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The Great Gatsby
3.88
it was amazing
Most Americans are assigned to read this novel in high school. Few American high schoolers have the wherewithal to appreciate this novel in full. I ce ...more
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Jul 09, 2007
 
The House of Mirth
3.94
it was amazing
Lily Bart, the protagonist of Edith Wharton's stunning first novel, is introduced to the reader as a young woman traveling within high society. While ...more
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Nov 26, 2007
 
Tales of the City (Tales of the City, #1)
4.06
it was amazing
Tales of the City is not great literature. That's not what Maupin's aiming for. In what is the first and best book in a six-part series constructed fr ...more
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Jul 15, 2007
 
The Picture of Dorian Gray
4.05
it was amazing
I am not sure whether this novel is so perfect I should wish Wilde had written more, or whether this novel is so perfect I should be grateful it stand ...more
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Jul 09, 2007
 
Brideshead Revisited
3.99
it was amazing
An English novel dating from near the end of World War II, Brideshead Revisited is an elaborate and fascinating reminiscence of a time passed. A novel ...more
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Jul 09, 2007
 
Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There
3.57
liked it
David Brooks is, for lack of a better term, David Brooks. He has two schticks. First is conservative politics presented in a manner palatable to the r ...more
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Jul 19, 2007
 
The Corrections
3.78
liked it
Substantial portions of this multi-generational, geographically far flung family drama are worthy of a 5-star rating. Multiple characters are so richl ...more
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Jul 19, 2007
 
Revolutionary Road
3.89
really liked it
Although a 1961 novel about a young couple that departs Manhattan for the Connecticut suburbs -- reminding one on its face, maybe, of numerous short s ...more
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Jul 11, 2007
 
The Fermata
3.70
really liked it
The Fermata is a book of divine dirtiness. Baker's protagonist Arno Strine is a 30-ish office temp in Boston purportedly writing his autobiography. Hi ...more
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Jul 15, 2007
 
The Pursuit of Love
3.95
really liked it
The novel's swift-moving plot is a blessing and a curse -- immensely readable but at times stretching belief. The core of the novel -- a quirky and co ...more
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Dec 18, 2013
 
No Equal Justice: Race and Class in the American Criminal Justice System
3.85
liked it
In short: If you are a left-leaning lawyer, do not bother with this book. But if you are an educated non-lawyer, seriously consider reading it.

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Aug 12, 2007
 
Lost In The City
4.05
really liked it
While many American cultural treasures rest on walls, under glass, or in archives in stodgy institutions in the nation's capital, Washington, D.C. is ...more
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Jul 15, 2007
 
Virtually Normal
3.74
liked it
Sullivan does an extraordinary job of examinining the core American views re: gay marriage. Though they are, likely for organization, slotted into but ...more
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Jul 15, 2007
 
Sentimental Education
3.83
it was amazing
Flaubert's protagonist Frédéric Moreau is not a likable character. Connected in various ways to characters variously connected to the French Revolutio ...more
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Jul 09, 2007
 
The Emperor's Children
2.93
liked it
My more precise rating is 3 1/2 stars, if that were possible on this site.

In The Emperor's Children, Messud pulls off feats central to the novel that
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Jul 09, 2007
 
Of Mice and Men
3.84
it was amazing
Perhaps no novel in the English language portrays with more insight, feeling, and sympathy the complex relationship between two very different, yet in ...more
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Jul 15, 2007
 
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
4.08
it was ok
No one can claim credibly that the title -- "Unbearable" -- constitutes false advertising.
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Jul 11, 2007
 
The Elementary Particles
3.78
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Jul 09, 2007
 
The Yiddish Policemen's Union
3.69
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Feb 16, 2010
 
The Days of Abandonment
3.91
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Jan 09, 2015
 
The Turn of the Screw and The Aspern Papers
3.78
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Aug 12, 2007
 
The Sound of Waves
3.75
really liked it
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Aug 12, 2007
 
Raise the Red Lantern
3.72
really liked it
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Aug 15, 2007
 
The Night In Question: Stories
4.16
really liked it
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Jul 15, 2007
 
1984
4.13
really liked it
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Jul 31, 2007
 
Superfudge (Fudge, #3)
3.98
really liked it
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Aug 12, 2007
 
Invisible Man
3.83
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Jul 11, 2007
 
A Time to Be Born
3.91
liked it
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Jul 15, 2007
 
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
4.06
really liked it
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Aug 12, 2007
 
Push
3.81
really liked it
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Jul 15, 2007
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