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Tasting the Sky: A Palestinian Childhood
Amazing-- beautiful and beautifully written, this is like Mornings in Jenin by Susan Abulhawa for the squeamish. The horrors are there, sort of in the...more
Dec 27, 2013
Dec 17, 2013
On the Road
Will Patton is a great audiobook narrator; without his skillful storytelling, I would never have gotten past the first two pages of this book. But bec...more
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May 01, 2012
The Dog Stars
I awaited this book for a long time, "knowing" that I would love it. But then I started reading it and the headache began surprisingly early on. Seasi...more
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Oct 25, 2012
Last of the Wilds (Age of the Five, #2)
I had high hopes for this, but I unfortunately couldn't get into it. I read the first quarter or so, and realized several things: I need to read the f...more
May 13, 2010
May 11, 2010
Twilight of the Tenderfoot: A Western Memoir
This was purely wonderful. A great book-- great writing, great subject matter, beautifully captured setting, informative insight, compelling personal...more
Sep 04, 2012
Aug 14, 2012
The Killing Moon (Dreamblood, #1)
This book exhibited all of the little pitfalls that my own writing tends toward and which I'm constantly trying to edit out because I don't like it as...more
Jun 2012
May 11, 2012
Divergent (Divergent, #1)
Tried this out because it was so "critically acclaimed," "the talk of the town"--and got pretty far into it, but I don't think I'll be returning to it...more
Dec 30, 2011
Dec 07, 2011
Rather Outspoken: My Life in the News
This is an extremely important book-- you think it's an old man's memoir, but in fact it's a stunning expose of deeply troubling and fascinating aspec...more
Sep 28, 2012
Sep 04, 2012
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
I wrote probably a 10,000 word critical literature analysis of this as a review this morning, and as soon as I clicked "save," Goodreads was down and...more
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Aug 02, 2011
Enrique's Journey: The Story of a Boy's Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite with His Mother
When I first started this, I thought it would have fit well in the ranks of ethnographic books I had to read in college for my anthropology degree. Th...more
Sep 12, 2012
Sep 06, 2012
The Blessing Way (Navajo Mysteries, #1)
So, Tony Hillerman's very first book? It's certainly different from the couple later ones I've read, but still totally great. I decided to start at th...more
Dec 12, 2011
Nov 18, 2011
The Sisters Brothers
I feel truly lucky, privileged, and honored to have read this book. I heard it recommended and was intrigued that it was described all in the same sen...more
Jan 10, 2012
Dec 16, 2011
Exodus (Exodus, #1)
Abandoned this one at the beginning. A book that seeks to envision the after-effects of climate change should show how it came about, not hit you over...more
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Sep 29, 2011
Late for Tea at the Deer Palace: The Lost Dreams of My Iraqi Family
I guess I'm just bored by stories about the day to day activities of the fantastically rich. When I read about someone--in real life, in the modern da...more
Jan 12, 2013
Jan 02, 2013
The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)
I had very high expectations for this book as a lover of YA fantasy and sci fi--and I read a good chunk of it, but put it down for good. I wanted to s...more
Aug 12, 2011
Jul 13, 2011
The Boy Kings of Texas: A Memoir
This is a stunningly well written book. I read it as an ebook, so I don't have page numbers, but I was finally forced to stop reading at "79%." Its co...more
Apr 12, 2014
Mar 11, 2014
Summer of the Apocalypse
Well, this was strange-- This book was so good I couldn't read it anymore. Both the author and I are Colorado natives, and this harrowing tale was mad...more
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Sep 30, 2011
High Country: A Novel
This book was my best shot at liking a Western. I was enjoying it in the beginning--the scenery, the slow-talking and realistic conversations, the tim...more
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Aug 16, 2010
Thirteen Moons
I listened to this in audio because it's narrated by Will Patton, who is the grandest narrator ever (and I enjoyed Nightwoods). I said after I listene...more
Feb 28, 2012
Jan 26, 2012
Saving Sky
Only started to read this. Didn't finish because it wasn't what I was looking for at all. Its plot, as seen in reviews and descriptions, is very appea...more
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Sep 29, 2011
Casino Royale (James Bond, #1)
Well, this was written in such a way that I considered it literature, and read it from beginning to end--so it must have been good in some sense. Howe...more
Nov 27, 2012
Oct 24, 2012
Crazy Brave: A Memoir
This is a great book, with amazing, insightful, wise writing. Because of that, I couldn't get through it- when her account of the evil man who oppress...more
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Jul 09, 2014
Chupacabra and the Roswell UFO
The contents of this book were quite amazing-- actual high level conspiracy/occult topics were frequently mentioned. Project Blue Book, Majestic 12, c...more
Jun 03, 2013
Apr 26, 2013
The Green Glass Sea (Green Glass #1)
It's amazing how many books exist, and absolute jewels like this are buried like tiny grains of gold in mountains of tin. This is so extremely well re...more
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Jan 14, 2014
Hold Me Closer, Necromancer (Necromancer, #1)
Loved this book. I don't know if the author intended it, but it achieved high satire while simultaneously elevating the subject matter being satirized...more
Oct 08, 2012
Aug 30, 2012
Hand Me Down World
This book's writing style, which is always instantly captivating, has finally become so common as to be generic--the default setting for modern novels...more
Oct 19, 2012
Sep 20, 2012
Blasphemy: New and Selected Stories
I wasn't able to get into this. I know it's real, but just too much about drugs and other unfortunate things afflicting Indians. I'm not interested in...more
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Nov 27, 2012
Interview with the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles, #1)
I first read this in high school, and then read all of Rice's Vampire Chronicles. The writing and the stories, I think, literally changed and develope...more
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May 06, 2011
The Universe in a Single Atom: The Convergence of Science and Spirituality
Listened to the audio book, and it was completely fantastic (I don't think I would have been able to get through it if I read it in print). I was skep...more
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Sep 20, 2010
The Summer Book
I love Tove Jansson. This book got me through a horrible bedridden illness. Even when I had finished it, I started to read it again because it distrac...more
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May 10, 2013