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In Search of Lost Time  (À la recherche du temps perdu #1-7)
4.32
I read the whole damn thing, for which I feel like demanding a medal. A famous quote about this work goes, "I may be thicker skinned than most, but I...more
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Feb 28, 2008
 
The Monster at the End of this Book (Sesame Street)
4.46
This was the very first book I ever bought with my own money, me being the age of seven, and I remember the whole event as being almost frighteningly...more
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Nov 11, 2008
 
Memories of the Russian Court
4.36
Anna Vyrubova's memoir is a truly fascinating book. She gives you a good overview of what daily life was like in the Romanov court, and her perspectiv...more
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Oct 04, 2013
 
1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus
4.01
I lost patience with this book with the section entitled Holmberg's Mistake. Charles Mann's contention is that the native indians of the Beni, an area...more
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Oct 21, 2013
 
Exile's Song (Darkover, #24)
3.96
Margaret Alton is not Marion Zimmer Bradley’s character. Bradley herself has admitted that. Alton is, and has always been, the creation of Adrienne Ma...more
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Feb 26, 2008
 
The Civil War a Narrative: Fort Sumter to Perryville
4.44
I have an allergy to Shelby Foote. I care for neither his prose style nor his biased viewpoint.

Many years ago, Douglas Southall Freeman, the author of...more
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Mar 11, 2008
 
Go Tell the Mountain: The Lyrics and Writings of Jeffrey Lee Pierce
3.96
It's not Pierce's writing you need to discover, but his singing. Go dig up some Gun Club albums and you'll find out why Pierce was important. First of...more
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Nov 12, 2008
 
Exploring with Frémont
4.67
The author explored with Fremont, and bitched and complained every inch of the way. His deadpan humor is still quite admirable even a hundred and fift...more
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Feb 29, 2008
 
Brideshead Revisited
3.98
I've never understood what people see in Waugh. Every book by him is both lame in humor and generally unlikeable, with the exception of his autobiogra...more
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Feb 26, 2008
 
The Castle of Otranto
3.15
If you want early Gothic novels, read Mrs. Radcliffe. If you want Walpole, read his letters. Avoid this like the plague.
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Feb 28, 2008
 
The Training Ground: Grant, Lee, Sherman, and Davis in the Mexican War, 1846-1848
3.98
The Training Ground doesn't delve into the battles as much as I would like, but the book is a good basic introduction to the war. The mini-biographies...more
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Sep 19, 2009
 
Augustus: The Life of Rome's First Emperor
3.99
I've been binging on Rome lately, and this is the 4th Anthony Everitt book I've read so far. It's a solid work that starts with the Civil War in the w...more
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Jul 08, 2012
 
Stonewall in the Valley : Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson’s Shenandoah Valley Campaign, Spring 1862
4.25
There is a particular reason why I prefer this earlier, 1976 first edition of Robert Tanner's book to the 1996 rewrite. Even though the later book inc...more
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Feb 29, 2008
 
Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World
4.01
The book starts a little shakily--the author admires the Mongols almost gushingly--but it improves from there. He makes a good case that the Mongols c...more
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Apr 03, 2014
 
Hadrian and the Triumph of Rome
3.74
Although the author doesn't have the benefit of a huge number of resources, this is an interesting biography. Hadrian was a lover of Greek culture (an...more
May 19, 2014
May 10, 2014
 
The Air-Conditioned Nightmare
3.87
Much of the America Miller writes about has disappeared since his trip in 1941, and many of his opinions, though valid at the time, are very dated. Un...more
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Dec 21, 2008
 
Frederick the Great
3.86
I enjoyed the book, but it's missing something that would give it more weight. Mitford's narrative skips along in a breezy, light-hearted fashion that...more
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Aug 05, 2014
 
Mao's Last Dancer
4.10
The strongest and most interesting part of the book was the author's description of his childhood in China. He's sketchier about his years in Madame M...more
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Jan 22, 2012
 
The Mysteries of Udolpho
3.36
It's somewhat embarassing to admit that I actually stayed up all night reading this book because I had to see how it turned out. Radcliffe is a rather...more
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Feb 28, 2008
 
London Journal, 1762-1763
3.79
I have tried to read this book more than once, but Boswell--when he is his normal, unguarded self--comes across as the most excruciating little narcis...more
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Jun 24, 2008
 
Foods of the Americas: Native Recipes and Traditions
4.05
Most of these recipes are not even remotely 'native,' but rather are 'inspired by' native foods and recipes. If you want to find out what Indians in N...more
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Jan 19, 2009
 
Outlander (Outlander, #1)
4.14
Diana Gabaldon does not lack ability, but she's making a fully conscious and determined attempt to be a trashy writer. It's her own choice to squander...more
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Jan 02, 2009
 
A Book of Traveller's Tales
3.95
The best anthology of travel writing that I've ever come across, and a good reference for finding interesting books about travel that you've never hea...more
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Feb 28, 2008
 
Father and Son
3.66
If you've ever been interested in losing your religious faith, this is the book to read. The best argument against religious fanaticism that I've come...more
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Feb 28, 2008
 
Les Fleurs du Mal
4.26
Contrary to what many critics think, you really can get through life without reading Baudelaire. He's both very dated and adolescent.
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Mar 11, 2008
 
Stories About
4.00
The book is a collection of nonfiction stories about the author's life growing up in Jamaica, as well as various dog and pet stories. Be warned: near...more
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Feb 02, 2014
 
General James Longstreet: The Confederacy's Most Controversial Soldier
3.96
Wert is about as biased a writer and as shallow a historian as you can get. He says only positive things about his idols, and he buries six feet deep...more
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Jun 06, 2009
 
Bigfoot Campfire Stories
4.44
I'm a sucker for a good Bigfoot story, and this is a very well-told collection.
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Sep 04, 2013
 
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
3.98
I'm not sure why this book won a Pulitzer; it's just an Anthropology 101 textbook. All the ideas Diamond writes about have been kicking around in the...more
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Sep 29, 2009
 
Landscape with Dead Dons
3.65
My second all-time favorite mystery. A neglected classic of the genre.
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Feb 27, 2008
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