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Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girlhood
This memoir is of the first 9 or 10 years of Fatema Mernissi's life written from a child's point of view. Adult reflections giving us hints of the wor...more
Jun 14, 2013
Jun 11, 2013
And So it Goes: Kurt Vonnegut: A Life
In the spring of 1967, Kurt Vonnegut spoke at Reed College where I was freshman. I attended his lecture which I don't remember. I also dropped in on a...more
Jan 18, 2012
Jan 14, 2012
I met Kurt Vonnegut at a small discussion group held at Reed College in 1966/67. The discussion was in the living room of my turn-of-the century (19th...more
Jan 1970
Jan 27, 2008
In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin
I like my history served through the eyes of one or two real people. This new book by Erik Larson does this well. The vantage points by which he views...more
Jun 16, 2012
Apr 30, 2012
I read this book in 1965. I remember starting it and giving up after maybe 50 pages. It was confusing. My 16 almost 17 year old self had trouble figur...more
Sep 1965
Dec 12, 2011
A Presumption Of Death
I really enjoyed some of Dorothy Sayer's Peter Whimsey books, but this one was a big disappointment. The characters didn't seem like real or interesti...more
Jul 19, 2008
Jul 02, 2008
Just One Catch: A Biography of Joseph Heller
A well researched and interesting biography. Daugherty gives readers a close up look at Heller's life, covering both his genius and his flaws. I'd env...more
Dec 24, 2011
Dec 10, 2011
The Demon Under the Microscope: From Battlefield Hospitals to Nazi Labs, One Doctor's Heroic Search for the World's First Miracle Drug
Interesting book. As someone born after the development of penicillin, I'd believed there were no antibiotics prior to the well reported accidental di...more
Aug 05, 2011
Jul 03, 2011
Ordinary Heroes
This is different from Turow's other novels as it is almost entirely a WWII war story. The narative switches back an forth from a father's description...more
Jan 2008
Jan 24, 2008
Up Front
I read this in preparation to reading a biography of the author. This is part of an effort to get a "feel" for world war II from the point of view of...more
Apr 19, 2008
Apr 14, 2008
Bill Mauldin: A Life Up Front
This is an interesting and easy to read biography, but I found it a little disappointing. It seemed incomplete. On page 242 the year is 1949 and Bill...more
Apr 20, 2008
Mar 29, 2008
The Long Road Home: The Aftermath of the Second World War
Jul 17, 2011
Jul 09, 2011
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