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Falling Man
I loved the art motif that was used to explore the impact of 9/11 in the first 2 sections. Culture and art great vehicles for showing America's strugg ...more
Jul 2007
Jul 25, 2007
Twilight (Twilight, #1)
I am so inspired as a writer by this book because I literally was sucked into this book. It is one of the best stories that I have read in so long - a ...more
Nov 21, 2008
Nov 26, 2008
Deadlocked (Sookie Stackhouse, #12)
While I was gripped by the first in the series, it seems in the last three books not much has happened. It's a shame, but with the next being the last ...more
Apr 22, 2012
May 29, 2012
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America
A wonderful tale that shows the extremes of good and evil and how closely they walk beside each other. I loved that it was so intimiately researched a ...more
Jul 06, 2008
Aug 21, 2007
Defending the Damned: Inside Chicago's Cook County Public Defender's Office
This intense story is a fascinating look inside the Cook County Public Defenders office that really gives readers a different persepctive of our crimi ...more
Aug 2007
Aug 20, 2007
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)
I have found that the cadence of the book lulls me to sleep very quickly so I am not making much progress with this one so far. I must be a little too ...more
Jul 2007
Jul 26, 2007
The Lovely Bones
What an awesome story. It was touching, heartbreaking, and I couldn't put it down. The language and imagery were just as immersing as the story it's s ...more
Dec 2007
Jul 26, 2007
The Language War
Fascinating look at the way the media shapes our lives and the way language is used to give and take power. I especially enjoyed the essay that explor ...more
Mar 2007
Jul 26, 2007
The Catcher in the Rye
I never read this is school, but I think if I had I would have identified with the novel more so than as an adult. It was a bit contrived and I had a ...more
Apr 2003
Jul 26, 2007
The Great Gatsby
I loved the exploration of the shattered american dream that permeates this novel. I also love the romantic backdrop of flappers and glamour. I have r ...more
Feb 2004
Jul 25, 2007
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
I picked this book up on a recmmendation but I had a difficult time with it. I found the glimpse inside autism fascinating, and really it was the best ...more
Aug 2006
Jul 26, 2007
The Glass Castle
A candid and enthralling tale of hardship and overcoming adversity with a smile on your face. I couldn't put it down, I was gripped by her moving stor ...more
Aug 16, 2007
Aug 13, 2007
The Devil Wears Prada
What a horrible book, very self aggrandizing and in general substance less. After this book, a thinly veiled author's wish on writing, I vowed to stay ...more
Jan 2001
Jul 26, 2007
The Doors of Perception & Heaven and Hell
This was the book that inspired the Doors so I thought I would try it out. Not having read much from the drug culture and being very young and naieve ...more
Feb 1998
Jul 26, 2007
Reading Lolita in Tehran
I started this book a number of years ago, I haven't given it away in hopes of finshing it, but am starting to give up that hope, the book was slow an ...more
Aug 2003
Jul 26, 2007
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (The Wicked Years, #1)
This was a suprisingly intense and dense read. In the tradition of the original Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum this books explores political themes and ...more
Dec 2006
Jul 26, 2007
Holidays on Ice
I love the stories and make it a ritual to lighten the holiday stress with this every year. The stories offer a kinky look at the holidays that keeps ...more
Dec 2006
Jul 26, 2007
The Kite Runner
This was a great book, difficult and emotional but fascinating. There were slow points but the story and reward of the story made them easy to bear ou ...more
Feb 2007
Jul 26, 2007
Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything (Freakonomics, #1)
The insight into the way that rogue organizations and money was intresting and compelled me to want to look at eveything with a slightly different len ...more
Aug 2006
Jul 26, 2007
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Thompson has a way of letting you taste the sand in the desert and smell the smoke in the bars. The language and imagery are exciting, beautiful and h ...more
Jan 2007
Jul 26, 2007
Memoirs of a Geisha
The book was an interesting glimpse into a fascinating world. It was a bit trying at points because of the pace, but overall a great, light read.
Jun 2006
Jul 26, 2007
Killing Yourself to Live: 85% of a True Story
I was looking for something more. This was more biographical and verged on whiny. Thoughtn provoking glimmers kept me reading until the end though.
Oct 2006
Jul 26, 2007
Revolutionary Road
The way that Yates disects the dream of suburbia is haunting and scary enough to reject buying anything that has a lawn and no public transportation.
Feb 2005
Jul 26, 2007
My Sister's Keeper
I was disturbed and moved by this story. I had a difficult time putting it down because the story was so compelling and I needed to find peace.
Nov 2006
Jul 26, 2007
Romeo and Juliet
Whomever wrote it, this is a great play. I love the forbidden love story that just has never been pulled off quite as well as this one.
Oct 1994
Jul 26, 2007
This was a collection of stories that I not only had to re-read but wanted to re-read. Joyce is like a onion, he has many layers - haha!
May 2005
Jul 26, 2007
Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto
Loved this book. It was fun, funny and thoughtful. It really captures the way pop-culture has shaped the way we see the world.
Sep 2005
Jul 26, 2007
Being as it may, I have enjoyed David Sedaris heartily, but am not a fan of this one. The stories are uninspired and drag a bit.
Apr 2007
Jul 26, 2007
Of Mice and Men
I haven't read this since high school, but it is such a poigniant tale that I can remember it as if I had read it yesterday.
Mar 1995
Jul 26, 2007
Paradise Lost: Norton Critical Edition
Always a pleasure to read, Milton's exploration of the heroic theme is a classic that deserves a spot on every shelf.
Mar 2005
Jul 26, 2007
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