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The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces
4.27
the accompanying documentary is a classic, endearing black and white film about how people interact with structures and public space in cities. both f ...more
not set
Dec 21, 2007
 
The Other Side of Paradise
4.08
got off to a slow start but beautiful overall and heartbreaking throughout.
not set
Jul 20, 2009
 
Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada's Quest to Change Harlem and America
4.16
for the first three chapters i was too distracted with his technique to just read. not his fault, all mine. his is the kind of storytelling i'd like t ...more
Aug 2010
Sep 07, 2010
 
Never Let Me Go
3.78
well, i think i missed the point entirely of this book. i found that out when i watched kazuo ishiguro give a little two-minute bit about it on youtub ...more
Aug 2010
Dec 05, 2007
 
Unaccustomed Earth
4.09
i am becoming less and less enamored of jhumpa's work. she is as poised as ever, but i often got the sense while reading that i had read these same ch ...more
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Dec 27, 2008
 
The Journalist and the Murderer
3.84
yes, i get book recommendations from ta-nehisi coates' blog. i got my copy from the library but now realize i need to own it for future reference. unl ...more
Aug 2010
Sep 07, 2010
 
A Man Without a Country
4.06
read it on a 2-hour flight to arizona. he says things that people get to say when they're in their 80s and theyve nothing left to lose. do people writ ...more
not set
Jul 20, 2009
 
I'd Know You Anywhere
3.46
i'm not much of a murder or thriller kind of a reader, so i'm not sure how this book got on my to-read list, oprah's magazine, maybe? it was fine, . a ...more
Nov 30, 2010
Dec 05, 2010
 
Wave
3.67
Devastating. She doesn't intellectualize her experience, just narrates the stages of crazed, dislocating grief, as it changes shades, as it contradict ...more
Dec 2014
Dec 15, 2014
 
The Year of Magical Thinking
3.82
she really is a very good writer. i suspect it will mean more in a re-reading someday, when i've lost someone very very very close to me.
not set
Jan 04, 2009
 
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration
4.26
this is what it was like to read the first half of the book: woah. woah. woah. woah.
not set
Dec 18, 2014
 
Train Dreams
3.90
isn't it so weird to rate books with stars?

i haven't read fiction, or anything, in a long while that left me with a big whooooosh feeling. but this di
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Feb 10, 2013
Feb 10, 2013
 
If You Follow Me
3.52
my favorite scenes took place on the beach and inside the karaoke booth.
not set
Sep 07, 2010
 
Mind Over Back Pain
3.64
daisy, my editor, has been telling me to read this guy's stuff for over half a year. after suffering a severe muscle spasm in my neck and shoulder tha ...more
not set
Oct 15, 2008
 
The Autobiography of Malcolm X
4.25
i loved the way the book traced the evolution of his political identity..... he truly was one of the most humble leaders. i know no contemporary leade ...more
not set
Jul 02, 2008
 
Something to Declare
3.93
she makes me want to write. she makes me want to tell my stories. i love her tone. calm, restrained, with a bit of loss in every sentence...
May 05, 2009
Apr 11, 2009
 
The Fire Next Time
4.33
hey, this book changed everything for me. melodic, facile prose. explosive ideas. i lent my copy to chris dea and he still hasnt returned it.



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not set
Dec 21, 2007
 
Embroideries
3.77

definitely not as resonant as persepolis, but marjane satrapi's visuals have never been the most evocative.. i think, in persepolis, her frank and uns
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not set
Apr 10, 2008
 
You Are Here: Personal Geographies and Other Maps of the Imagination
4.00
on a humid afternoon in new york i sat on a bench in between 2 of my favorite people as pigeons pecked at the ground around our feet. we flipped throu ...more
Jul 2007
Dec 05, 2007
 
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures
4.12
occasionally i found her ethnographer's detachment -- referring to "The Hmong" as one homogenous group -- really off-putting. but it's overall a reall ...more
Mar 20, 2008
Jan 26, 2008
 
Regarding the Pain of Others
3.95
essays on looking, seeing, images and the role of the observer. i probably wouldnt have had the patience for this book if i hadnt been assigned to rea ...more
May 2007
Dec 05, 2007
 
Chinatown Beat
2.88
all the female characters are terrible and the writing is a little meh meh. but it's light and fun. i wish i knew more about modern detective/espionag ...more
Jul 20, 2009
Apr 11, 2009
 
I Was Told There'd Be Cake
3.43
clever and charming. one essay, on her first job as an assistant to an editor in a publishing company, made me laugh out loud at its charm and honesty ...more
Dec 27, 2008
Oct 15, 2008
 
About Alice
3.97
i read trillin's "alice, off the page" on a slow afternoon at work and feel like i should just finish off my heart completely by reading the book, whi ...more
not set
Dec 21, 2007
 
Ask a Mexican
3.55
arellano is a sharp writer and a witty guy with the right idea -- so many flaming racists and neocons are beyond parody that humor becomes the only us ...more
not set
Dec 21, 2007
 
Natasha And Other Stories
3.80
i love short stories! and i liked this collection so much that i bought the book and read it again after borrowing it from the library. i also love li ...more
Jan 2005
Dec 12, 2007
 
Oracle Bones: A Journey Between China's Past and Present
4.10
fine writing. i read it in the middle of a period when i was obsessed with the idea of returning to china so perhaps my opinion of the book is a littl ...more
not set
Dec 21, 2007
 
Graciela Iturbide
4.58
a tiny book of photos by mexican photographer graciela iturbide. her photos are mysterious and magical. i carry it with me occasionally to 'read' on p ...more
Jan 2006
Dec 12, 2007
 
Design Your Life: The Pleasures and Perils of Everyday Things
3.54
quick essays, clever illustrations, nothing groundbreaking but it did help me become more aware of my surroundings. esp the piles of paper on my desk ...more
not set
Jul 20, 2009
 
Earth Democracy: Justice, Sustainability, and Peace
3.97
her politics i agree with, her research and discussions of indian ag and gmo's i learn a lot from, her writing i find easily digestible and organized.
not set
Jan 10, 2008
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