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A People's History of the United States: 1492 - Present
I like the book, because, well, I know that I should like it. After all, if it’s good enough to get a shout out from Good Will Hunting, it should be g...more
Jul 2007
Jul 11, 2007
A Tale of Two Cities
I started reading this book in an effort to whittle away at my ever-growing "classics to read" list and expected it to be a completely perfunctory exp...more
Oct 2007
Oct 01, 2007
The Lost Continent: Travels in Small Town America
In a lot of ways, this is like most of Bryson’s other books. It’s a travel narrative in which he mocks just about every thing and every one he comes a...more
Aug 2007
Aug 12, 2007
A Disorder Peculiar to the Country
The only other fiction about 9/11 that I've read is Jonathan Safran Foer's "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," which is heartbreaking. And yet it i...more
Oct 2007
Oct 11, 2007
Assassination Vacation
I started reading this book at the public library when an old man came up to me and mumbled something about Pearl Harbor. A few minutes later he came...more
Oct 2007
Oct 20, 2007
The Road
I've been mildly fascinated with Cormac McCarthy ever since I found out he was the model for Owen Wilson's character Eli Cash in "The Royal Tenenbaums...more
Feb 2008
Feb 02, 2008
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game
I started writing this review in my head before I'd even finished the preface: that's how much I liked this book. Lewis' writing is sharp and funny--...more
Oct 2007
Sep 26, 2007
The Path to the Spiders' Nests
I loved this book. It is absolutely pulsing with humor and suspense and sex and desperation and hunger. The novel is set in Italy during World War II...more
Nov 2007
Nov 14, 2007
Slow Man
The set up of this book is a lot like Hitchcock's "Rear Window." Both involve loner photographers who, due to recent injury, must deal with their newl...more
Oct 2007
Oct 25, 2007
The Kite Runner
I’ve had this book on my shelf for two years and kept passing it over, which was dumb because I loved this book. I read it over two days, and during t...more
Jul 2007
Jul 12, 2007
A Long Way Down
Anyone who has read "About a Boy" will remember the touching scene in which Will tells Fiona,"This crying in the morning thing, this depression, let's...more
Nov 24, 2007
Nov 19, 2007
Biodegradable Soap
I went to the library stacks with a purpose: I wanted something light and easy. I wanted chick lit. I know there is such a thing as chick lit that is...more
Oct 2007
Oct 30, 2007
There are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in the Other America
I've been meaning to read this book since I first moved to Chicago a couple of years ago and just recently was reminded of it by my friend Erin's revi...more
Dec 2007
Dec 04, 2007
I was pretty excited about this book because, well, I love awkward people. In fact, I am one. But there was something missing from this collection; I’...more
Aug 2007
Jul 14, 2007
The History of Love
For those of you who like Jonathan Safran Foer, this is his wife. I loved the book, and it reminded me a lot of Foer (who by the way has a really cool...more
Jul 2007
Jul 12, 2007
Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything (Freakonomics, #1)
I really enjoyed this book. A lot of the examples come from Chicago because Levitt works at the University of Chicago, so I especially recommend it to...more
Oct 2007
Aug 29, 2007
The Partly Cloudy Patriot
Finally, someone's dedicated an entire essay to how creepy Tom Cruise is. Thank you, Sarah Vowell.

I really love her writing; it is peppered with great...more
Oct 2007
Oct 21, 2007
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6)
As interesting as all that Voldemort and wizarding stuff is, let’s face it, it’s the teenage sexual tension that really drives me to read Rowling’s 80...more
Aug 2007
Aug 17, 2007
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
So sad then when I finish this series I'm going to have to go back to reading books for adults. Sigh.
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Oct 29, 2010
The Year of Magical Thinking
This was really moving but also a very peaceful read. I was so impressed with how Didion tried to deal with death methodically and rationally (by read...more
Dec 2007
Jul 12, 2007
This book is for young adults, so maybe I'm over analyzing it, but I really didn't care for this one. It's got all the good Hornby stuff: tragically h...more
Feb 2008
Feb 23, 2008
Another Country
This book is a lot like "Giovanni's Room," another of Baldwin's novels and one of my favorites. "Another Country" isn't quite as poignant, but the two...more
Nov 2007
Nov 16, 2007
This book did absolutely nothing for me. The narrator was kind of a cool character-- he's really creepy and suffers from blackouts and memory loss. It...more
Dec 2007
Nov 17, 2007
The Red Badge of Courage and Other Stories
I liked this a lot, although I feel like I need to read it again to really grasp the mechanics of it. There was a great tension between action and ref...more
Jan 2008
Jan 07, 2008
I didn't really care for this one. Some of Sa's writing is really fresh and airy; I especially liked the opening scene in which Heavenlight describes...more
Sep 2007
Aug 17, 2007
The Mother Tongue: English and How It Got That Way
This was a really fun read. Bryson includes so many examples and definitions that at times it's a bit overwhelming and scholarly, but it is still real...more
Dec 2007
Nov 24, 2007
The Good Soldier
I like reading books with narrators that we can't trust-- it makes me a more thoughtful reader and the text more enigmatic-- so I loved this narrator....more
Nov 2007
Oct 31, 2007
The Tenth Man
What I love about Graham Greene's writing is that it is like the characters he writes about: lean, terse, and unfeeling, and yet it still manages to e...more
Oct 2007
Oct 23, 2007
Wuthering Heights
I've read this before, but obviously not very carefully because I didn't remember much of it. I was struck by how funny it was, especially the argumen...more
Jan 2008
Dec 13, 2007
A Moveable Feast
I re-read this because I just moved back to Chicago, and the way Hemingway feels about Paris is the way I feel about Chicago. It's a great read and it...more
Sep 2007
Sep 06, 2007
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