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Telex from Cuba
It took me a very long time to get through this book. Normally, if I am struggling this much, I will move on; I'm not one to force myself through book ...more
Jul 18, 2009
Jul 02, 2009
Everyman's Rules for Scientific Living
This is one of the best books you've never heard of. It came to my attention via my editor, who is also Carrie Tiffany's editor. The book won accolade ...more
Jun 2008
Jan 10, 2009
A Mercy
It's been a long time since I've read Toni Morrison. As a high-school student, I found her prose-poetry style difficult and opaque. Now, some 20 years ...more
Jul 2009
Jun 29, 2009
Pere Goriot/Eugenie Grandet
Reflecting on what was most engaging about this reading experience, i.e. what stayed with me, makes me think about this major transitional moment we'r ...more
Jan 08, 2009
Jan 10, 2009
I trudged through this slowly for the first third or so. The peripheral first person--narrator as character, telling the story of the protagonist--fel ...more
Sep 2008
Jan 10, 2009
How Fiction Works
I'd say this is the best book on the art of fiction to date--and I've got Gardner, Lamott, Burroway, Lodge, Gotham Writers, and O'Connor under my belt ...more
Jan 28, 2009
Jan 10, 2009
Mrs. Dalloway
As a writer, I am amazed by Woolf's stunning use of the omniscient POV. This novel is in itself a kind of "argument" for the roving POV, particularly ...more
Jan 29, 2009
Jan 10, 2009
The House at Sugar Beach
I found this memoir of a privileged, aristocratic African childhood (abruptly shattered by the civil war in Liberia) utterly absorbing -- in the same ...more
May 30, 2009
May 08, 2009
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
I am someone who actually had a "conversion moment," a moment when I knew, I decided, I had to be a writer. This is the book that did it for me (Dilla ...more
Apr 1993
Jan 10, 2009
An Hour Before Daylight: Memoirs of a Rural Boyhood
During the '07-08 Presidential campaign, I became obsessed with Presidential history. I saw the bio-documentary on Carter--Jonathan Demme's MAN FROM P ...more
May 2008
Jan 10, 2009
The Age of Innocence
A true "guilty pleasure." Who needs pulp romances when Edith Wharton writes beautifully, profoundly, and salaciously. A completely satisfying read, fr ...more
Feb 20, 2009
Jan 22, 2009
The News from Paraguay
If I could rate this 3.5, I would. I had a hard time connecting with Lily Tuck's writing style--which is stunning throughout, but hit me like pelted s ...more
Jun 29, 2009
Jun 23, 2009
Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance
I listened to this on CD, which is the only way to go (except that it's abridged -- so I will probably buy the book and see what I missed). The CD ver ...more
Apr 20, 2009
Feb 23, 2009
Life After God
I enjoyed Coupland the way, I suppose, I enjoy Richard Linklater movies -- there is a kind of narrowness to the voice and perspective, but it's still ...more
Aug 26, 2009
Aug 02, 2009
This book is what I'd call a genre-buster. Mystery/thriller is not usually my thing, but this one subverted all expectation. I give it as a gift now t ...more
Jan 2006
Jan 19, 2009
The Name of the World
This book was one of those that made me want to quit writing (in a good way).

I've had a hard time getting into Denis Johnson's TREE OF SMOKE, so I pic
Mar 03, 2009
Mar 17, 2009
The Accidental
I had a very hard time getting through this. And the truth it, I didn't make it all the way through; which is unusual for me. I usually either abandon ...more
Jul 27, 2009
Jun 17, 2009
The Road Home
"Something wild and beautiful and full of woe," says Irishman and plumber Christy Slane. That about sums up this lovely novel, the story of Lev, a Rus ...more
Feb 02, 2009
Jan 12, 2009
Revolutionary Road
A perfect novel. Stunning. Hard to even talk about.
Nov 22, 2009
Nov 10, 2009
The Blue Flower
I wish I understood Fitzgerald. I've read three of her books, and I feel I never quite click in to her narrative language. I may need to try again whe ...more
Nov 22, 2009
Sep 29, 2009
Reborn: Journals and Notebooks, 1947-1963
An intense read. Sontag's deep and relentless self-inventory is both disturbing and "cleansing" for the reader. "The body or the mind" seems to be her ...more
Feb 22, 2009
Feb 16, 2009
Last Evenings on Earth
I am actually putting off reading the final story in this collection because I don't want it to end, and I don't see that any other Bolano story colle ...more
Jun 23, 2009
Jan 12, 2009
I read a reader review of this that compared it to a car crash -- it's horrible and ugly, but you can't look away.

Mary Gaitskill is such a good writer
Apr 13, 2009
Apr 07, 2009
The Brothers Karamazov
I really really struggled to get through this. I couldn't at this point tell you why. Courtroom psychology, monologue-heavy melodrama -- I just couldn ...more
Mar 2009
Jan 10, 2009
The More I Owe You
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May 22, 2010
Two by Duras
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Jul 16, 2013
A Summons to Memphis
not set
Jan 12, 2011
Chronicle of a Death Foretold
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Jul 18, 2012
The Essential Rilke
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May 20, 2015
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Jun 16, 2009
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