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The Captain and the Enemy
I really liked Greene's The Quiet American so much that I am willing to give anything written by him a try. In this story it seems that he is trying t ...more
Dec 2007
Dec 05, 2007
The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream
The title alone sums up my political, personal and societal views in life. I found myself agreeing with most everything presented in this book and gre ...more
Sep 2007
Oct 10, 2007
Catherine de Medici: Renaissance Queen of France
There is so much more to understand about the combination of politics and religion in history. The book was slow, however worth the time to understand ...more
Sep 2007
Oct 10, 2007
I am Charlotte Simmons
This one came highly recommended from many different people, but I was not impressed. The first Tom Wolfe book that I picked up was The Electric Kool- ...more
Feb 2008
Jan 16, 2008
This is a book that a lot of people want to talk about because it raises so many gender and sexuality questions. It was very interesting to understand ...more
Jan 2008
Dec 12, 2007
The Autobiography of Malcolm X
So incredibly interesting to see the past lives that shaped what the media has often portrayed as a callous political activist. The many different pie ...more
Nov 2006
Oct 10, 2007
The Jungle
This one took me awhile to get through. An interesting look at work, specifically for immigrants in Chicago, however I felt that Sinclair was running ...more
Nov 2007
Oct 12, 2007
Captain Corelli's Mandolin
The quirks and personalities of the characters throughout this story are enduring and described in such a way that they come to life. The plot and the ...more
Jun 2008
Dec 13, 2007
The Great Gatsby
I've read this book plenty of time, but it is always refreshing to come back to. The character development is astounding for such a short book and it' ...more
Nov 2007
Nov 17, 2007
One Hundred Years of Solitude
This book has many beautiful sentences that tie together like a bright, exotic quilt. I would hesitate to recommend it, mainly because the story is al ...more
Dec 2007
Dec 05, 2007
Mrs. Dalloway
Woolf's stream of consciousness style wins me over every time. It isn't much the story or the characters that amaze me, but the detailed flow of Woolf ...more
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Dec 09, 2007
A Passage to India
A pet peeve of mine is when there are a multitude of characters with similar/confusing names and you cannot keep them straight. There was never enough ...more
not set
Dec 05, 2007
A Clockwork Orange
I honestly couldn't stomach the degree of violence, however the book is amazingly crafted and causes a lot of reflection, confusion, denial, etc. The ...more
Feb 2007
Nov 14, 2007
This is the first and only Michener book I have read and it will probably stay that way for some time. It was an exhaustingly slow read for me, howeve ...more
Jan 2007
Dec 09, 2007
The Quiet American
The language and imagery used by Greene paints a picture that sticks with you well beyond your actual read. Beautiful and crushing, this led me to mor ...more
Sep 2006
Oct 10, 2007
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test
I lost myself in this book. The story is so interesting and the characters so dynamic that it is hard to believe it is non-fiction. Ken Kesey makes fo ...more
Jun 2004
Mar 02, 2008
The Secret Life of Bees
Lovable characters, unlikely chain of events, coming-of-age kind of drama. Chick Lit - and I don't use the term to mean enduring, I use it to mean the ...more
Oct 2007
Oct 10, 2007
For Whom the Bell Tolls
Okay, so this one took me awhile and is probably one I would need to talk over with someone before I completely understand what Hemingway wanted reade ...more
Mar 2008
Dec 13, 2007
I was coerced into reading this one by a cult following of fellow Peace Corps volunteers. Took awhile for me to get into it, however I couldn't put it ...more
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Nov 01, 2007
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America
A multi-personality book that jumps between Chicago history and crime. You learn about the creation of the Chicago World Fair and a mass murderer simu ...more
Jan 2007
Nov 01, 2007
Gandhi: A Life
An interesting inside look at the life of Gandhi. The book is very long (maybe 900 pgs) and does not give much detail on Gandhi as an individual human ...more
Jun 2006
Nov 01, 2007
A Long Way Down
I have heard amazing things about Nick Hornby, however was disappointed with A Long Way Down - the first of his books that I have read. It seemed a bi ...more
Sep 2007
Oct 10, 2007
The Count of Monte Cristo
Read this one on the beach in The Bahamas and literally lost myself in the book. One of my favorites. Long, but worth it. And, yes, the movie is a dev ...more
Apr 05, 2004
Mar 09, 2008
The Kite Runner
An interesting cultural exploration of Afghanistan. A very intimate and descriptive view of life. Would have given it 5 stars if the last quarter of t ...more
Jun 2005
Nov 01, 2007
The Glass Castle
A memoir that brings to life the challenges of growing up in poverty with parents who defy normality and society. A coming-of-age look at an alternati ...more
Oct 2007
Oct 10, 2007
Dispatches from the Edge: A Memoir of War, Disasters, and Survival
An interesting look into the journalistic view of recent events. Cooper makes connections between his drama in his own life and the catastrophic event ...more
Oct 2007
Oct 19, 2007
Life of Pi
I am a sucker for the imaginative, colorful and fantasy style used in this book. The descriptions bring gorgeous imagery to your mind and the story. W ...more
May 2005
Nov 01, 2007
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
I would recommend reading one chapter a week. Very interesting stuff to learn, but often dry and intense. Given time to digest, it makes much more sen ...more
Feb 2006
Nov 01, 2007
A Million Little Pieces
Many of the events in this faux memoir are rather graphic. Frey comes off as egotistical, however his struggle with addiction is very real and honest. ...more
Jul 2007
Nov 01, 2007
Moby Dick
An obvious classic. A little too much on the description of Whales, but what would you expect from Moby Dick?
Oct 2006
Nov 01, 2007
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