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Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood
3.46
Is it wrong that I found this hilarious instead of eye-opening? TO SHOTS!
Jan 2006
Jan 25, 2008
 
Love Is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time
3.84
Any book that describes the summer of '94 as a series of drunken southern barbecues populated by mod-girls and indie rock dudes who always ended the p...more
Jan 2008
Jan 28, 2008
 
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
4.05
Hi, I'm David Sedaris. I've amassed a fortune and inspired a bunch of hacks by writing the same book, like, six times. Peace!
Jan 2006
Jan 24, 2008
 
Stripping + Other Stories
3.55
Some really perfect stories with only one of two middling inclusions. Feminist but not cloying. Witty. Contemporary.
Jan 2007
Jan 22, 2008
 
Survivor
3.92
Does anyone find this guy as cloying and desperate to be hip as I do?
Jan 2005
Jan 22, 2008
 
The Stories of Alice Adams
4.19
Is Alice Adams not up at the top of the list of the best Contemporary American authors because she's a woman? Is it because her career was quiet, she...more
Jan 2007
Jan 22, 2008
 
No One Belongs Here More Than You
3.80
What a weird, aimless book this was (though I managed to muddle through the whole thing which is more than I can say about July's exhausting "film" Me...more
Jan 2007
Apr 07, 2008
 
I am Charlotte Simmons
3.36
Dear Critics, How would you have any clue what the money, politics and social caste systems of a contemporary, American, private university are like?...more
Jan 2004
Jan 22, 2008
 
American Psycho
3.80
It's probably wrong that I want to live in the materialistic descriptions (Talk dirty to me, Bret) in this book, right? Especially amidst the grit and...more
Jan 2006
Jan 28, 2008
 
The Virgin Suicides
3.81
Reread this a few years later and still as macabre and strange and beautifully written and luxuriously detailed and perfect. I loved the elm trees sor...more
Jan 2006
Jan 25, 2008
 
Anagrams
3.96
Tragic but delightful, quiet, beautiful writing, laugh-out-loud funny (A moment in which the protagonist is in spiraling life-crisis involves a squirr...more
Jan 2005
Jan 24, 2008
 
Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules
3.67
Probably the best collection of various-authored short stories I've ever read. Includes a classic Moore and Lahiri as well as a great introduction to...more
Jan 2005
Jan 24, 2008
 
Lunar Park
3.58
I'm not really sure how I felt about this book. Between the sci-fi twists and the bizarre self-referencing (which often seemed overly, ambiguously fic...more
Jan 2006
Jan 22, 2008
 
Sideways
3.64
So different from the movie but great, and hilarious and too smart for its own good. Great language, often laugh-out-loud funny and the perfect sort o...more
Jan 2008
Jan 28, 2008
 
The Fundamentals of Play: A Novel
3.22
So New York, so beautifully written. A book about manners, class and love in which New York City plays a starring role. The jacket doesn't lie, it is...more
Jan 2006
Jan 22, 2008
 
Revolutionary Road
3.85
Maybe I didn't like this as much because my expectations were so high. It's lauded by writer's, considered a modern and instant classic. It was a good...more
Jan 2007
Jan 22, 2008
 
White Teeth
3.69
A nearly perfect multi-generational family saga that tackles race, class and religion beautifully if ever-so-slightly confusingly. Nonetheless, nearly...more
Jan 2003
Jan 22, 2008
 
Wise Blood
3.91
This book turned me off at first -- it's so religion, faith, Christianity, god, repent, believe blah blah blah. Satire or not it's a bit much. But, I...more
Jan 2008
Apr 08, 2008
 
Crossing California
3.68
Charming but not so captivating or terribly smart. I didn't rush out to pick up the sequel. I think the best aspect of this book is the apt and loving...more
Jan 2005
Jan 28, 2008
 
Eleanor Rigby
3.62
Funny and odd, hinges a bit too much on fantasy and surreality for my tastes -- but the language and wit of Coupland is always gratifying. And the who...more
Jan 2005
Jan 28, 2008
 
Nice Big American Baby
3.86
This book is crazy. Dystopian and bizarre and, like, does it take place in the future or 200 years ago? It's a collection of very funny, post-modern,...more
Jan 2008
Apr 07, 2008
 
Preston Falls
3.59
I picked this up because I liked the cover and ending up absolutely loving the book and the characters. The narrator is so delightfully a dude and it'...more
Jan 2007
Jan 22, 2008
 
JPod
3.68
Where does he come up with this stuff? The man is so clever -- more an artist and storyteller than writer. So visual. So contemporary. Delightful. Nea...more
Jan 2006
Jan 22, 2008
 
Spinsters
3.31
Another book I only glanced at because the cover was and is tremendous. Sad and charming. Poetic. Lovely. Lonely. And a nice surprise considering Kenn...more
Jan 1999
Jan 28, 2008
 
The Exes
3.45
A short, totally hip and hilariously funny book about a haphazard band consisting of two ailing, haphazard couples. Grimy, endearing, so '90s and tota...more
Jan 2005
Jan 28, 2008
 
Sometimes I Dream in Italian
3.07
This should have been funny but ended up going past unremarkable to just bad. So cliche, Chicklit hiding beneath a guise of familial saga and racial s...more
Jan 2004
Jan 22, 2008
 
Breakfast at Tiffany's: A Short Novel and Three Stories
3.90
Lovely but not really getting what all the fuss was about. Holly Golightly is a bit cloying, isn't she? The stories tacked on to the end are indeed ge...more
Jan 2006
Jan 28, 2008
 
Sellevision
3.50
Dear David Sedaris, Thanks for making it possible for every fag that thinks he's funny to publish cloying and poorly written memoirs and "novels". Lov...more
Jan 2007
Jan 22, 2008
 
The Gum Thief
3.49
His smartest, funniest book since the '90s. Topical, clever, full of great literary and generational references. As usual, his finger is on the pulse.
Jan 2007
Jan 22, 2008
 
To See You Again
4.00
The perfect collection of short stories. Simple, elegant, smart, lyrical, still relevant, beautiful. No-one can write a short story like Alice Adams.
Jan 2007
Jan 22, 2008
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