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Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America
The book that makes you happy to have gone to college.

It's been a number of years since this book was first published, and I still think it is excelle...more
Apr 05, 2011
Apr 05, 2011
Moon Calf: A Novel
p. 265: [Wheels] laughed. "We live in a world of chaos and accident. Politicians think they can tame that chaos. They are fools. Dreamers are the only...more
Sep 20, 2008
Jun 16, 2008
Caught in the Current: Searching for Simplicity in the Technological Age
This book was okay. It's already dated, in that he's writing about technology in 2004, and since then plenty of his worst fears have come true: everyo...more
Mar 30, 2011
Apr 05, 2011
Over-esteemed. Pretty good, yes. Great premise. Great first half-chapter. But quickly I found the alternating chapters/stories distracting, whole sect...more
Sep 20, 2012
Aug 11, 2012
Being Dead
Truly stunning novel recounting the last days and tracing back to the beginnings of love for two middle-aged biologists who get murdered on a deserted...more
Jan 2005
Jul 16, 2010
PHP for the Web: Visual QuickStart Guide
Great primer on the basics of how to write in PHP. This author has released other books that go beyond what's covered in this book, so non-beginners c...more
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Feb 23, 2013
Decently-written mystery novel that takes place around Coney Island and south Brooklyn. When I first moved to New York a coworker of mine gave me this...more
May 25, 2009
May 25, 2009
The Braindead Megaphone
Love this. Rather than diffuse his opinions into his trademark absurdist fiction, here Saunders collects a series of straight-up essays critiquing tod...more
Jan 2007
Jan 02, 2009
Be Here Now
A primer for entering a life of going-beyond through drugs and Eastern mysticism instead of American religion. Recommended with a grain of salt, as al...more
Jan 2006
Jan 02, 2009
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Such a new reading experience for me. If you forego (or have missed) the hype, and are just beginning to jump into "real life"-mode, this might addres...more
Jan 2006
Jan 02, 2009
Off the Map
Lit-zine turned Crimethinc. novella, it's a nice warm diary of 2 girls' trip across Europe in search of -- what else? -- transitory freedom and honest...more
Jan 2006
Jan 02, 2009
His Dark Materials (His Dark Materials #1-3)
Technically children's lit but every bit as engaging and meaningful as much adult fiction. Wonderful, memorable stories with a grand sweep of anti-chu...more
Jan 2007
Jan 02, 2009
Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth
Epic. The pinnacle of graphic novel achievement thus far. Hundreds of pages of crisp, beautiful, innovative graphics telling a simple story of a loser...more
Jan 2006
Jan 02, 2009
Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture
I would say an almost must-read for high schoolers and college kids just starting to wonder if society isn't worth dropping out of. Very thoughtful wh...more
Jan 2005
Jan 02, 2009
The Learners
It's okay. Tend to give the guy a break because he's not by trade "an author." But kind of tortuous story paralleling the advertising world with the S...more
Jan 2007
Jan 02, 2009
In Persuasion Nation
The third of Saunders' short story collections. With each new release, his critical social parody refracts even more; many of these stories dip into t...more
Jan 2007
Jan 02, 2009
The Mysteries of Pittsburgh
A pretty good novel, but this doesn't justify the mega-love people my age seem to have for Mr. Chabon. Maybe I started with the wrong book, but he did...more
Jun 15, 2010
Jul 16, 2010
The Lovers
A travelogue of Turkey that accompanies an inner monologue of self-centered middle-class wife- and motherhood: not a killer of a book, but surely wort...more
Jul 2010
Jul 16, 2010
The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing
Pretty good, considering I honestly thought it was about hunting and fishing before I read it. Another book about love, from a female perspective.
Aug 2007
Jan 02, 2009
Calvin and Hobbes: The Revenge of the Baby-Sat
I don't think any graphic novel will ever over-top my love for the beautiful, hilarious, lovable, life-affirming antics of Mr. Calvin and Mr. Hobbes.
Jan 2002
Jan 02, 2009
The Chocolate War (Chocolate War, #1)
I remember this from junior high school being very good. I reread it early in college actually and still really liked it.
Jan 1997
Jan 03, 2009
Franny and Zooey
Pretty good, real easy read, focusing on one little moment in an Ivy-League-dropout brother and sister's lives.
Dec 30, 2008
Jan 02, 2009
The Blot
Good graphic story, well-drawn and pretty clever symbolism for love coming into and out of one's life.
Jan 2007
Jan 02, 2009
Skin Deep
This guy is the jam. Graphic stories of freaks and geeks and the crazy world they live in.
Jan 2004
Jan 02, 2009
All Families are Psychotic
Coupland has spent a career infusing the most fun and absurd realities of modern life into his stories of "average Joes" trying to adapt to culture's...more
Apr 2005
Dec 18, 2007
CivilWarLand in Bad Decline
The first of Saunders' short story collections. Just great.
Jan 2004
Jan 02, 2009
The Lagoon
Lilli might be my favorite illustrator right now.
Dec 2007
Jan 02, 2009
A beautiful and in-depth imagining of a handful of random Middle Easterners who have each come to the desert for their own reasons and with their own...more
Sep 2006
Dec 18, 2007
Gregory I
Another I've had for a long time, and a lot of fun. Gregory is a little baby/kid locked in a cell in an insane asylum, who can't speak and is subjecte...more
Jan 2003
Jan 02, 2009
Entertaining vignettes that discuss the the many varieties and approaches we all have to Love. Very underline-able and perceptive, while also very fun...more
Dec 15, 2008
Jan 02, 2009
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