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Shortcomings
3.64
Haven't I been introduced to these characters before? The brooding film geek, the discontented, underappreciated girlfriend, the shock-you punk rock g ...more
not set
Jan 21, 2009
 
War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning
4.14
I think I'm finally ready to review this book. I've given it a few weeks to settle in my mind.

I'm prepared to say that this book is important enough t
...more
Jul 30, 2010
Aug 15, 2009
 
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
4.01
Highly recommended for both introverts and extroverts. Helped enlighten me about my introversion with information from studies and experts. Very encou ...more
Feb 22, 2012
Jan 20, 2012
 
Decoded
3.77
This book really surprised me. I'm always curious about the lives of musicians and have always had an appreciation for a select roster of hip hop arti ...more
Dec 12, 2010
Dec 05, 2010
 
33 Snowfish
3.69
This is a hauntingly dark novel that takes an unfiltered view at three children who have been forced to live lives they did not deserve. Rapp develops ...more
not set
Aug 13, 2007
 
Capitalism: A Ghost Story
4.01
My lack of knowledge of Indian history and politics inhibited my understanding but reading this concise and passionate book I was left with two challe ...more
May 19, 2014
May 15, 2014
 
The Dog Stars
3.88
Not the most original premise, but great writing and a compelling, introspective main character make this a solid and quick novel. Living in Denver fo ...more
Aug 14, 2012
Feb 01, 2012
 
Gilead
3.80
An incredibly beautiful work unlike anything I've read before. I had many potential reasons to dislike this book. It's non-linear, written in brief vi ...more
not set
Nov 30, 2008
 
Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain
3.85
I really tried to perservere with this book, but after 100 pages I had to put it down. First, although marketed to a popular audience (even making it ...more
Nov 2007
Nov 21, 2007
 
What is the What
4.14
Eggers has brought together his fiction writing skills and the very real story of a Sudanese refugee. Through years of interviewing Achak, the author ...more
not set
Aug 13, 2007
 
Netherland
3.40
The novel follows Hans van den Broek, a Dutch banker now working in New York City. After being forced out of their Manhattan loft because of their pro ...more
Jun 30, 2008
Jun 09, 2008
 
Husband-Coached Childbirth: The Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth
3.58
I read this as a companion to our Bradley classes. Althought there is a lot of helpful information, the arrogant and fairly offensive way Bradley writ ...more
Dec 26, 2008
Oct 08, 2008
 
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
3.49
The premise of this story drew me in, and it was a bit of a letdown. I think I had false expectations of what could be done in such a short duration. ...more
not set
Sep 06, 2008
 
I Was Told There'd Be Cake
3.43
At first, I was excited for this book. Crosley seemed much closer to my generational experience and view. Unfortunately, other than a few bright spots ...more
not set
Jul 30, 2008
 
Hear No Evil: Marching in the Lord's Army, Fleeing the Devil, and Finding a Righteous Groove
3.66
I happened upon this book while straightening the religion section at work and decided to take it home albeit with low expectations.

Within the first f
...more
Sep 13, 2010
Sep 09, 2010
 
Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats
4.00
Moving to Colorado only a decade ago, I knew very little about Rocky Flats before reading this book. The last of the (accounted for) plutonium had bee ...more
Jan 03, 2014
Jan 03, 2014
 
How I Live Now
3.60
While the initial premise for this book raises many eyebrows, it is extremely well done. The more shocking details of cousinly romance and war someho ...more
not set
Oct 01, 2007
 
Private Games (Private, #3)
3.79
In an effort to broaden my horizons into best-selling fiction that my patrons read, I decided to pick this up. This will probably be my first and last ...more
Feb 27, 2012
Feb 22, 2012
 
Freedom
3.68
I'm sure that this book will end up on countless best of the year lists (which should be coming out any day now right, since it's October!) but I'm no ...more
Oct 06, 2010
Sep 26, 2010
 
Okay for Now
4.23
**spoiler alert** Schmidt continues to create amazing stories that are filled with real characters, set in unique historical times, and plumb some of ...more
Feb 10, 2011
Jan 30, 2011
 
Sleepwalk With Me and Other Painfully True Stories
3.84
I typically don't like stand up comedy. Most of it is a bit crude or cynical for my taste. After hearing Birbiglia on This American Life, I realized t ...more
Dec 07, 2010
Dec 04, 2010
 
A Part
4.05
This was my first foray into Wendell Berry's vast catalog. A meditator on the natural and spiritual, Berry writes with an intimacy that goes beyond si ...more
Dec 14, 2013
Jan 03, 2014
 
The Wordy Shipmates
3.63
I'd heard a lot about Vowell's wit in the past but never read any of her work. This was my first attempt and it was almost aborted.

After slugging thro
...more
Dec 30, 2008
Dec 11, 2008
 
The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms
3.59
First, I think I should've read Black Swan before this book. It would have provided more insight into Taleb's area of expertise. That said, while I un ...more
Mar 03, 2011
Mar 01, 2011
 
Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle
3.92
Started off with a very convicting chapter, but I soon realized that Hedges wasn't going to offer any solutions, just extensive complaints. Don't get ...more
Sep 02, 2009
Aug 15, 2009
 
Rats Saw God
3.82
A very enjoyable book to read in writing style with powerful implications for the mind. Thomas allows for an intimate look at the maturing process of ...more
not set
Aug 27, 2007
 
The Film Club: A Memoir
3.15
**spoiler alert** This turned out to be a pretty quick and interesting read. The whole time you are waiting for this experiment to fail terribly or su ...more
not set
Oct 19, 2008
 
The Art of Racing in the Rain
4.16
When I asked a coworker what she thought of this book, she hesitated, then responded with "It has a lot of charm". I now know what she means but unfor ...more
Sep 26, 2011
Sep 26, 2011
 
Rebel Bookseller: How to Improvise Your Own Indie Store and Beat Back the Chains
3.70
I admit that I feel a little uncomfortable rating a book that I skimmed, so I will preface this review by stating I read all of the rants and only sel ...more
Nov 10, 2009
Nov 07, 2009
 
Breathing Underwater (Breathing Underwater, #1)
3.92
This is a compelling account of what anger issues can look like in a young man. Flinn does an excellent job of creating a very realistically flawed c ...more
not set
Oct 01, 2007
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