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Catch-22 (Folio Society)
I have attempted to read this book on two separate occasions and I couldn't get beyond 100 pages either time. I do believe that this has more to do wi ...more
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May 21, 2007
The Kite Runner
I became what I am today at the age of twenty-nine, on a frigid overcast day in the winter of 2008.

What I am about to tell you about what I became is
Jan 30, 2008
May 21, 2007
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
I actually gave this book 5 stars, but the very hungry caterpillar ate one of them.

Also, did anyone else get a defective book? My version has a bunch
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Dec 12, 2008
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
If you give a mouse a cookie, he's probably going to poop all over your kitchen counter. When's he's done pooping all over your kitchen counter, he'll ...more
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Mar 05, 2010
Candide: or, Optimism
Zounds! This book is wildly entertaining and I giggled all the way through Candide's awful adventures. Who would have thought that murder, rape, slave ...more
Jul 2009
Jun 29, 2009
Everything Matters!
At 11:00 a.m. on September 11, 2001, I hailed a cab in front of my office building in Southwest, DC and asked the driver if he would be willing to tak ...more
Sep 2009
Jun 26, 2009
The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom
I never thought I would fall for a book by someone who would allow this picture of himself to adorn the back cover:

I can't explain it. I'm not one to
May 27, 2011
Jun 02, 2011
Geek Love
If the world is a carnival, then we were all born to be its freaks. After all, when each of us arrived on the scene, naked and covered in blood and go ...more
Jul 11, 2009
Apr 28, 2009
Burning Bright: Stories
I am thankful that this book has a gorgeous cover. If it didn't, I probably wouldn't have noticed it among the hundreds of other books available throu ...more
Feb 26, 2010
Feb 10, 2010
Toni Morrison is the bee's knees, the cat's pajamas, the flea's eyebrows, the canary's tusks, the eel's ankle, the snake's hip, and the mutt's nuts.
Apr 06, 2009
Jan 13, 2009
My Dark Places
You won, Mr. Ellroy. You won. It took 283 pages. Your short, staccato sentences finally defeated me. I couldn't take it anymore. So I quit. If I were ...more
Sep 11, 2009
Jul 20, 2009
Let's Talk About Love: A Journey to the End of Taste
Have you ever laughed at someone who claimed to actually enjoy Celine Dion's music? Have you ever felt like you were better than those people who love ...more
Jan 12, 2009
Dec 03, 2008
Last Night in Twisted River
I don't have the heart to write much of a review for this one but I'm going to write something since I won this in a giveaway and the point of the giv ...more
Oct 08, 2009
Sep 07, 2009
I don't believe I've ever read (or heard of) any good fiction written about the porn industry. Drug addiction and alcoholism have been written about a ...more
Feb 11, 2009
Jan 02, 2009
Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy
Thought experiment inspired by Chapter 2 of Chris Hayes' awesome book (which you should read, by the way):

Imagine that the bookies in Las Vegas allow
Mar 26, 2013
Oct 26, 2012
This book is almost impossible for me to rate. There are parts of it that I hated more than life itself. There are parts of it that I loved more than ...more
Mar 29, 2009
Jan 05, 2009
Nazi Literature in the Americas
Christopher Wilson
Baltimore (Maryland),
1977 -- Kalamazoo (Michigan), 2055

In 2008, Wilson was enthralled by the story of the New Jersey couple who pub
Feb 17, 2009
Feb 11, 2009
The Scarecrow (Jack McEvoy, #2)
If this book only had a brain.

Ok, check this absurd shit out. Below is a quote from the second page of the book -- all you need to know for context is
Jun 09, 2009
May 24, 2009
Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened
I’m surprised this book isn't getting more love for how moving and honest it is. (Maybe props were given when these stories first appeared on her blog ...more
Jan 16, 2014
Jan 02, 2014
A Gate at the Stairs
Similar to my feelings on Jonathan Lethem's latest novel, Chronic City, I think there's a lot to like about this book and there's a lot to dislike abo ...more
Sep 10, 2009
Jan 07, 2009
Infinite Jest
Now I can die a happy man.
Jan 28, 2009
Nov 24, 2008
The Dart League King
Thursday night is the only night of the week when Russell Harmon, the dart league king, can forget about his worries, snort a few lines of coke off of ...more
Apr 22, 2009
Feb 19, 2009
Death by Zamboni
This book is a lot like my most memorable poop. It announced itself in grand fashion as it splashed into the toilet like a man doing a belly flop into ...more
Mar 29, 2009
Feb 17, 2009
Abbott Awaits
“Abbott approaches sleep with an ineffable sense of relief that he did not know, before having a child, what it was like to have a child--did not real ...more
Nov 22, 2011
Nov 09, 2011
My son loves this book. We usually read it before bedtime. After 5 minutes of barking (Arf Arf Arf, Aroof Aroof) and howling (Awoooooooooooooooh) and ...more
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Feb 18, 2009
Blind Man with a Pistol (Harlem Cycle, #8)
This is the only Himes I've read and I'm guessing it probably isn't the best place to start -- see Ben Winch's great review of another Himes book for ...more
Apr 09, 2013
Feb 28, 2013
The Radiance of the King
I can't think of anything to say about The Radiance of the King that wasn't covered by Toni Morrison in her outstanding introduction to this edition o ...more
Feb 10, 2009
Dec 05, 2008
A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again:  Essays and Arguments
Entertainment Weekly recently published a hilarious (in my opinion) list of the 100 best books written between 1983 and 2008.

There are some funny juxt
Nov 21, 2008
Oct 16, 2008
The Going-To-Bed Book
My two-year-old son and I have settled into a bedtime routine where we read Goodnight Moon and then we read this book. He loves when the animals brush ...more
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May 24, 2009
Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
I got the point after the first 50 pages or so. I stopped after page 125 when I realized that Gladwell had put the first 50 on repeat. Did this really ...more
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May 08, 2009
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