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The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History
4.08
it was amazing
on the dedication page of her landmark 1962 book, silent spring, rachel carson quoted humanitarian, biocentrist, and nobel peace prize winner albert s ...more
Dec 2013
Dec 26, 2013
 
2666
4.20
it was amazing
if, as roberto bolaño surmised in his speech accepting the prestigious premio rómulo gallegos prize (for the savage detectives), literature is indeed ...more
Jul 2008
Jun 24, 2008
 
All the Names
3.88
it was amazing
"You know the name you were given, you do not know the name that you have," reads the epigraph of All the Names, a gorgeously written and captivating ...more
Nov 2004
Nov 22, 2007
 
A Fighting Chance
4.17
it was amazing
that the daughter of an oklahoma telephone operator and a maintenance man would go on to become the first female senator of the commonwealth of massac ...more
Apr 2014
Apr 22, 2014
 
Traveler of the Century
3.83
it was amazing
traveler of the century is an exquisite, dazzling work of fiction. its author, andrés neuman, is a young argentinian writer, born in 1977, whose relat ...more
Jan 2012
Jan 01, 2012
 
Fighting God: An Atheist Manifesto for a Religious World
4.09
really liked it
pulling up a chariot beside the four horsemen (dawkins, dennett, harris, and the late hitchens), american atheists president david silverman is not co ...more
Nov 2015
Nov 05, 2015
 
A Language Older Than Words
4.28
it was amazing
it has been said, though i recall not by whom, that we do not find great books, that, in fact, they are the ones that manage to find us. having been f ...more
Feb 2002
Feb 15, 2008
 
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
3.68
did not like it
anyone that employs the phrase "a bird the color of feces" in their writing should be, for evermore, prohibited from publishing anything. i once hear ...more
Mar 2003
Nov 23, 2007
 
Sudden Death
3.69
it was amazing
it's no coincidence that when speaking of someone's death in mexico we say he "hung up his tennis shoes," that he "went out tennis shoes first." we a
...more
Nov 2015
Nov 13, 2015
 
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
4.24
really liked it
history is a merciless judge. it lays bare our tragic blunders and foolish missteps and exposes our most intimate secrets, wielding the power of hind
...more
Sep 2016
Sep 10, 2016
 
Between the World and Me
4.40
it was amazing
americans believe in the reality of "race" as a defined, indubitable feature of the natural world. racism - the need to ascribe bone-deep features to
...more
Jun 2015
Jun 12, 2015
 
The Story of My Teeth
3.45
really liked it
with faces in the crowd , it seemed rather evident that we'd only begun to see the depths of valeria luiselli's literary talents - given that the you ...more
May 2015
May 25, 2015
 
The Land at the End of the World
3.96
it was amazing
with nearly two dozen books to his name, antónio lobo antunes is unquestionably portugal's greatest and most accomplished living novelist. there are m ...more
Feb 2011
Feb 01, 2011
 
The Unknown University
4.16
it was amazing
at long last. the late roberto bolaño envisaged himself a poet above all else. despite being accomplished as both a novelist and short story writer, b ...more
Mar 2013
Mar 13, 2013
 
Thus Bad Begins
4.01
really liked it
indeed, freedom is the first thing that fearful citizens are prepared to give up. so much so that they often ask to lose it, ask for it to be taken a
...more
Jul 2016
Jul 30, 2016
 
Beauty Is a Wound
3.93
it was amazing
a beautiful, stirring, and powerful epic of indonesian politics and family, eka kurniawan's beauty is a wound (cantik itu luka) must surely be conside ...more
Sep 2015
Sep 26, 2015
 
The Selfishness of Others: An Essay on the Fear of Narcissism
3.69
liked it
a mostly fascinating look at the clinical and cultural history of narcissism, kristin dombek's the selfishness of others: an essay on the fear of narc ...more
May 2016
May 16, 2016
 
The No World Concerto
3.69
it was amazing
antoni garcía porta is a spanish novelist with some half dozen novels to his name. the no world concerto (concierto del no mundo) is the first of his ...more
Apr 2013
Apr 07, 2013
 
Jerusalem
3.98
it was amazing
gonçalo tavares may very well be, in the coming months and years, the world's hottest literary sensation. born in 1970, the portuguese writer publishe ...more
Jun 2009
Jun 20, 2009
 
100 Love Sonnets
4.40
it was amazing
and to me she quoted him...

"no one else, love, will sleep in my dreams. you will go,
we will go together, over the waters of time.
no one else will trav
...more
Aug 2007
Nov 26, 2007
 
Talking to Ourselves
3.94
it was amazing
if you somehow managed to overlook the 2012 translation of andrés neuman's breathtaking traveler of the century (and woe betide all whom continue to d ...more
Jan 2014
Jan 04, 2014
 
Annihilation (Southern Reach, #1)
3.62
liked it
the first volume in jeff vandermeer's southern reach trilogy, annihilation (to be followed by authority and acceptance in may and september of this ye ...more
Jan 2014
Jan 28, 2014
 
Zero K
3.24
liked it
"catastrophe is built into the early brain."
while respecting his place in american letters, i've never been overly fond of delillo's books (or at le
...more
Jan 2016
Jan 24, 2016
 
If on a Winter's Night a Traveler
4.08
it was amazing
for those with an amorous affair with books, this may, perhaps, be the ultimate love letter to the reader. calvino's novel, or more precisely, his boo ...more
Apr 2004
Nov 22, 2007
 
My Father, the Pornographer: A Memoir
3.59
really liked it
there are times in people's lives when a significant event occurs and they're not aware of it—the last time you pick up a son before he's too heavy,
...more
Jan 2016
Jan 04, 2016
 
Born to Run
4.17
it was amazing
writing about yourself is a funny business. at the end of the day it's just another story, the story you've chosen from the events of your life. i ha
...more
Oct 2016
Sep 28, 2016
 
Maidenhair
3.96
it was amazing
wow. for as arduous as mikhail shishkin's maidenhair (Венерин Волос) may have been to get into through the first hundred pages, its symphonic rewards ...more
Mar 2013
Feb 26, 2013
 
Being Peace
4.36
it was amazing
i found this book far more rewarding than i had expected it to be. thich nhat hanh, vietnamese poet, peace activist, and buddhist monk, has written do ...more
Nov 2012
Nov 21, 2012
 
Conversations
3.87
really liked it
the tenth work of césar aira's to be translated into english (each published by new directions), conversations (las conversaciones) is another slim no ...more
Apr 2014
Apr 13, 2014
 
This Is Not a Novel
4.05
it was amazing
the late david markson, even after his passing in 2010, will likely never achieve the wide acclaim he deserves. his experimental fiction couldn't poss ...more
Sep 2013
Sep 08, 2013
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