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Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me
3.85
Yet another book that got me on the road or led to my staying there for 20 years. Manages to convey very well some of the madness that was myh own lif...more
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Mar 23, 2010
 
The Catholic Martyrs of the Twentieth Century: A Comprehensive World History
4.44
Excellent book that reminds us that religious persecution is not a thing of the past. Very well written.
not set
Feb 14, 2010
 
Wise Blood
3.91
Someone claimed they saw this book as "anti-religion." Nothing could be further from the truth. It is all in how you see it; asked why Southern writer...more
Mar 30, 2010
Mar 20, 2010
 
A Distant Trumpet
4.31
Just finished this book although it was in an earlier edition with the old library binding. More than a good adventure story, albeit peopled by improb...more
Apr 06, 2010
Apr 09, 2010
 
Flannery: A Life of Flannery O'Connor
3.88
Fascinating look at the personal O'Connor. Not much in depth on her work, but enough to make you want to find out more and the best way to do that is...more
Feb 20, 2010
Feb 14, 2010
 
Desert Solitaire
4.24
One of the few so-called environmental books I could read without feeling preached to. Abbey, author of "The Monkey Wrench Gang," (another favorite) k...more
Jan 2000
Mar 20, 2010
 
Los Miserables
4.08
I read the full version for purposes of intellectual self-flagellation and so I could in good conscience answer, "Yes," when asked if I had read the e...more
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Feb 14, 2010
 
Walden and Other Writings
4.01
Read this during my obligatory stint in Haight-Ashbury. Decided Thoreau would not fit in with the San Francisco of my time, nor would he agree with an...more
Jan 1968
Mar 20, 2010
 
The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History
3.93
It is amazing how this country - the world, in fact - came through this plague. Read it and learn how far medicine has come in a short 90 years. Scary...more
Jan 2009
Mar 20, 2010
 
All Quiet on the Western Front
3.83
Stay away from butterflies; they can be fatal.

On a more serious note, one of the best anti-war novels to come out of World War I, aka, The War to End...more
Jan 2009
Mar 20, 2010
 
Personal Memoirs
4.09
Twain actually was the publisher of this. His publishing company, Charles Webster, also published "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn." The proceeds from...more
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Feb 14, 2010
 
Ship of Fools
3.71
How Porter avoided suicide is beyond me. Her picture of the human race is devastatingly and bleakly accurate. As you read you begin to say, "Yes, peop...more
May 22, 2010
Apr 23, 2010
 
Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling
3.88
Interesting study of Michelangelo's struggles to finish his masterpiece in the Sistine Chapel. Fascinating look at the politics involved among the var...more
Jan 2010
Mar 20, 2010
 
Waiting for Godot
3.79
Entertaining dialogue, I suppose, but was there something I was supposed to get here or was it all just one of those absurdist deals? Just don't get i...more
not set
Mar 20, 2010
 
The Nonexistent Knight & The Cloven Viscount
4.01
What would you do when confronted by pure evil? Better yet, what would you do when confronted by its opposite, pure good? You might be surprised.
Jan 1984
Mar 23, 2010
 
The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman
3.76
Hilarious. I read the Penguin edition with all manner of explanatory notes in back and this really helped. This is one I re-read when time permits.
not set
Mar 20, 2010
 
Heart of Darkness and the Congo Diary
3.38
Do we follow the rules because it is the right thing to do or do we do so simply because there is a cop on the corner?
Jan 1973
Mar 20, 2010
 
Johnny Got His Gun
4.14
One of the best, most haunting anti-war books of all time. A short read, but full of just what you might not expect.
not set
Mar 20, 2010
 
The Fountainhead
3.81
Ayn Rand is a whiner. It is apparent to me why Atlas shrugged; that would be an appropriate response to her writing.
Jan 1970
Mar 20, 2010
 
Brunelleschi's Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture
3.81
Excellent but sketchy study of Brunelleschi's fashioning of the Duomo. Parts truly are outrageously funny.
Jan 2010
Mar 20, 2010
 
Julius Caesar (Oxford School Shakespeare)
3.61
Don't trust your fame or your friends. "But 'tis a common proof that lowliness is young ambition's ladder..."
Jan 1965
Mar 20, 2010
 
The Red and the Black
3.85
Not what you might think. Great religious farce in which religion comes off very nicely, thank you very much.
Jan 2009
Mar 20, 2010
 
Catholics
3.70
One of those funny/sad books with the emphasis - at least in this warped mind - on the absolutely hilarious.
not set
Feb 14, 2010
 
Leviathan
3.59
Read the parts required. How could Hobbes have been so brilliant but so damned wrong?
not set
Mar 20, 2010
 
Morte D'Urban
3.97
An absolute favorite. This is what I mean when I speak of Catholic literature.
not set
Feb 14, 2010
 
King Leopold's Soliloquy
3.89
Anti-imperialist rant against the Belgian king who was busy raping the Congo.
not set
Feb 14, 2010
 
The Old Man and the Sea
3.62
The only Hemingway I can actually stand. Must be a character defect on my part.
Jan 1966
Mar 22, 2010
 
Mark Twain
4.01
Not too bad. By the author of "White Town Drowsing," a study of Hannibal, MO.
not set
Feb 14, 2010
 
The Last Catholic in America
3.98
Well, I just give up. Most of the way through the chapter on confession and this guy either can't get to the point or doesn't know what his point is i...more
Feb 28, 2010
Feb 17, 2010
 
An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness
4.01
Good insight by a fellow sufferer, but a bit self-absorbed at times.
Jan 1998
Mar 20, 2010
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