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American Uprising: The Untold Story of America's Largest Slave Revolt
Props to Rasmussen to researching and publicizing this incident of slave revolt. But that's about the only good thing I have to say about this stiflin ...more
Oct 08, 2011
Feb 23, 2011
Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present
Washington's book is more encyclopedic than argumentative, though she makes overtures in both directions. Medical Apartheid is an exhaustive look at h ...more
Oct 02, 2011
Aug 28, 2011
The Burn (The Burn, #1)
Disclaimer: The author of The Burn is my sister-in-law.

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Dec 05, 2011
Oct 22, 2011
Invisible Man
So wonderful. Just finished it for the i-don't-know-how-many-th time. Incredible prose that forms a powerful and disconcertingly prescient narrative. ...more
Feb 25, 2011
Apr 24, 2009
Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why
A well-written taste of the method and reasoning behind the field of biblical textual criticism. Ehrman is honest and especially careful to avoid subj ...more
Nov 22, 2011
Nov 18, 2011
Naked Economics: Undressing the Dismal Science
The greatest favor/disservice Wheelan did for me in Naked Economics was to make me feel competent enough to discuss and critique world situations from ...more
Mar 10, 2011
Mar 04, 2011
Ralph Ellison: A Biography
Ellison is one of my favorite writers, and in preparation for my date with destiny (i.e. plunging into Three Days Before the Shooting), I wanted to ge ...more
Feb 26, 2011
Feb 01, 2011
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game
Not only did this book rekindle an interest in baseball (I ended up watching the World Series after a decade hiatus from baseball after the 1990s Orio ...more
Nov 2011
Oct 14, 2011
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)
**spoiler alert** Thick intrigue, likable characters on all sides, and just a hint of supernatural undercurrents. That's a nice combination for the fi ...more
Apr 11, 2011
Mar 28, 2011
Kingdom of Shadows (Night Soldiers, #6)
Kingdom of Shadows got back in some ways to what I love about Furst's novels: understated drama, less common POVs (Eastern Europe rather than US/UK pe ...more
Feb 04, 2011
Jan 21, 2011
The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit
**spoiler alert** Allegedly the quintessential novel of the 1950s suburban America, The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit deeply resonated with me at a tim ...more
Jan 17, 2011
Jan 08, 2011
Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815
I'm not sure how one person keeps this much knowledge in his or her brain. Now that I've finished, I feel like I've forgotten half of this book. I dou ...more
Jul 23, 2011
Jun 11, 2011
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
**spoiler alert** This has long been on my shame list (i.e. you have two degrees in literature and you haven't read...), but Huck Finn was worth the w ...more
Nov 26, 2011
Nov 14, 2009
Goodbye, Columbus and Five Short Stories
I'd read American Pastoral and The Plot Against America, so I'd been prepared for something dark and brooding. I think the brooding was still part of ...more
Nov 22, 2009
Jul 22, 2009
Democracy Matters: Winning the Fight Against Imperialism
West's core ideas presented at the beginning of the book are brilliant and prescient. As the book continues, though, West falls to the curse of the ta ...more
Oct 20, 2011
May 01, 2009
How to Read the Air
While I'm not sure I loved this one as much as The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears, I think I'll probably come back to it more readily. I didn't ge ...more
Feb 21, 2011
Dec 09, 2010
Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything (Freakonomics, #1)
I've heard about this book for years. The "cool" section of Econ 110 read this back when I was in the uncool section reading about historical economic ...more
Jul 30, 2011
Dec 05, 2010
Soul on Ice
Soul on Ice gets five stars for intensity, that's for sure. Cleaver is sometimes insensitive, ugly, and mean. A few of his essays evoke the kind of in ...more
Jan 03, 2011
Sep 07, 2009
Let the Great World Spin
McCann excels in a graveyard of hackneyed postmodern tropes. At first, as I recognized that the book's characters and plot were arranged around a chan ...more
Aug 10, 2011
May 31, 2011
Peyton Place
This was a struggle to get through. I did my best to find redeeming qualities, but I rarely succeeded. Maybe I'm a snob, but I have a hard time seeing ...more
Mar 22, 2011
Mar 11, 2011
Private Bodies, Public Texts: Race, Gender, and a Cultural Bioethics
Holloway raises important questions about what kinds of invasiveness we as a society deem normal. Her approach is just as intriguing, blending nonfict ...more
Aug 21, 2011
Aug 11, 2011
Blood of Victory (Night Soldiers, #7)
I'm glad I kept faith in Alan Furst's potential. This one (finally) is on par with Furst's strongest works: Night Soldiers, Dark Star, and The Polish ...more
Mar 27, 2011
Mar 11, 2011
Modernism and the Harlem Renaissance
A very interesting reading of texts often thought as "failures" in the struggle for racial equality. Baker gets on a high horse sometimes, but it's a ...more
Feb 21, 2011
Feb 17, 2011
A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire, #2)
It may be that I'm simply too impatient, but the time and effort it took to read this fantasy tome didn't really pay off. Are there interesting charac ...more
May 20, 2011
Apr 15, 2011
A fantastic book. Beloved has long been on my "I'm ashamed to have studied lit in college without ever reading this" list. Every Morrison novel I read ...more
May 31, 2011
May 20, 2011
Homosexuality in Cold War America: Resistance and the Crisis of Masculinity
I had to do a book review of this one for class. I was impressed with how Corber put the works he read into conversation with their larger context.
Mar 25, 2011
Mar 24, 2011
The Movement: Documentary of a Struggle for Equality
Fantastic and moving photo essay that tells the story of the early civil rights movement.
Jan 27, 2011
Jan 29, 2011
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration
Fantastic book. Wilkerson takes the personal narrative tack in her relating of a pivotal shift in American history, and it works. I would have liked m ...more
Sep 17, 2011
Sep 06, 2010
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
I really like some of Covey's basic ideas. The first three habits have helped me immensely as I constantly struggle to balance the important with the ...more
Jul 05, 2011
May 20, 2011
Howl and Other Poems
Ginsberg's poetry is one of a kind. Intense, phonetically varied, and intellectually complex. Well done, Sir Allen.
Apr 04, 2011
Mar 28, 2011
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