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King, Queen, Knave
Lately, I've asked people who they think are the best wordsmiths in the English language. While some people can answer that question in a heartbeat, o ...more
Aug 2007
Feb 17, 2009
Galileo's Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith and Love
I don't normally read non-fiction, but for the last few months, I've found myself in a fiction funk. I can't finish any fiction. I wonder if it's beca ...more
Aug 2007
Feb 17, 2009
The Phantom of the Opera
Hold your hand up at your eyes as if you are about to pull the trigger of a pistol because we are about to discuss the ins and outs of the the mystery ...more
Jul 2006
Feb 17, 2009
The Freedom Writers Diary: How a Teacher and 150 Teens Used Writing to Change Themselves and the World Around Them
The only reason I picked up this book was because it happened to be lying around the house, and I needed something to read. I'd heard of the movie wit ...more
May 2007
Feb 17, 2009
Interview with the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles, #1)
I proudly spent the first part of my weekend with the undead, meaning that I watched episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, a television show that is g ...more
May 2006
Feb 17, 2009
La Prisonniere
One night over a delicious dinner filled with literary conversation, my friend who had recently visited Africa gave me this book on the life of Malika ...more
Nov 2007
Feb 17, 2009
Song for the Basilisk
For the most part, I'm allergic to fantasy reads. It wasn't always the case, but an overdose in my younger years to the Occidental style then in the f ...more
Feb 2007
Feb 17, 2009
The Bean Trees (Greer Family, #1)
The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver is the older twin of a book I read a year ago called Pigs in Heaven. As the first book of the duo, it chronicles ...more
Nov 2007
Feb 17, 2009
The Gospel According to Coco Chanel: Life Lessons from the World's Most Elegant Woman
If biographies were coffee, then Karen Karbo's book would be a mocha cafe latte. It's mostly sweet with froth on top. It does have some of the more di ...more
Jan 2009
Jan 17, 2010
Bleak House
Grinding away the lives of all involved, the interminable case known as "Jarndyce and Jarndyce" in the Chancery courts is the sticky tape that brings ...more
Nov 2006
Feb 17, 2009
Captain Blood
**spoiler alert** If you've been with B.E. since the beginning, then you're probably aware of how much I love a good novel full of pulp, specifically ...more
Aug 2008
Feb 17, 2009
Howl and Other Poems
While trying to be more serious on the subject of any kind of literature that I happen to read (per a discussion with a friend), I found myself in Bor ...more
Aug 2008
Feb 17, 2009
The Real Life of Sebastian Knight
**spoiler alert** It's been sitting at my desk for a year and a half, waiting for me to draw it forward from its position between two other novels I'v ...more
Jan 2006
Feb 17, 2009
The Book of Nightmares
One of ten reasons that you should read this book:

"Little Sleep's - Head Sprouting Hair in the Moonlight"


You scream, waking from a nightmare.

When I s
Jun 17, 2012
Jun 17, 2012
The Temple Of The Golden Pavilion
**spoiler alert** Beauty is a concept which seems indefatigable in all genres of art. People love all its guises and facets, and Yukio Mishima is no d ...more
Apr 2006
Feb 17, 2009
I Heard God Laughing: Poems of Hope and Joy
An effortless dive into Hafiz. (Although some of the translation choices made me wonder... Why capitalize some and not other words?)

"Someone Should St
Mar 16, 2013
Mar 16, 2013
Mr. Darcy's Daughters
I don't know which was worse: Pride and Promiscuity: the Lost Sex Scenes of Jane Austen, or Elizabeth Aston's Mr. Darcy's Daughters.

What? Wait! Yes, I
Jun 2007
Feb 17, 2009
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
Well, that was disappointing.

The Hunger Games trilogy was never great literature, but I was always impressed by Suzanne Collins' ability to write an e
Sep 2010
Sep 09, 2010
What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew: From Fox Hunting to Whist—the Facts of Daily Life in 19th-Century England
You all know my weakness for a book with Jane Austen's name in the title, so when I came across What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew, the dou ...more
Sep 2007
Feb 17, 2009
Kitchen is a novel made up of two short stories: the eponymous one and another. It is written by one of Japan’s most popular contemporary writers Bana ...more
Mar 2006
Feb 17, 2009
Odes to Common Things
I found myself in Austin, TX in the indie bookstore Book People, which is just wonderful because it is exactly what a bookstore should be: personable, ...more
Oct 2008
Feb 17, 2009
Asterios Polyp
I just finished reading David Mazzucchelli's new graphic novel Asterios Polyps. I'd seen great reviews for it everywhere, but I think what made me wan ...more
Jul 2009
Jul 30, 2009
The Private Patient (Adam Dalgliesh, #14)
**spoiler alert** I planned to get lots of reading done over the holidays because I have quite a few books that are patiently waiting to be read. Yes, ...more
Jan 2009
Feb 17, 2009
I LOVE this book. These are my original thoughts from 2004: I just finished reading Lolita, which at the moment is leaving a stain (ack! again!) upon ...more
Dec 2004
Feb 17, 2009
Dearest Creature
I had to order a poetry book for class so I took the opportunity to also order this book by Amy Gerstler, who I have heard good things about. The verd ...more
Oct 08, 2011
Oct 07, 2011
Fullblood Arabian
Good bookstores are like good gourmet menus. The entrees cater to discovery. The guests thrill at the presentation, and they delight in being surprise ...more
Feb 04, 2014
Feb 04, 2014
**spoiler alert** I was very disturbed by this book, and its A Clockwork Orange take on the world. It starts out as a run-of-the-mill mystery wherein ...more
Mar 2007
Feb 17, 2009
This Is Not the Life I Ordered: 50 Ways to Keep Your Head Above Water When Life Keeps Dragging You Down
A friend passed along This Is Not the Life I Ordered, an inspirational self-help book by four very competent, entrepreneurial women. They present this ...more
Jul 2008
Feb 17, 2009
Koko Be Good
I remember Jen Wang from almost a decade ago when she worked on an online comic called "Strings of Fate." Based on the Chinese calendar and myth of th ...more
Jul 15, 2013
Jul 13, 2013
The Potter's Field (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael, #17)
In the anatomy of a mystery, you can pretty much assume that the eventual culprit or mastermind, especially in a murder case, is introduced early on i ...more
Apr 03, 2010
Apr 04, 2010
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