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Stephen Shore (Contemporary Artists)
I think I've found a new favorite photographer. Or, I now have a favorite photographer, to be more precise. Stephen Shore represents pretty much every ...more
Jun 15, 2014
Jun 11, 2014
The Ghost in the Electric Blue Suit
I couldn't help being a little disappointed with this one. The story is a great one, but the writing -- and I feel guilty even thinking this, knowing ...more
Oct 02, 2014
Aug 21, 2013
Ballad of the Whiskey Robber: A True Story of Bank Heists, Ice Hockey, Transylvanian Pelt Smuggling, Moonlighting Detectives, and Broken Hearts
Far more than an entertaining heist story, Ballad of the Whiskey Robber is an engrossing and touching biography of an everyman with a good heart on th ...more
Apr 13, 2014
Mar 04, 2014
Shouting Won't Help: Why I--and 50 Million Other Americans--Can't Hear You
Listen: I'm sorry as hell for what happened Ms. Bouton. I've lived with hearing loss my entire life -- since the tubes came out of my ears when I was ...more
May 30, 2013
Feb 14, 2013
The Facts of Life
This is the fourth Graham Joyce novel I've read, and the fourth I've been sad to let go. His books are unassumingly perfect little things -- gentle, w ...more
Jul 15, 2013
Jul 10, 2013
Smoking Poppy
This book represents a nearly perfect narrative set-up. Curmudgeonly dude whose life is kinda of falling apart in slow motion gets a phone call out of ...more
Aug 31, 2013
Aug 21, 2013
Sandy Skoglund: Reality Under Siege, A Retrospective
Well, the best thing I can say about this experience is that it's kinda refreshing to be confronted with art you just flat-out don't like once in a wh ...more
Jul 08, 2014
Jul 09, 2014
Eleanor & Park
I hesitate to give this 5 stars, but 4 doesn't seem right either. The fact is, while this book didn't change my life or make me a better person or tel ...more
Nov 19, 2013
Nov 18, 2013
Tales from Outer Suburbia
A gorgeous and moving picture book for adults, or young adults, I suppose. I'm not sure I would've gotten much from it when I was a teen, but then, I ...more
Mar 07, 2011
Mar 04, 2011
The Iron Man: [A Children's Story In Five Nights]
Honestly, I was hoping for something a little more substantial. The book that inspired what is probably my favorite animated movie, written by Sylvia ...more
Jun 04, 2014
May 27, 2014
Goodbye Town
The pleasures of reading The Goodbye Town are much like the pleasures of reading any good poetry. There is a thrill in encountering words rarely seen ...more
Apr 04, 2014
Mar 25, 2014
Those Across the River
An excellent literary horror novel set in Depression-era Walton County, Georgia (the fictional town's name is Whitbrow but it sounds an awful lot like ...more
Feb 03, 2012
Sep 08, 2011
Gone Girl
How much I like a particular book is going to be based largely on the answers to these three questions: 1) How engaging is the story? 2) How well is i ...more
Dec 23, 2013
Dec 17, 2013
Station Eleven
Absolutely phenomenal. Post-apocalyptic fiction is all the rage these days, and here you have the reason why. There's so much potential in describing ...more
Dec 20, 2014
Dec 18, 2014
Big Nate: In a Class by Himself (Big Nate Novels, #1)
In a style and format familiar to fans of Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Lincoln Peirce introduces his popular comic strip hero to a new group of ...more
May 2010
Sep 13, 2010
Dark Sister
Another fine Graham Joyce novel. But this one is so similar to The Limits of Enchantment that you wonder why he decided to write them both. He uses a ...more
Sep 10, 2013
Aug 21, 2013
The Quitter
Holy cow, this book is terrifying. It's got this slow, torturous inevitability to it--one way or another, I'm not quite sure how, it gets so close to ...more
Sep 14, 2010
Sep 14, 2010
American Surfaces
Not as eye-pleasing as Uncommon Places, not by a long shot, but that was never the aim. This project/exhibition/book lends itself to some heady discus ...more
Aug 05, 2014
Jul 16, 2014
Joel Sternfeld: Walking the High Line
This one is saved by the excellent essay by Adam Gopnik, without which this slim volume would feel a bit too academic and emotionally distant. John St ...more
Aug 20, 2014
Aug 21, 2014
The Hallelujah Flight
The Hallelujah Flight relates the true story of aviator James Banning, who, in 1932, became the first African-American to complete a transcontinental ...more
Jan 2010
Sep 13, 2010
Henry in Love
This schoolyard love story is as quirky as it is touching. Henry is a soft-spoken kitten with a fresh-baked blueberry muffin and a big crush on Chloe, ...more
Jan 2010
Sep 13, 2010
Uncommon Places: The Complete Works
First, a declaration: this book of photographs by Stephen Shore has taken its place among my absolute favorite things in this world. I enjoyed every s ...more
Aug 19, 2014
Jul 09, 2014
The Photographer's Eye
What's here is great, but I was hoping for more text. John Szarkowski's introduction to William Eggleston's Guide is a brilliant piece of writing, and ...more
Jul 21, 2014
Jul 20, 2014
The Way the World Works: Essays
Nicholson Baker is getting old and cranky and repetitive. I still consider him a favorite, but this collection was pretty uninspired, and the tone was ...more
Jan 23, 2013
Jan 10, 2013
Caliban's War (Expanse, #2)
Leviathan's Wake was an excellent sci-fi novel, representing both the incredible potential and a few of the common pitfalls of its genre. Yes, the con ...more
Jun 26, 2013
Apr 30, 2012
I might've really loved this book in college, maybe even for a few years after. For one thing, I would've been about the same age as the main characte ...more
May 21, 2014
Jan 23, 2013
The Book of Frank
I rescued this book from a bargain bin at the first bookstore I ever worked at. I began reading it one day after school, in detention--and I'm came da ...more
Jan 1998
Dec 18, 2007
The Historian
This is a tremendously frustrating book because even though it is so deeply flawed, you sense that there is a great book in there somewhere. You can a ...more
Nov 27, 2013
Mar 14, 2012
The Road
Because I'm a sucker for minimalist cover art, I picked this up at work and started reading it during a shift at the register. Whoa. I could hardly se ...more
Jan 2006
Dec 18, 2007
Me, Chi, and Bruce Lee: Adventures in Martial Arts from the Shaolin Temple to the Ultimate Fighting Championship
This sassy little book was originally intended to be an autobiographical account of a guy who tries to get a black belt in Kung Fu in a year. Fortunat ...more
Jul 07, 2010
May 07, 2009
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