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Fodor's Alaska 2008 (Fodor's Gold Guides)
They have interesting facts and excellent maps, but the layout is a mess, and I'm having a better time simply using the index in order to find somethi ...more
Apr 10, 2008
Jan 31, 2008
Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.: Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and The Dawn of the Modern Woman
The book and the movie are among my favorites, and I'm a huge fan of old Hollywood, but I was disappointed that this wasn't as dishy as it could've be ...more
Jun 27, 2010
Jun 27, 2010
My Face for the World to See
I genuinely can't remember the last time a work of fiction affected me like this, I was breathless by the last page and had trouble sleeping the night ...more
Sep 16, 2013
Aug 16, 2013
Sharp Objects
A deeply disturbing mystery...which means I loved it and read it in less than 10 hours. Some of the supporting characters border on cliche territory ( ...more
Sep 27, 2012
Sep 29, 2012
Gone Girl
A truly Hitchcockian take on a marriage gone to rot. A witty, unnerving, fast (I read the last 250 pages in one day) read.
Jul 2012
Jun 29, 2012
We Need to Talk About Kevin
I genuinely can't remember the last time a work of fiction left me so...freaked out is the only way to describe it. I felt like the first half of the ...more
Sep 04, 2011
Sep 04, 2011
Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders
I was expecting a straight forward read, but has actually left me with a surprising amount of nuances and questions to think about, especially about t ...more
Apr 11, 2012
Apr 11, 2012
Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar
I actually want to rate this 3.5, given that her advice really veers into personal essay territory and that's something that generally annoys me. That ...more
Aug 22, 2012
Aug 02, 2012
Child 44 (Leo Demidov, #1)
What started out as an excellent mystery in Stanlinist Russian fell apart in the last quarter into a standard thriller. Fast read, but disappointing.
Jan 2009
Jan 06, 2009
And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic
The writing can be awkward at times, but this is so illuminating, important, and devastating portrait of the early years of AIDS epidemic it more than ...more
Jan 2003
Jul 18, 2011
Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution
Best written and probably most comprehensive history of riot grrrl, I would definitely recommend this to anyone who was impacted by these incredible w ...more
Oct 10, 2010
Oct 07, 2010
Perfumes: The Guide
I adore perfume, and while I often REALLY disagreed with many of the reviews, I have to respect the passion and sly sense of humor.
Jan 2009
Jun 11, 2013
Commando: The Autobiography of Johnny Ramone
I feel like this was more like a string of journal entries, loosely strung together. A quick, fun read from an independent, cranky man.
Apr 06, 2012
Apr 11, 2012
Cleopatra: A Life
Schiff is clearly talented, since she still had to write around the fact that there is little to no reliable biographical information about Cleopatra. ...more
Dec 09, 2011
Nov 30, 2011
The Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band
Greatest rock 'n' roll bio ever.
Jul 2002
May 26, 2010
Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief
I really, really respect Wright and this is a compelling and thoroughly researched read. However, even though he bends over backwards to be even hande ...more
Feb 04, 2013
Feb 07, 2013
Just Kids
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.
Dec 08, 2010
Dec 01, 2010
The Killer Inside Me
Easily one of the most disturbing books I've read in some time.
Jun 20, 2012
May 21, 2012
Mrs. Dalloway
I'm reading (and having a really hard time concentrating) about 4 different titles at the moment, and I'm probably not experiencing this the best way ...more
Feb 03, 2010
Jun 22, 2009
In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex
I literally read this in less than a day. Gripping, but once I finished it I found it sort of pointless. I'm not going to lie, I read it just because ...more
Apr 21, 2008
Apr 22, 2008
Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened
Underneath the whimsical illustrations and hilarious dog stories is one of the most raw and honest depictions of depression that I've read in some tim ...more
Feb 04, 2014
Dec 10, 2013
If I could give this 2.5 stars, I would. Dexter is obviously a talented writer (I've never read Paris Trout), but there was very little plot and I sto ...more
Jun 22, 2008
Jul 29, 2008
The Lives of the Muses: Nine Women and the Artists They Inspired
The book seemed to be made up of biographical sketches rather than deep criticism. The chapter on Yoko Ono and John Lennon's relationship was pretty a ...more
Jan 2003
Dec 29, 2007
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
At first it was a well-written, very enjoyable book that wasn't exactly rocking my world. By the end it was utterly heartbreaking and I immediately wa ...more
Jan 2008
Dec 28, 2007
Girls in White Dresses
After reading The Killer Inside Me I think it's time to read something really, really light. Hopefully this won't turn out like One Day. (Fuck you, On ...more
Jun 22, 2012
Jun 20, 2012
Valley of the Dolls
Holy god...what can I say about this? The ultimate trashy beach book. I read it in 2 days and LOVED IT. One of the best brain vacation ever.
Jul 29, 2008
Jun 15, 2008
Don't Cry
She's one of my favorite writers, but I get the feeling that that's a very uncool thing to say, I've never met anyone else that's even read her.
Feb 03, 2010
Jun 22, 2009
Then We Came to the End
Fun, fast, surprisingly touching. If I could I'd give it a 3.5, but whatever, vodka makes me generous.
Apr 16, 2008
Apr 22, 2008
Three Bedrooms in Manhattan
Simenon was a romantic...
Jan 2006
Dec 28, 2007
The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914
Aug 23, 2014
Jul 31, 2014
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