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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
What’s fun, even charming, about Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is it reads like an earnest biography of Lincoln, chronicling his life from childhood...more
Mar 24, 2012
Feb 27, 2012
The Dogs Who Saved Me
S. Kay Murphy's memoir is a lovely and poignant reflection of the various dogs that have come and gone in her life. While I've been around dogs and li...more
Aug 17, 2012
Aug 08, 2012
The Care and Feeding of Exotic Pets
Diana wagman is a fine storyteller and The Care and Feeding of Exotic Pets by Diana Wagman The Care and Feeding of Exotic Pets is no exception.
Dec 20, 2013
Nov 20, 2013
Blood Life
Gianna Perada's debut novel is an ambitious take on the vampire mythology. The story itself is epic, spanning centuries, as it tells a very compelling...more
Aug 04, 2012
Jul 05, 2012
Dracula was a book that I'd picked up more than once, read the first page and was so unengaged that I put it back down. I did this often over the last...more
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Mar 10, 2011
The Things They Carried
My first encounter with Tim O'Brien came when I was an undergrad, studying English at Cal State San Bernardino. I was in a creative writing class and...more
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Mar 04, 2011
Invisible Monsters
While not my favorite Palahniuk novel, I still enjoyed it enough not to regret reading it. It didn't feel like a novel in the traditional sense, but,...more
Feb 05, 2012
Jan 14, 2012
After years and years of watching the movie (over and over again), I finally sat down and read the novel that conceived it...and it was terrific! The...more
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Nov 10, 2013
God Is Dead
I have no idea what theologians will think of this book, should they decide to read it. But, if it helps, this is not a book about religion. However,...more
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Mar 04, 2011
Darkly Dreaming Dexter (Dexter, #1)
It wasn't until I had seen the first four seasons of Dexter that I decided to pick up the novel from which it was adapted. Among other things, I was c...more
Apr 28, 2011
Apr 12, 2011
This River: A Memoir
James Brown's memoir, This River, contains some of the most powerful and engaging prose I've ever encountered. While technically it's a follow-up to B...more
Mar 15, 2011
Mar 04, 2011
The Devil All the Time
Donald Ray Pollock is a very good short story writer. I like The Devil All the Time, but I didn't love it as much as I hoped I would. I think that is...more
Sep 30, 2011
Sep 07, 2011
Insomnia , by Stephen King, stands as one of the most important books I’ve ever read.

In the summer of 1997, just a few months after I discovered my lo...more
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Sep 18, 2011
The Jungle
The first book I ever read, beginning to end, was The Jungle by Upton Sinclair. I was 19 years old. While I’ve been a strong reader for as long as I...more
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Mar 10, 2011
The Prodigal Hour
The Prodigal Hour is an ambitious novel, to say the least. It is both strange and complex and for all the right reasons. The author, Will Entrekin, s...more
Sep 02, 2011
Jul 31, 2011
The Fighter's Mind: Inside the Mental Game
The Fighter's Mind is an outstanding book, a collection of essays by Sam Sheridan, each focussed on a different fighting discipline, such as Brazilian...more
Aug 02, 2012
Jul 05, 2012
The Color Purple
The Color Purple, the Pulitzer-Prize winning novel by Alice Walker ,is a beautiful story that has, for nearly the entirety of my life, lived quietly i...more
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Dec 27, 2011
A poignant and bittersweet memoir. It's a surreal reading experience, having a conversation with a man who has already died about his impending death.
Oct 08, 2012
Oct 09, 2012
Tainted Legacy: The Story of Alleged Serial Killer Bertha Gifford
In 2009, S. Kay Murphy published her memoir Tainted Legacy: The Story of Alleged Serial Killer Bertha Gifford . Like Truman Capote's In Cold Blood, Mu...more
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Mar 16, 2011
I loved Election! Between this and Little Children, Perrotta has more than earned a place on my Favorite Author's List.
Nov 22, 2012
Nov 16, 2012
Still Life with Woodpecker
I had only been reading novels for pleasure for about a year or two when I started Still Life With Woodpecker and, up to that point, I was under the i...more
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Mar 04, 2011
In all, Hornby writes essays about 31 songs in Songbook. I recognized a few of the recording artists he was writing about, such as The Beatles and Ani...more
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Mar 04, 2011
The Los Angeles Diaries : A Memoir
One of my very favorite memoirs is The Los Angeles Diaries by James Brown. While—for reasons that I’ll never fathom—it wasn’t a commercial success, i...more
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Mar 04, 2011
Suicide Squad, Vol. 1: Kicked in the Teeth
This book was a lot of fun. I loved seeing Harley Quinn as the centerpiece of this group of ne'er-do-wells.
Jan 16, 2014
Jan 04, 2014
First Among Sequels (Thursday Next, #5)
As usual, Jasper Fforde displays an inexhaustible imagination in yet another of the endlessly fun Thursday Next books. That said, I don't think this w...more
Jan 11, 2012
Dec 14, 2011
Spontaneous: A Novel
Terrific, strange, and literary. Wagman tells a story about spontaneous human combustion, incest, love, and death. And she does so in an admirably ent...more
Nov 07, 2012
Oct 14, 2012
The Leftovers
I liked The Leftovers, but not as much as I hoped I would. It didn't feel as well crafted as Little Children or Election. There were stretches of the...more
Sep 10, 2013
Jun 27, 2013
Sex at Dawn: How We Mate, Why We Stray & What It Means for Modern Relationships
This book was extremely fascinating! While, at times, it reads like a textbook, most of the book is engaging and, often times, funny.
Sep 09, 2012
May 21, 2012
Tomcat in Love
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Mar 04, 2011
Skinny Legs and All
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Mar 04, 2011
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