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The March
3.73
Totally mesmerizing, hallucinagenic almost. Creates that feeling of being unmoored from the shore and swept along a in a current. At any moment, someo ...more
Jun 2007
Jun 16, 2007
 
Film Flam: Essays on Hollywood
3.49
A pretty swell collection of essays about screenwriting (in the first half of the book) and film in general (second half). The writing is smart and en ...more
Feb 2008
Feb 21, 2008
 
A Jesuit Off-Broadway: Center Stage with Jesus, Judas, and Life's Big Questions
4.10
This is a very interesting book that chronicles the development of Stephen Adly Guirgis' play The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, told from the point of ...more
Feb 2009
Mar 15, 2009
 
Purge: Rehab Diaries
3.75
This is a memoir of the author's 2 months in treatment for Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS). It's a very fast read, and pretty interest ...more
not set
May 10, 2009
 
A Million Little Pieces
3.59
A page turner in that I did want to know what happened. He's clearly a good writer. But the narrator is so arrogant, so certain that his way is the ri ...more
Oct 2008
Nov 23, 2008
 
The Way the Crow Flies
4.04
Truly one of the best books I've read. MacDonald so vividly captures what it is to be a 9 year old kid--and the tremendous impulse kids have to protec ...more
Dec 2008
Jan 03, 2009
 
Time and Again (Time, #1)
4.04
Okay, does this ever happen to anyone else? While I was reading this book I became absolutely convinced that I knew how the plot was going to resolve- ...more
Aug 2007
Aug 08, 2007
 
The Air We Breathe
3.40
A quiet little gem of a book. This book gets at the immigrant experience and class issues by focusing on the experiences of a small group of people in ...more
Nov 2008
Nov 23, 2008
 
Fall on Your Knees
3.92
Funny and horrifying and beautifully written. Follows the four Piper sisters growing up on Cape Breton Island in the early 1900s, a sprawling story of ...more
Dec 2008
Jan 03, 2009
 
Polygamy on the Pedernales: Lyman Wight's Mormon Village in Antebellum Texas
3.33
Pretty interesting, though more academic than I had hoped. Follows a band of early LDS settlers who were among the first white settlers in the Texas H ...more
Aug 2008
Sep 01, 2008
 
Suite Française
3.77
I LOVED this book. It was so transporting, I was walking around in a fog for a couple of days when I read it. I felt like I understood what it would h ...more
May 2007
May 29, 2007
 
Good Faith
3.21
A very funny and expertly plotted meditation on how greed operates on us, and how our contemporary culture of acquisition was born.
Mar 2009
Mar 15, 2009
 
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
4.11
HIlarious and heartbreaking and filled with hope and humanity (and all other good 'h' words).
Nov 2008
Nov 23, 2008
 
Dreams of My Russian Summers
3.78
This was a good book, once I got into it. I don't know why, but I had a hard time with the first 30 or so pages. But then I was hooked. It's about a R ...more
Aug 2007
May 29, 2007
 
Lonesome Dove
4.44
I miss the characters already. It starts as a good yarn, and turns into something larger and more profound. Follows the Hat Creek gang as they age and ...more
Feb 2008
Feb 10, 2008
 
Mystery and Manners: Occasional Prose
4.31
A wonderful collection of essays, mostly about writing--the teaching of writing and literature, writing itself, and the challenges/obligations of bein ...more
Mar 2009
Jan 03, 2009
 
Seven Types of Ambiguity
4.01
The book is divided into seven sections, each written from the POV of a different character. It's a cool idea, but the actual story is kind of hard to ...more
Mar 2008
Mar 12, 2008
 
Goodnight, Texas
3.51
Started a little slowly, but really drew me in. It's a portrait of a dying coastal town in Texas. It centers on a love triangle (that eventually becom ...more
not set
Jun 28, 2008
 
The Mysteries of Pittsburgh
3.62
What I liked about this book was how he captured the total ambivalence you often feel in your relationships in your early 20s--and how that ambivalenc ...more
Nov 2007
Nov 18, 2007
 
Little Children
3.59
Deliciously funny, without being cold. Perrotta constructs the story of a summer affair in a suburban community through the points of view of about 20 ...more
Nov 2007
Nov 20, 2007
 
American Gods
4.10
I recently finished this one, and I had no idea what to expect when I picked it up. It definitely falls into the fantasy category, which I normally do ...more
Jan 2007
Apr 01, 2007
 
My Life With the Saints
4.29
What's so great about this book is that while the saints profiled in the book have done some amazing things (I know I'm stating the painfully obvious ...more
Dec 2007
May 29, 2007
 
World Without End (The Pillars of the Earth, #2)
4.19
The crack cocaine of mass market fiction. Follet works some kind of fiction-plotting voodoo that sucks you in from the first word, keeps it up for 100 ...more
Jan 2008
Jan 10, 2008
 
Neverwhere
4.16
It's a real page-turner, with surprising plot twists, super-vivid imagry, and a great protagonist. Follows a buttoned-down Londoner as he's pulled int ...more
Aug 2007
Aug 21, 2007
 
The Water's Lovely
3.40
Not really a psychological thriller, more like a psychological meditation. I kept wanting to know what would happne next, but when I got to the end, I ...more
Nov 2007
Nov 12, 2007
 
Carter Beats the Devil
4.08
A true page-turning adventure with surprising depth. Takes place (mostly) in San Francisco during the heyday of magic, 1890-1925. Carter the Great mak ...more
Nov 2007
Nov 29, 2007
 
Liar's Poker
4.12
Pretty interesting, a crazy time capsule of the mid-to-late '80s, with some creepy similarities to the current mortgage credit crisis. I'm still not s ...more
Nov 2007
Nov 06, 2007
 
Finn
3.72
I would not recommend this book to everyone. It is not for the faint of heart. It is one of the darkest and most violent books I've ever read. But thi ...more
May 2008
Apr 09, 2008
 
To Pray and to Love
4.04
One of the best books about prayer that I've ever read. She gets a little academic at times, but the approach is so emphatically compassionate toward ...more
Aug 2008
Jul 05, 2008
 
The Undercover Economist
3.74
Boy, I've been on a non-fiction binge. Also pretty interesting. The chapter outlining all the ways that corruption stymies economic growth in the poor ...more
Aug 2008
Apr 09, 2008
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