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really liked it
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
Between the World and Me
it was amazing
The most important book I've read in a while and likely among the most important books I will ever read. Coates' raw examination of race in America is ...more
Jul 22, 2015
Jul 17, 2015
The Greenhouse
really liked it
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
War Against All Puerto Ricans: Revolution and Terror in America’s Colony
really liked it
First off, Puerto Ricans are Americans. I just want to establish that right away because I'm always surprised by the number of Americans that don't kn ...more
Feb 17, 2016
Feb 18, 2016
The Days of Anna Madrigal (Tales of the City, #9)
really liked it
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
Station Eleven
really liked it
After the first chapter, which was great, it took me a long time to get back into this book. Luckily, I was on an eight hour bus ride and this book wa ...more
Oct 21, 2014
Oct 22, 2014
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
it was amazing
When speaking about his writing process at the Edinburgh book festival, Murakami said: "I have my own basement in my mind. It’s dark and scary.You hav ...more
Aug 22, 2014
Apr 11, 2013
really liked it
Another great offering from KSR! In a way this book has a greater scope than his previous works because it has mankind spreading beyond our solar syst ...more
Mar 29, 2015
Apr 10, 2015
The Beautiful Fall: Lagerfeld, Saint Laurent, and Glorious Excess in 1970s Paris
it was amazing
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
Nigerians in Space
really liked it
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
Travels with Epicurus: A Journey to a Greek Island in Search of a Fulfilled Life
liked it
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
Exit West
it was amazing
I'm going to have to start saying that I like surrealist fiction, I think, because the last few books I've read that contain surrealist elements have ...more
Jan 18, 2017
Jan 19, 2017
Not My Father's Son
liked it
Not your ordinary celebrity biography. The premise here is that Alan Cumming discovers that he may not be his father's son, hence the title. It's a mi ...more
Nov 02, 2014
Nov 03, 2014
The Epic of Gilgamish
liked it
Though I'm giving this three stars, I kind of feel like I shouldn't rate it at all. Gilgamish is the oldest surviving human story. It shouldn't really ...more
Apr 04, 2016
Apr 05, 2016
Cool Gray City of Love: 49 Views of San Francisco
it was amazing
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
liked it
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
Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead
really liked it
I don't normally go in for inspirational or business books - let alone one geared specifically at women in the workforce - but I found myself continua ...more
Apr 2013
Mar 25, 2013
Night Sky with Exit Wounds
really liked it
I read Ocean Vuong's chapbook Burnings at the San Francisco Public Library Main Branch. There was one copy and it was marked reference, which meant I ...more
Apr 11, 2016
Apr 13, 2016
The Faraway Nearby
it was amazing
This is one of those books I want everybody I know to read. It's a brilliantly observed meditation on narrative—the stories of our lives, works of fic ...more
Nov 17, 2014
Sep 09, 2014
My Brilliant Friend (The Neapolitan Novels #1)
it was amazing
A review on the back cover from the LA Times praises Ferrante's book as "a riveting examination of power." I couldn't agree more, adding only power's ...more
May 09, 2016
May 09, 2016
Season of the Witch: Enchantment, Terror and Deliverance in the City of Love
liked it
I always enjoy learning about San Francisco history. There are a lot of colorful characters here, and it's fun to spend some time with their stories. ...more
Aug 19, 2015
Apr 07, 2014
The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion
really liked it
I really struggled over whether to give this three or four stars, but ultimately I went with the higher rating because when Daum embraces her theme sh ...more
Jan 05, 2015
Nov 21, 2014
Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father
it was amazing
What a 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 fasci ...more
Jan 15, 2014
Dec 18, 2013
Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures
it was ok
Originally published in Time Out New York

Emma Straub’s recent short fiction collection, Other People We Married, was well received and praised by lite
Sep 27, 2012
Sep 27, 2012
Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War
really liked it
I finished Viet Nguyen's latest a few weeks back, but I haven't posted anything yet because I've been mulling over its message. He doesn't pull punche ...more
May 13, 2016
Jun 03, 2016
The Man Who Saved the Union: Ulysses Grant in War and Peace
it was amazing
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
Looking for the Gulf Motel
it was amazing
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
Standard Deviation
really liked it
Heiny's short stories were richly conceived and expertly executed. They were dense vignettes that masqueraded as banal stopovers on the way to the for ...more
Feb 12, 2017
Feb 12, 2017
Death's End (Remembrance of Earth’s Past, #3)
really liked it
It's hard to believe that I've finished this trilogy. I've thought about it so much over the past couple of years that it kind of feels like it should ...more
Nov 28, 2016
Aug 30, 2016
Our Young Man
Originally appeared at Lambda Literary

Edmund White’s work has long been interested in the allure of facades. In The Married Man, he showcased what gr
Apr 05, 2016
Apr 07, 2016
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