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Tropic of Cancer
I got through the first 150 pages before I decided that life is too short to waste time reading books you hate. Maybe I'm not smart enough or deep eno...more
Jun 20, 2008
Jun 17, 2008
Adolf Hitler
At 1,035 pages, they weren't screwing around when they decided to call this book "the definitive biography." I can pretty much tell you what Hitler at...more
Feb 12, 2009
Jan 14, 2009
The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath
The depth of this woman never ceases to amaze me. I spent three months meticulously combing through her journal entries for a paper I was working on i...more
Sep 2006
Mar 04, 2008
A Tale of Two Cities
"It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known." Oh, MAN! Thanks, C...more
May 2009
May 12, 2009
Catch-22 (Catch-22, #1)
It took me a few minutes to decide whether or not I wanted to give three or four stars to Catch-22. While I realize that it's a brilliantly written pi...more
Dec 02, 2008
Nov 14, 2008
Mornings on Horseback
Let me start by saying that I love David McCullough. His biography of John Adams is one of my favorite biographies of all time. That being said, a mor...more
Dec 15, 2009
Nov 09, 2009
The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany
I finished this book a month ago; but it was so massive and so comprehensive that I needed a few weeks to digest before I could write anything about i...more
May 02, 2012
Feb 24, 2012
His Dark Materials (His Dark Materials #1-3)
Sorry, folks. I'm just not that into this book. I had high hopes for Pullman - I, too, think that organized religion is at the root of all evil! I rea...more
Mar 04, 2008
Jan 16, 2008
Okay, let me start by saying, I do realize that Harry Truman rose to political prominence on the shoulders of some very questionable characters; and I...more
Dec 2011
May 19, 2011
Benjamin Franklin: An American Life
I liked this book, but I didn't love it, which I had expected to. I tend to compare every biography I read, rather unfavorably, to David McCullough's...more
Jun 11, 2012
Sep 20, 2011
Witch Hunt (Jack Harvey, #1)
After devouring three Agatha Christie books in three weeks, I was looking for a way to freshen up this year's August Mystery Month. My father recommen...more
Aug 30, 2009
Aug 19, 2009
John Adams
Huzzah! I adored this book. John Adams is definitely the most underrated of the founding fathers - at least he was, until the miniseries based on this...more
Nov 09, 2009
Nov 09, 2009
Death at the Priory
The first half of the book, in which Ruddick mainly fleshes out the historical backdrop, is pretty good. I started the book at 10 o'clock at night and...more
Dec 08, 2008
Dec 04, 2008
The Lady in the Tower: The Fall of Anne Boleyn
The story of Anne Boleyn is endlessly fascinating. She is at once a horrifyingly wicked and heartbreakingly pitiful figure. I was thrilled last year w...more
Feb 20, 2011
Mar 02, 2011
Freedom Summer: The Savage Season That Made Mississippi Burn and Made America a Democracy
This book was an eye-opener. I was vaguely aware that the South, during the Jim Crow era, was a festering hellhole; but I was shocked by the degree of...more
Jun 06, 2014
May 29, 2014
Erik Larson has a tremendous gift: I believe he could take any subject matter, from any period in history - no matter how dull or unimportant - and we...more
Oct 15, 2009
Nov 09, 2009
The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary
I thought I would like this book a lot more than I did. It was interesting to read about the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary - a mind-numbin...more
Apr 15, 2011
May 19, 2011
Hard Times
I enjoyed reading Hard Times, but it's certainly not one of my favorites. It seems as though the book should have been three times as long as it was....more
Jun 11, 2009
Jun 08, 2009
Anna Karenina
I have read many times that Anna Karenina is one of the best novels ever written ... like EVER. Now I can finally say from experience that, though I d...more
Oct 06, 2008
Aug 28, 2008
War and Peace
Oh, dear. Where do I begin? I actually finished reading this book about a month ago, but I have been so loath to write a review that I haven't logged...more
Apr 05, 2009
Feb 17, 2009
Murder at the Vicarage (Miss Marple, #1)
Kicked off the second annual August Mystery month with Murder at the Vicarage. For quaint British murder mysteries, you can beat Agatha.
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Aug 19, 2009
The Sound and the Fury
I'm ashamed to admit that I gave this book up, halfway through, for the second time. I just can't get into Faulkner, even though my father is continua...more
Dec 23, 2008
Dec 08, 2008
The Death Penalty in America: Current Controversies
Everything you ever wanted to know about the inhumane and archaic practice that we call "capital punishment" (it sounds so soft and fluffy when you sa...more
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Sep 02, 2007
I listened to the unabridged audio book from (love that website!). It was pretty rad. I've always wanted to read Frankenstein and I also n...more
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Nov 05, 2008
The Edible Woman
I think Margaret Atwood is absolutely brilliant, but this is probably one of my least favorite of her books. I think this book would resonate much mor...more
Jul 29, 2008
Jul 18, 2008
The Life of Elizabeth I
Amazing! I am absolutely fascinated by sixteenth-century England. Murder, treason, sex, intrigue - this book has it all! Elizabeth I is the most capti...more
Jan 2008
Jan 03, 2008
The Pickwick Papers
I want to be Samuel Pickwick's BFF. Too bad he's fictional.

I definitely prefer Dickens' later, darker works, but Mr. Pickwick and Sam Weller are as e...more
Jun 2009
May 12, 2009
Mary Queen of Scots
Antonia Fraser is wonderful. The idea of a 600-something page history book doesn't sound thrilling, I know. But Antonia Fraser is more than a prolific...more
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Sep 02, 2007
Love in the Time of Cholera
The man won the Nobel Prize in Literature, so who am I to argue with that? Despite his gift with words, I didn't find the story particularly engaging...more
Jun 10, 2008
Jun 04, 2008
The Count of Monte Cristo
I'm a total sucker for excessively long and meandering classic literature, particularly when it is packed with as many labyrinthine and outlandish plo...more
May 08, 2014
May 05, 2014
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