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The Names of Things
4.02
Well, what would I say?
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Apr 05, 2012
 
Dust
3.71
It is rare one gets to read a novel that intimately explores a place intimately connected to one’s own life. It happens generally, of course. Novels e...more
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May 15, 2014
 
True Grit
4.11
what a great story. it held me like a whip from start to finish, and i wished it wouldn't. the voice alone was worth the ride. the story never let up....more
Jun 20, 2012
Jun 18, 2012
 
Freedom
3.68
I liked this book a great deal. It reminded me of Roth's American Pastoral, which I thought was a tighter book. By comparison Freedom was fleshier tha...more
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Aug 01, 2012
 
The Worst Journey in the World (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading)
4.17
Magical writing. You'd never think some place and a journey so cold could be such a warm and lovely read. It's long, but one of the more memorable sto...more
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May 08, 2013
 
The Dragon Keeper
4.34
I finished this last night. One of the first and most remarkable charms of this remarkably readable book is the author managed to make me care deeply...more
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Aug 01, 2012
 
Dublinesque
3.66
Read this in Dublin on a recent trip to Ireland. The book's about a once celebrated publisher whose house is now out of business who's coming to terms...more
Aug 07, 2012
Aug 01, 2012
 
The Alexandria Quartet  (The Alexandria Quartet #1-4)
4.18
Read this the first time in my mid twenties. Have read it at least twice again since, always something new, and I return to it more for the shifting m...more
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Jan 01, 2013
 
The Pleasure Was Mine
3.93
Anyone who is in love and planning to stay that way needs to read this book to prepare one's heart for the aches and heartbreaks and subtleties of old...more
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Apr 17, 2012
 
The Gravity of Sunlight
3.29
This is a novel that reads like poetry, especially the way the author captures the light of Africa, the mood of expatriates in Uganda, and the complex...more
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Apr 10, 2012
 
A Hologram for the King
3.33
Novel is seamless (aside from a typo or two). It held me throughout. But I ended a bit disappointed. It promised to be an updated, global "Death of a...more
Jan 20, 2013
Jan 09, 2013
 
Claude Levi-Strauss: The Poet in the Laboratory
3.89
The book is a subtle biography not so much of the man's life (though there's that too), but his thought, how it evolved, twisted, and even contradicte...more
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May 16, 2012
 
Three Weeks in December
3.92
Engaging read. Two stories twined, both set in different parts of Africa. Some of the "ethnographic" parts of the one set in Tsavo area aren't right,...more
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Jun 14, 2012
 
These Dreams of You
3.90
Beautiful work, though complicated. It flips back and forth across several different interrelated narratives: the story of a family coping with loss o...more
Jul 14, 2012
Mar 10, 2012
 
Half of a Yellow Sun
4.21
Heart breaking. Real. Epic in scope. Takes the reader into a famous episode in African history, the Biafran War, and lets us in on what it must have b...more
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Apr 23, 2012
 
The Book Thief
4.36
This was one of the more readable books I've read. I usually like them more difficult. This however was a real and wonderful page turner. Lots of hear...more
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Jan 09, 2013
 
Tenth of December
3.93
The closest eye for circumstances of the human predicament. J.M. Coetzee with a sense of humor. He's an anthropologist's anthropologist.
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May 28, 2013
 
Norwegian Wood
4.02
Remember college? Wonderful read, accessible, sad, intriguing.
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Apr 11, 2013
 
The Name of the Rose
4.08
This was a re-read. Great book. First time I read it all the background and church intrigue seemed to get in the way of the mystery. This time I found...more
Mar 05, 2013
Jan 20, 2013
 
The Map and the Territory
3.90
Wonderfully smart, ironic, yet sympathetic story about art, painting, writing, living, dying. I'll read this one again and maybe again. NYT review got...more
Sep 26, 2012
Mar 10, 2012
 
The Brothers Karamazov
4.28
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Mar 10, 2012
 
Nothing
3.68
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Apr 12, 2012
 
Mimesis and Alterity: A Particular History of the Senses: A Particular Study of the Senses
3.90
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Dec 14, 2011
 
Devil and Commodity Fetishism in South America
3.85
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Dec 14, 2011
 
A Streetcar Named Desire
3.96
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Dec 14, 2011
 
Return to Laughter: An Anthropological Novel
3.55
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Dec 14, 2011
 
The Tangled Wing: Biological Constraints on the Human Spirit
4.10
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Apr 07, 2012
 
The Social Construction of Reality: A Treatise in the Sociology of Knowledge
4.12
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Dec 14, 2011
 
The Sacred Canopy: Elements of a Sociological Theory of Religion
3.88
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Dec 14, 2011
 
Decolonising the Mind: The Politics of Language in African Literature
4.29
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Dec 14, 2011
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