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The Zahir
wow. do you know how and when i discovered this author? at the airport bookstore- at la guardia, the american terminal-the one next to the dunkin donu...more
Jan 2006
Apr 26, 2007
Afghanistan, Where God Only Comes To Weep
eye opening and deeply touching.
even if your eyes are already open, and you are a bonafide cynic.

ps- be ready for a stream of consciousness read
Aug 2008
Aug 21, 2008
From a Crooked Rib
This is a beautifully written story, told from the point of view of a thoughtful, young somali girl-woman. The story is poignant, but stressful for th...more
Sep 2009
Sep 08, 2009
The Caves of Steel (Robot, #1)
I completely disregarded SYFY as a reader and a viewer for the first 30+ years of my life... until my boyfriend --> fiance --> husband brought i...more
Aug 26, 2009
Aug 26, 2009
i don't know how much of this is based on fact, but it makes learning something about mozart's life and made it a great story. i guess it is a good pl...more
Jan 1998
Apr 27, 2007
Anna Karenina
**spoiler alert** surprisingly imperfect story. i admit my own fault in following prerevolutionary russian politics, but the drawn out discussions of...more
Dec 2007
Oct 29, 2007
Palace Walk
as it states on the back of the book, NM has a real gift for bringing a past and foreign culture into your mind, and making it seem as though you are...more
Jan 2006
Apr 26, 2007
The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism
my very first non fiction book that isn't a medical book. i think this is a true statement. but now i am considering the spectrum of nonfiction and fi...more
Feb 03, 2009
Feb 03, 2009
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
i am immediately compelled-in 48 hours of waking and drug induced sleep i have read over 300 pages. my post operative recovery is taking second place...more
May 2007
May 08, 2007
Sister Carrie
in high school, or maybe a little later, i read, and tremendously enjoyed 'american tragedy' by the same author. i picked this up off my sister's book...more
Jan 2006
May 04, 2007
Troubling Love
The story of a daughter reeling in the days after her mother's unexpected death, seethes with the vivid near hallucination and the rapid nearly pressu...more
Jan 2009
Apr 26, 2007
A Death in the Family
it seems like this book could really bring a girl down?- my initial thoughts quickly dispelled by the author's gift for storytrelling and prose. each...more
Aug 2007
Jun 21, 2007
We the Living
have read. and then read again. perfect. i loved these people, and didn't want to let them go when i turned the last page. then i searched and searche...more
Jan 2005
Apr 26, 2007
Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman
There are some lovely stories in this collection.
subject matter varies from lost love to lost names and lost childhood friends.
there were only a few...more
Jun 2007
Jul 03, 2007
Love in the Time of Cholera
what a beautiful book. dense, rich prose revealing the story of young lovers, seemingly out of favor with fate. the language is lush, and envelped in...more
Jul 2007
Jul 06, 2007
The Bell Jar
another re-read for me, and again, something i appreciate much better now than i did then. a dream would be to sit and absorb this narrative of a slow...more
Feb 2008
May 17, 2007
The Agony and the Ecstasy
it has been such a long time since i read this book, i can't vouch for it being well written or historically accurate. it did do a brilliant job of de...more
Jan 1996
Apr 27, 2007
The Catcher in the Rye
i wish i could have been a disturbed adolescent who eventually grew out of it... rather than a blissfully ignorant adolescent. i will always be on the...more
not set
Apr 27, 2007
Interpreter of Maladies
i have read and re-read (as is my habit) these stories, and i really only loved a few of them. my favorite is probably the first story, which also mea...more
Jan 2002
May 08, 2007
Life Isn't All Ha Ha Hee Hee
my first south asian diaspora type novel-i was hooked and intrigued by reading about anything close to my own experience. looking back, i still think...more
Jan 2002
May 08, 2007
The Grapes of Wrath
i can't remember what i learned from this book. but i remember that at the time, i thought it was incredible. its not something i think i would pick u...more
Jan 1989
May 08, 2007
The Once and Future King (The Once and Future King #1-4)
again, i read this oh so long ago. i was entranced by the story of king arthur et al. i'm not sure what i would say about it now...i know i read and r...more
Jan 1988
May 08, 2007
The Metamorphosis
i read this book when i was in 4th grade, for my MOM's english class...later, i wasn't sure if i had really understood it, but after re-reading it, i...more
Jan 1984
May 07, 2007
Isaac's Storm: The Drowning of Galveston, 8 September 1900
galveston is a rundown, abandoned, and magical seaside town. as someone who had my own brief interlude along the seawall, i just really enjoyed learni...more
Jan 2001
Apr 30, 2007
The Fountainhead
i do not agree with this author's economic philosophy. but she creates characters who are iconic. pure, strong, and true. i wonder if you can personif...more
not set
Apr 26, 2007
Madame Bovary
what a sad, confused woman she is, although some would call her ambitious and goal oriented. sort along the same moral lines as 'the coquette,' but a...more
Jan 2004
May 04, 2007
The Griffin & Sabine Trilogy
die hard romantic me. i read these so long ago, but they still have a special place in my heart and on my bookshelf. read them on a day you are feelin...more
Jan 1995
May 04, 2007
On Chesil Beach
i keep hearing about this book. wondering if the book lives up to the hype? it just seems like it would be overly flowery and proper (the characters,...more
not set
Jun 21, 2007
Jude the Obscure
this is one of my favorite love stories, and i know it is far more. it is tragic and beautiful, and then TH also immerses the reader in his own world,...more
not set
Apr 27, 2007
Season of Migration to the North
this is a confusing and difficult read- i wish i could say more, but i think i have never understood the story. i am up for the challenge, and i will...more
not set
May 04, 2007
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