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2312
3.37
I read maybe one sci-fi book a year. My barrier to entry is generally the writing itself. Perhaps I'm wrong, but I find that most contemporary sci-fi...more
Jun 14, 2012
May 23, 2012
 
The Days of Anna Madrigal (Tales of the City, #9)
3.99
I feel like a broken record: I loved this book and I'm sad to see the series end. Seems like I've been saying that about a lot of these books. Maupin...more
Dec 15, 2013
Jun 12, 2013
 
The Greenhouse
3.67
I'm a little obsessed with Iceland. It's a gorgeous country and produces some amazing literature - Bragi Olafsson's The Pets ranks among my favorite b...more
Aug 25, 2012
Oct 24, 2011
 
Ulysses
3.72
So happy to be done with this! There were a lot of good parts, but also a lot of parts I could've done without. It's one of those books where I'm glad...more
Apr 06, 2014
Apr 07, 2014
 
The Beautiful Fall: Lagerfeld, Saint Laurent, and Glorious Excess in 1970s Paris
3.90
alicia drake has written the non-fiction version of the amazing adventures of kavalier and clay. this book, a bildingsroman in the truest sense, does...more
Oct 2007
Oct 17, 2007
 
The Man Who Saved the Union: Ulysses Grant in War and Peace
4.12
I knew very little about Ulysses S Grant before reading this book. I knew he was the main general on the Union side during the Civil War and that he l...more
Dec 18, 2012
Nov 26, 2012
 
The Interrogative Mood
3.70
I won't pose a question about this book in imitation of its primary gimmick. Suffice it to say you'll be tempted to. I will, however, laude Powell's e...more
Jan 21, 2010
Jan 22, 2010
 
Cool Gray City of Love: 49 Views of San Francisco
4.21
Anybody who has talked to me about books in the last few weeks has heard me rave about "Cool Gray City of Love." This book has everything I've wanted...more
Mar 29, 2014
Apr 03, 2014
 
The Fifty Year Sword
3.57
I'm a big Danielewski fan, but I was always frustrated by the scarcity of this book. Only two thousand copies printed, and they were printed for the N...more
Jul 29, 2012
Jul 30, 2012
 
Hold Tight Gently: Michael Callen, Essex Hemphill, and the Battlefield of AIDS
4.08
A history of the early days of AIDS told through the perspectives of two influential players: Michael Callen, a white midwesterner with cabaret ambiti...more
Apr 19, 2014
Mar 18, 2014
 
Dancer from the Dance
4.00
Holleran's debut is a study in ambivalence; but, then, all good satires are. With luxuriant, effortless prose Holleran takes us through the world of t...more
Jan 14, 2009
Jan 13, 2009
 
Paris Is Burning: A Queer Film Classic
4.57
It was by complete coincidence that I read two books back-to-back that covered a lot of the same ground, but it's gotten me thinking about the early 9...more
Apr 21, 2014
Apr 09, 2014
 
Nigerians in Space
4.32
For the first chapter I wasn't sure if this was fiction or a very entertainingly written history, a la The Devil in the White City. Turns out it's fic...more
Jun 08, 2014
Jun 09, 2014
 
Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father
4.02
What treat. Alysia Abbott's life with her father, the poet and editor Steven Abbott, in 1980's San Francisco is a real tearjerker. It's also a fascina...more
Jan 15, 2014
Dec 18, 2013
 
The Brilliant Disaster: JFK, Castro, and America's Doomed Invasion of Cuba's Bay of Pigs
4.15
Jim Rasenberger's The Brilliant Disaster was a well-written, thoroughly researched look at the Bay of Pigs fracas. I was impressed with the number of...more
Jan 24, 2012
Jan 24, 2012
 
Beautiful Ruins
3.70
Jess Walter's Beautiful Ruins was the perfect vacation read. It's really well written and has just enough teeth to keep me thinking, but not so much t...more
Aug 29, 2012
Jun 12, 2012
 
Looking for the Gulf Motel
4.33
I picked up this collection because Richard Blanco was the poet at President Obama's second inauguration, and because we share a similar biography - b...more
not set
Jan 09, 2013
 
Merchants of Culture: The Publishing Business in the Twenty-First Century
3.86
Pretty comprehensive view of the publishing industry today. I kind of wish I would've read a digital copy only because that would've lent itself to in...more
May 22, 2012
Apr 25, 2012
 
Smiley's People
4.20
Overall, I found le Carré's writing to be very strong and engaging, but at times, it could veer into the overly prosaic. There were definitely parts t...more
Apr 09, 2013
Apr 01, 2013
 
The Marriage Plot
3.40
The last twenty pages saved this book for me. That's where all the smaller strands I enjoyed throughout really came together and shone. Because its a...more
Dec 21, 2011
Oct 24, 2011
 
Oishinbo, Volume 4 - Fish, Sushi and Sashimi
3.89
A fun and informative tour of Japanese cuisine. In this volume our hero Yamaoka searches far and wide to find to find the very best seafood. I only wi...more
Mar 2014
Mar 01, 2014
 
White Girls
3.88
A fun read. At times it was a bit abstract and I had trouble following the thread, but overall it was very enjoyable. Als starts the collection by tal...more
Jan 05, 2014
Dec 27, 2013
 
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide, #1)
4.17
I must be missing something. I don't get why everybody loves this book so much. The humor was okay, but it wasn't anything special, and the characters...more
May 25, 2014
May 27, 2014
 
Bad Feminist: Essays
4.18
For me it was a mixed bag. I really enjoyed some of the essays in the middle two sections, but the opening section and the closing section felt like a...more
Apr 26, 2014
Apr 29, 2014
 
Speedboat
3.99
I found this book challenging in a very refreshing way. The novel is broken down into six or seven chapters, each one striking an emotional chord and...more
Jan 19, 2014
Jan 20, 2014
 
The Architecture of Happiness
3.78
Alain de Botton is a bit ridiculous when it comes to the fanciful little stories he tells throughout: "A terraced house on a tree-lined street. Earlie...more
Nov 26, 2012
Nov 27, 2012
 
Blue Nights
3.69
Joan Didion's writing is always a treat. Her sentences are utterly beautiful, and with this one in particular she shows remarkable restraint while plu...more
Nov 18, 2011
Nov 17, 2011
 
Travels with Epicurus: A Journey to a Greek Island in Search of a Fulfilled Life
3.72
A quaint little travelogue and meditation on aging. Klein is searching for an authentic old age here, a kind of capstone to a well-lived life and a sp...more
Dec 03, 2012
Dec 03, 2012
 
Michael Tolliver Lives
3.83
Michael Tolliver Lives is the rare book that I finished in one day. I think it's partly because I took a break from the series after Sure of You, and...more
Jun 23, 2013
Jun 24, 2013
 
The Price of Escape
3.00
Unger presents a thorny protagonist here. Samuel should be a very sympathetic guy; he's a German Jew fleeing a Europe that is under the tightening gri...more
May 18, 2011
May 18, 2011
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