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Reflections: An Oral History of Twin Peaks
4.26
There's a lot of interesting material here. For anyone interested in the production history of Twin Peaks, this is a must-read, because it has so many ...more
Oct 03, 2014
Aug 09, 2014
 
The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer
3.56
I'm being a little generous here, because ultimately, this isn't a great book. It's Go Ask Alice using an established property rather than a fake anon ...more
Oct 08, 2014
Oct 03, 2014
 
Bi: Notes for a Bisexual Revolution
3.84
While I don't agree with all of Eisner's philosophies, she has articulated the need for a radical bisexual social movement better than anyone else I'v ...more
Aug 19, 2014
Aug 08, 2014
 
The Handmaid's Tale
3.99
I was planning to give The Handmaid's Tale five stars, but the last few chapters lost me a bit. The majority of the story avoided clichés and genuinel ...more
Aug 02, 2011
Aug 01, 2011
 
Nothing Sacred: The Truth About Judaism
3.70
I've always felt that Judaism is inherently progressive and social justice-oriented, and this book affirms that. It explores the ways in which Jews wh ...more
Jun 22, 2012
Jun 16, 2012
 
Let's Talk About Love: A Journey to the End of Taste
4.18
I tend to love critical analyses of media that were not created to be critically analyzed. So, as you can imagine, I loved this book. It tells you muc ...more
Mar 21, 2012
Mar 13, 2012
 
Palestine
4.19
Palestine was a really challenging book for me to read, which is exactly why I'm glad I read it. Because it's an excellent book, and an important one. ...more
Sep 10, 2011
Aug 19, 2011
 
The Year of Magical Thinking
3.83
This is the first book by Didion that I've ever read, and I was impressed by her writing. At times, I got the sense that she fancies herself to be a b ...more
Dec 27, 2011
Nov 14, 2011
 
Are You My Mother?
3.64
I appear to be in the minority of people who liked this more than Fun Home. But, wow, I loved Are You My Mother? A LOT more than Fun Home. It's dense, ...more
Jun 13, 2012
Jun 11, 2012
 
Monolingualism of the Other: or, The Prosthesis of Origin
3.97
This was a challenge, but I really enjoyed reading it. I liked Derrida's writing style, and he raises some fascinating questions about the nature of l ...more
Feb 26, 2012
Jan 24, 2012
 
Court and Spark
3.31
This is the first book I've read in the 33 1/3 series, and I already want to read another one. This really is the ultimate pleasure reading -- what co ...more
Mar 14, 2012
Jan 25, 2012
 
Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood
4.20
Pictures at a Revolution is an incredibly well-researched history of the five films nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1968. Harris a ...more
Sep 02, 2011
Aug 01, 2011
 
Female Masculinity
3.85
I think that part of the reason that I didn't love this book as much as I had hoped is because it's a bit outdated. It was published in 1998, and cert ...more
Nov 23, 2011
Aug 23, 2011
 
Habibi
4.02
Don't let the length fool you -- much like Blankets, Habibi is a deceptively quick read.

There's a lot I loved about Habibi. The artwork is gorgeous, a
...more
Jan 19, 2012
Sep 12, 2011
 
Reality Bites Back: The Troubling Truth About Guilty Pleasure TV
3.90
Nothing in Reality Bites Back is especially groundbreaking or surprising, especially for someone who's already a pretty critical media consumer. That ...more
Jan 15, 2012
Aug 15, 2011
 
She's Not There: A Life in Two Genders
3.88
Really excellent memoir. Not only does Boylan write beautifully about her own experiences, but she's able to get inside the head of her wife and her f ...more
Jan 27, 2012
Jan 19, 2012
 
Written on the Body
4.08
My feelings about Written on the Body are identical to my feelings after seeing The Tree of Life earlier this year -- the story is really nothing spec ...more
Sep 11, 2011
Aug 01, 2011
 
Inside Scientology: The Story of America's Most Secretive Religion
3.82
This is one of the most well-researched books I've ever read. It goes far beyond the aspects of the Church that are commonly talked about in the media ...more
Aug 21, 2011
Aug 09, 2011
 
Goodbye to Berlin
3.94
Cabaret is a musical filled with metaphor and symbolism. Goodbye to Berlin, the source material on which the musical was based, is far more literal bu ...more
Jun 16, 2014
Jun 11, 2014
 
New Queer Cinema: A Critical Reader
3.88
Of course I loved this book. How could I not?

In all honesty, I probably could have appreciated it more if I hadn't needed to read it so quickly (I'm w
...more
Feb 09, 2012
Aug 29, 2011
 
Bad Mother: A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities, and Occasional Moments of Grace
3.49
I give Ayelet Waldman a lot of credit for being able to write about any aspect of her life. Bad Mother covers a lot of ground, and nothing -- from her ...more
Jan 13, 2012
Nov 15, 2011
 
The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge
3.83
It's hard to rate a book like this. I appreciated it, as it's clearly influential in how it addresses the changes in the way we perceive knowledge, an ...more
Feb 17, 2012
Jan 24, 2012
 
Blue Nights
3.72
Blue Nights is essentially a sequel to The Year of Magical Thinking, so reading them back-to-back worked well. Though Blue Nights suffers from the sam ...more
Jan 02, 2012
Nov 18, 2011
 
The Last American Man
3.78
If all you know about Elizabeth Gilbert is Eat, Pray, Love, you are missing out. Though that book is decent as a frothy, escapist read, her other book ...more
Mar 12, 2012
Aug 18, 2011
 
Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto
3.74
Essays are hit or miss, but there are more hits than misses. I could've done without his musings on women, which weren't particularly creative or inte ...more
Oct 27, 2014
Oct 18, 2014
 
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)
3.83
This was one of my most-anticipated books of 2011, and it did not disappoint. Kaling is hilarious and insightful throughout, and there is never a dull ...more
Nov 16, 2011
Nov 10, 2011
 
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
4.22
It's as good as everyone says it is. Better, even.
Jun 04, 2015
Jun 04, 2015
 
Sharp Objects
3.89
First: this book is much better than Gone Girl. And I really liked Gone Girl! But it doesn't even compare to Sharp Objects.

Sharp Objects is the most d
...more
Oct 17, 2014
Aug 08, 2014
 
A Friday Night Lights Companion: Love, Loss, and Football in Dillon, Texas
3.91
Some essays are stronger than others, but it's hard to complain about a book all about the awesomeness of Friday Night Lights. It's a fun read, and so ...more
Jun 05, 2012
Aug 02, 2011
 
Men, Women and Chainsaws
4.11
If you are at all interested in feminist film analysis, this book is a must-read. Though I wish Clover had spent more time explicitly exploring the qu ...more
Apr 05, 2012
Aug 01, 2011
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