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A Thousand Acres
3.79
it was ok
This won a Pulitzer Prize and acts as yet another testament to why the Pulitzer Prize should largely be ignored. However, the fact that it did win a P ...more
May 06, 2009
May 06, 2009
 
Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches
4.27
really liked it
Its like doing lines of cocaine while at a Prince concert then going home and reading Foucault.

or

Angels in America is a grandiose, surrealistic bombas
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not set
May 28, 2008
 
Of Time and the River: A Legend of Man's Hunger in His Youth
4.20
it was amazing
Of Time and the River picks up almost at the exact spot where Look Homeward, Angel ended. And much like its predecessor, this novel follows Eugene Gan ...more
Nov 19, 2008
Sep 20, 2008
 
"Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?": A Psychologist Explains the Development of Racial Identity
4.10
really liked it
As an important and foundational addition to the conversation of race in America in the last 10 years, Tatum's "Why Are All the Black Kids..." is a ba ...more
Dec 2007
Dec 15, 2007
 
A l'ami qui ne m'a pas sauvé la vie
3.92
it was amazing
i read the first seventy-five pages of this book while sitting in an ER waiting room...fitting? Definitely.

Guibert's world seems to be losing color a
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Jun 2008
May 11, 2008
 
Underworld
3.92
it was amazing
Following a series of characters all loosely connected, DeLillo attempts to encompass and explore the entirety of modern(post?) America from the outer ...more
Mar 29, 2009
Sep 20, 2008
 
The Clown
4.05
it was amazing
Boll questions the validity, the affect and at times exposes the absurdity of catholicism, capitalism and various societal conventions in western soci ...more
Aug 2007
Jul 28, 2007
 
The Book of Laughter and Forgetting
4.01
really liked it
Our existence is constantly marred by the uncontrollable action of forgetting. Memory is fragile and constantly at risk of being changed, altered or q ...more
Nov 2007
Nov 15, 2007
 
Gargoyles
3.97
really liked it
If you have read an interview or read about Bernhard then it becomes immediately obvious that the man is a bit mad and a borderline nihilist. Neverthe ...more
Aug 2007
Jul 28, 2007
 
The Third Policeman
4.02
it was amazing
People turn into bikes, policeman decide how old people live by placing invisible cloths over them when they are born, underground shelters where time ...more
Mar 2008
Apr 05, 2008
 
Group Portrait with Lady
3.94
really liked it
Group Portrait with Lady is an investigation into a German female named Leni who was born shortly after World War One. We learn about Leni not by foll ...more
Feb 14, 2009
Jan 29, 2009
 
Birds of America
4.12
really liked it
Lorrie Moore has really only one story. It usually has something to do with a mild tragedy back-dropped by a modern life that is so cluttered and unex ...more
Aug 06, 2009
Jul 08, 2009
 
Miss Lonelyhearts / The Day of the Locust
3.92
it was amazing
Well, I have to say that I am sorely disappointed that I have to part with these two novellas. I feel like I am going through a bad breakup. Fitting? ...more
Apr 2008
Dec 15, 2007
 
Selected Stories
4.22
it was amazing
Walser is like no one I have read before. His writing walks a perfect balance between the absurd, the beautiful, the meloncholy and the tragic all in ...more
Dec 2007
Oct 07, 2007
 
The Bed Moved
3.44
it was amazing
Schiff is a Grace Paley for the modern day with a little Lorrie Moore to boot. Honest and witty, the stories told (mostly) first-person from a twenty- ...more
Nov 13, 2015
Nov 13, 2015
 
Ceremony
3.73
liked it
The main crux of this novel revolves around the issue of identity. The main character Tayo is back from WW2 where he lost his cousin--who was always a ...more
Jun 03, 2009
May 18, 2009
 
When the Kissing Had to Stop
3.75
really liked it
John Leonard was a social critic and pop culture guru who wrote for pretty much every haughty publication that characterizes what it means to be an in ...more
Feb 21, 2009
Feb 14, 2009
 
Snow
3.55
liked it
I heard alot about Pamuk. He seems to be gracing the A&C sections of all the periodicals that I frequently read. This has sparked an interest in h ...more
Oct 2007
Nov 06, 2007
 
Liberty's Excess: Fictions
4.07
liked it
Another suggestion, this time from my friend Madeline who has mentored under Lidia, Liberty's Excess is a collection of short stories that simply put ...more
Jun 2007
Jul 24, 2007
 
Between the World and Me
4.40
it was amazing

In presenting the book as a letter to his son, Coates frees himself from having to appeal to a larger audience. The book is not for them, it's for his
...more
Oct 27, 2015
Nov 01, 2015
 
The Collected Stories
4.19
really liked it
Paley's stories revolve around the everyday lives of everyday people with a focus on women and yiddish culture in NYC. While she only wrote short stor ...more
Dec 30, 2011
Dec 18, 2011
 
Hopscotch
4.25
it was ok
If you would like to read 600 pages involving intellectuals speaking off the top of their head in cafes, bars, and apartments, then this book might be ...more
Sep 2010
Sep 21, 2010
 
An American Tragedy
3.94
liked it
Undoubtedly, this is a great story. Dreiser methodically, and often painstakenly, examines the condition of America through the life of the young and ...more
Apr 20, 2009
Mar 30, 2009
 
The Dream Life of Sukhanov
3.88
really liked it
Second installment of "Novel on the Globe" course.

I really enjoyed this novel and would give it four and a half stars if the website so allowed me. F
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Oct 2007
Oct 07, 2007
 
Light in August
3.93
it was amazing
My third Faulkner in the past six months or so and out of the three I read, this was by far the most accessible. It is is also the longest, which is p ...more
Apr 24, 2011
Apr 24, 2011
 
Nowhere Near Milkwood
4.31
liked it
"Nowhere near Milkwood" is nowhere near spectacular. However, that doesn't necessarily mean that Hughes isn't doing something different and that he ha ...more
Jun 2007
Jul 24, 2007
 
The Girl in the Flammable Skirt
3.90
it was ok
This book has a whole bunch of filler. I am sorta baffled how such filler... okay, "stories", ever made it to print. That being said, there are a few ...more
Sep 08, 2009
Sep 01, 2009
 
I Looked Alive: Stories
4.19
liked it
I Looked Alive is a collection of stories that combines the strange, mundane lives of individuals with sexual perversity and obsession resulting in an ...more
Sep 2007
Aug 11, 2007
 
Selected Poems 1957-1994
4.02
it was amazing
So I started this collection of poetry by Hughes at least six months ago. I never dedicatedly read it but that was also kinda the point. Mainly just k ...more
Jun 06, 2008
Jan 07, 2008
 
Less Than Zero
3.58
really liked it
This book is empty. Void of characters who are really distinguishable. Void of any lengthy sentences or description. Void of much emotion. And it work ...more
Dec 2007
Dec 22, 2007
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