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Ordinary Love and Good Will: Two Novellas
Go now and get this little book of novellas from Jane Smiley. It's only two stories and they just both knocked my teeth out (in a good way). Smiley's...more
Aug 03, 2009
Jul 27, 2009
Truth and Beauty
I didn't know much about Patchett or Grealy before reading this memoir and I still don't, but I love how Patchett details this intense friendship betw...more
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Oct 20, 2007
Bel Canto
I read the first paragraph of this book on and had to have it. Although the ending was problematic for me, I loved so much of this novel --...more
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Nov 19, 2007
Heat: An Amateur's Adventures as Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta-Maker, and Apprentice to a Dante-Quoting Butcher in Tuscany
It's official: I'm jealous as hell of Bill Buford. Not only did he get to pursue a passion of his (cooking) with the unbridled enthusiasm of a five-ye...more
Nov 11, 2009
Nov 11, 2009
Zone One
I've never gotten the New York City obsession. Hey, I live here now and it's great a lot of the times, but it sucks a whole lot of other times. What's...more
Oct 28, 2011
Oct 30, 2011
Normal People Don't Live Like This
Holy friggin' crap. I knew this book was going to be good after I heard Landis read an excerpt in NYC. Happily, she delivers. And delivers. And delive...more
Oct 12, 2009
Oct 12, 2009
The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million
I wasn't looking for a book about the Holocaust, that most loaded word of words, especially here in Manhattan, where Jewish culture and arts surround...more
Dec 14, 2009
Dec 14, 2009
A Meaningful Life
You should definitely read this book, if only for the sole purpose of reassuring yourself that your life is definitely, enormously, ridiculously bette...more
Mar 05, 2010
Mar 02, 2010
Birds in Fall
Okay, this is not a perfect book, but I had read this about 10 years ago and the memory was still with me, so when I rediscovered it recently at a use...more
Sep 23, 2009
Sep 23, 2009
No One is Here Except All of Us
I'll admit it, I had a hard time getting into this book at first. It's such an odd voice and format - more fable than story - but this works in the en...more
Jul 10, 2012
Jun 19, 2012
Await Your Reply
Holy crap. Dan Chaon (of "You Remind Me of Me") has a new book and it is good. I'm not even going to tell you anything about it, because it would spoi...more
Sep 05, 2009
Sep 05, 2009
Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant
Jane Smiley totally nails this one - it's a real pleasure to read something so well-crafted and well-observed, about something as ordinary as one fami...more
Jan 29, 2010
Jan 20, 2010
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
At times mind-numbingly crazed and frantic, other times spare and moving, Ben Fountain's new book drops you into the bizarre world of Specialist Billy...more
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Jun 12, 2012
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
5 effing stars, people. 5 effing stars. This book has it all: great characters, a voice that is spot on, crazy ass plot, a generations-old curse, foot...more
Jun 10, 2008
Jan 14, 2008
Revolutionary Road
My copy of this book looks like my highlighter had sex with it - it's got that many amazing lines and passages lined in florescent yellow.

Certainly n...more
Feb 02, 2010
Jan 29, 2010
Amy and Isabelle
Holy crap. Amy and Isabelle opens with this sense of foreboding ("It was terribly hot that summer Mr. Robertson left town, and for a long while the ri...more
Nov 11, 2009
Nov 11, 2009
Amazing, amazing, amazing.

A complicated and mesmerizing tale of three anthropologists' tangled lives in 1930s New Guinea.

Here's a bit from near the...more
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Jul 19, 2014
Music for Torching
This book terrifies me. Holmes' vision of suburban grownups is bleak, morbidly funny at times, often violent and all too real. Or at least real enough...more
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Oct 20, 2007
The Things They Carried
Certainly a book for our times -- it was hard to read this and not think of the war in Iraq and Afghanistan and the million other places people kill o...more
Nov 2007
Nov 19, 2007
The Giant's House
McCracken writes her way into the literary Hall of Fame with this insanely good book about "one overage virgin and one oversized boy" (from 'The New Y...more
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Nov 05, 2007
It's not a perfect book but I found myself unable to put it down. Beautifully written, with multiple perspectives that really work to dig down into th...more
Mar 17, 2009
Oct 25, 2007
Sacred Hunger
For those of you who are looking for a big, fat novel to sink your teeth into, this is it. A huge sprawling story about English colonial commerce and...more
Sep 05, 2009
Jul 27, 2009
You Remind Me of Me
I started rereading this as I was composing my thoughts for this review and had to force myself to put it down and move on -- always the sign of a goo...more
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Oct 30, 2007
Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader
I unabashedly love this book about books. Fadiman, a self-described book junkie, writes: "'Wake' is just the right verb, because there is a certain ki...more
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Nov 05, 2007
Plenty: One Man, One Woman, and a Raucous Year of Eating Locally
I have been raving about this book to anyone who'll listen for the past 48 hours (which incidentally is how long it took me to read it). About two wri...more
Feb 19, 2009
Oct 25, 2007
Female Trouble: Stories
5 stars for the short story "Incognito," with possibly one of the best opening sentences:

"You can live a second life under your first one, something f...more
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Oct 20, 2007
The Report
Little gem of a book. Beautifully written and "un-put-down-able." I actually teared up on the subway, that's how affecting the story is. I read a libr...more
Jan 09, 2011
Nov 18, 2010
This book puts "The Wire" to shame. Price is a wordsmith of the highest order and so many of his sentences sing. I can't tell you how good this is. Ju...more
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Jun 03, 2008
How to Breathe Underwater
I hate Julie Orringer because she's fucking amazing. "Pilgrims" is yet another reason why I question if people should have kids. Ugh. Amazing.
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Oct 30, 2007
An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination
Amaze-balls. Broke my heart and made me laugh and confirms why I love Elizabeth McCracken - because she is fearless and funny and so smart.
Jun 12, 2012
Dec 28, 2008
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