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The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
This seems like it couldn't possibly fail on the level of storytelling, since there are, like, at least six gut-wrenching decisions, several "big them...more
Feb 07, 2011
Jan 18, 2011
Nice Big American Baby
I read "Miracle" in the New Yorker probably four years ago and it's stayed in my mind more than any other short story I've ever read. I'm pretty sure...more
Jul 2007
Aug 19, 2007
A Collection of Essays
So far su-per! "Inside the Whale" LITERALLY knocked my socks off (haha!)! Would that we were all so clear-headed (and unafraid of creating and sustain...more
Aug 26, 2008
Jun 29, 2008
The Flamethrowers
Something about the characters...I didn't really care about any of them. But the book is so well-executed that I didn't even realize that until I fini...more
not set
Sep 18, 2013
Tenth of December
Note to self: if heart lost, can be found in pages of Tenth of December. Book very good. Book reminds: world = love.
Jan 2013
Jan 13, 2013
Like You'd Understand, Anyway
It's been a while since I read a book of short stories and felt like every story in it really needed to be told...sometimes it seems like the form its...more
Jul 2008
Jul 08, 2008
Motherless Brooklyn
Recently I've been finishing novels, which is unusual for me. This one I did in less than a week, which I think is pretty close to normal person readi...more
Dec 31, 2010
Dec 31, 2010
That's Not What I Meant!
I don't know where this book came from but I've had it for a few years and thought perhaps it would be a fun lens through which to view a busy holiday...more
Dec 2012
Jan 13, 2013
Super Sad True Love Story
I liked it. Sometimes I really liked it. Some parts were even kind of amazing, other parts just okay, some parts I downright didn't like. Hit-miss, hi...more
Jun 2011
Feb 07, 2011
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
Picked this up because I love Dear Sugar so much. This is sort of the story of how Cheryl Strayed became the person who can write to confused people w...more
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Apr 21, 2012
The Adderall Diaries
Dark. Dark. Very dark. Relentlessly dark! But honest and smart and interesting and moving. Stephen Elliott seems like a more banged-up, masochistic, f...more
Jan 2011
Jan 01, 2011
The Virgin Suicides
What I learned from this book: even if the form of a novel doesn't actually make sense (who are they numbering exhibits for? A jury? Their wives?), th...more
Sep 2009
Sep 16, 2009
Never Let Me Go
Remains of the Day meets soft-core science fiction, plus zero likable characters. Hard to believe this particular vision of the future was ever very r...more
May 2011
Jun 23, 2011
The Selected Poetry
"The street was too empty; its emptiness had gotten bored and pulled my steps out from under my feet and clattered around in them, all over the street...more
Jan 04, 2008
Oct 12, 2007
Nuts & Bolts: A Practical Guide to Teaching College Composition
Full of good ideas for teaching comp if you're willing to put in lots of one-on-one time with students...
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Mar 07, 2010
Then We Came to the End
JF is a good writer, but I found this book so depressing I couldn't finish it.
Jun 2009
Sep 16, 2009
The Orchid Thief: A True Story of Beauty and Obsession
Great material, crumbled in the hands of this writer.
May 2011
Jun 25, 2011
Thich Nhat Hanh: Essential Writings
I don't know, maybe I'm turning Buddhist?
Sep 2009
Sep 16, 2009
The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore
Another bad muthashutyomouth!
Mar 07, 2011
Mar 07, 2011
We the Animals
Nov 10, 2012
Dec 02, 2012
After the Quake
This a collection of stories that all take place in the aftermath of the 1995 Kobe earthquake in Japan. I thought (and still do), what a great idea, t...more
Sep 2006
Aug 04, 2007
The Double Flame: Love and Eroticism
Sometimes I think of these updates as a way of being held accountable to my own readerly that if I announce to all these people that I'...more
Apr 13, 2008
Jan 04, 2008
The Writer's Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers
I inherited this as a course textbook and have been slogging through it with my students. It's poorly organized, cheesy, and its author, in trying to...more
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Mar 07, 2010
All the Pretty Horses (The Border Trilogy, #1)
Exciting story, interesting characters! Violence, depravity, foaming horses, forbidden love, cold beans and tortillas! But I'm like, "Hey, dude, ditch...more
Aug 13, 2008
Aug 03, 2008
Everything Is Illuminated
So I'm reading this book for the fifth time, because I keep teaching it, and the things that seem most important in it change with every reading. I no...more
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Sep 28, 2007
Jay-Z explicating his own lyrics is weirdly embarrassing to read, but the chapter intros are pretty great.
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Feb 07, 2011
Platypus: The Extraordinary Story of How a Curious Creature Baffled the World
Wowee, this one didn't last long at all. I could barely see the words on the page through my tears of boredom, but I think it's mostly about people ar...more
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Jun 03, 2008
Almost No Memory
I love this woman. This is a book of short stories but the experience of reading it is more akin to that of reading a novel. It's a totally different...more
Jan 2008
Feb 11, 2008
White Teeth
When I finished this, I felt like I'd just finished a short story. It's neat and tidy the way short stories are.
Nov 2010
Nov 28, 2010
U.S.!: Songs and Stories
This came highly recommended by trusted referees, but once I got past the delight of the premise (Upton Sinclair is resurrected and assassinated over...more
not set
Feb 11, 2008
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