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My Freshman Year: What a Professor Learned by Becoming a Student
An anthropological account of a professor at a state university who used her sabbatical year to go "undercover" as a student at her university: live i...more
Jun 2006
May 14, 2007
Present Company
I am so excited about this book of poems, because for years now I've seen Merwin publishing in journals poems with titles of "To ________" and had a h...more
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Aug 19, 2007
Paris to the Moon
A decent read, but not revelatory.

I actually enjoyed this book quite a bit, and his observations about the behaviors of the French and the meaning beh...more
Jul 06, 2012
Jun 04, 2012
A truly engaging, funny writer whose curiosity and perspective give the reader the courage of her own. The book is a bit uneven -- he seems to struggl...more
Sep 02, 2012
Nov 29, 2011
A disappointment for sure. As other readers have alluded to, what happens toward the end, though "obvious" in the context of that particular character...more
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Jun 01, 2012
The Marriage Plot
Underwhelmed. Some nice moments, and an easy read (I breezed through it in a few days), but not thematically complex, nor, on the language level, note...more
Oct 23, 2011
Oct 23, 2011
Self-Made Man: One Woman's Journey Into Manhood and Back Again
A very quick and engaging read. I got a little annoyed by the "Planet Men: Delving into the Secret Universe" way in which Norah Vincent framed certain...more
May 2006
May 14, 2007
Slouching Toward Fargo: A Two-Year Saga Of Sinners And St. Paul Saints At The Bottom Of The Bush Leagues With Bill Murray, Darryl Strawberry, Dakota Sadie And Me
This is the hilarious account of the two years Neal Karlden spent with the St. Paul Saints, a minor-league team in St. Paul, MN co-owned by Bill Murra...more
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May 14, 2007
From Alice to Ocean: Alone Across the Outback
I was listening to episode #111 of TAL: Adventures in the Simple Life, the story of three people who set out to travel across the US on horseback, whe...more
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Jun 11, 2007
The Sense of an Ending
Read this in two sittings: spare but weighty. Perfect, though slight in size and quiet in tone. Reminded me, in many ways, of Polanski's Chinatown. Ba...more
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Jan 11, 2012
The overall mood of this book is somber, quiet, which I like. My criticism: the author's use of the omniscient narrator is distracting, too present. H...more
Nov 2007
Nov 13, 2007
I Was Told There'd Be Cake
A clever voice, with a knack for the pointed turn of phrase, but it's the one note she's got, and she plays it ad nauseum. Nothing of substance to rea...more
Aug 2009
Jul 28, 2009
Angry Conversations with God: A Snarky but Authentic Spiritual Memoir
Susan Isaac's chronicle of her life and her relationship to her conception(s) of God fascinates, but the book is equal parts fun as a tour of the LA/N...more
Jul 25, 2009
Jul 26, 2009
The Book Thief
Good story, but the diction was distracting. Maybe that's supposed to be part of its charm, but I found it pulling me out of the story rather than in.
May 2009
Jun 05, 2009
Jesus Land: A Memoir
I'm not into memoirs, generally, but picked this up because somewhere I'd read that the author attended my alma mater. Maybe I'm a cold-hearted shrew,...more
Jun 2007
Jun 18, 2007
The Book of Three (The Chronicles of Prydain #1)
Hearing about Lloyd Alexander's recent death reminded me of how much I loved his fantasy novels as a child. I was never much of a series fan - I'd get...more
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May 21, 2007
The Year of Magical Thinking
I had very high expectations going into reading this, as I've always enjoyed Didion's essays and everyone was raving about this book. However, Didion'...more
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May 14, 2007
Then We Came to the End
Stream-of-consciousness thoughts: Wish there were a 10 star system, because I'd be more comfortable giving this book 7/10 stars. Better than three, no...more
Sep 2008
May 14, 2007
I Do But I Don't: Why the Way We Marry Matters
This book definitely has its limitations: it's particular to only a small subsection of the population (middle & upper class meritocratic WASPS) a...more
Feb 2007
May 14, 2007
Toward Commitment: A Dialogue About Marriage
From this book it's clear John and Diane Rehm have had a difficult marriage, but I have a great deal of respect for people who make the choice to work...more
Oct 2006
May 14, 2007
Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things
This book turned me on to both design and sustainability. It also made me paranoid about everything- from what harmful particles are in the air I brea...more
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May 14, 2007
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
I feel like I am still absorbing this book. It took me a long time to finish ($3.60 in late fees at the library!), but I never wavered in wanting to....more
Nov 2006
May 14, 2007
The History of Love
I read this right after reading Jonathan Safran Foer's Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. They're both very similar in theme and even plot, but of t...more
May 2006
May 16, 2007
Always Beginning: Essays on a Life in Poetry
A collection of odds and ends, compiled in a book. Kumin's essays on the intersections between poetry and life are interesting and instructive. She di...more
May 2007
May 14, 2007
Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World
Paul Farmer's commitment to the poor is challenging, inspiring. His approach toward health care in the developing world -- his effort to create a 'pre...more
Jul 2007
May 14, 2007
The Glory of Their Times : The Story of the Early Days of Baseball Told By the Men Who Played It
In this oral history of the early days of baseball, Lawrence Ritter interviews players who played the game from the turn of the century through the tw...more
Jun 1999
May 14, 2007
The Devil Wears Prada
Actually, this is a zero star review. I listened to this book on CD at work while doing mindless data entry. The main character is insufferable, and u...more
Jun 2007
Jun 21, 2007
No Country for Old Men
Read in anticipation of the Coen Bros. adaptation. The writing is tight but not sumptuous, as was All The Pretty Horses. It's properly cinematic, and...more
Nov 2007
Nov 13, 2007
1) I am not a science person at all and 2) at the end of this book I kind of thought through the whole thing and realized that not much actually happe...more
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May 14, 2007
Insomnia Diary
Hicok's poem "Bottom of the Ocean" is knock-the-wind-out-of-me good. I think of the lines: "He said that she said /we're all out of evers without expl...more
Jul 13, 2009
Mar 24, 2008
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