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Columbine
4.24
I wrote the book, so I'll forego rating it, just thought it should show up my list so you would find me. (But I'm new to goodreads, so tell me if I'm ...more
not set
May 31, 2009
 
She Said Yes: The Unlikely Martyrdom of Cassie Bernall
3.90
There is one big problem with this book: the event that caused it to be written turned out to have been a misunderstanding. Cassie never had the chanc ...more
Sep 1999
Jun 01, 2009
 
The Last Magazine
3.34
Best book I've read all year--by a country mile.

I blurbed this book, so I'll start with that, then expand:

That voice. That witty, subversive voice we
...more
May 12, 2014
Mar 28, 2014
 
House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East
3.59
So much about this book to love.

It's only the third book I've ever agreed to blurb. That tells you how much I loved it.

My blurb (and I wrote it myself
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not set
Oct 30, 2011
 
The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America's War in Afghanistan
3.95
Wow. I plunged into this book now, and it's electrifying.

The writing is so crisp, candid and insightful. He rips back the curtain and takes us inside
...more
not set
Jan 05, 2012
 
All Quiet on the Western Front
3.86
I'm rereading this after nearly 30 years (so I put it back in "currently.") It's just as good the second time.

This book had a huge impact on me in my
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Jun 1984
May 31, 2009
 
Foundation: The History of England from Its Earliest Beginnings to the Tudors (The History of England, #1)
3.92
I'm 100 pages in and mesmerized. This answers so many questions I've had for decades about who the English actually were, what tribes they were compos ...more
Feb 15, 2015
Feb 08, 2015
 
A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories
4.18
My foundation as a writer was shaped by these stories. I first read most of them stories in 1984, when I went to grad school in writing at U of Colora ...more
not set
Jan 31, 2015
 
King Henry IV, Part 1 (Wars of the Roses, #2)
3.78
I love this play, and this edition. It's captivating and insightful, and I'm reading right after finishing "The Plantagenets," which I also recommend, ...more
Apr 29, 2015
Apr 22, 2015
 
Stalling for Time: My Life as an FBI Hostage Negotiator
3.68
This was only the second book I've ever blurbed. I was very impressed. My review:

This was such a rewarding book. I've always been fascinated by that v
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Jun 2010
Sep 27, 2010
 
Look at Me
3.40
I didn't fall in love as quickly or rapturously as "A visit from the goon squad," but the writing is quite good, and it's drawing me in.

I finished it.
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Oct 13, 2014
Sep 27, 2014
 
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America
3.97
I was frustrated by the ending, but there is so much brilliance here, it still deserves five stars.
Jan 2004
Jun 09, 2009
 
Lolita
3.86
What to do with this book? The most beloved book by my favorite author, and I just can't bear it. It's not what you're probably thinking. It's the nar ...more
Jan 1995
May 31, 2009
 
The Catcher in the Rye
3.77
This is tied with Nabokov's "Speak, Memory" (aka, "Conclusive Evidence") as my all-time favorite book.
not set
May 31, 2009
 
The Choke Artist: Confessions of a Chronic Underachiever
3.40
What a pleasure to read this. It's been a long time since I laughed this hard. Remember the first time you saw Colbert, and laughed your ass off and m ...more
Feb 2012
Jun 12, 2012
 
Bring Up the Bodies (Thomas Cromwell, #2)
4.25
Oh nooooo! I got ahead of the author on a trilogy. Ravenous for another installment.

I loved Wolf Hall, but decided to pace myself: read several other
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Oct 22, 2014
Sep 27, 2014
 
Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives
4.14
This was my favorite book I read in 2009.

Here's what I wrote in a piece for Salon:

http://www.salon.com/books/feature/20...

I loved the idea of "Sum: 4
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Dec 2009
Jan 06, 2010
 
The Plot Against America
3.65
I didn't finish this book, so I can't rate it. I pushed through about 100 pages and felt nothing compelling about it--writing, characters and story al ...more
Nov 2014
Nov 11, 2013
 
The Forest for the Trees
3.95
The best book I've come across on for writers getting serious about a career.

(Disclaimer: Betsy is my agent. But she is my agent BECAUSE I read this b
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Jan 2000
Jun 09, 2009
 
Black Hawk Down
4.26
Expertly done in so many ways.

The chief drawback: so many of the characters were interchangeable, it became very hard to keep them straight each time
...more
Jan 2004
Apr 20, 2010
 
Wearing Dad's Head
4.17
What an imagination. (The title is literal, not figurative.) A delightful read. There is nothing like this.

And it really develops as it goes, too.
not set
Jun 01, 2009
 
The Architect of Flowers
3.79
An amazing book. Startling imagery and insights, too.

It brought me to tears may times, but not a difficult read, by any means.
Mar 2011
Oct 30, 2011
 
Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture
3.73
I loved this when I read it, but not sure how well it stands up. Maybe. I ought to go back and see.
not set
Jun 01, 2009
 
Homesick: New and Selected Stories
4.67
This is the best book by one of my favorite authors. (And full disclosure, my mentor, while she was alive. I fell in love with her work first, then he ...more
not set
May 31, 2009
 
Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism
4.08
Extraordinary book on nationalism, and how we create these images of who we are.

(I took a graduate course in Cultural Anthropology on ethnicity and na
...more
Jan 1995
Jun 01, 2009
 
Manifestoes of Surrealism
3.95
This greatly colored my perception of art. The best art manifesto I've ever read.

(Oddly, the surrealist concept seems to work in many of the visual fi
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Jan 1993
Jun 01, 2009
 
The Swerve: How the World Became Modern
3.81
As I read, my love/hate relationship evolved: more loving by the middle, but then really despising the last 100 pages.

All I really found interesting w
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Jul 27, 2014
Nov 11, 2013
 
In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin
3.77
I just finished, and what an awful taste in my mouth. I am perplexed by his conclusions about both his protagonists, though that perhaps explains the ...more
Jun 07, 2011
Jun 03, 2011
 
War and Peace
4.09
This is perhaps the place I admit I never finished this book. I liked a lot about it, but so many characters, I had much trouble keeping them straight ...more
Jan 1985
Jun 09, 2009
 
Portnoy's Complaint
3.68
Hysterically, funny, brilliant.

But there is no plot. It does not move. I petered out and quit reading halfway through, because I was too restless.

It w
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Jan 1985
May 31, 2009
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