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High Society: The Life of Grace Kelly
3.55
This may seem like a weird choice if you don't know me well and know why I was reading it. I can't really get into why I was reading it in this space,...more
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Dec 02, 2011
 
Fallen Founder: The Life of Aaron Burr
3.65
Not being an historian of any sort myself (I haven't taken a proper history class since my junior year of high school in 1996-'97), I have to admit th...more
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Dec 02, 2011
 
House of Leaves
4.15
If we're being honest here, my reaction to this book is tepid at best. While there are passages in the book that are engaging, too often the book veer...more
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Dec 02, 2011
 
Post Office
4.03
Let us begin this post with a warning for the men out there: Do not read this book concurrently with Nick Cave's The Death of Bunny Munro unless you w...more
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Dec 02, 2011
 
Faceless Killers (Kurt Wallander, #1)
3.75
Henning Mankell hits the ground running in Faceless Killers, the first in the internationally acclaimed Kurt Wallander series made popular in part by...more
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Dec 02, 2011
 
The Eye of the Leopard
3.62
It occurs to me that if a random person stumbled across Inconsiderate Prick for the first two posts this week they would think that this is some world...more
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Dec 02, 2011
 
Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance
3.77
If I were to postulate a guess as to why I seem to have been preoccupied with racially focused media, I would imagine it would be because of a certain...more
Oct 14, 2008
Dec 02, 2011
 
Riding Toward Everywhere
3.52
Much like the book I read just before (The Rum Diary for those not up to speed), this was my first journey into the oeuvre of William T. Vollmann.

Goin...more
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Dec 02, 2011
 
The Rum Diary
3.83
This was the first time that I've actually ventured into the works of Hunter S. Thompson. I was immediately taken by how immensely readable it was. I...more
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Dec 02, 2011
 
Heat Wave (Nikki Heat, #1)
3.53
Right off the bat, I'll admit that reading Heat Wave is probably the nerdiest thing I've done as an adult*.

*Well, I did make shirts for the third time...more
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Dec 02, 2011
 
Love Is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time
3.84
Over the past year or two, I have come to realize that I rather enjoy reading about the role that music plays in other people's lives. Maybe it starte...more
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Dec 02, 2011
 
An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England
2.93
If ever there was a case of my having purchased a book based on its title, it was this one. Marketing/presentation aside, the novel was a funny one. S...more
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Nov 20, 2011
 
Pronto (Raylan Givens, #1)
3.70
With Pronto being the book in which Raylan Givens was first introduced, it made as much sense as any other book when choosing a re-entry point for Elm...more
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Apr 06, 2013
 
Wilco: Learning How to Die
3.85
Obviously one is probably going to be a Wilco fan if he or she is going to dive into this book. As one who could be qualified as such, the book is pre...more
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Nov 20, 2011
 
John Adams
4.13
Obviously, this has gotten a lot of attention over the past few years, what with the Pulitzer and the HBO miniseries. For whatever reason (laziness, l...more
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Nov 20, 2011
 
Basin and Range
4.18
Whenever I am handed a book that someone tells me I should read, it feels like a homework assignment.

I am not in school.

I shouldn't have homework.

Mo...more
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Nov 20, 2011
 
Fletch Won (Fletch, #8)
3.73
Years ago, I read and loved Gregory McDonald's Fletch, the first book written in what was ultimately an eleven-book series of mystery novels. This was...more
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Nov 20, 2011
 
A Feast of Snakes
4.04
There is some dark shit afoot in Harry Crews's 1976 Southern Gothic/horror novel A Feast of Snakes. Set against the harsh backdrop of the rural white-...more
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Apr 06, 2013
 
Cosmopolis
3.20
I quite like Don DeLillo. I positively loved Underworld and White Noise. I liked Falling Man. Cosmopolis was a different story.

Cosmopolis felt like a...more
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Apr 06, 2013
 
The Sportswriter
3.72
In short, I loved this book. This was my first venture into the writings of Richard Ford, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Independence Day (the seque...more
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Nov 15, 2011
 
The Machine: A Hot Team, a Legendary Season, and a Heart-stopping World Series: The Story of the 1975 Cincinnati Reds
3.97
I feel like I should set this entry up just a little by stating that before I go anywhere else on the internet I check my RSS tab on my browser to see...more
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Nov 15, 2011
 
Chuck Klosterman IV: A Decade of Curious People and Dangerous Ideas
3.83
Continuing on until I have nothing left to read, I just finished Chuck Klosterman IV. Largely consisting of articles written elsewhere, the breadth of...more
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Nov 15, 2011
 
Satchel: The Life and Times of an American Legend
3.96
If there has been one good thing about the Royals* only being watchable once every five games or so, it has been that I have found myself with slightl...more
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Nov 15, 2011
 
Inherent Vice
3.67
From what I have heard (and I can't say that I frequent book review sites and publications), the newest Thomas Pynchon book has been received with a s...more
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Nov 15, 2011
 
The Fall
4.03
As I remember it, I read The Stranger at a coffee shop in a sitting, and I rather enjoyed it. It was an effortless read with such a unique point of vi...more
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Nov 15, 2011
 
The Visible Man
3.67
"I wanted him to keep talking, even though the conversation was one-sided and pedantic. I know that must sound masochistic, but there's no influence l...more
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Nov 15, 2011
 
Recoil
3.65
For those of you who may need a refresher or a cluing in, Jim Thompson is the brains behind the books The Grifters, Pop. 1280, The Killer Inside Me, a...more
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Nov 15, 2011
 
Gone, Baby, Gone (Kenzie & Gennaro, #4)
4.11
The fourth in the Kenzie/Gennaro series, this is obviously the most famous of the now six books in the series. There is one obvious reason for this: B...more
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Nov 15, 2011
 
Tree of Smoke
3.57
National Book Award Winner Tree of Smoke was a bit of a disappointment. I've read other Johnson and rather liked what I had read. While Tree of Smoke...more
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Nov 15, 2011
 
Indignation
3.64
Prior to furtively reading this*, the only other Philip Roth I had read was American Pastoral, which I wrote about here. While the scope was certainly...more
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Nov 15, 2011
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