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Palo Alto
2.98
I wasn't sure if I would like Franco's first collection of stories. An excerpt of "I Could Kill Someone" appeared in Entertainment Weekly and felt ama ...more
Dec 16, 2010
Dec 21, 2010
 
The Monkey's Paw (Oxford Bookworms Stage 1)
3.83
The "Never-Ending Book Quiz" reminded me of this fascinating short story that I read sometime back in the day (middle or high school?). Rediscovering ...more
not set
Oct 14, 2008
 
Inherent Vice
3.69
So I, like, wanted to enjoy this a lot more? and it started off real funny and felt a lot like "The Big Lebowski" throughout, except Doc Sportello is ...more
Aug 25, 2009
Jan 08, 2009
 
Beat the Reaper (Peter Brown #1)
3.79
A touchdown!

No filler. No deep messages. Nothing like that. Just pure, high-octane fun, filth, and speed. Read it before it burns up in your hands.
Mar 02, 2009
Feb 25, 2009
 
Not to be Missed: Fifty-four Favorites from a Lifetime of Film
3.44
For fear of spoilers, I had contemplated only reading about films I've seen, but I'm glad that I put my faith in Turan not to ruin surprises and didn' ...more
Feb 09, 2015
Jan 29, 2015
 
Our Noise: The Story of Merge Records, the Indie Label That Got Big and Stayed Small
4.15
I'd been eyeing this one from afar for a few years and was motivated to check it out after the latest in a series of rewarding interviews with Merge a ...more
May 24, 2015
May 13, 2015
 
The Good Luck of Right Now
3.59
A Philadelphia-set story with working class folks who go through therapy and spout philosophical mantras? Yeah, this is definitely by the same author ...more
Jul 21, 2014
Jul 10, 2014
 
Kings of Colorado
4.12
Kings of Colorado came highly recommended from Mrs. Thomas, my 11th grade English teacher and mother of a long-time friend. She said it was an interes ...more
Apr 22, 2011
Apr 08, 2011
 
& Sons
3.38
4.5.

I'm a sucker for novels on the literary scene and when the featured attraction is a Salinger-esque character (albeit one who never left New York),
...more
Feb 03, 2014
Jan 20, 2014
 
A Confederacy of Dunces
3.88
On my first major solo road trip in '04, I listened to this in cassette form. When I was on the 2nd to last tape, my edition would no longer play and ...more
Mar 17, 2009
Feb 10, 2009
 
The Brief Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao
3.85
The promise of extreme nerdiness drew me to Oscar Wao, and for almost the entire first half, I was underwhelmed by the amount of sci-fi and obscure po ...more
Sep 13, 2012
Oct 10, 2008
 
X'ed Out
3.78
Just as visually compelling (if not more so) than Burns' Black Hole – which I admire but don't love – and with a story of more personal interest to me ...more
Jan 09, 2015
Jan 09, 2015
 
The Moviegoer
3.71
As much about movies as The Catcher in the Rye is about baseball (translation: just barely), my first Percy wasn't as wonderful as I'd hoped. Other th ...more
Aug 23, 2013
Jul 07, 2009
 
Hip Hop Family Tree, Vol. 2: 1981-1983
4.33
Another pure delight. I raced through Vol. 2 in a day, which I hope is a testament to Piskor's engrossing storytelling and visuals and not an affront ...more
Sep 16, 2014
Sep 09, 2014
 
Lone Wolf: Eric Rudolph: Murder, Myth, and the Pursuit of an American Outlaw
3.91
Living and having lived in two of the Western NC towns in which Rudolph hid, I found the majority of Lone Wolf to be an electric read. After finishing ...more
Jun 29, 2010
Jun 30, 2010
 
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency  (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency #1)
3.72
Thoroughly pleasant. I'm not one for most popular series/authors, but book club allows me to sample the occasional best-seller. The Secret Life of Bee ...more
Mar 31, 2010
Apr 04, 2010
 
Walden
3.78
The Thoreau I read in 11th grade English greatly annoyed me. But then, so did most of the classic American literature that was on the syllabus. Only E ...more
Nov 08, 2012
Nov 13, 2012
 
Open
4.12
Andre Agassi is a big reason why I became a tennis player. I followed his 1992 Wimbledon run and placed him next to Michael Jordan and Tom Glavine as ...more
Dec 07, 2009
Dec 07, 2009
 
Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?
4.02
It's strange to plow through something in one day that took an author much much longer to complete –and even stranger when it's as personal a work as ...more
Feb 18, 2015
Feb 18, 2015
 
Child of God
3.87
Another fine, early Cormac work, and one that shows clear signs of artistic growth. Far shorter than his first two novels, the brief chapters and occa ...more
Jul 15, 2010
Jul 12, 2010
 
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
4.06
I've been a fan of Philip K. Dick film adaptations for years, but the memory of my one viewing of Blade Runner is blurry. His stories' concepts have i ...more
Oct 18, 2010
Oct 14, 2010
 
The Orchard Keeper
3.56
McCarthy's first novel and about as good a debut as one can write, other than Catch-22 (and Heller had a good deal of help in developing his character ...more
Dec 21, 2009
Dec 17, 2009
 
On Chesil Beach
3.50
I had a good time listening to McEwan read his book over a round trip (4 hour) visit to my parents' house. The reviews of my friends, many of whom had ...more
Apr 21, 2009
Apr 14, 2009
 
Djibouti
2.97
A solid 3.5.

After 40 books, Leonard i still fresh. Instead of playing safe, this time he cleverly uses a documentary filmmaker's research, shooting, a
...more
Nov 05, 2010
Nov 02, 2010
 
The Camel Club (Camel Club, #1)
3.99
May's book club selection. My first Baldacci. Patrons like him and he sounds more interesting than his mystery peers.

Didn't take too long to read and
...more
May 11, 2010
May 04, 2010
 
A Red Herring Without Mustard (A Flavia de Luce Mystery #3)
4.06
After three novels, it requires some suspension of belief to accept all the shady dealings that take place in the (not so) sleepy British hollow Bisho ...more
Aug 03, 2011
Jul 26, 2011
 
Saturday
3.59
3.5 stars is more accurate, but I'd like to contribute to an overall higher score in hopes that more readers will check the book out.

"Saturday" isn't
...more
Apr 06, 2009
Mar 30, 2009
 
Literary Life: A Second Memoir
3.22
Literary Life is what I was hoping Books, McMurtry's first memoir, would be like: a look at the author's life as a writer and his thoughts on other wr ...more
Dec 17, 2009
Dec 07, 2009
 
Tell-All
2.82
As with Pygmy, Palahniuk again employs a gimmick to his newest novel, one that works to varying degrees. With all of the quasi-distracting, bold-faced ...more
May 25, 2010
May 21, 2010
 
The Best American Comics 2014
3.65
I've yet to not have a blast with this series. Nice to see a few on here I've already read (Ed Risker's Hip-Hop Family Tree; John Lewis, Andrew Aydin ...more
Jan 04, 2015
Dec 30, 2014
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