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505
Purge
3.86
A captivating story of loss, longing and betrayal, skillfully blending the personal with the political, where petty rivalries are as momentous as ideo...more
Apr 08, 2012
Apr 03, 2012
 
745
Women On Top
3.69
It's been almost twenty years since I first came across this collection of women's sexual fantasies. At the time I was just as interested in N. Friday...more
not set
Apr 23, 2013
 
106
The Tao of Bruce Lee: A Martial Arts Memoir
3.80
If you are going to read one self-help book this is the one.
not set
Aug 18, 2009
 
162
The New Basics Cookbook
3.93
This is more of an encyclopedia/ reference book than a cookbook. It's over 800 pages, to begin with. In addition to the recipes, there are countless s...more
not set
Aug 18, 2009
 
129
Radical Ecstasy: SM Journeys to Transcendence
3.88
"It is with a considerable sense of risk that we decided to write this book on our own authority."
I expected more from this book.
The writing of Easto...more
Nov 15, 2005
Aug 18, 2009
 
101
Digital Diaries
3.58
One of those books I picked up by chance at the bookstore, and was intrigued by the casual, almost surreal, aesthetic of the photographs. A fresh and...more
Mar 05, 2007
Aug 18, 2009
 
357
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)
4.06
I had no interest in reading the Millenium trilogy until commentators started making reference to Stieg Larsson and his political activism while discu...more
Feb 23, 2012
Nov 08, 2011
 
300
Burnt Shadows
3.84
I actually enjoyed reading it, and I would recommend it to others. But it failed to 'wow' me....
For some reason the plot seemed a tad too obvious. I...more
Feb 26, 2011
Dec 05, 2010
 
178
The Map of Love
3.79
Ahdaf Soueif's familiarity with the British sensibility and the Victorian literary style merges almost seamlessly with the Arab tendency to imbue magi...more
Apr 19, 2007
Jul 27, 2009
 
862
Fast Food Nation: What the All-American Meal Is Doing to the World
3.71
An excellent insight into the food chain from farm (read: feedlot) to fast food tabletop.

It's not a pleasant subject to read, but Schlosser does an e...more
not set
Dec 12, 2013
 
780
A Cool Head
3.36
At just 100 pages, and with rather large print, this is one (very slim) volume in the publisher's series of Quick Reads, "bite-sized books... designed...more
Jul 24, 2013
Jul 25, 2013
 
206
The Cutting Room
3.65
**spoiler alert** I like crime fiction stories, but don't read many crime books. Often the best-selling writers disappoint me. Besides a suspenseful &...more
May 20, 2009
Aug 18, 2009
 
212
The Blue Bedspread
2.99
There is the story line, and then there is the prose style. Both might, at first reading, bring to mind Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things. Here,...more
Jan 2005
Aug 18, 2009
 
772
The Doctor of Thessaly (The Greek Detective, #3)
3.70
Compared to the first two books in the series, this third volume is shorter in length, and a somewhat sparer narrative, containing less imagery and de...more
Jun 22, 2013
Jun 15, 2013
 
493
A New Earth: Create a Better Life
3.95
This was in a bag of books given to me recently. I did not read the whole thing, just spent about 10-15 minutes on the sofa skimming through, trying t...more
not set
Jun 27, 2012
 
673
Run Catch Kiss
3.03
Read this under the duress of insomnia, almost in one go... and finished the last pages the next afternoon when I woke up again.
Not much to say excep...more
not set
Feb 06, 2013
 
204
Close Encounters
3.50
I don't see what the point is of abridging erotica. This seems to me a bad marketing gimmick.
Not only is it a shortened version, it also separates th...more
not set
Aug 18, 2009
 
788
Manhood: An Action Plan for Changing Men's Lives
3.93
Unlike the writings of other self-help gurus, the style here is informal, modest, and to the point. Biddulph bases his views & suggestions on his...more
Dec 20, 2005
Aug 25, 2013
 
203
The Piano Teacher
3.56
**spoiler alert** I find Jelinek's writing extraordinary. A dark and disturbing tale, sharply critical of contemporary Western society, punctuated by...more
Oct 04, 2007
Jul 27, 2009
 
782
Belshazzar's Daughter
3.44
A disappointing read.
Turkey, and Istanbul in particular, has such a rich history that I felt it was a cop-out to base the story (esp. given that it's...more
Aug 13, 2013
Jul 25, 2013
 
474
The Marriage Market
3.09
Jeena figures out that the only way to get out of a traditional Indian arranged marriage her parents try to force upon her, is to arrange a marriage h...more
Jun 04, 2012
May 16, 2012
 
900
Getting There
3.29
You could call this Eat, Pray, Love in reverse: the tale of a young educated Indian female who travels to the West in search of love, enlightenment, a...more
May 14, 2014
May 11, 2014
 
55
The Ages of Lulu
3.31
The story starts out with a short passage involving a woman of undetermined age & sexual orientation watching a porn film. The reader still is una...more
not set
Dec 08, 2008
 
48
Beyroutes - A Guide to Beirut
3.62
This edition didn't live up to my expectations. I wouldn't recommend it to someone who's not yet visited Beirut.
There are some interesting and innova...more
Jul 10, 2010
Jul 05, 2010
 
574
The Tortilla Curtain
3.64
A contemporary rendition of Voltaire's Candide with an added dash of Steinbeck, set in California. The sanctity of the American Dream is threatened by...more
Sep 10, 2004
Jan 30, 2013
 
195
Tamáss 1: Contemporary Arab Representations--Beirut/Lebanon
4.33
This is actually the catalogue of an art project, with essays on the moral, urban and architectural condition of post-civil war Lebanon. There are tru...more
Sep 10, 2003
Aug 18, 2009
 
140
A Taste of Baltistan
4.00
By far this is my favorite: Chanay Ka Shorba (Chickpeas)

More recipes:
Masala Bindi (okra)
Ballay Chicken
Aloo Dhaniya (Potatoes and Coriander)
Masoor Dhal...more
Sep 04, 2004
Aug 18, 2009
 
107
Maus, II: And Here My Troubles Began (Maus, #2)
4.45
The second part of Maus is more blunt, emotionally and artistically speaking, than the first volume.
The first two pages, showing the artist in his st...more
May 2009
Jul 27, 2009
 
315
The Alchemy of Desire
3.63
This is a highly satisfying read.
From the vivid details of the history, landscape and the peoples of India to the angst of literary craftmanship expe...more
Feb 2007
Jul 27, 2009
 
273
Dinner with Persephone: Travels in Greece
3.43
I haven't finished the book yet, but so far I find it a worthwhile read.
It is comforting to know that the author is well versed in the whole of Greek...more
not set
Jul 21, 2010
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