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The Sages: The World and Wisdom of the Rabbis of the Talmud
4.00
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In this massive doorstop of a book, scholar Ephraim Urbach explores the worldview of the rabbis of the Talmud through the primary texts. Urbach's thor ...more
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Mar 23, 2012
 
Hans Christian Andersen
4.11
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Very interesting and readable biography of Hans Christian Andersen - long though! Interestingly, the biographer includes a kind of literary vignette a ...more
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Oct 17, 2012
 
Gaslight and Shadow: The World of Napoleon III, 1851-1870
3.25
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A charming, well-written look at a culturally rich time in France's history, Napoleon III's benevolent dictatorship. Rather than writing a straightfor ...more
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Apr 04, 2012
 
Violence: A Writer's Guide
4.25
really liked it
Though it kind of reads like a powerpoint presentation at some points, this is a really interesting and useful guide to the realities of violence for ...more
Apr 18, 2013
Apr 18, 2013
 
Beauties, Beasts and Enchantments: Classic French Fairy Tales
4.18
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I was curious to read the original versions of the Beauty and the Beast fairy tale (La belle et la bete in French), so I checked out this collection o ...more
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Aug 15, 2012
 
The Last Van Gogh
3.65
did not like it
A historical novel about the last months of Van Gogh's life, imagining a romance between the painter and the daughter of a (historical) quack doctor w ...more
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Jul 10, 2013
 
The Discovery of France: A Historical Geography
4.01
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A fascinating look at how French culture, language, identity, and borders took shape, particularly during the 1700s and 1800s. I read some chapters an ...more
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Aug 09, 2012
 
Poor and Pregnant in Paris: Strategies for Survival in the Nineteenth Century
4.17
really liked it
Only got the chance to skim a few chapters, but some fascinating stuff. The chapter on abortion and birth control was very moving. I wish there were m ...more
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May 10, 2012
 
The Later Herods: The Political Background of the New Testament
4.00
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A popular-style history of Herod the Great's successors, by a British author, from the late 1950s. This was kind of fun and well-written, a readable s ...more
Feb 08, 2013
Jan 28, 2013
 
The Diaries of Hans Christian Andersen
3.17
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Translation seems fine (not that I know more than a few words of Danish), but it's just a bit frustrating because the translator picks and chooses whi ...more
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May 10, 2012
 
Chi's Sweet Home, Volume 1
4.19
really liked it
Ridiculously adorable comics about the adventures of a little cat - my 9-year-old is zooming through the nearly 500 pages of this compilation, and rea ...more
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Jan 16, 2017
 
The Children's Book
3.66
it was ok
I gave up on trying to get all the way through this, because the sad fact of the matter is that it was just too bloated and meandering to hold my inte ...more
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Sep 15, 2011
 
She's Come Undone
3.84
did not like it
This was so depressing I can't remember if I ever actually finished it or not.
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Sep 27, 2011
 
Ficciones
4.47
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Aug 14, 2012
 
Don Quixote
3.85
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Mar 23, 2012
 
Law Without Values: The Life, Work, and Legacy of Justice Holmes
3.27
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Mar 23, 2012
 
Over Nine Waves
4.16
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Mar 23, 2012
 
Lillinandra
4.00
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Apr 18, 2012
 
Poetry, Language, Thought
4.14
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Mar 23, 2012
 
Phenomenology of Spirit
3.91
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Mar 23, 2012
 
The Continental Philosophy Reader
4.10
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Mar 23, 2012
 
The Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon
4.29
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Mar 23, 2012
 
A Distant Mirror:  The Calamitous 14th Century
4.11
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Aug 15, 2012
 
Existentialism from Dostoevsky to Sartre
4.06
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Mar 23, 2012
 
Madeleine Kamman's Savoie: The Land, People, and Food of the French Alps
4.33
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Aug 15, 2012
 
The French Secret Services: From the Dreyfus Affair to the Gulf War
3.47
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Dec 02, 2011
 
Monsters & Mormons
3.81
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Nov 21, 2011
 
Art and Its Significance: An Anthology of Aesthetic Theory
3.78
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Sep 30, 2011
 
Madam Secretary: A Memoir
4.04
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Mar 23, 2012
 
Missing Kissinger
4.12
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Mar 29, 2012
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