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Empire Falls
3.91
it was amazing
Perhaps the best part of the book is the Prologue wherein the family fortunes of the Whitings are described as recurrent and hilariously tragic. The m ...more
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Jun 24, 2008
 
What's the Matter with Kansas? How Conservatives Won the Heart of America
3.83
it was amazing
This book makes a lot of the nonsense coming from the right wing clear, if that's a good word to describe nonsense. The use of ignorant, working class ...more
not set
Jun 24, 2008
 
Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer
4.18
it was amazing
This graphic novel is one of the strangest I've read, but I love it! The scenes are of a large city like New York, filled with strange businesses like ...more
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Apr 01, 2008
 
Autobiography of Mark Twain, Vol. 1
3.85
it was amazing
Twain's wit and sense of humor is staggering, as usual. Using, as he admitted in his Dictionary of Humor, humor as a sort of fragrance for his preachi ...more
Jan 06, 2013
Jan 06, 2013
 
Library of Humor
3.62
it was amazing
The edition with Steve Martin's and Roy Blount's introductions is great. It includes Twain's posthumous assessment of the writers who had by then beco ...more
Mar 29, 2010
Mar 29, 2010
 
The Night Country
4.41
it was amazing
Eisley insists that Roger Bacon wanted to do more than institute the scientific revolution that brought us the last 300 or so odd years of breath-taki ...more
Jan 2013
Mar 27, 2014
 
Quills
3.99
it was amazing
The play is so much more wild than the movie! Wright cuts away at the poor Marquis and shows how the Catholic mind operates on anybody with an artisti ...more
Jun 06, 2008
Jun 06, 2008
 
Prejudices: A Selection
4.22
it was amazing
Mencken's views on the police in several of his essays show he knew they were a threat to liberty, or at the very least, a rude awakening for people w ...more
Jan 2013
May 28, 2013
 
Second Nature: A Gardener's Education
3.92
it was amazing
Up to and beyond his usual high standards, this book on his personal epiphanies on gardening is in the great tradition of Thoreau and our other nature ...more
Mar 13, 2013
Apr 29, 2013
 
The Poetics of Space
4.17
it was amazing
This book is a distillation of how our imaginations are formed and extended along the lines of the spaces we inhabit. I loved the passage on shelters, ...more
May 12, 2009
May 12, 2009
 
The Liar's Tale: A History of Falsehood
3.69
it was amazing
This book is an excellent history of philosophy through the lens of falsehood. Campbell makes a completely persuasive case for lying as primal in our ...more
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Jan 11, 2010
 
Literary Lapses
3.90
it was amazing
Leacock was a humorist genius loved by Groucho Marx and many others for his comic chops, great emotional detail of humor. Using the fictional English ...more
Apr 13, 2013
Apr 29, 2013
 
Blues for Cannibals: The Notes from Underground
3.95
it was amazing
Bowden works through lessons to live, phenomenological approach to uncommon humanity he compares to the Mesquite tree whose roots can go a couple foot ...more
not set
Jan 16, 2010
 
God's Middle Finger: Into the Lawless Heart of the Sierra Madre
3.96
it was amazing
Great book on the indigenous/Apache people living right across the border from Tucson populating the deepest canyons in North America, routinely runni ...more
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Sep 27, 2011
 
African American Humor: The Best Black Comedy from Slavery to Today
4.10
it was amazing
Starting with Uncle Remus and other slave era texts, moving through the Signified Monkey, through the Emancipation and Roaring Twenties, taking the A ...more
not set
Feb 22, 2009
 
Salt: A World History
3.73
it was amazing
Funny how a narrow subject can open up world history. By tracking the history of salt in various ancient and modern empires, Kurlansky gives a pleasan ...more
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Feb 22, 2009
 
A Hero of Our Time
4.11
it was amazing
Something in the vein of Kipling's The Man who Would be King, Lermontov draws a great anti-hero at the edges of civilization, bartering for a great Ci ...more
Jan 2014
Mar 27, 2014
 
The Master and Margarita
4.32
it was amazing
This book is an amazing magically real psychological phantasmagoria of a narrative. Bulgakov has my vote for the best retelling of any biblical story ...more
Apr 29, 2011
May 01, 2011
 
The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
3.92
it was amazing
Great book by a very popular writer with a lot out right now. Categorizes the ways trends begin and explode through specific types (Mavens, early adop ...more
not set
Feb 10, 2009
 
The Whore's Child and Other Stories
3.73
it was amazing
The story "The Whore's Child" is worth the price of admission alone. Reminds me of "Our Lady's Tumbler," but the nun in this case is something of a Ci ...more
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Sep 27, 2011
 
And Here's the Kicker: Conversations with 21 Top Humor Writers on their Craft and the Industry
4.04
it was amazing
Priceless if you want to understand modern humor writing, or ancient humor writing. All humor writing has to get to the point quickly. It's like stand ...more
Mar 29, 2010
Mar 29, 2010
 
How to Talk Dirty and Influence People
4.02
it was amazing
There are saints and there are sinners. My favorite world shaking saint is Lenny Bruce. What a time he had. his philosophically acute sense of the art ...more
not set
Feb 22, 2009
 
Dogs of God: Columbus, the Inquisition, and the Defeat of the Moors
3.85
it was amazing
Europe's ventures to the New World grew out of the Inquisition. Torquemada, like the best Nazi functionary, was simply better organized than the other ...more
Jul 2007
Jan 20, 2008
 
Following the Equator: A Journey Around the World
3.94
it was amazing
This book is a gift from the mature Twain on his sail around the world, past Hawaii, to Fiji, Australia, India and beyond. It's worth reading just for ...more
Mar 29, 2010
Mar 29, 2010
 
The Comedy Writer
3.56
it was amazing
Hollywood writing from the street on up. Salesmanship, lust, promotion, industry and drive more or less pay off for this guy dedicated to writing as s ...more
Nov 29, 2009
Nov 29, 2009
 
Ask the Dust (Arturo Bandini, #3)
4.14
I learned that Bukowski used the sincerest form of flattery to copy Fante's style. Great book on a youngster who has a mean streak mixed with some com ...more
Oct 18, 2009
Oct 18, 2009
 
The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
4.17
it was amazing
Fairly compulsory reading. Pollan personalizes the politics of our perverse food system, dominated by government subsidies and inhuman industrializati ...more
not set
Feb 22, 2009
 
Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them
3.77
it was amazing
Starts with words, moves to sentences, then paragraphs and on, but great citations and quotes to prove her astounding love of literature and it's craf ...more
not set
Feb 10, 2009
 
An Artist's Handbook: Materials and Techniques
4.40
it was amazing
Fabulous book for artists and those who want to learn about drawing. She covers every drawing technique from the cave man and woman's to the Egyptians ...more
not set
Mar 09, 2012
 
Fierce Pajamas: An Anthology of Humor Writing from The New Yorker
3.80
it was amazing
Love the S.J. Perleman stuff, and Steve Martin and Woody Allen and Ian Frazier and all the writers. Kaufmann, Benchley, et al.
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Feb 10, 2009
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