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A Prayer for Owen Meany
4.21
I'm reading this again after several years and I have to say it's still a great story. Last time I was in my late teens, and now I can appreciate the...more
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Jul 27, 2007
 
Survival in Auschwitz
4.25
I've read all of his memoirs, and they're all really good, but this one was the most absorbing. It's not just the subject matter, it's how he tells it...more
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Jul 27, 2007
 
Names Above Houses
4.39
Lovely and mysterious book of prose poems. Understated, subtle. Faint hints of surrealism. My favorite is: "Manong Jose Remembers Fidelito's First Fal...more
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Jul 28, 2007
 
Downsides of Fish Culture
4.59
Very sensual poems. Edgy, honest voice.
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Jul 27, 2007
 
ABC of Reading
3.97
I give this a 5 because I think this is what Pound was meant to do: teach and be a critic. I'm not crazy about his poems at all. There are some ridicu...more
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Jul 28, 2007
 
She's Come Undone
3.77
I finished this one in three days. It's a very readable book. Lamb's style is conversational and character driven. It's not a heavily plotted book, th...more
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Mar 06, 2008
 
Halflife: Poems
3.69
Good first book but too many echoes of Plath and Gluck. Especially in the first section of this book -- the Plath influence overpowers the poets own v...more
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Jul 27, 2007
 
The Breast
3.18
Not a bad book, but I couldn't get into the humor of the situation. If I hadn't read Kafka's weird and original tale, I may have liked it better.
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Jul 31, 2007
 
Veil: New and Selected Poems
4.43
I'm extremely picky about the avante garde, but I like her work, and I think she's doing the most absorbing writing within that school of thought.
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Jul 27, 2007
 
A Life of Poetry, 1948-1994
4.47
I can't get enough of Amichai. He has some of the most beautiful metaphors I've ever read.
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Aug 01, 2007
 
All Architecture
4.67
One of the best chapbooks I've ever read.
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Jul 27, 2007
 
Sophie's Choice
4.17
So far I'm liking this a lot.
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Nov 02, 2007
 
Angelhead: My Brother's Descent into Madness
3.93
Having two siblings who have this same illness, and one of them has it just as severely, I could relate tremendously to the parts where he talks about...more
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Jul 29, 2007
 
Selected Poems
4.39
It was good, and some translations are better than others (several different people translate these poems). But overall, I have a feeling he doesn't t...more
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Jul 27, 2007
 
Rainer Maria Rilke and Lou Andreas-Salomé: The Correspondence
4.29
Pretty good. I mean, they are letters, so some of it gets a little boring at times. I haven't read EVERY letter. I don't read letters that way. I usua...more
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Jul 29, 2007
 
Blue Octavo Notebooks
4.24
I never realized how religious he was until I read this. Many notes about Christian faith, sin, suffering, evil. A list of 109 "Reflections," and a fe...more
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Jul 29, 2007
 
The Boxcar Children (The Boxcar Children, #1-4)
4.13
This was the first "chapter book" I ever read. It made me want to run away and live in a boxcar. Four orphaned children are quite happy eating mostly...more
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Jul 30, 2007
 
The Yale Younger Poets Anthology
3.60
Good. The intro is very informative, explains how the prize came to be and the various judges. It's by no means "gossipy," but you will get the dirt o...more
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Jul 28, 2007
 
The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Short Stories
4.15
The first story, "River of Names," by Dorothy Allison ripped my friggen head off. Brutally good. Another favorite was, "Tall Tales from the Mekong Del...more
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Jul 30, 2007
 
A Dash of Style: The Art and Mastery of Punctuation
4.17
I was very surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. I mean, a book on puntuation?! Can anyone say, "dork fest." But it was actually quite excellent....more
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Aug 09, 2007
 
Inventing the Truth: The Art and Craft of Memoir
3.71
Good. A book of essays by nine different memoirists including: Russell Baker, Frank McCourt, Annie Dillard, and Toni Morrison. I highlighted something...more
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Aug 09, 2007
 
Notes from the Air: Selected Later Poems
4.35
I actually bought this for my husband, he's more into Ashbery than I am. But I had to read it. There's an ease, an utterly "unself-consciousness" to h...more
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Feb 18, 2008
 
Amorous Exploits Of A Young Rakehell
3.07
Became interested in his erotic writings just recently, though some might call this pornography. It's very sexually candid, and I actually appreciated...more
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Nov 02, 2007
 
The Master Letters: Poems
4.03
It's okay. I've never been a huge Dickinson fan. I think those more familiar with her will enjoy this book. Another reason it was just "okay" was beca...more
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Jul 27, 2007
 
The Battlefield Where the Moon Says I Love You
4.72
He's a great writer and I love his selected, but this is one long poem, and I don't do too well with epics. I got maybe halfway through it and occasio...more
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Jul 27, 2007
 
Tao Te Ching: A New English Version
4.32
Mine is a tiny, pocket-sized book, which is great because this is one I like to take with me everywhere. Never know when you'll need a bit of wisdom o...more
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Jul 28, 2007
 
New and Selected Poems, Vol. 2
4.58
Oliver is a master at craft but sometimes she gets overly sentimental. It will be interesting to see how they eventually do a selected of all her work...more
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Jul 27, 2007
 
Transformations of Circe: The History of an Enchantress
4.67
This book is very interesting. It tracks Circe through literary history, from Homer to Spencer to Joyce and Atwood and Welty. Quite a bit of theory re...more
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Jul 28, 2007
 
Edgar Allan Poe & The Juke-Box: Uncollected Poems, Drafts, and Fragments
3.95
Her uncollected works. Some drafts are better than others. These are more raw, she's covering subjects that she didn't feel comfortable displaying to...more
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Jul 28, 2007
 
The Virgin Suicides
3.81
He's a very good, descripive writer. Sensuous in a Nabokov way, but not nearly as good at plot. That would be my only complaint about this story--it's...more
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May 07, 2008
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