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Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place
4.12
Williams is an especially confounding writer, and part of it has to do with her voice—it’s very assured, but in that certainty lie the seeds of aliena ...more
Apr 2004
May 17, 2007
 
Killing Yourself to Live: 85% of a True Story
3.85
Why do we care about Chuck Klosterman? There is nothing truly remarkable about his life. I disagree with 97 percent of what he has to say about music. ...more
Jul 2005
May 17, 2007
 
Play It as It Lays
3.87
A novel in snippets, Joan Didion’s Play It As It Lays begins with three passages narrated in the first person by three of the main characters—the focu ...more
Feb 2007
May 17, 2007
 
Another Bullshit Night in Suck City: A Memoir
3.76
Nick Flynn’s pathos-packed memoir is part coming-of-age story and part counter-culture-chronicle, part mental-illness menagerie and part generational- ...more
Mar 2006
May 17, 2007
 
A Short History of Nearly Everything
4.17
This book is what its title claims: a comprehensive—and often hilarious—look at the big moments in natural history, chemistry, biology, astronomy, etc ...more
Jul 2004
May 17, 2007
 
The Devil's Details: A History of Footnotes
3.36
The Devil's Details is a disarmingly charming, delightfully didactic, advocatory manifesto at the heart of which lies a simple tenet: annotation, whet ...more
Feb 2004
May 17, 2007
 
A Girl Becomes a Comma Like That: A Novel
3.36
In A Girl Becomes A Comma Like That, Lisa Glatt cobbles together an engaging and poignant novel from several short stories and some interstitial passa ...more
May 2006
May 17, 2007
 
The Same River Twice: A Memoir
3.94
In his memoir The Same River Twice, Chris Offut takes us on parallel journeys of both mind and body. In two interweaving storylines, we follow young O ...more
Apr 2005
May 17, 2007
 
Assassination Vacation
3.99
“Her gift is one of cosmic inclusion—allowing the natural collision of intellect and personality, rigorous research, and generational quirks,” writes ...more
Nov 2005
May 17, 2007
 
What's the Matter with Kansas? How Conservatives Won the Heart of America
3.83
Thomas Frank advances the argument that schismatic activity within both major American parties has resulted in the shifting of traditional blue collar ...more
Feb 2005
May 17, 2007
 
The Guinness Book of Me: A Memoir of Record
3.85
In an early review of Steve Church’s book, one critic, while giving it overall decent marks, ruminates at length on the author’s note, musings charged ...more
Aug 2005
May 17, 2007
 
After Theory
3.84
After Theory, Eagleton’s cogent and often hilarious critique of postmodernism, in the end amounts to a post-postmodern defense, or, more accurately, r ...more
Oct 2005
May 17, 2007
 
The Elements of Moral Philosophy
3.60
James Rachels, along with his contemporary Peter Singer, is an example of the consummate intellectual translator, able to render the arcane ideas of h ...more
Sep 2004
May 17, 2007
 
The Myth of Solid Ground: Earthquakes, Prediction, and the Fault Line Between Reason and Faith
3.26
Hallowed literary names pepper the sterling reviews of The Myth of Solid Ground, Ulin’s first nonfiction book. He is compared to McPhee, Didion, and e ...more
Aug 2005
May 17, 2007
 
In Short: A Collection of Brief Creative Nonfiction
3.78
The premise behind this collection is that, for whatever reason, a collective effort at compression in nonfiction has suddenly occurred. The editors n ...more
Aug 2005
May 17, 2007
 
Marx: A Very Short Introduction
3.64
One of the more interesting facts (and there is no shortage of them) to emerge from this book, for me, is the amount of time Marx spent writing reveng ...more
Mar 2005
May 17, 2007
 
Hegel: A Very Short Introduction
3.81
“To explain the work of such a philosopher in a short book intended for an audience with no prior knowledge of his work is no easy task,” observes Pet ...more
Feb 2005
May 17, 2007
 
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
4.05
Mary Roach traces the historical uses of the cadaver, and, somehow, it’s side-splitting hijinks the whole way. Sells the reader on the book and her co ...more
Sep 2004
May 17, 2007
 
Because They Wanted To
3.90
Mary Gaitskill treats us to an array of flawed folk in this somewhat-seesawing-but-by-and-large-accomplished collection of short fiction. Ms. Gaitskil ...more
Jan 2007
May 17, 2007
 
Gag Rule: On the Suppression of Dissent and the Stifling of Democracy
3.89
In a chillingly cogent treatment, Lapham chronicles the many instances in American history where the powers that be convince the masses to forego civi ...more
Jan 2005
May 17, 2007
 
Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing
3.95
Perhaps the king of immersion journalism, Ted Conover takes it to a new level in this, for lack of a better term, memoir exposé. After having pitched ...more
Feb 2006
May 17, 2007
 
Remote: Reflections on Life in the Shadow of Celebrity
3.66
Composed of fifty-five prose snippets, Mr. Shields in ‘Remote’ fashions a literary mosaic that amounts to a brainy yet heartfelt meditation on the nat ...more
Nov 2006
May 17, 2007
 
The Anxiety of Influence: A Theory of Poetry
3.84
If I understand this aright, Bloom contends that a poet overcomes the burden of her literary past and “clears imaginative space” for herself by intent ...more
Apr 2006
May 17, 2007
 
Strangers in Paradise
4.19
In this collection of stories, many of which overlap in terms of locale and character, Mr. Abbott mixes hyperbolic prose with a southwestern vernacula ...more
Feb 2007
May 17, 2007
 
Jesus' Son
4.17
In this story collection, Denis Johnson creates a surreal and macabre world wherein his main character blunders through life, generally making a hash ...more
Jan 2007
May 17, 2007
 
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America
3.97
In a stunning display of chops, historical reconstruction, and serious suspense, Erik Larson takes us on a dual odyssey: one man, Daniel Burnham, sacr ...more
Feb 2006
May 17, 2007
 
Where I'm Calling From: New and Selected Stories
4.43
This collection traces the arc of Mr. Carver’s remarkable career, from his stark, minimalist beginnings to his (comparatively) lush later years. One s ...more
Mar 2007
May 17, 2007
 
Erasure
4.14
Everett spares no one in this mordant examination of race and authenticity in American society. Told from the point of view of a black academic too sm ...more
Aug 2006
May 17, 2007
 
After the Plague: and Other Stories
3.83
T. C. Boyle, in a collection of sixteen short stories, renders an eclectic batch of antagonists through a masterful manipulation of voice and figurati ...more
Dec 2006
May 17, 2007
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