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The Best American Essays 2010
3.71
I wandered through the library pulling books off the shelves with no design, no intent, just letting the universe guide my first round of winter break ...more
Dec 2011
Dec 15, 2010
 
The Routes of Man: How Roads Are Changing the World and the Way We Live Today
3.77
'"And what would you go there to see, exactly?" asked one culture-minded friend. She has a point. Lagos has few museums, not too many antiquities, onl ...more
Jan 2010
Feb 26, 2010
 
The White Tiger
3.69
There's a passage in The White Tiger where the main character, Balram, flees seamlessly from a red-light district in New Dehli to a black market in li ...more
Aug 2009
Jul 19, 2009
 
Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures
3.19
I feel like I'm especially critical this year. There was a lot of hype about this book, but I don't think I had unduly high expectations. After all, I ...more
Sep 21, 2012
Sep 10, 2012
 
Taipei
3.38
I don't know why I liked this book so much. The sly disconnect? It felt like one of those dissonant French new wave movies with characters who compuls ...more
Aug 10, 2013
Aug 07, 2013
 
Walden
3.77
Oh, Walden. Such a pretty, problematic book. He grumbles and preaches and is hypocritical and prejudiced, then he has these flashes of brilliance in t ...more
not set
Feb 03, 2008
 
Present Company
4.32
There are W. S. Merwin poems that I love, but none of them are in this volume.

I don't like the 'To...' structure.
Jan 2013
Aug 30, 2013
 
The Quiet American
3.95
Hmmmm Graham Greene....
Mar 03, 2014
Mar 06, 2014
 
Pragmatism: A New Name for Some Old Ways of Thinking
3.87
Another un-rateable book
Nov 20, 2010
Nov 20, 2010
 
The Norton Book of Personal Essays
3.88
Solid anthology.
Jan 2012
Sep 10, 2012
 
Whistling: And Other Stories
3.25
I bought this collection at a $1 bookstore because I mistook the author for Myla Goldberg, who is on my to-read list. I am happy to report that this b ...more
Nov 06, 2014
Nov 03, 2014
 
The Vintage Book of Contemporary Chinese Fiction
3.55
Mixed bag! Some were excellent, some were okay.
Dec 10, 2012
Dec 06, 2012
 
Tenth of December
3.93
George Saunders is diluted in nothing but George Saunders. These stories should be read in the wild as they are written or parceled out at bedtime, de ...more
Aug 11, 2013
Feb 04, 2013
 
The Keep
3.39
Four stars up until part three - it really should have ended before the writing teacher's segment, which took a lot of the mystery away and didn't end ...more
Jan 2010
Oct 23, 2010
 
Freedom
3.68
Next time you see me, let's have a conversation about the awful way Franzen writes women.
Jul 2013
Jun 30, 2013
 
Bossypants
3.92
Disorganized, but Tina is my homegirl-- she gets an extra star.
Jan 2012
Mar 23, 2012
 
Edward R. Murrow and the Birth of Broadcast Journalism
3.72
Borderline hagiography.
Jan 2009
May 27, 2009
 
The Legend of Luke (Redwall, #12)
3.97
RIP Brian Jacques <3
Jan 2011
Feb 21, 2011
 
Barrel Fever
3.77
I like him better live!
Jan 2009
Feb 27, 2010
 
How Proust Can Change Your Life
3.77
None
not set
Oct 17, 2013
 
The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2004
3.99
None
Jan 2010
Jan 16, 2010
 
The Beggar Maid: Stories of Flo and Rose
3.97
None
Nov 17, 2013
Nov 15, 2013
 
Nation
4.02
None
not set
Oct 19, 2008
 
The Red Badge of Courage And Four Stories
3.19
None
Aug 2007
Feb 03, 2008
 
Of Mice and Men
3.79
None
not set
Sep 03, 2008
 
The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #2)
4.20
None
Jan 2010
Dec 24, 2010
 
The Best American Short Stories 2001
3.82
None
Oct 30, 2013
Oct 23, 2013
 
The Best American Short Stories 1997
3.94
None
Nov 10, 2013
Nov 06, 2013
 
Blow-Up and Other Stories
4.23
None
not set
Jan 05, 2013
 
Leaves of Grass
4.12
None
Jan 2010
Apr 05, 2008
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