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Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith
3.96
You know, I probably shouldn't have read this directly after finishing In Cold Blood. I'm not saying the combination brought out the homicidal psychot ...more
Oct 2007
Oct 20, 2007
 
The World Without Us
3.79
Yeah, what you've heard about this book is true: It really is very good, very scary, very depressing--AND it's written entirely in Spurdlish, a langua ...more
Sep 2007
Sep 14, 2007
 
Blind Descent: The Quest to Discover the Deepest Place on Earth
3.64
A book about a race to discover the deepest cave on earth has the potential for Krakauer-like suspense, but Tabor destroys whatever tension might be p ...more
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Sep 06, 2010
 
The Adventures of Augie March
3.84
Looking for the Great American Novel? According to the likes of Martin Amis, Salman Rushdie, and Christopher Hitchens, look no further than this book. ...more
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Aug 11, 2009
 
Extraordinary Popular Delusions & the Madness of Crowds
3.92
Mark Twain once famously characterized a "classic" as "a book that everyone praises and nobody reads," and while there are plenty of classics that abs ...more
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Sep 06, 2010
 
Smile When You're Lying: Confessions of a Rogue Travel Writer
3.43
Thompson's a smart and funny writer with some excellent and funky travel stories, a jaundiced worldview, and precious little respect for sacred cows. ...more
Jan 2009
Nov 01, 2009
 
Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China
3.87
Some people, when they travel, are most amazed by the differences they find ... the donkeys, the tuk-tuks, the rat-on-a-platter, the strange drinks an ...more
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Aug 10, 2009
 
Last Evenings on Earth
4.11
(See also my comments on Bolaño's Distant Star.)

Well, I don't know. I understand that Bolaño is considered one of the finest modern writers (that is,
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Aug 2007
Sep 15, 2007
 
A Heart So White
4.02
Some books seem to slide effortlessly under the skin, they become for the time you are reading them part of your flesh and blood, they course through ...more
Jan 2009
Nov 01, 2009
 
I, California
2.86
Used to be, there were basically two reasons to write a memoir. One was that you had led a remarkable and noteworthy life (e.g., Ulysses S Grant and C ...more
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Aug 10, 2009
 
Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman
4.01
It's no accident that Where Men Win Glory is framed by quotes from Homer and Aeschylus, because, make no mistake about it, this is a Greek tragedy, th ...more
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Jan 07, 2010
 
The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism
4.22
A few pages into this book, I was thinking I might give it four stars instead of five, because it so clearly looked to be a work of partisan polemics. ...more
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Aug 10, 2009
 
Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea
3.95
When I was a little kid, we read comic books like Archie and Jughead or Dennis the Menace--innocent reads for innocent kids. Later, we--wait. I just h ...more
Nov 2007
Nov 04, 2007
 
Like a Rolling Stone: Bob Dylan at the Crossroads
3.65
One stroll through the music section of any bookstore immediately brings to mind one question: Why are there so many freaking books on Bob Dylan? Why ...more
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Aug 10, 2009
 
The Courtier and the Heretic
3.94
At last, a book for all of us who have been long awaiting a work about the fateful 1676 meeting between Baruch Spinoza and Gottfried Leibniz.

I enjoye
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Jan 2008
Jan 19, 2008
 
Slackjaw
3.92
This book was recommended to me by the supercool Ms. Tracy O., and good on her for it.

I'm going to compare Slackjaw to two books to which it seemingl
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Oct 2007
Oct 11, 2007
 
The God of Small Things
3.89
Arundhati Roy is a very gifted, highly intelligent, keenly perceptive, and quite creative writer. She creates interesting characters and knows how to ...more
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Aug 10, 2009
 
The Conscience of a Liberal
3.99
If you're an unreconstructed lefty like me, you'll enjoy Paul Krugman's unapologetically liberal--emphatically not radical--new book. If you're not, y ...more
Dec 2007
Jan 19, 2008
 
God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything
3.93
Dammit, goodreads, this five-star rating really sucks donkey ears. This book should get 3.7 stars, not 4.

Like Richard Dawkins's The God Delusion, Chri
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Sep 2007
Sep 23, 2007
 
The Honorary Consul
3.78
Vintage late-period Graham Greene: well-plotted, with interesting characters, a sustaining premise, and enough plot and relationship wrinkles to chall ...more
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Mar 02, 2010
 
This Too Can Be Yours
3.68
Much as I enjoyed Lisick's first book, Monkey Girl, I like this one better. The stories here are richer and more developed and show more sense of craf ...more
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Jan 07, 2010
 
The Day of the Locust
3.80
Here's a few things that I learned from The Day of the Locust: that back in 1938, they had credit cards; the word "fairy" was understood to mean "homo ...more
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May 11, 2010
 
Glory Comes A Cropper:  The Story of Confederate General Laura "Beans" Lee
5.00
The American Civil war produced more than its fair share of great soldiers and generals. Ulysses Grant, Stonewall Jackson, William Sherman, and, of co ...more
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Sep 24, 2010
 
Portnoy's Compliant
5.00
Sometimes the smallest details make the biggest difference. That's certainly the case of Max Schreedland's groundbreaking novel Portnoy's Compliant. A ...more
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Sep 24, 2010
 
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
3.90
I liked Collapse more than I liked Diamond's earlier Guns, Germs, and Steel, but, then again, I rather disliked Guns, Germs, and Steel. (I seem to hav ...more
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Mar 18, 2010
 
Monster from the DEEP
5.00
It's 1952, and atomic testing in the atmosphere has created a gigantic monster--half-man, half-typewriter--that is wreaking havoc and threatening New ...more
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Sep 06, 2010
 
My Pineal Gland
5.00
"One of the year's best children's books about the pineal gland." --Library Review Daily

Following the runaway success of the children's books Everybod
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Sep 06, 2010
 
Standing Bear is a Person: The True Story of a Native American's Quest for Justice
4.04
You know, the history of relations between Indians and Americans (if that's the way to put it) is so fraught with horrible stories of cruelty, greed, ...more
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May 11, 2010
 
Crumpton's Illustrated Guide to Illustrated Guide
5.00
There's nothing quite as wonderful as settling down in the evening with a big picture-book, unless it's being massaged with teflon grease by Hollywood ...more
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Sep 06, 2010
 
Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
3.84
If you've read Malcolm Gladwell, either in his other books or in his column in the New Yorker, you know that he's always interesting and provocative. ...more
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Mar 18, 2010
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