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The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable
It took a lot of willpower to not put this book down. This guy could have written a very interesting 5-page essay on his main idea, which is that peop...more
Jan 2008
Dec 30, 2007
Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
For anyone who is thinking about reading this book, I highly recommend it. However, I also recommend reading it as a series of fascinating, well-told...more
Jul 2007
May 13, 2007
Train Dreams: a Novella
I finished this book a few days ago and still it haunts me. During and shortly after reading it I got frustrated by all the apparent symbolism that I...more
Oct 2011
Oct 20, 2011
Me Talk Pretty One Day
So I know this is totally cheating, but I never actually read this book, I listened to it on CD. And I am against the whole book-on-tape idea to begin...more
Jul 2007
Sep 27, 2007
The Guermantes Way (In Search of Lost Time, #3)
The first two volumes of this novel blew me away. This third novel was admittedly tougher for me personally. I got halfway through it the summer befor...more
Sep 2007
May 13, 2007
Black Like Me
This is a diary-like narrative by a white journalist who in 1959 takes pills and applies semi-permanent skin dye to make himself appear black, then tr...more
Jan 2011
Jan 03, 2011
Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness
I really like a lot of the ideas presented in this book. I completely agree with their major points - that policies should pay close attention to the...more
Jun 2008
May 04, 2008
I absolutely loved this book. I read it because of a recommendation of a coworker who knows I'm obsessed with The Wire - I never would have picked up...more
Jun 2008
Mar 18, 2008
The Sorrows of an American
I thought this book was beautifully written, but I didn’t really like it that much. The big mystery about the letter they found in their father’s memo...more
Mar 2010
Mar 22, 2010
Half of a Yellow Sun
I was captivated by this story. I thought Adichie very convincingly portrayed the complex relationships between the characters, and also impressively...more
Jun 2008
May 04, 2008
Women & Money: Owning the Power to Control Your Destiny
My father bought me this book after I asked him about how to go about investing money (that I have yet to earn...). He said it lays out the basics qui...more
Jul 2007
Jul 05, 2007
Man Gone Down
This is a portrait of a damaged man whose emotional problems often manifest themselves as a fixation on race. I think he makes some interesting observ...more
Sep 2011
Sep 15, 2011
South of the Border, West of the Sun
Like Norweigan Wood, the main character was unintersting, selfish and cowardly, yet he had women that obsessed over him and were wildly sexually attra...more
Dec 2010
Nov 29, 2010
Seize the Day
I liked this book. It is about a man in his 40s whose life is falling apart and who is facing failure, and his relationship with his successful father...more
Jan 2008
Dec 12, 2007
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Let me start by saying that this book is not a page-turner. It was a long, hard struggle to get through it. For a good chunk of the book, I just kept...more
Jan 2009
Jan 29, 2009
That Old Cape Magic
I enjoyed reading this book. The main character made a pact with his wife during their honeymoon about how they would live their lives (leave LA, get...more
Sep 2009
Oct 05, 2009
The City & the City
This was a fascinating book. Once I got into it (and once I understood what was going on), I was hooked. A detective in the country of Beszel is tryin...more
Jan 2012
Jan 13, 2012
A Personal Matter
When I first started reading this book, I was shocked at how despicable of a man the main character Bird was. At the very start of the book, his wife...more
Jan 2010
Jan 22, 2010
Illness as Metaphor & AIDS and Its Metaphors
It was interesting to learn about the cultural history of tuberculosis and cancer and the meaning that society projected onto these two illnesses in h...more
Feb 2009
Jan 29, 2009
The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work
I was really excited about the topic of this book before I read it, but my goodness what a dull book. There were a few parts where the author had some...more
Oct 2010
Oct 26, 2010
Big Sur
This book was pretty shocking to me. I was really into Kerouac maybe 10 years ago or so - and I was intoxicated by him and Ginsberg and the rest - the...more
Oct 2009
Oct 05, 2009
The Tiger's Wife
I thought this book was very well written and compelling. The girl knows how to tell a story. One reason I stayed away from this book for so long is t...more
Feb 2012
Feb 06, 2012
The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement
David Brooks would make a dreadful novelist and a sloppy scientist, clearly. But given that this book aspires to something entirely different than a c...more
Mar 2011
Mar 11, 2011
Mere Christianity
I thought this book was a pretty interesting explanation of Christianity. It was clearly written for people who are already Christians who may have so...more
May 2012
Jul 22, 2012
In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto
I think Pollan makes some very good points in this book - especially that a food is more than the sum of its nutritional components, in ways that we d...more
Aug 2009
Jul 26, 2009
The Patron Saint of Liars
Just like Bel Canto, you have to be willing to suspend belief a little bit to let yourself into the world of the story. And once you do, it is a very...more
Aug 2011
Jul 25, 2011
This book doesn't quite grab you like Gilead does, but it is just as beautiful in a darker, more quiet way. I reread the parts of Gilead that overlapp...more
Aug 2010
Sep 03, 2010
The Girl with Glass Feet
I’m a firm believer in the idea that if you’re going to write about something completely implausible (this book was about a girl who was slowly turnin...more
Jul 2012
Aug 05, 2012
The Forever War.
This book is one anecdote after another - sort of like reading the reporter's daily journal. A lot of these stories are very powerful. At first I was...more
Feb 2010
Jan 20, 2010
We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families
This book sets out to explain how in the world it is possible that the Rwandan genocide could have happened. What makes this genocide just so incompre...more
Jul 2011
Jul 01, 2011
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