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I Was Told There'd Be Cake
What can I say?

I never intended to read this book. I probably never would have, had I not received it in a publicity mailing at work. The day it arri...more
Apr 2008
Apr 09, 2008
I Just Want My Pants Back
This book is like a king-size Hershey bar with almonds: I devoured the whole thing in one sitting, even though by the end it wasn't doing much good fo...more
Apr 2007
Apr 12, 2007
A Fraction of the Whole
The most memorable novel I've read in at least five years.
Jan 2008
Dec 18, 2007
Playing With the Grown-ups
Frothy and fizzy like champagne punch with perfectly round scoops of orange creme sherbet floating in it---and a few extra shots of extremely potent b...more
Feb 2008
Feb 23, 2008
Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood
Ha! The writing is dreadful and juvenile; it's actually funny. It reads like the author just took her final paper for Psych 101 and beefed it up with...more
not set
May 04, 2007
Most big reviews I read of this book ahead of time made a big deal of the role of cricket in this book. Maybe I'm a special kind of reader (not necess...more
Aug 08, 2008
Aug 06, 2008
An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England
Meh. I enjoyed this book, however I didn't find it "Absurdly hilarious... searingly funny" (Entertainment Weekly) or "Wildly, unpredictably funny" (Ne...more
Oct 2008
Nov 03, 2008
Sag Harbor
I'm glad I read this book in the dead of winter - it is so evocative of the atmosphere of a little beach town and of a kid's experience of coming of a...more
Jan 2009
Jan 30, 2009
The House of Mirth
The five consecutive episodes I watched of The Real Housewives of New York City a few days before I finished this book really enhanced my reading expe...more
Mar 25, 2009
Mar 16, 2009
Oriana recommended this book to me, saying "You think you know what kind of book you're reading, and then it keeps changing into something completely...more
Nov 03, 2008
Oct 23, 2008
Twenty Fragments of a Ravenous Youth
Beautifully written and a little sad. Guo's books (well, this one and A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary) remind me a bit of Jean Rhys... stories of...more
Jul 2008
Jul 12, 2008
The Gargoyle
A masterfully compelling story of implausibilities.

I'll let Sara Gruen speak for me -- she blurbs, "It reminded me of Life of Pi with its unanswered...more
May 2008
May 07, 2008
The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
Everyone American who eats food should read this book. One of the most valuable things I took away from my reading was a new perspective on the true c...more
Apr 23, 2010
Apr 13, 2010
Just Kids
Oh I really enjoyed reading this book. Since finishing, I find myself inventing reasons to walk along 23rd Street between 7th and 8th Avenues, past th...more
Apr 2011
Apr 12, 2011
The Double Bind
I actively hated it while reading it, but it yielded a pretty provocative book club discussion, so there's something to be said for that. But the writ...more
Jun 2007
Jul 03, 2007
The Year of the Hare
In Finland. A man spontaneously and abruptly abandons his professional and personal life and spends the next year wandering around the country, up int...more
Feb 15, 2011
Feb 15, 2011
Unaccustomed Earth
Smooth and effortless, yet completely satisfying reading. Part Two, made of of three stories about the same two characters, was my favorite.
May 2008
Apr 20, 2008
The Grapes of Wrath
I remembered liking this book when I read it in high school, and I loved my second reading of it. I got so much more out of it this time around. It wa...more
Jun 2009
Aug 05, 2009
**spoiler alert** I picked this up at the library on a day when I didn't feel like browsing much, but I needed something to read on my subway ride hom...more
Dec 2010
Jan 23, 2011
One More Year: Stories
Short stories. Krasikov has been widely compared to Jhumpa Lahiri -- and I think that's mainly because they both write about the experiences of immigr...more
Nov 2008
Dec 26, 2008
And the Heart Says Whatever
I like Emily Gould's writing a lot. She's incredibly smart and intuitive. I can't wait for her to write a book about SOMETHING, something specific, an...more
Jun 2010
Jul 08, 2010
A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge
I appreciated the varied perspectives in this book - people from different backgrounds, in different living situations, responding to Katrina and afte...more
Jun 19, 2011
Jun 13, 2011
Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide
Illuminating. Heartbreaking. Inspiring.

If you care at all about human rights, and women's rights (which are of course, human rights), read this book....more
Jan 2009
Jan 23, 2011
Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China
Really engrossing look into the lives of Chinese migrant workers -- women in their teens and twenties who leave their rural villages to work in the fa...more
Nov 2008
Nov 21, 2008
This is Not a Novel
I was surprised initially at how readable this was, and I breezed through the first two-thirds. Then by the end I was like, "Okay, dude. I get it."

I h...more
Feb 2009
Mar 16, 2009
The Best of Everything
In the words of Jerri Blank of Strangers with Candy, "Though the faces have changed, the hassles are just the same."

This was a great book to read duri...more
Apr 2011
Apr 12, 2011
It's hard for me to consider FREEDOM outside of the context of all the hype surrounding it. I know I liked it, though it wasn't exactly what I was exp...more
Aug 2010
Jan 04, 2011
The notable thing about this book for me is that it's the first book I've read entirely as an eBook. I was lucky to find a free download through work,...more
Jan 2012
Feb 09, 2012
Chronic City
I'm still trying to figure out how to describe this novel. I hate to use the term PoMo, but it's hard not to. I guess just read it for yourself. Invol...more
Nov 2009
Nov 14, 2009
The History of Love
Nicole Krauss writes beautifully...
but this book struck me as just too similar to Everything is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, b...more
not set
Mar 23, 2007
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