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Animal Dreams
Good homecoming novel about family, friends, love... and Nicaraguan contras. I'd classify it as activist extra-literary chick-lit.
Feb 27, 2009
Mar 10, 2009
When God Was a Rabbit
I can't think of too many novels about families in which the families themselves aren't the source of the drama. And for that, I enjoyed this book and...more
Jun 19, 2012
Jun 19, 2012
Manhood for Amateurs
I was very excited to have won this from a Goodreads giveaway.

Although now that I've finished, I think I still prefer Kavalier and Clay.

Chabon treat...more
Nov 23, 2009
Nov 02, 2009
Terry Jones' Medieval Lives
I'm very fond of the idea that a member of Monty Python's Flying Circus wrote this. Because if a comedian can become a historian, theoretically we all...more
Nov 28, 2010
Nov 22, 2010
The Night Circus
Much to my surprise, this book made me think. I mostly read it to delight in the descriptions of steampunk London. But at the end of the day (or the b...more
Sep 23, 2012
Sep 16, 2012
The Fifty Year Sword
I did not expect anything about this book, even though I'd read several reviews and House of Leaves. The machine-embroidered illustrations are lovely...more
Apr 12, 2013
Apr 11, 2013
The Age of Miracles
A friend suggested reading this side by side with Karen Russell's Swamplandia! It's a good call; the stories are so similar, even though the plots are...more
Dec 07, 2012
Dec 07, 2012
The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood
Chock-ful of ... you guessed it... information.

A few anecdotes worth highlighting: the love story of Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage, the connection...more
Jul 20, 2012
Oct 18, 2011
A Visit from the Goon Squad
I don't really need to review this do I? What can I say that a Pulitzer Prize cannot? But I will add to the praise by saying that Powerpoint chapter i...more
Jul 02, 2011
Jun 28, 2011
Pride of Baghdad
Yes, yes, it's a comic. But you're reading the Watchmen, right?

This is the Iraq War from the perspective of escaped lions from the Baghdad zoo.

Jan 07, 2009
Mar 23, 2009
Like Water for Chocolate
Upon second reading I still can't believe this was assigned to a tenth grade English curriculum.

But oh how I love the imagery-- over the top and juic...more
Dec 06, 2008
Dec 06, 2008
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
Super engrossing fast read-- quicker than scarfing a bag of Doritos. And it left me feeling just as unsatisfied and guilty. I must read the next book!...more
Feb 26, 2011
Feb 26, 2011
Look at Me
I really enjoy Jennifer Egan's multi-narrator approach. Rather than have each narrator tell their side of the same story, she has them tell their stor...more
Aug 28, 2012
Jul 29, 2012
There Is a Country: New Fiction from the New Nation of South Sudan
A solid set of well-written short stories (and one poem). The editor set out to define a new country with stories that weren't just of war and sorrow,...more
Aug 14, 2013
Aug 11, 2013
Mule: A Novel of Moving Weight
With TV shows like Weeds or Breaking Bad we learn that you can only be in the illegal drug trade for 1-2 seasons before the plot just gets out of cont...more
Jun 13, 2012
Jun 13, 2012
Ten Little Indians: Stories
These seem like fun light stories, or sad light stories because of the simple first-person prose, but they have a weight behind them. I'm still turnin...more
Jan 14, 2011
Jan 12, 2011
Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables, #1)
I read this in elementary school and forgot pretty much everything. So nice to return to it after a long hiatus, and find it absolutely charming! It's...more
Apr 15, 2012
Apr 09, 2012
Nice spiritual parable if you've got an afternoon to sit on a porch. Not great lit, but there are a few pithy truths inside, if that's what you're loo...more
Jun 08, 2009
Jun 16, 2009
There's no doubt the plot's original. Picked this up from Powell's Books on a trip to Portland, and was quite entertained by the author's concern for...more
Sep 03, 2009
Aug 30, 2009
Century Girl: 100 Years in the Life of Doris Eaton Travis, Last Living Star of the Ziegfeld Follies
Beautiful pictures and a quick read, but I'm still thinking about the luck of this girl who saw pretty much every major event of the 20th Century up c...more
Mar 26, 2011
Mar 26, 2011
The 826 Quarterly, Volume 9: The Apprentices Issue
We ought to celebrate student writers more. Especially of the 10 yr old variety. Great story about the Rain Man, and some excellent food memoirs in th...more
Apr 30, 2009
Apr 29, 2009
Eating Animals
I really thought I'd be able to read this book, enjoy Jonathan Safran Foer's writing, and keep on with my omnivorous lifestyle. How wrong was I!
Feb 14, 2011
Feb 15, 2011
Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned
I feel like I know every uncomfortably real character, like we're somehow old friends or longtime family. Even though I just finished, I want to start...more
Dec 10, 2010
Dec 05, 2010
Let's Kill Uncle
I'm not sure if this was written for children, but it has a nice fairy tale feel. Kind of an updated Hansel and Gretel or something of that sort. Real...more
Apr 23, 2011
Apr 10, 2011
Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet, #1)
It's so hard to reconcile my feelings for this book with my feelings about the author's personal views.
Dec 26, 2013
Dec 24, 2013
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Similar themes as Alexie's other writings, but this time with teen angst and illustrations!
Jan 22, 2011
Jan 21, 2011
Hellboy, Vol. 4: The Right Hand of Doom (Hellboy, #4)
I have one word, and that word is pancakes.
Apr 27, 2014
Apr 28, 2014
Where'd You Go, Bernadette
First book to make me say "Oh no she didn't" out loud.
Oct 06, 2013
Oct 05, 2013
The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #2)
This is shaping up to be a pretty compelling story, even with the somewhat contrived-feeling flashback frame. I hope the third book is not long away!
Jul 13, 2012
Jul 02, 2012
The Elegance of the Hedgehog
I'm not sure how I knew from the first chapter that this would be a favorite, but as I turned each page I found more and more to savor. This book is a...more
Dec 29, 2012
Nov 10, 2012
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