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The woman was brilliant. A must-read.
May 27, 2012
Mar 09, 2012
Frida Kahlo
This is mostly a coffee table book of Kahlo's work, with some biography early on and commentary later. Kahlo's work is very interesting of course. Ala...more
Dec 20, 2013
Dec 20, 2013
Savage Inequalities: Children in America's Schools
A nearly perfect book that lays bare the unrepentant, relentless racism found institutionally and individually in the United States. As timely now as...more
Mar 2014
Feb 24, 2014
Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women
This book is a remarkable achievement. I would *love* to see an update that takes into account all of the drastic and horrible changes beginning in ab...more
Sep 08, 2012
Mar 09, 2012
High Tide in Tucson: Essays from Now or Never
I had mixed feelings about this. Mostly, I thought Kingsolver was incredibly self-absorbed, pretentious, and a bit privilege-blind for a committed pro...more
Jun 05, 2012
May 27, 2012
A Good Man is Hard to Find and Other Stories
Yuck. I couldn't really get past the raging racism to pay attention to whatever writing talent O'Connor might have. This collection of stories basical...more
Oct 25, 2012
Oct 14, 2012
How the García Girls Lost Their Accents
Eh. Nice writing and some lovely metaphors, but the class elitism and casual racism of the book was a bit much for me. I'm very surprised to learn it'...more
May 27, 2012
May 19, 2012
The God of Small Things
It started out so beautifully... such wonderful metaphors. But the metaphors got old and it wasn't emotionally resonating (for me) and the ending was...more
Feb 20, 2013
Feb 14, 2013
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
Fun read, and at last, a strong, complex heroine! Especially for a young adult audience, I couldn't approve more.
Jun 07, 2012
Jun 05, 2012
Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter
Disappointing compared to my earlier forays with Vargas Llosa, and not a little misogynist. Skip this one!
Oct 17, 2013
Oct 17, 2013
Guns N' Roses: The Most Dangerous Band in the World
Stupid crap I read when I was young and am now purging from my literal bookshelves.
not set
Jun 02, 2014
If I Ever Get Back to Georgia, I'm Gonna Nail My Feet to the Ground
Stupid crap I read when I was young and am now purging from my literal bookshelves.
not set
Jun 02, 2014
Capitalism: A Structural Genocide: A Structual Genocide
Repetitive, but plenty of great research packed in and the argument is solid. Highly recommended.
Sep 21, 2013
Sep 16, 2013
If on a Winter's Night a Traveler
This book started with such inventive promise, but in the end I found it a chore and a bore to read!
Aug 08, 2012
Aug 02, 2012
The Female of the Species
For a writer of Oates' caliber, this was some pretty trite, dull crap.
Jun 14, 2012
Jun 10, 2012
Interpreter of Maladies
Beautifully written stories that often pack an unexpected emotional punch.
May 03, 2012
Apr 28, 2012
The Member of the Wedding
Carson McCullers is always such a treat. Beautiful, evocative writing, though not my favorite of her books.
Nov 13, 2012
Nov 05, 2012
Mother Night
Not really Vonnegut's best work, but a couple of brilliant observations nonetheless.
Jun 26, 2012
Jun 19, 2012
Play It as It Lays
Probably groundbreaking in 1970, but sordid, miserable, and tired today.
Mar 29, 2014
Mar 21, 2014
The Crystal Frontier: A Novel In Nine Stories
I really, really enjoyed this book.
Jun 15, 2013
Jun 10, 2013
Small Memories
A lovely read.
Feb 06, 2013
Feb 03, 2013
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
Creepy and bizarre, but quite entertaining.
Aug 29, 2013
Aug 22, 2013
Breath, Eyes, Memory
Lovely book.
Feb 28, 2013
Feb 24, 2013
The Natashas: Inside the New Global Sex Trade
I really disliked Malarek's writing, but the book is full of urgently important and highly damning information nonetheless. It will leave you depresse...more
Jan 21, 2013
May 26, 2012
Re-Making Love: The Feminization Of Sex
A great read, though dated with 25 years of subsequent radical sexual change (read: the rise of misogynist internet porn and the hyper-sexualization o...more
May 06, 2012
Mar 09, 2012
The Stone Raft
A good read, but not my favorite Saramago by a long shot...
Mar 09, 2012
Feb 23, 2012
I have almost as much contempt for this book as its author has for his characters. Truly one of the worst books I have ever read. Daniel Clay is a fri...more
Jan 27, 2013
Oct 15, 2012
The Yellow Wallpaper and Selected Writings
The short stories get a bit repetitive (all of them, essentially, feminist fantasies), but still absolutely fascinating to see how ahead of her time M...more
Oct 14, 2013
May 06, 2013
The Gatekeepers: Inside the Admissions Process of a Premier College
2 1/2 stars really. Interesting read, but author definitely limited by his own utter incomprehension of what it is like to be actually from a poor bac...more
Oct 17, 2013
May 26, 2012
The Feast of the Goat
Excellent historical fiction exploring the Trujillo era in the Dominican Republic. A heartbreaking, page-turning, and apparently quite accurate treatm...more
Sep 27, 2012
Mar 09, 2012
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