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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
The woman was brilliant. A must-read.
May 27, 2012
Mar 09, 2012
Armored Hearts: Selected & New Poems
Two stars because David Bottoms has a beautiful command of language. The substance of his work, however, leaves much to be desired. It's all fishing a ...more
Jan 04, 2015
Jan 02, 2015
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
Brainstorm: The Flaws in the Science of Sex Differences
I had a whale of a time reading this wonderful take down of the horrifyingly shoddy and positively unscientific "brain organization" literature that p ...more
Jan 02, 2015
Dec 26, 2014
The Women's Room
Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose. What a book! Published in 1978, but dishearteningly timely and relevant to the reader in 2015. Definitely on ...more
Jan 17, 2015
Dec 27, 2014
Berry is a fauxgressive Southern white dude writing for other fauxgressive Southern white dudes. An occasional poem is "ok" but mostly it's boring dri ...more
Jan 2015
Dec 29, 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
Fires: Essays, Poems, Stories
As ever, Ray Carver's stories are moving testaments to working class life in an earlier (north) American era. I thoroughly enjoyed this collection of ...more
Feb 05, 2015
Jan 31, 2015
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
Laughing Wild and Baby with the Bathwater: Two Plays
Meh. The first play in this collection did nothing for me. The second was better, with some decent social commentary, which is mostly outdated now.
Jan 08, 2015
Jan 04, 2015
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
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
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
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
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
Interpreter of Maladies
Beautifully written stories that often pack an unexpected emotional punch.
May 03, 2012
Apr 28, 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
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
Play It as It Lays
Probably groundbreaking in 1970, but sordid, miserable, and tired today.
Mar 29, 2014
Mar 21, 2014
Mother Night
Not really Vonnegut's best work, but a couple of brilliant observations nonetheless.
Jun 26, 2012
Jun 19, 2012
Small Memories
A lovely read.
Feb 06, 2013
Feb 03, 2013
The Crystal Frontier
I really, really enjoyed this book.
Jun 15, 2013
Jun 10, 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
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