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162
Vida
3.76
Read this long long ago, the tension and seriousness in it was more than even I liked. .. Curious now again though.

And though, thinking back, I think
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Jul 1986
Jan 17, 2009
 
579
The Soul of a New Machine
4.11
Read this book in that early 80's period, when I was pre-CSci at the U.. played a non-insignificant role in my deciding to switch careers. Not because ...more
Apr 1983
Mar 16, 2009
 
90
Roots: The Saga of an American Family
4.39
I have just been having my daughter and I watch the tv mini-series based on this book; both because of Obama's historic inauguration coming up, and be ...more
not set
Jan 12, 2009
 
529
The Page 3 Murders
2.58
from Indiaclub.com

KALPANA SWAMINATHAN is a surgeon and writer.
Every Homicide file has one last blank page marked LR. That page is meant for Lalli…Sixt
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not set
Mar 10, 2009
 
497
Subject To Change (New Issues Poetry & Prose)
4.21
http://matthewthorburn.blogspot.com/

from that blog:

Did anyone else catch a faint echo of Shakespeare's St. Crispen's Day speech in the closing of Pres
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not set
Mar 02, 2009
 
301
The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable
3.83
from Wikipedia:
The late Berkeley statistician David Freedman said that efforts by statisticians to refute Taleb's point that rare events with major co
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not set
Feb 09, 2009
 
514
A Framework for Understanding Poverty
3.83
My Mom mentioned this book in relation to some local non-profits she is very involved with, so have been planning to read it.
I understand where the c
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not set
Mar 05, 2009
 
302
Bailouts or Bail-Ins?: Responding to Financial Crises in Emerging Economies
3.75
from Wikipedia:
As of January, 2009, he remains pessimistic about the US and global economy. He says "we have a subprime financial system, not a subpri
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not set
Feb 09, 2009
 
209
This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color
4.42
This book made a big impression on me when I was assigned it, during my Women's Studies period. The central idea - that people in the majority culture ...more
Jan 10, 1985
Jan 31, 2009
 
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The Confessions of Nat Turner
3.94
I'd come across references to this in the past, and never knew what was being talked about, and didn't learn myself. So finally now, thanks to the CCL ...more
not set
Apr 20, 2009
 
594
Poland Under Black Light
4.33


from Amazon.com
Anderman is one of Poland's most prominent "post-war" writers (i.e., writing after the imposition of martial law in December 1981). His
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not set
Mar 16, 2009
 
749
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
3.49
Wow, I'd had no idea that it was F. Scott Fitzgerald who wrote the story that the movie was based on. My daughter and I saw it last night. I liked it ...more
not set
Apr 08, 2009
 
1103
A Mountain of Crumbs
3.70
Published by Star Tribune, review written by: Laurie Hertzel

"Even if Elena Gorokhova weren't such a gorgeous writer, her memoir, "A Mountain of Crumbs
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not set
Jan 17, 2010
 
717
Revolution and Its Past: Indentities and Change in Modern Chinese History
3.44
I've wanted to learn some more about China for a while, this looks like a great text for that.
From Amazon's description:
Product Description
For courses
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not set
Mar 27, 2009
 
842
Deception: Pakistan, the United States, and the Secret Trade in Nuclear Weapons
4.13
Questions to answer about it though, from one reader on Amazon:

"The fact that the authors of Deception thank Peter Griffen in the acknowledgments of t
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not set
Apr 22, 2009
 
601
Tess of the D'Urbervilles
3.71
Sounds unfun (Victorian, English), yet somewhat good (female protaganist, good writing, critical of Victorian social structures). So, we'll see..

And i
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not set
Mar 17, 2009
 
590
At the Mind's Limits: Contemplations by a Survivor on Auschwitz and Its Realities
4.24
from Wikipedia:

Améry's efforts to preserve the memory of the Holocaust focused on the terror and horror of the events in a phenomenological and philos
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not set
Mar 16, 2009
 
63
China, Inc.: How the Rise of the Next Superpower Challenges America and the World
3.38
I bought and skimmed/read this book during the Olympic boycott conversation, and one thing I found interesting is that the term 'Human Rights' is not ...more
Mar 2008
Jan 11, 2009
 
369
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
3.97
I was mentioning this book and its ideas to my daughter, and she said that her K-8 school here in Minneapolis showed them a film based on the book! (S ...more
not set
Feb 16, 2009
 
276
Candy Girl: A Year in the Life of an Unlikely Stripper
3.52
I've put off even looking at this book, primarily because I can always hear Diablo saying "I'm NOT a feminist" in my head (I imagine that that's her p ...more
not set
Feb 08, 2009
 
787
The Kindly Ones
3.97
Looks like a pretty awful experience (reading this book). Plus, the whole idea that his sister not allowing their incestuous relationship to continue ...more
not set
Apr 16, 2009
 
351
Lord of the Flies
3.60
I really hated this book when required to read it in high school, and in fact perhaps didn't finish it. I don't remember our 'discussion' (so to speak ...more
Jan 1979
Feb 14, 2009
 
334
Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective (Encyclopedia Brown, #1)
4.02
Liked these growing up, eons ago - and a friend of mine back then did to (you know who you are!) so I'm pretty sure I heard of them through him.

Found
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Nov 1971
Feb 13, 2009
 
985
Quest for Kim: In Search of Kipling's Great Game
3.75
Kim was one of those really really hard books I tried to read as a teenager, and unlike 'Zen and the Art of MM', I never succeeded. It was simply too ...more
not set
Sep 13, 2009
 
450
The Detroit Almanac
3.79
This is formatted not so much as straight text, but more like a Guinness Book of World Records type thing. Lots of photos and graphics, and each page ...more
not set
Feb 21, 2009
 
647
Reservation Road
3.53
Some reviewers say what would also seem obvious, that this book will be most impactful for those who have experienced loss. Which I have, thankfully n ...more
not set
Mar 22, 2009
 
774
House of War: The Pentagon and the Disastrous Rise of American Power
4.22
Gasp - he wrote 'Constantine's Sword'! Oh my goodness, that puts this book in a certain very specific place in my psyche.

I'm sure I'm not the only on
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not set
Apr 15, 2009
 
576
The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism
4.02
from Wikipedia:

Andrew J. Bacevich, Sr. (born 1947 in Normal, Illinois) is a professor of international relations at Boston University, former director
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not set
Mar 16, 2009
 
634
Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day  and How They Feel About What They Do
4.23
I'd heard about this forever, feels like something I'd really like to read now. Partly if I get the job involving unions; in any case because the coun ...more
not set
Mar 19, 2009
 
809
The Alexandria Quartet  (The Alexandria Quartet #1-4)
4.18
from wikipedia:
The Alexandria Quartet is a tetralogy of novels by British writer Lawrence Durrell, published between 1957 and 1960. A critical and com
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not set
Apr 17, 2009
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