer to read than what I'm accustomed to - I think I spent nearly three weeks with it. The highly embedded sentence structure did ...more
Sep 02, 2009
Sep 04, 2009
 
Alfred and Emily
3.16
I'd forgotten how much I enjoy Doris Lessing. The first half of this book is a fictional story of the lives her parents might have led if they hadn't ...more
Oct 26, 2009
Oct 26, 2009
 
Pigtopia
3.62
The main character, a deformed and abused man-child, is a completely good human being who befriends an equally good and innocent child. Cliche, yes, w ...more
Jul 20, 2009
Jul 20, 2009
 
Wonder
3.79
This book accurately captures the sheer horror of being a (white middle class) girl in middle school. No great depth here, and I don't think the plot ...more
Jun 08, 2009
Jun 09, 2009
 
Travels with Lizbeth: Three Years on the Road and on the Streets
3.71
I loved this book. The author has a dry and sometimes humorous voice and refers to himself every now and then as "stout." This is the best account of ...more
Aug 04, 2009
Aug 04, 2009
 
Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance
3.76
Even though I was and am an enthusiastic Obama supporter, I didn't expect to enjoy his memoir as much as I did. I don't expect good stories and honest ...more
Jun 28, 2009
Jun 28, 2009
 
Parallel Lives: Five Victorian Marriages
3.83
Best non-fiction I've head in ages. A feminist look at several Victorian literary marriages, featuring Thomas Carlyle, John Ruskin, John Stuart Mill, ...more
Jul 31, 2009
Jul 31, 2009
 
Free Food for Millionaires
3.41
This novel had its flaws, but it was really, really fun to read. Some other reviewer called it Sex and the City from a Korean-American perspective, an ...more
Nov 21, 2009
Nov 24, 2009
 
Native Speaker
3.69
Many things to like about this book, but I found his style overly ornamental at times, and also, the theme of parents' losing a child was just too sad ...more
Jul 02, 2009
Jul 03, 2009
 
Secrets of the Talking Jaguar
4.28
Although I skimmed some of the lengthy dream sequences, I thoroughly enjoyed this depiction of a traditional Mayan culture in Guatemala from the eyes ...more
Jul 07, 2009
Jul 07, 2009
 
The Little People
3.00
An odd little story - a castle in Ireland haunted by little people, who seem to be leprechauns but are in fact something quite other, and nothing you ...more
Nov 24, 2009
Nov 24, 2009
 
Short Stories in Spanish: New Penguin Parallel Text
3.55
As with most collections of stories, some were immensely appealing and some not so much. My Spanish book club has been reading this, and it has defini ...more
May 03, 2009
May 03, 2009
 
Eat A Bowl Of Tea
3.36
The story of a marriage (and impotence and infidelity) in Chinatown. Very interesting look at that segment of society. Not sure when it was set, but p ...more
Nov 25, 2009
Nov 25, 2009
 
The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven
4.08
As with any collection of short stories, some were outstanding and others left less of an impression, but overall I love this author's voice.
Jun 21, 2009
Jun 23, 2009
 
The Music Teacher
3.05
I really enjoyed the story in this book and slightly less all the psychological rambling about whether music is intuitive or scientific.
Oct 27, 2009
Oct 29, 2009
 
Halloween Horrors
3.67
A great collection of horror stories all set on Halloween night. All of them are fun to read, and a few are really scary!
Oct 31, 2009
Oct 31, 2009
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