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The Family Fang
3.60
well this sounds awesome. It was Karen's recommended book in the Just the Right Book quiz, and mine was The Curfew , which makes me think that maybe ...more
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Aug 25, 2011
 
155
Palimpsest
3.66
From Word Books: Palimpsest is a magical city, but you can only get there by sleeping with someone who's already been—and each visitor winds up in a d ...more
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Aug 16, 2012
 
39
The Lost Scrapbook
4.24
According to Karen, "people say dara is actually one of many different, already-established authors: richard powers, william vollmann, thomas pynchon, ...more
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Aug 26, 2010
 
88
Death-in-a-Box
3.89
From Rain Taxi (via Powell's): Fernando Pessoa's complicating of identity clearly influences Ifland's work, as do the labyrinthine realities of Borges ...more
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Jun 13, 2011
 
185
In the Land of Invented Languages: Adventures in Linguistic Creativity, Madness, and Genius
4.07
Oooh, look at this delicious nerdery! The internet led me here after reading Arika's piece "10 Old-Fashioned Swears to Spice Up Your Cussin'," and if ...more
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Mar 27, 2013
 
66
Billy and Girl
3.58
crazily enthusiastic review from MJ, wherein he says "As the story progresses, the novel opens up a box of hairy metaphysical goblins to gnaw your bra ...more
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Jan 28, 2011
 
180
Artful
4.00
From a review by Word Bookstore: Smith's masterful fiction is not widely known in the U.S., but it should be. Her latest is a nonfiction rumination on ...more
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Jan 25, 2013
 
191
Access All Areas: A User's Guide to the Art of Urban Exploration
4.15
The seminal urban-exploration text, apparently. Spawned the whole genre maybe? including this one, which I really want to read, and this one, which I ...more
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May 02, 2013
 
200
The Panopticon
3.62
Really strong review of this from Kirkus, so I wandered over here and of course Karen Queen of Goodreads has also written a killer take on it. So yes ...more
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Jul 24, 2013
 
237
The Big Book of Maker Skills (Popular Science): Tools & Techniques for Building Great Tech Projects
4.15
This guy is sort of Brooklyn DIY royalty (here's the Times telling you why), and this book will certainly be a work of bizarre genius.
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Aug 02, 2014
 
229
Twee: The Gentle Revolution in Music, Books, Television, Fashion, and Film
3.07
I probably could have written this book myself just by visualizing my cloyingly intense love for Boy Detective Fails, the voice of Joanna Newsom, and ...more
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May 27, 2014
 
95
The Beginners
2.54
Hey, I used to intern for Rebecca Wolff at Fence! Plus this book sounds amaaaazing, dark and creepy and sexy and great. Here's more at Powell's.
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Jul 13, 2011
 
225
Echo of the Boom
3.42
Says Flavorwire: If you bill your first novel as a mix of Gossip Girl and Gravity’s Rainbow, you have our attention based on your bravery alone. But N ...more
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Apr 02, 2014
 
77
The Story of Stuff: How Our Obsession with Stuff is Trashing the Planet, Our Communities, and our Health—and a Vision for Change
3.99
Oh! Oh man I had no idea Annie Leonard had done a book! I love her, I want this so badly!!

(If you don't know who Annie Leonard is, you are ridiculous
...more
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Mar 30, 2011
 
48
Dorkismo: The Macho of the Dork
3.78
She wrote a cool and compassionate article about hipsters on theawl.com, and if the essays in this book are in a similar vein, I think I will like it ...more
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Oct 22, 2010
 
206
Babayaga
3.45
Says Emily at Word Bookstore: Babayaga is a sort of magical realist detective novel set in the middle of the twentieth century in Paris, with witches, ...more
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Aug 20, 2013
 
232
Shovel Ready (Spademan, #1)
3.46
This one has lukewarm GR reviews, but Flavorpill loved it, so IDK. Maybe if someone gifts it to me or if I find it on the street for freeeeee.
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Jun 25, 2014
 
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TALKING HEADS:77
4.25
John Domini is my bookfriend, and when I asked him which of his books I should read first, he said Earthquake. But then I read the blurb for this one ...more
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Apr 02, 2011
 
260
Kill City: Lower East Side Squatters 1992-2000
4.54
Flavorwire has a little excerpt of this one; look how gorgeously intimate these photos are, holy moly. Want want want.
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Mar 23, 2015
 
176
The Chronology of Water
4.19
Tuck tells me this is a much better antidote to Wild. Tee seems to've had pretty much a religious experience reading it. I am fairly trembling with an ...more
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Jan 02, 2013
 
238
Our Culture, What's Left of It: The Mandarins and the Masses
4.10
Recommended by my very clever bookfriend Ryan, who says the ideas are quite good but the style leaves something to be desired. Sounds like that might ...more
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Aug 05, 2014
 
218
Three Steps on the Ladder of Writing
4.34
I'd never heard of this book, but then I read Jimmy's gorgeous review, and I couldn't get it on the old "to read" shelf fast enough.
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Jan 13, 2014
 
212
Rocket Girl #1
3.65
Although this was recommended to me by a very dear friend, it was the same dear friend who recommended the abysmally horrible Air. So we'll see.
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Oct 29, 2013
 
278
The Only Ones
3.59
apparently garners comparisons to Atwood's Handmaid's Tale, so that's a HELL YES for me.
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Nov 25, 2015
 
93
Bust DIY Guide to Life: Making Your Way Through Every Day
3.88
Perhaps Bust can fill the hole that the closing of ReadyMade has left in my life.
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Jul 01, 2011
 
198
You Can't Win
4.36
"true lost classic"; "one of the most legendary cult books in America" -- wow. Last time I heard that, it was regarding Flee the Angry Strangers, whic ...more
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Jul 03, 2013
 
87
Our Tragic Universe
3.43
From Flavorpill: A fitting tribute to both high-brow and low-brow artistry, Scarlett Thomas’s Our Tragic Universe is a thoughtful, incisive story abou ...more
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Sep 18, 2010
 
43
These Children Who Come at You with Knives, and Other Fairy Tales: Stories
2.99
According to Greg, "this is a good read for someone looking for something Vonnegut or Palahniuk-like, but who doesn't seem receptive to George Saunder ...more
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Sep 15, 2010
 
199
My Education
3.22
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Jul 12, 2013
 
99
Hard Rain Falling (New York Review Books Classics)
4.12
This sounds intense & really, really depressing. My bookfriend Ives says: "This an overlooked Beat Era novel from 1964 that was ahead of its time ...more
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Aug 21, 2011