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This was a perfect book to discover on the shelf of my family's place in Maine. Written in 1928, the language is smooths and masterful, and the story ...more
Jun 27, 2012
Jun 27, 2012
The Magic Maker: A Portrait of John Langstaff and His Revels
While I am certainly biased in favor of anything about the history of Revels, of which I have been a part my entire life, I found this a thought-provo ...more
Dec 2011
Jan 04, 2012
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
I enjoyed this book - most of the time. Colonel Pettigrew and Mrs. Ali were well-rounded characters, and their friendship and later romance is charmin ...more
May 2012
May 02, 2012
Red Seas Under Red Skies (Gentleman Bastard, #2)
Scott Lynch sure has an awesome imagination. In this second of the Gentlemen Bastards series, he creates another deliciously believable piece of the l ...more
Nov 02, 2011
Oct 28, 2011
Let the Great World Spin
This book had some great writing in it, and dealt with some difficult themes and stories. Ultimately, there were enough narratives that it was difficu ...more
Apr 11, 2011
Apr 04, 2011
The Cat's Table
This is the first book of Ondaatje's that I've read - I think I should read more of him. On the surface, it's the story of a young boy journeying from ...more
Apr 17, 2012
Apr 17, 2012
Mr g: A Novel About The Creation
The first book I read of Alan Lightman's was Einstein's Dreams, which I found incredibly thought-provoking and original. "Mr. G" was just as interesti ...more
Apr 2012
May 02, 2012
In "Zeitoun," Eggers has pulled off some remarkable investigative journalism, and produced a gripping piece of writing. I encourage reading this book ...more
Feb 16, 2012
Feb 14, 2012
1Q84 (1Q84, #1-3)
This is the first Murakami novel I've read, and it was unlike anything I've experienced before. I'll warn you - it's probably worth knowing something ...more
Jan 29, 2012
Jan 04, 2012
Neal Stephenson pulls off a ridiculously interesting, exciting, and smart book, as usual. The premise was creative and original, and unbelievably topi ...more
Jun 20, 2012
Jun 19, 2012
The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard, #1)
This was a great story, and had some very lovable characters in it. The writing was great, for what it was - an action-packed, cinematic, fantastical ...more
Sep 28, 2011
Sep 22, 2011
This was a great science-fiction novel, but it was also so much more. The philosophical discussions that Stephenson played with in this book were amaz ...more
Jan 15, 2011
Apr 05, 2011
The Preservationist
Well, I'm biased in favor of anything Noah's Ark. It's the one and only obsession left from my childhood that won't go away. That said, I think this i ...more
Mar 28, 2011
Apr 04, 2011
The Imperfectionists
This was a great little book. It was a well-orchestrated outline of an ex-pat community's history, from start to finish, at an international newspaper ...more
Jan 17, 2012
Jan 12, 2012
Sea of Poppies (Ibis Trilogy, #1)
A few years ago I read Amitav Ghosh's nonfiction book "In An Antique Land." I loved it - he presents history in a beautiful and compelling way, and I ...more
Feb 14, 2012
Feb 06, 2012
American Ground: Unbuilding the World Trade Center
This is one of the best nonfiction pieces I've ever read. Langewiesche manages to be sensitive to all impacted sides of the tragedy of the Twin Towers ...more
May 15, 2011
May 04, 2011
In an Antique Land: History in the Guise of a Traveler's Tale
This was a wonderful exploration of the relationships between time and place in both the historical and present Middle Eastern region. The author's bi ...more
May 2008
Apr 07, 2011
This book took itself a little too seriously, but in the end didn't build a strong connection with the characters, and also didn't seem to have much t ...more
Apr 2012
Apr 17, 2012
Cutting for Stone
I've heard for a while that this was a great book, so I'm glad to have finally read it. The characters and settings in this book were utterly compelli ...more
Mar 07, 2012
Mar 07, 2012
While this was a great novel in many ways, it did not have a satisfying conclusion. The historical time periods wove together in fascinating ways, and ...more
Jun 2010
Apr 05, 2011
The Frog Run: Words and Wildness in the Vermont Woods
A beautiful set of essays by and a wonderful portrait of John Elder, one of my best professors at Middlebury. This is a true, direct, and poignant gli ...more
Oct 03, 2011
Sep 22, 2011
Where the Rivers Flow North
This was a beautiful and understated set of stories. Mosher has a realist way of writing that manages to find symbolism everyday activities and storie ...more
Jan 2011
Apr 05, 2011
Cannery Row
This seems to be a seldom-mentioned novel of Steinbeck's. I found it to be a great exploration of man's relationship to nature and the sea. It contain ...more
Nov 2010
Apr 05, 2011
Far Tortuga: A Novel
This was an intense book to read, and I wish I had had more time to really delve into it. The writing style is very free, with no quotations, and no i ...more
Nov 2010
Apr 07, 2011
The Windup Girl
This was a pretty amazing book. Not only was the vision of Earth's future realistic, gritty, and frightening, the characters and plotlines were absolu ...more
not set
Sep 15, 2011
At Home: A Short History of Private Life
While I always enjoy Bill Bryson's brilliant nonfiction prose, this book was near and dear to my heart from the start. My final project at Middlebury ...more
Feb 06, 2012
Nov 17, 2011
Water for Elephants
While the plot in this novel moved right along, and the circus history was fascinating, I found that the trajectory of the novel never really reached ...more
not set
Apr 05, 2011
Sylvanus Now
This was a beautiful book, but the characters were a little stiff and predictable, and some of the symbolism was heavy-handed. It is a compelling rend ...more
Oct 2010
Apr 05, 2011
We, the Drowned
This was an amazing journey through the (fictional, but historically accurate) story of the small town of Marstal in Denmark, during the turn of the 2 ...more
May 2012
May 08, 2012
The Pillars of the Earth  (The Pillars of the Earth, #1)
This book was unbelievable, and I can't believe I'd never read it before. Follett's writing was gripping, his plotlines compelling, and his characters ...more
May 09, 2011
Apr 25, 2011
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