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The Trial of Henry Kissinger
3.96
I have been a Henry Kissinger critic ever since I read William Shawcross’ compelling book Sideshow, about the illegal bombings in Cambodia and Laos du ...more
Nov 15, 2012
Nov 13, 2012
 
Bangkok Found: Reflections On The City
3.93
Alex Kerr has written some interesting and provocative books about Japan and Japanese culture in the past (Lost Japan and Demons and Dogs) and has als ...more
Feb 08, 2013
Feb 03, 2013
 
Sun and Steel (Paperback)
3.89
Sun and Steel a nonfiction work by Yukio Mishima is a difficult work to categorize. I was compelled to read it in connection with research I am doing ...more
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Sep 22, 2011
 
Are You My Mother?
3.63
I really enjoyed Alison Bechdel's first graphic memoir, Fun Home, and was looking forward to reading the next installment Are You My Mother? A Comic D ...more
Jul 08, 2012
Jul 05, 2012
 
Granta 124: Travel
3.64
was inspired to read Granta 124: Travel (2013) becuse of the general theme of travel and the fact that it contained pieces by three of my favorite co ...more
Jul 20, 2014
Jul 12, 2014
 
Japanese Portraits: Pictures of Different People
4.36
Donald Richie's writings are always revelatory about the subjects in which he writes about: Japanese society and culture in general, as well as that o ...more
Oct 06, 2014
Sep 26, 2014
 
A Sort Of Life
3.70
A Sort Of Life (1971) is the first volume of Graham Green's autobiography that takes the readers from his birth to the publication of Stamboul Train ( ...more
Mar 08, 2013
Feb 28, 2013
 
A Curious Madness: An American Combat Psychiatrist, a Japanese War Crimes Suspect, and an Unsolved Mystery from World War II
3.66
Eric Jaffe's A Curious Madness (2014) is one of those books that is really several books in one. It is a historical mystery which focuses on the quest ...more
Oct 24, 2014
Oct 16, 2014
 
Leaving Microsoft to Change the World: An Entrepreneur's Odyssey to Educate the World's Children
4.08
John Wood's inspiring book, Leaving Microsoft To Change The World, is a book I've been meaning to read for some time. A friend of mine, Gary Bremmerma ...more
Sep 25, 2011
Sep 22, 2011
 
Escape Velocity: A Charles Portis Miscellany
3.95
Escape Velocity: A Charles Portis Miscellany (2012) edited by Jay Jennings might only be of interest to those of what Ron Rosenbaum calls, from his es ...more
May 04, 2013
Apr 20, 2013
 
Just Kids
4.12
Just Kids (2010) by Patti Smith has gotten raves reviews and won the National Book Award for Non Fiction for that year. In addition I am a big fan of ...more
Oct 22, 2013
Oct 14, 2013
 
Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk
4.15
I've had Please Kill Me: the Uncensored History of Punk (1996) on my shelf for a while and after the recent death of Lou Reed and after having recentl ...more
Nov 20, 2013
Nov 05, 2013
 
Thomas Paine's Rights of Man: A Biography
3.90
I recently read Thomas Paine's Common Sense and have come to regard him as a personal hero-a man who represented the enlightened ideals of the America ...more
not set
Sep 25, 2011
 
The Inland Sea
3.99
I had originally read and enjoyed some excerpts from Donald Richie's The Inland Sea (1971) in The Donald Richie Reader (2002). I have always thought t ...more
Apr 12, 2014
Mar 25, 2014
 
An Education
3.31
I was interested in reading Lynn Barber’s memoir, An Education, after reading about how Nick Hornby got the rights and wrote a screenplay for a film v ...more
not set
Sep 22, 2011
 
The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, a Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal
3.46
As most people know the impressive film The Social Network (2010) directed by David Fincher was based on Ben Mezrich's book The Accidental Billionaire ...more
Mar 06, 2012
Feb 20, 2012
 
Days: A Tangier Diary
3.64
Paul Bowles, has been one of my favorite modern American writers for some time and, Days: A Tangier Diary (1987) was inspired by a friend for a journa ...more
Jun 22, 2014
Jun 22, 2014
 
This Boy's Life
3.99
This Boy’s Life was another winning suggestion from Nick Hornby’s book, Polysyballic Spree. I had seen the film version, which was pretty good, but To ...more
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Sep 27, 2011
 
Travels Without My Aunt: In The Footsteps Of Graham Greene
3.62
Now that I have read all of Graham Greene's novels, I am reduced to reading books about the author and his books, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. ...more
Jun 07, 2014
Mar 24, 2013
 
Black Postcards: A Rock & Roll Romance
3.74
Black Postcards a memoir by former Galaxie 500 and Luna front man, Dean Wareham, is probably a book with a limited audience. However, I am that audien ...more
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Sep 20, 2011
 
Something Like an Autobiography
4.20
A few years back I got into an Akira Kurosawa phase where I was watching a lot of his films and it culminated with writing an academic paper on his fi ...more
not set
Dec 21, 2007
 
Genji Days
3.71
Earlier this year I read Tokyo from Edo to Showa 1867-1989 by Edward Seidensnicker and enjoyed it immensely. Thus recently, I decided to read translat ...more
Aug 24, 2014
Oct 08, 2013
 
Anglomania: A European Love Affair
3.58
Ian Buruma has been one of my favorite contemporary public intellectuals with the likes of Christopher Hitchens, and Milan Kundera. He has a vast arra ...more
Jan 09, 2012
Oct 11, 2011
 
Getting Away With It: Or: The Further Adventures of the Luckiest Bastard You Ever Saw
3.81



Steven Soderbergh wrote an unusual little book, Getting Away With It, for the British Publishing Company Faber and Faber. It 's probably not for every
...more
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Dec 21, 2007
 
Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
4.12
Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel is a fascinating graphic novel. I first came across an excerpt in one of The Best Non-Required Reading ...more
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Sep 21, 2011
 
In Search of a Character: two African Journals
3.78
I just finished reading Graham Greene’s journals from two separate African journeys in the book In Search of A Character. It contains “The Congo Journ ...more
not set
Sep 22, 2011
 
Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life
3.85
I had read several interesting reviews about Steve Martin’s biography, Born Standing Up. Admittedly, I was warned by a friend that it was poorly writt ...more
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Sep 21, 2011
 
Islands of the Damned: A Marine at War in the Pacific
4.03
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Islands Of The Damned (2010) by R. V. Burgin is another memoir that inspired the HBO series The Pacific. Burgin was mentioned in W.B. Sledge'
...more
Feb 20, 2012
Nov 24, 2011
 
Life Interrupted: The Unfinished Monologue
3.66
I was reminded of Life Interrupted: The Unfinished Monologues (2005) when I watched Steven Soderbergh's impressive documentary on Gray's life, And Eve ...more
Nov 09, 2011
Nov 09, 2011
 
Greene on Capri
3.71
Recently I spent 20 days in Italy and one of the many places I visited was the visually stunning island of Capri. This coupled with my interest and ad ...more
Apr 22, 2014
Dec 06, 2013
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