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Bleak House
3.98
Shivering in unheated gaslit quarters (Mrs. Winklebottom, my plump and inquisitive landlady, treats the heat as very dear, and my radiator, which clan ...more
Jan 2008
Nov 23, 2007
 
Coming of Age on Zoloft: How Antidepressants Cheered Us Up, Let Us Down, and Changed Who We Are
3.48
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
 
Pedagogy of the Oppressed
4.27
If you're into really sincere hippie guys, read this on the subway. They will swarm.

Warning: they'll swarm even if you're not into them, so keep an "A
...more
Jan 2005
Nov 14, 2007
 
An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness
4.01
A lot of people seem to have a negative reaction to this book, which I totally get. I didn't find Jamison a particularly likable person, and this wasn ...more
May 13, 2009
May 03, 2009
 
Self-Help
4.21
I can't remember which of her books it is, I think it's this one, in which a character observes: "This Danish is too Sweetish for me to Finnish!"

If yo
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not set
Sep 30, 2007
 
Enormous Changes at the Last Minute
4.15
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
 
Life and Times of Michael K
3.83
Obviously there're a lot of people out there who write much better than I do, and in this way I feel writing's similar to distance running. I can run ...more
Jan 16, 2009
Dec 17, 2008
 
Are You My Mother?
3.63
I'd strongly recommend Fun Home to pretty much everyone, but I wouldn't recommend Are You My Mother? to almost anyone, including my own mother, who I ...more
Jan 20, 2013
Dec 10, 2012
 
The Pugilist at Rest
4.13
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
 
The Street
4.11
I'm hesitant to give this four stars for a couple of reasons: one, because I know it was flawed in certain important ways, but to me the stars have to ...more
not set
Apr 18, 2008
 
Madness and Civilization: A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason
4.07
A last question remains: In the name of what can this fundamental language be regarded as a delirium? Granting that it is the truth of madness, what m ...more
not set
Aug 11, 2008
 
Lowboy
3.17
It's always hard for me to read fiction about topics I know too much about, though I'm not so sure why. Is it because I'm irrationally, childishly pos ...more
not set
May 14, 2009
 
Unfaithful Angels: How Social Work Has Abandoned its Mission
3.44
This would've been a much stronger book if the authors had sublimated the urge to hysteria and name-calling, and controlled their vitriolic loathing o ...more
Nov 2007
Nov 03, 2007
 
Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty
4.24
Important book. I'm just being smarmy with the recommendation: this is essential reading for anyone who wishes to clarify her or his perspective on re ...more
Apr 2007
Sep 30, 2007
 
The Lost Children of Wilder: The Epic Struggle to Change Foster Care
4.13
This is one of the most affecting books I've read in the past couple of years. It's written by a journalist who follows the course of a 1973 test case ...more
Jul 2006
Sep 29, 2007
 
Ghosts from the Nursery: Tracing the Roots of Violence - New and Revised Edition
4.00
I read this a few years ago, and unfortunately don't remember any details now. It's about how brain damage at the prenatal level and infant stage of d ...more
Jan 2003
Dec 28, 2007
 
The Pinballs
3.82
This is an extremely sweet little book about how it sucks to be in foster care, even if you have wonderful foster parents, which a lot of kids don't. ...more
not set
Nov 15, 2007
 
The Empowerment Tradition in American Social Work: A History
3.00
I haven't gotten very far into this yet, but so far I really like it. I'm kind of peeved that I'm only reading this book now, in my last semester of s ...more
Nov 2007
Oct 13, 2007
 
The Revolution Will Not Be Funded: Beyond the Non-Profit Industrial Complex
4.21
At times I start getting really, really burnt out on radical leftist complaining. This is one of those times, probably because I've read too much of i ...more
Nov 18, 2007
Nov 09, 2007
 
Schema Therapy: A Practitioner's Guide
4.29
I ..... hate .... social work school. I .... do not .... want .... to be a therapist. I ....... hate ........ THERAPY!!!

That said, if I were going to
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Oct 21, 2007
Oct 12, 2007
 
Clockers
4.07
Lately I can't get into anything I'm trying to read, so I need to let go of my lofty Sebald and Melville pretensions: the only things that can save me ...more
Apr 11, 2011
Mar 31, 2011
 
Rules for Radicals: A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals
3.81
Totally radical!
Oct 2007
Sep 25, 2007
 
Downsizing Prisons: How to Reduce Crime and End Mass Incarceration
3.89
Okay, this is a great book, despite the fact that the guy who wrote it is not a great writer in the sense that, say, Ian McEwan is a great writer. But ...more
Aug 2007
Sep 25, 2007
 
The Fix
4.00
I had a hard time getting through the beginning of this book, because it reminded me too much of my job and was written in an annoying, journalistic s ...more
May 2007
Sep 25, 2007
 
Halfway House
3.44
This is not the kind of book I normally read unless I have to, and this was no exception (it was assigned -- incidentally -- by a person with severe p ...more
Jun 2007
Dec 03, 2007
 
The Empowerment Approach to Social Work Practice: Building the Beloved Community
3.33
Thanks, Monica, that is super nice to hear. Actually, I tend to find the people I work under (mucky-mucks at agencies who make the big decisions) a wh ...more
Dec 06, 2007
Nov 25, 2007
 
Beggars and Choosers: How the Politics of Choice Shapes Adoption, Abortion, and Welfare in the United States
4.17
Okay, so BEST TITLE EVER for a nonfiction "issue" book, right???

This is an important, though imperfect, book. If you care about reproductive rights bu
...more
Jan 2006
Nov 09, 2007
 
Principles of Trauma Therapy: A Guide to Symptoms, Evaluation, and Treatment
4.13
I sat through this guy's all-day lecture on trauma earlier this year, and it was one of the most incredible experiences of my (admittedly, fairly dull ...more
not set
Nov 26, 2007
 
One of Us: Conjoined Twins and the Future of Normal
3.88
Even the bizarre human anomaly who is not fascinated by conjoined twins would get something out of this book. The author gets into issues of disablity ...more
Jan 2006
Oct 01, 2007
 
Dora: An Analysis of a Case of Hysteria (Collected Papers)
3.40
There are many different ways to interpret this book. One is to see a Twilight-Zone-type twist: is Dora the hysterical young girl, or is Freud?

I wonde
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Jan 07, 2013
Jan 06, 2013
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