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Green Metropolis: What the City Can Teach the Country About True Sustainability
I really enjoyed this book - it's an intriguing line of reasoning that old-style mixed-used cities with dense populations are actually inherently easi...more
Jan 15, 2012
Jan 14, 2012
Overall I really enjoyed this book, although I do have a few bones to pick. I read it over the course of a single day, so it was pretty intense. It's...more
Aug 2011
Aug 02, 2011
I Do Not Come to You by Chance
I wasn't sure if I was enjoying the story at first, but eventually I was drawn in. Framed by a preface and epilogue from the mother's point of view, t...more
Oct 07, 2011
Oct 07, 2011
The Lake
“Most people are constantly perpetrating little acts of violence on others, even when they don’t mean to. You almost never do that, Chihiro.”

What a be...more
Nov 04, 2011
Nov 04, 2011
Open City
A book about a guy who walks around New York City. A lot. It’s not the type of plot summary that would usually convince me to pick up a book (or, in t...more
Oct 16, 2011
Oct 14, 2011
Faithful Ruslan
Someone told me this was the saddest book ever, and that's pretty close to true. It's also an excellent story, though, about a guard dog with no more...more
Oct 09, 2011
Oct 08, 2011
The Rules of Work: The Unspoken Truth about Getting Ahead in Business
The Rules! The Rules! Be a Rules Player! Be cool!

Okay. Mr. Templar is a bit over the top with all his Rules talk, like it's some sort of secret club f...more
Apr 15, 2011
Apr 09, 2011
The Eternal Prison (Avery Cates, #3)
I love Jeff Somers. I loved the first two books more, but I still loved this one. There was one point in this book where I squawked aloud, turned to m...more
Nov 13, 2013
Nov 15, 2013
The Duel
I can't believe this is the only book by Conrad that I've read, other than Heart of Darkness, which I think I've read about ten times. Good story, and...more
Aug 21, 2011
Aug 21, 2011
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
The author did a good job dealing with some pretty serious ideas in this book. It also had its share of slightly cheesy moments and cliches (plus the...more
Apr 18, 2011
Apr 17, 2011
The Sea, the Sea
I'm glad I finally got around to reading something by Iris Murdoch. And I'm glad there was a sea monster involved; without it, the book might have bee...more
Feb 22, 2011
Feb 14, 2011
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
A great story that kept my attention all the way through - it's a long book but didn't really feel like it. I really liked the characters Murakami cre...more
Apr 07, 2011
Mar 27, 2011
Liu Xiaobo's Empty Chair: Chronicling the Reform Movement Beijing Fears Most; Includes the full text of Charter 08 and other primary documents
Excellent summary (with some original documents, including full text of Charter 08) of the time from the public release of Charter 08, a call for refo...more
Oct 13, 2011
Oct 13, 2011
American Pastoral (The American Trilogy #1)
Excellent book - first I've read by Roth. It was a bit slow and hard to follow at first, but the writing was excellent and the story, by the time I go...more
Mar 25, 2011
Mar 12, 2011
How to get a job in publishing: A really practical guide to careers in books and magazines
I enjoyed reading this book AND feel like I learned a lot from it. The authors come across as knowledgeable, opinionated, and kind - an awesome combin...more
Mar 24, 2011
Mar 22, 2011
Super Sad True Love Story
Didn't completely live up to my expectations, but still decent, especially on a musings-on-the-future-of-America side of things.
Sep 11, 2011
Sep 10, 2011
Sourcery (Discworld, #5)
I need a dose of Pratchett every so often. It's not my favorite book of his, but it's still reeeeaaally good.
Mar 29, 2012
Apr 01, 2012
American Gods (American Gods, #1)
I tried starting this once, a few years ago, and it didn't click. Tried again last week and OMIGOSH I'm glad I did.
Aug 12, 2011
Aug 09, 2011
Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness
The writing was not the best but the subject was fascinating and the recipes were good.
Jan 06, 2014
Jan 03, 2014
Jurassic Park (Jurassic Park, #1)
Reading this again made me surprisingly happy.
Jan 20, 2012
Jan 20, 2012
1Q84 (1Q84, #1-3)
Wow! Fun book, enjoyable characters, good story ... it certainly didn't feel like I read almost 1,000 pages.
Dec 11, 2011
Dec 02, 2011
The Book Thief
Gorgeous book - a unique voice telling a haunting story.
Nov 25, 2011
Nov 21, 2011
Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays
Fantastic. Topics range from Nabokov to Katherine Hepburn to David Foster Wallace to comedians and everything in between.
Jul 27, 2011
Jul 05, 2011
The Swerve: How the World Became Modern
Epicurianism and atomism!
Sep 16, 2012
Aug 29, 2012
The Electric Church (Avery Cates, #1)
Awesome book. Almost missed my subway stop because of it.
Oct 16, 2013
Oct 14, 2013
From the Ruins of Empire: The Intellectuals Who Remade Asia
May 28, 2013
May 10, 2013
Lamberto, Lamberto, Lamberto
Fun story, great illustrations.
Oct 13, 2011
Oct 12, 2011
A Dirty Job
Fun, light book; a little slow at the start but a page-turner toward the end. Really creative story, and I got some good laughs out of it.
Mar 07, 2011
Feb 27, 2011
Incredible book. Slightly traumatizing, but really good. After finishing this, I found myself thinking about it a lot in the next few days - I guess i...more
Feb 25, 2011
Feb 27, 2011
Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898
Great writing, loads of interesting details. Looong book but well worth reading, in my opinion.
Jan 02, 2014
Jun 03, 2013
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