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Nine Stories
4.19
Can't believe I never read this before. One of the best things I've ever read.
Nov 2008
Nov 23, 2008
 
The Bookseller of Kabul
3.74
This was the last decent book pile in the flat in Botswana before I left, ergo it was my plane trip home book. Although the writing here was good, I f ...more
Feb 2008
Apr 01, 2008
 
The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2008
3.84
I find this collection to be hit or miss, but there were a lot of great stories in this by authors I hadn't read before.
Oct 2008
Nov 23, 2008
 
Brief Encounters with Che Guevara: Stories
3.95
Book cost a ton of money in Botswana, so I am stuck reading whatever has been left behind by previous flat tenants. I lucked out on this one. I sort o ...more
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Mar 02, 2008
 
Gilead
3.81
I liked this book alot but it was SLOW. Slower than I can usually tolerate, but I am in Africa with a dearth of books so you gotta make do. She is suc ...more
Feb 03, 2008
Jan 12, 2008
 
The Emperor's Children
2.90
This was on the top of every "best books of 2007" list. But I kind of hated it. It is basically the sort of pop romance trash novel you find in the su ...more
Dec 2007
Jan 12, 2008
 
What is the What
4.15
I recommend this very highly. I was really hesitant to read this, because I find Dave Eggers' writing often to be overly stylized and verbose. However ...more
Mar 2008
Apr 23, 2008
 
The Road
3.94
I loved this book. This is definitely the most accessible of his books that I've had so it is a good "first McCarthy" for anyone wanting to check out ...more
Dec 2007
Nov 29, 2007
 
The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears
3.62
A very heart-wrenching, beautiful story about displacement, loss and alienation. He writes beautifully about the immigrant experience, and about the s ...more
Apr 2008
Apr 23, 2008
 
The Year of Magical Thinking
3.83
So devastatingly sad and beautiful. I love Joan Didion's writing. What is interesting is that she is usually so terse and concise. I don't think of he ...more
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Mar 02, 2008
 
Servants of the Map
3.95
I love her writing, although I generally hate historical fiction. She writes eloquently about the world and history of natural science. You meet some ...more
Nov 2007
Nov 29, 2007
 
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
3.85
I really enjoy his writing. Anyone who can combine latin american history, science fiction geek lit and punk/alt culture in a novel is playing to me a ...more
Feb 2008
Apr 01, 2008
 
Waiting for the Barbarians
3.95
This is a fantastic book. It is a parable about colonialism, empire, desire and justice. I have been wanting to read coetze forever, and being in Sout ...more
not set
Jan 12, 2008
 
The Yiddish Policemen's Union
3.68
Ach, this was pretty bad. I got it for beach reading, but it didn't even cut it. How much can one writer overuse simile? Try one bad "the cigar smoke ...more
May 2008
May 21, 2008
 
Tumble Home: A Novella and Short Stories
4.02
One of my all time favorite short story writers. Each story is simple and gorgeous. If you like Alice Munro you will love this book.
not set
Nov 17, 2007
 
The Savage Detectives
4.06
One of the best books I've read in years. The writing is amazing. Requires some commitment to stick to it, but the payoff is immense
Jun 23, 2008
Nov 29, 2007
 
The Voyage of the Narwhal
3.90
Ach. Pretty disappointing and way too long. If you are interested in this author, I would stick to her short stories
Nov 2007
Nov 29, 2007
 
Housekeeping
3.82
Beautiful story of awkwardness. Great book for any woman who ever felt she was fumbling through this world.
Nov 2007
Jan 12, 2008
 
Everyman
3.52
Elegant and simply written. Devastating. Beautiful.
Nov 29, 2007
Oct 18, 2007
 
After Dark
3.66
Pretty disappointing
Jul 2008
Jul 15, 2008
 
The Key
3.63
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Sep 11, 2007
 
Invisible Cities
4.21
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Sep 11, 2007
 
Chronicle of a Death Foretold
3.94
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Sep 11, 2007
 
Tales of Burning Love
3.85
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Sep 11, 2007
 
Silk
3.81
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Nov 2008
Nov 23, 2008
 
Claire Marvel
3.68
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Sep 04, 2007
 
Shosha
3.98
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Sep 11, 2007
 
The Big Sea
4.14
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Sep 10, 2007
 
My Own Country: A Doctor's Story
4.17
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Sep 11, 2007
 
The Beet Queen
3.88
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Sep 11, 2007
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