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War and Peace
4.08
So, I know you've all been on edge these past two months, and since I should be studying for the social work licensing exam tonight, it seems like the...more
Nov 20, 2008
Sep 30, 2008
 
The Savage Detectives
4.04
I'll bet a lot of us walk around with some real concrete ideas about just who it is we could possibly fall in love with. Maybe the specifics of our id...more
Jun 20, 2008
Apr 18, 2008
 
Freedom
3.67
Okay, so earlier this summer I was waiting to see The National play Prospect Park ("Of course you were, Jessica...." -- but bear with me, that's my po...more
Sep 16, 2010
Sep 11, 2010
 
The Line of Beauty
3.65
I started this last night, heading home after one of the most dreadful evenings in recent memory.

So lately my life does seem like a pot of thick, scal...more
not set
May 11, 2008
 
Carrie
3.86
I want to start a shelf of "books-that-traumatized-me-as-a-child-with-stories-of-girls-who-just-could-not-stop-gushing-blood-Down-There," but I can't...more
not set
Nov 16, 2007
 
Less Than Zero
3.57
This book seems boring and shallow, and reading it gives me an anesthetized, hollow, detached feeling that I would not describe as entirely pleasant.

A...more
Apr 25, 2008
Apr 07, 2008
 
In Search of Lost Time  (À la recherche du temps perdu #1-7)
4.32
I took today off work because I need to put everything I own into boxes so I can move tomorrow, but obviously I can't begin doing that until I get som...more
not set
Jul 31, 2009
 
Coming of Age on Zoloft: How Antidepressants Cheered Us Up, Let Us Down, and Changed Who We Are
3.51
First off, full disclosure: I went to college with Katherine Sharpe, I know Katherine Sharpe. Katherine Sharpe is a friend of mine. And you, honey, ar...more
not set
Apr 09, 2012
 
The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court
4.04
WELL. How I wish I'd had the foresight, at a much younger and more capable age, to consult some kind of career counselor! If only, if ONLY someone bac...more
Dec 02, 2008
Jan 25, 2008
 
The Slaves of Solitude
4.12
Anyone who actually listens to my opinions and bases their library picks on my star ratings (hi, mom!) deserves to know what the unusual fifth star re...more
Dec 26, 2008
Nov 06, 2007
 
The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11
4.35
Lawrence Wright is one of those guys who could easily put novelists out of business, and this book made me question why I read fiction at all. The loc...more
Feb 06, 2012
Feb 01, 2012
 
Bike Snob: Systematically & Mercilessly Realigning the World of Cycling
3.63
I grew up in Berkeley, CA, where riding a bike meant you loved Critical Mass and describing your moral superiority to people who drove cars, often whi...more
Oct 13, 2010
Sep 25, 2010
 
The Custom of the Country
3.99
So I had totally committed my schedule to having lengthy tea with a brilliant Oxford professor of incredible intelligence, unsurpassed insight, and fa...more
Dec 06, 2009
Nov 06, 2007
 
The Information
3.61
I need to force myself to take a break from Martin Amis. I'm pretty sure I've never felt so thoroughly repelled by yet drawn to a man I haven't slept...more
Jun 16, 2010
May 25, 2010
 
Memoirs of Hadrian
4.22
This book is not nearly as funny as the similarly titled Diaries of Adrian Mole, so don't get them confused! In fact, this book is not funny at all, w...more
Dec 17, 2009
Nov 24, 2007
 
The Pregnant Widow
3.00
You know how women are always saying that what they want is a guy with a great sense of humor, while men are always saying that women love assholes? I...more
not set
May 24, 2010
 
Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk
4.16
I read most of this one night while working the graveyard shift at a very institutional group home in the real methy part of SE Portland. I was the on...more
Mar 2002
Sep 29, 2007
 
Enormous Changes at the Last Minute
4.17
I am here to tell you that I have never read Chekov, and I don't think I've ever read Grace Paley either. Hot damn.

--

Okay, so now I've read some Grace...more
Dec 08, 2010
Nov 22, 2010
 
The Love Machine
3.66
So I've been having a pretty spectacular summer full of excellent beach days and trips out of town, but even with all the sweating and skin-showing, s...more
Aug 15, 2010
Aug 10, 2010
 
The Patrick Melrose Novels
4.04
So far, reads like Alan Hollinghurst's excruciatingly fucked up and much richer second cousin, in the best possible way. Seems to explore the unstated...more
Nov 25, 2012
Nov 13, 2012
 
Darkness at Noon
4.03
Oh, how I do love those Russians! Plus I'm hoping reading this will make me feel better about my own life, which lately feels like a grim, freezing St...more
Nov 26, 2008
Nov 21, 2008
 
Vanity Fair
3.73
First things first: Don't get this edition! I recently attended my college reunion. Whilst ambling idly around the green lawns of that hallowed instit...more
Jun 26, 2011
Jul 12, 2008
 
The Other Hollywood: The Uncensored Oral History of the Porn Film Industry
3.87
If for some reason you need additional evidence that punk scenesters are relatively boring, this book is it! The Other Hollywood is infinitely better...more
not set
Apr 26, 2008
 
Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet
3.93
Reading this book was like meeting someone, falling madly in love, and finding out she's got a terminal illness, all in the space of twenty minutes. I...more
Sep 10, 2009
Aug 26, 2009
 
Salammbô
3.72
Just as it's hard to believe that the Rod Stewart who gave us the classic Every Picture Tells a Story is also responsible for "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?",...more
Mar 16, 2012
Mar 08, 2012
 
Civilization and Its Discontents
3.70
This may come as a surprise considering how much I complain about psychotherapy, but I LOVE SIGMUND FREUD. This is not just transference, and no, he d...more
Jan 2006
Nov 11, 2007
 
The Man Without Qualities: v. 1
4.34
Reading this book was the way I'd wrongly imagined reading Proust would be. That is, at the beginning it was engaging and interesting, and unlike anyt...more
not set
May 13, 2010
 
Matterhorn
4.26
Like many Americans these days, I have no direct experience of war, so reading books like this one is (hopefully) the closest I'll get to knowing what...more
May 13, 2013
May 05, 2013
 
Lucky Jim
3.80
It took me awhile to get into this book, but once I reached the second half I blew off all responsibilities and spent my entire evening lying on a pil...more
Sep 16, 2009
Aug 12, 2009
 
The Pugilist at Rest
4.14
I hate these fucking stars. I enjoyed this book a lot, but I just get so stressed-out trying to quantify that. These stories were about boxers (men an...more
May 17, 2011
May 11, 2011
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