The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives (Audiobook)
3.85
Even better the second time--

This little book is just so good—not only does it give you just enough math to make you feel curious and satisfied, it te
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Jan 05, 2012
Dec 24, 2011
 
Mystery and Manners: Occasional Prose
4.31
In reading Flannery O’Connor’s Mystery and Manners, I was inspired and found so many things relevant to my situation as a writer and teacher. I will r ...more
Oct 29, 2011
Nov 03, 2011
 
Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them
3.76
Better the second time around--

Reading Francine Prose’s Reading Like a Writer the second time was a very different experience from reading it four yea
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Oct 07, 2011
Oct 09, 2011
 
Once the Shore
3.87
Lyrical, beautiful, but--

Frankly, the title story blew me away, and the second story, "Among the Wreckage," was also impressive, but the rest weren't
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Jan 04, 2012
Dec 28, 2011
 
The Reluctant Fundamentalist
3.63
Good--

I read it in one day, and I was immediately taken in by the narrator's voice—courteous and friendly—and the story he tells. The framed story of
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Dec 23, 2011
Dec 24, 2011
 
Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain
4.07
A GREAT tool to have under your belt--

I knew instinctively exercise was good for the brain, but this book goes into great detail about how exercise in
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Dec 22, 2011
Dec 18, 2011
 
After Rain
4.15
A mix of Joyce's Dubliners and Chekhov--

Trevor is an old-school. His tales are told in this very old-fashioned storytelling mode that asks patience in
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Sep 04, 2011
Sep 03, 2011
 
Winesburg, Ohio
3.83
Interesting tales--

These twenty-two short tales reminded me of Dostoevsky in the intensity of the characters' suffering and their quest for love. My f
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Dec 27, 2011
Dec 24, 2011
 
What It Is
4.05
Good--

Reminded me of Gabriel Rico's Writing the Natural Way minus all the convincing (and old?) scientific background. One practical thing I took away
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Aug 28, 2011
Aug 28, 2011
 
The Collected Stories of Isaac Babel
4.24
Not for everyone--

After hearing so much about Babel's great short stories, I finally decided to tackle them this winter, my heart full of anticipation
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Jan 09, 2012
Dec 20, 2011
 
Simple Passion
3.62
Hmm...

I don't know. It's such a short book. It's more like a long short story/memoir than a novella. For one thing, the formatting seemed off througho
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Dec 24, 2011
Dec 24, 2011
 
Pedro Páramo
4.02
A strange, but compelling read--

I haven't read anything like this. A mix of surrealism and modernism, we enter a town where the dead roam around and t
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Dec 20, 2011
Dec 19, 2011
 
The Art of Recklessness: Poetry as Assertive Force and Contradiction
4.19
Good!

At first I thought it was just too weird—is it an essay? A meditation? A diatribe? Or poetry?—and was frustrated at times by the metaphysical and
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Sep 15, 2011
Sep 13, 2011
 
Can It Really Be Taught?: Resisting Lore in Creative Writing Pedagogy
3.33
Meh-

Didn't find much practical stuff in it. A lot of the articles were more like speculative pieces about creative writing in academia, offering no ha
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Sep 23, 2011
Sep 30, 2011
 
Little Bets: How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge from Small Discoveries
3.80
Cool concept, not very detailed--

The book's concepts are all cool and interesting.

The book combines the findings of Carow Dweck (fixed vs. growth mind
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Sep 04, 2011
Aug 28, 2011
 
The Complete Stories
4.45
Excellent--

When I read Flannery O'Connor's "Everything That Rises Must Converge" half a year ago in Burroway's Writing Fiction, I wasn't impressed. Bu
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Dec 18, 2011
Nov 17, 2011
 
Disciplined Dreaming: A Proven System to Drive Breakthrough Creativity (Audiobook)
3.41
Meh--

The book does give some useful tips for allowing creativity to happen, but there's nothing really new or surprising in here. Maybe a few grunt-in
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Oct 07, 2011
Oct 09, 2011
 
The Triggering Town: Lectures and Essays on Poetry and Writing
4.17
Good!

I loved his no-nonsense straightforwardness in his views about creative writing and his teaching philosophy resonated with mine: “Every moment, I
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Sep 08, 2011
Sep 05, 2011
 
Lucky Fish
4.08
Good--

Some juicy, descriptive passages here, and poems that are relatively easy to understand.

Not a regular reader of contemporary poetry, I did enjoy
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Aug 30, 2011
Aug 28, 2011
 
Your Brain at Work: Strategies for Overcoming Distraction, Regaining Focus, and Working Smarter All Day Long (Audiobook)
4.08
VERY useful--

Though the author seems reductionist in some places, this book delivers. Packed full of useful information about how your brain works and
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Dec 14, 2011
Nov 29, 2011
 
The Bridegroom: Stories
3.79
None
Oct 31, 2011
Nov 03, 2011
 
Succeed: How We Can Reach Our Goals (Audiobook)
4.21
None
Oct 03, 2011
Nov 03, 2011
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