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Kafka on the Shore
4.12
No wonder Kafka on the Shore was on the New York Times "10 Best Books of 2005" list. It's one of the most engaging and magical pieces of literature I' ...more
Apr 2006
May 10, 2007
 
Sputnik Sweetheart
3.82
Why does Haruki Murakami hit the spot so well for me, and for thousands of other readers worldwide? There's a common element in all his works; it's a ...more
Apr 2007
May 09, 2007
 
Requiem for a Dream
4.08
Wow wow wow wow wow. Requiem for a Dream manages to be so painful and beautiful at the same time. Although I'd seen the film before I read this book a ...more
Mar 2007
May 09, 2007
 
Henry and June: From "A Journal of Love"--The Unexpurgated Diary of Anaïs Nin (1931-1932)
3.96
Henry and June is the type of journal that makes me want to highlight passage after passage...since journals so often have the types of personal refle ...more
Jun 2007
Jun 24, 2007
 
Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx
4.22
It's hard to truly understand poverty unless a) you experience it first-hand, or b) you read a work like Random Family. But this isn't just some stud ...more
Jan 2006
May 10, 2007
 
South of the Border, West of the Sun
3.86
Murakami's South of the Border, West of the Sun chronicles the very extent of human desire. How even with time and absence, a human spirit can be draw ...more
Apr 2006
May 10, 2007
 
Guilty Pleasures (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #1)
4.00
Guilty Pleasures is the first of the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series. It’s filled with cool concepts (vampires as citizens, vampire strip clubs, fre ...more
Mar 2007
May 09, 2007
 
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
4.18
Murakami is a master of the "series of bizarre events unraveling upon an average Joe" story, and The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is one of his most complex ...more
Aug 2006
May 10, 2007
 
Lucky: A Memoir
3.73
It wouldn’t do justice to Lucky to call it a “rape memoir.” Though the events of the book cycle around Sebold’s rape she experienced as a college fres ...more
Dec 2006
May 10, 2007
 
Labyrinths:  Selected Stories and Other Writings
4.47
I thought I would love this book, but it ended up being so inaccessible. I can see how it would really speak to someone who has studied the intricacie ...more
Sep 2007
Sep 24, 2007
 
The Matisse Stories
3.73
You don't have to be an expert on Matisse or of art theory to understand and appreciate this rich collection of three stories by A.S. Byatt. In each s ...more
Aug 2006
May 10, 2007
 
Storm Front (The Dresden Files, #1)
4.02
So last week Tim and I started watching The Dresden Files, which is based on the series by Jim Butcher about a Chicago wizard. Anything with fantasy p ...more
Feb 2007
May 09, 2007
 
Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream
3.39
After the release of her best-selling Nickel and Dimed, an undercover journey to document the struggles of blue-collar employment, Barbara Ehrenreich ...more
Mar 2006
May 10, 2007
 
The Brooklyn Follies
3.78
Nathan Glass, a retired life-insurance salesman diagnosed with lung cancer, moves out to Brooklyn to die. Throughout the course of the novel, he reuni ...more
Feb 2007
May 09, 2007
 
Rena's Promise: A Story of Sisters in Auschwitz
4.25
Rena's Promise is a story of the human constitution pushed to its capacity. The story captures the normalcy of Rena's life before the German invasion ...more
Nov 2005
May 10, 2007
 
Dance Dance Dance
4.02
I absolutely adore Murakami's way of creating bizarre incidents that aren't necessarily explained or tied together nicely like a typical mystery novel ...more
Nov 2006
May 09, 2007
 
Smoke and Mirrors
4.05
Obsession, identity, werewolves, trolls, Hollywood corruption, distorted fairytales, sex, irony, angels, illusions: such is the mix of Neil Gaiman. A ...more
Mar 2006
May 10, 2007
 
A History of the World in 10½  Chapters
3.90
I originally assumed, based on its title, that A History of the World in 10 1/2 chapters was actually a history of the world in 10 1/2 chapters. I tho ...more
Feb 2007
May 09, 2007
 
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal
4.27
Lamb is the warmest piece of humor writing I’ve read. What happened to that huge gap between baby Jesus and adult Jesus? Moore gives an adventurous f ...more
Mar 2007
May 09, 2007
 
Beauty and Sadness
3.88
Beauty and Sadness tells of how people damage one another--through greed, seduction, and even through art. All of the characters in this look are mani ...more
Jun 2007
Jun 16, 2007
 
South Park and Philosophy: You Know, I Learned Something Today
3.19
Well, if you try hard enough you can make an "..and philosophy" book for anything, even "The Brady Bunch and Philosophy." But some pop culture topics ...more
Aug 2007
Jun 02, 2007
 
The Uninvited: The True Story of the Union Screaming House
3.64
This is a fascinating and often painful story that is told with sincerity. The writing style gets a bit annoying at times (e.g., he describes at least ...more
not set
Nov 13, 2011
 
Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto
3.74
While I sometimes call BS on Chuck Klosterman's assertions, he explores topics in ways that are so fascinating, insightful, clever, and downright ente ...more
Dec 20, 2012
Dec 16, 2012
 
The Devil and Miss Prym
3.59
This fable-like tale could have been easily summarized in 3 pages rather than taking up an entire book, but it presents some interesting ideas about t ...more
Oct 2007
Oct 02, 2007
 
The Master and Margarita
4.33
I wanted so badly to love this book, because I love the concept behind it. But after starting it multiple times, I just couldn't keep the characters s ...more
not set
May 10, 2007
 
Infinite Jest
4.34
DFW is no doubt a genius, but I read this book about halfway through and just couldn't get hooked on it. Not enough to continue for another 400 pages, ...more
not set
May 10, 2007
 
How We are Hungry
3.75
5 stars for the short shorts and for "Up the Mountain Coming Down Slowly" and "After I Was Thrown in the River and Before I Drowned"; 3 stars for ever ...more
not set
Mar 04, 2012
 
The Laughing Corpse (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #2)
4.09
I really wanted to get into this series, because the idea of a supernatural society set in St. Louis appealed to me so much. But I'm so annoyed by Ani ...more
Sep 2008
Sep 13, 2008
 
The Edible Woman
3.65
Okay, while discussing The Edible Woman, I swear I’ll resist the temptation for cutesy puns (delicious prose, succulent plot, I devoured this like a h ...more
Feb 2007
May 09, 2007
 
When the Messenger Is Hot
3.69
Elizabeth Crane's prose is smart yet straightforward, funny yet meaningful. In When the Messenger Is Hot, she experiments with form and point of view ...more
Nov 2006
May 10, 2007
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