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The Essential Rumi
4.44
really liked it
Coleman Barks is my favorite translator of this Sufi poet. I turn to this book for so many different times/lessons needed in my life.
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Mar 17, 2008
 
Netherland
3.40
really liked it
This is a tough one to articulate. I don't know that it was deserving of the National Book Award, and it really is slow and distractingly tangential i ...more
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Jan 21, 2010
 
What Happened to Anna K.
3.17
really liked it
I'm biased b/c a good friend wrote this book but still . . . I find it to be a beautifully-crafted, totally original debut novel. A modern retelling o ...more
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Jan 21, 2010
 
Mother on Fire: A True Motherf%#$@ Story About Parenting!
3.20
liked it
Really funny, hits close to home book about parenting in LA or New York --especially about how hard it is to find affordable good schools for your kid ...more
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Jan 21, 2010
 
Daughters of the River Huong: Stories of a Vietnamese Royal Concubine and Her Descendants
3.65
really liked it
There's been so many novels about generations of Chinese women; it is refreshing to read a novel about Vietnamese women. So many wonderful
things in th
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Jun 17, 2011
 
Olive Kitteridge
3.77
really liked it
Interesting narrative device of having one central character thread throughout a collection of stories. Some stories are amazing,others less so. But o ...more
Jan 2010
Jan 21, 2010
 
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)
4.11
liked it
Don't think it entirely lived up to its hype, but enjoyed it nonetheless. It's not the kind of book I typically read, so I imagine I liked it more tha ...more
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Jan 21, 2010
 
The Kids Are All Right: A Memoir
3.75
really liked it

I loved the story in four voices effect. The resilience of these children was remarkable -- and I was so moved by Diana's heartbreaking story. The way
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Jan 2009
Sep 13, 2010
 
The History of Love
3.91
it was amazing
Getting ready to re-read this for my book club. Can't praise it enough. One of my favorite books of all times.
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Jan 21, 2010
 
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
4.03
it was amazing
One of my favorite books of the year!
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Mar 30, 2010
 
Eat, Pray, Love
3.50
liked it
Not to be boastful, but I read this book well before it really took off. I enjoyed it a lot b/c I related to a lot that the author had gone through. D ...more
Jan 2006
Mar 05, 2008
 
Chronicles, Vol. 1
3.99
it was amazing
I loved this memoir so so much.
At times it was hard to grasp, because Dylan is truly on another intellectual/artistic plane than most of us. But I lov
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Jan 2007
Mar 05, 2008
 
Absurdistan
3.29
it was ok
This was my first time reading Russian wonderboy Gary
Shtyngart, and I was a little disappointed. Though after reading it, I clearly do think he's geni
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Nov 2007
Dec 10, 2007
 
The Girl Who Played with Fire (Millennium, #2)
4.22
liked it
Though slower than the first of the series, Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, I enjoyed this one more. Very character-driven so you've got to really be int ...more
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Jan 21, 2010
 
Caught Stealing (Hank Thompson, #1)
4.04
really good newish pulp writer. Set in lower east side when it was full of shooting galleries instead of wine bars. Really edgy and wonderfully manic ...more
Feb 2008
Mar 17, 2008
 
Orlando
3.86
it was amazing
One of my all-time faves. Probably my 10th reading of it.
It never fails to move me. It is both a brilliant fantasy, as well as a love story and a comp
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Jan 2008
Mar 05, 2008
 
When the Messenger Is Hot
3.69
really liked it
I loved that this was very literary chick lit.
Also,just saw one of the stories performed on the stage by the Steppenwolfe company.

Crane has this incre
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Jan 2007
Dec 17, 2007
 
A Moveable Feast
4.04
it was amazing
A favorite to read and re-read.
I learned my best lesson in writing from this book. Always finish a writing jag on an upswing -- with a sentence you're
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Mar 17, 2008
 
Bloodchild and Other Stories
4.29
really liked it
My first experience reading Octavia, who is now unfortunatey deceased. Makes me anxious to read her novels..
Really profound themes understatedly depi
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Jan 2007
Dec 17, 2007
 
Throw Like a Girl
3.44
it was amazing
Incredible! One of the best short story writers I've come across in a long time. I'll even venture to say she's as good as Alice Munro.
Jan 2008
Mar 05, 2008
 
Necessary Sins: A Memoir
3.47
it was ok
self-indulgent story of a Washington Post writer's affair with a married Post editor. Very nice writing, but over-romanticized.
Jan 2008
Mar 05, 2008
 
Brother, I'm Dying
4.08
liked it
Haven't finished yet, but am enjoying that, though nonfiction, it reads like a well-plotted literary novel.
Dec 2007
Dec 10, 2007
 
On Chesil Beach
3.53
liked it
Loved McEwan's characteristic ability to draw epic stories out of moments
Oct 2007
Dec 10, 2007
 
The Collected Stories
4.26
liked it
A very experimental short story writer -- can't compare her to anyone
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Mar 24, 2008
 
Geek Love
3.99
really liked it
One of my all-time favorites. But whatever happened to Katherine Dunn??
Jan 2002
Apr 01, 2008
 
Uncommon Arrangements: Seven Portraits of Married Life in London Literary Circles 1910-1939
3.52
liked it
That the Victorians weren't so uptight afterall!
Jan 2008
Jan 30, 2008
 
The Book of Understanding: Creating Your Own Path to Freedom
4.19
liked it
How we let society dictate our inner lives
Mar 2008
Mar 17, 2008
 
Selected Poems, 1945–2005
4.15
really liked it
A favorite poet. Very zen.
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Mar 17, 2008
 
Sputnik Sweetheart
3.82
really liked it
None
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Mar 17, 2008
 
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
4.17
really liked it
None
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Mar 17, 2008
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