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Memories of My Melancholy Whores
On a certain level, I truly enjoyed "Memories of My Melancholy Whores". I am always ready to be swept up in the simple whimsy of G.G.M's language, and...more
Mar 19, 2008
Mar 17, 2008
Educating Esmé: Diary of a Teacher's First Year
This book really annoyed me.
It is, as it says, the "Diary of a Teacher's First Year", and it sounds like in her first year, Madame Esme (as she insis...more
Aug 02, 2009
Aug 02, 2009
The Know-It-All: One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World
This book chronicles snarky rich kid (he is actually 35) A.J. Jacob's quest to read The Encyclopedia Brittanica from A-Z, in an attempt to become "the...more
Jun 10, 2008
Jun 09, 2008
The Handmaid's Tale
**spoiler alert** I just re-read this book and felt like with this reading I related to it in a very different way. One major shift for me was that, a...more
Mar 16, 2008
Mar 17, 2008
"Evening" is the internal monologue of Ann Grant (or Katz,or Stackpole, or Lord depending on what part of her life she is reflecting upon), as she lie...more
Mar 30, 2008
Mar 21, 2008
The Secret Agent
I thought that The Secret Agent was a genuinely fascinating profile of modern (by which I mean 1905) London society, and I found Conrad's picture of...more
May 22, 2008
Apr 17, 2008
The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea
The Sailor Who Fell From Grace with the Sea follows the adventures of Noburu a 13 year old boy and his crazy gang of schoolmates, "all smallish, delic...more
Apr 14, 2008
Apr 08, 2008
The Little Girl Who Was Too Fond of Matches
Wow. I hardly know what to say after having finished this book. I am shaken.

Reading this book was sort of like having bandages removed from your eyes...more
Feb 12, 2008
Feb 08, 2008
All God's Children
This is a fascinating examination of the way that American culture and our social policies create a hideous underclass where children are lost at a ve...more
Jan 10, 2009
Jan 22, 2009
The History of Love
The History of Love is an absolutely incredible novel that intwertwines the stories of Leo Gursky, an elderly Polish Holocaust Survivor, Alma Singer,...more
May 19, 2008
Apr 29, 2008
Life After Life
I used to love those Choose-Your-Own -Adventure books when I was a kid. But rather then turning to page 16 if I wanted to fight the dragon or turning...more
not set
Mar 16, 2014
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
Hands-down Zeke's favorite. Every page offers him an opportunity to make a new sound! What does the blue horse say Zeke? The yellow duck? The white do...more
not set
May 29, 2008
I Know This Much Is True
So, this book is definitely a page-turner. Every inch of it is intricately plotted, every character gets a baroque back-story filled with sordid detai...more
May 30, 2009
May 30, 2009
Unaccustomed Earth
This book is incredibly beautiful. It is keenly observant about the awkward ways that we interact with each other and deeply, luminously sad. Lahiri u...more
Jun 04, 2009
May 18, 2009
Birth: The Surprising History of How We Are Born
This book is a fascinating overview of the history or birth practices in society and how drastically the experience of birth has changed with the time...more
Jun 30, 2008
Jun 25, 2008
Parenting Guide to Your Toddler
I really like this book. It emphasizes a very practical/flexible approach to parenting. The book also includes a lot of really interesting information...more
Feb 2008
Jan 30, 2008
The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes
This is a very strange story about a determined little country bunny who manages to run a perfect household (mainly by using her excellent delegating...more
not set
May 29, 2008
I don't have a whole lot to say about this book. The central premise, that a normal young woman, raised in a normal loving suburban family, would sudd...more
May 26, 2008
May 22, 2008
The Fountainhead
I was curious to read this book, which I picked up in a Park Slope used book store, because every time I had ever heard every mention of Ayn Rand it w...more
Jan 2005
Feb 12, 2008
I was pretty irritated by this book the whole time that I was reading it. March is too profoundly modern in his liberal ideals-- before his time to a...more
Jun 28, 2008
Jun 25, 2008
Grub: Ideas for an Urban Organic Kitchen
This book scares the crap out of me and almost every page has some sort of horrifying fact about the food that I eat -- and that I feed to my baby(!!!...more
Feb 20, 2008
Feb 19, 2008
The blurb on the cover of my copy of this book, a quote from the NY Times, hovering impressively above the title, says, "Ingenious.. Phillips presents...more
Feb 08, 2008
Jan 27, 2008
American Lightning: Terror, Mystery, the Birth of Hollywood & the Crime of the Century
This book details a huge domestic terrorist plot that rocked the United States in 1910 and one private detective's effort to get to the bottom of it....more
Dec 15, 2008
Nov 12, 2008
Bright Angel Time
Bright Angel Time tells the story of a family that drops out of society and joins a wandering band of late 60's hippies, traveling through the Southw...more
Apr 07, 2008
Apr 05, 2008
Segregation: The Inner Conflict in the South
In this slim volume, originally published as a piece in Life Magazine, Robert Penn Warren records conversations he has with residents of the American...more
Jun 12, 2008
Jun 10, 2008
A Bigamist's Daughter
**spoiler alert** The protagonist of this book, Elizabeth Connelly, works for a Vanity Press in New York where she charms the money away from people w...more
Mar 31, 2008
Mar 30, 2008
The Limits of Vision
This book is told from the point of view of Marcia, a British housewife whose boredom with her daily household routines causes her to develop a crazed...more
Feb 25, 2008
Feb 12, 2008
Winter Birds
This is a tale of brutal domestic abuse told from the point of view of a young boy named Danny. The interesting thing about the book is that it is wri...more
Apr 04, 2008
Apr 01, 2008
This was a really gorgeous book. It takes the form of a letter written by John Ames, an elderly preacher who knows that he is dying, to his young son...more
Mar 09, 2008
Feb 28, 2008
Personal History
This book had incredible potential. It could have easily been one of the most fascinating American autobiographies ever written. Instead, though I plo...more
Oct 2008
Sep 17, 2008
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