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Fingersmith
4.01
Character is a fascinating thing, and not many authors can top Waters' ability to create character through dialogue. She also zooms in on details: the ...more
Apr 02, 2008
Mar 13, 2008
 
Tipping the Velvet
3.99
The Gothic Victorian Lesbian genre does exist! In fact, there could not be a more perfect description of Sarah Waters' novels. Part Dickinsonian, part ...more
Apr 27, 2008
Apr 02, 2008
 
A Thousand Splendid Suns
4.31
Afghanistan: this crossroads between the East & the West has been crippled by a continuous civil war beginning in the late 1970's. Since then, the ...more
Apr 14, 2008
Apr 08, 2008
 
Sin in the Second City: Madams, Ministers, Playboys, and the Battle for America's Soul
3.59
I picked up this book after wandering around the bookstore for an hour looking for the perfect non-fiction read and I sure did pick up the right one! ...more
Jan 04, 2009
Dec 30, 2008
 
The Godfather
4.34
Yes, I know it is not advisable to compare a book to its movie, but the film was so goshdarn brilliant that I can't help but line the two up side-by-s ...more
Mar 31, 2008
Mar 11, 2008
 
Year of Wonders
3.99
Year of Wonders is a fascinating look at the social aspects of a town ridden by the plague in the 1600's. The author's focus on group dynamics during ...more
Oct 03, 2008
Aug 25, 2008
 
The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance
4.15
Both fascinating and frightening, The Coming Plague explores the dark side of human life and death. From the deep Congo where the Ebola virus lurks, t ...more
Jul 14, 2008
Jul 03, 2008
 
Catch-22
3.97
Catch-22 –noun, plural Catch-22's, Catch-22s.
1. a frustrating situation in which one is trapped by contradictory regulations or conditions.
2. any ill
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Jul 03, 2008
Jun 30, 2008
 
Torture and Democracy
4.05
This has been a long, albeit good read on the history of torture, the techniques, and it's migration. It is written more on the academic side than I f ...more
Feb 29, 2008
Feb 27, 2008
 
A Prayer for Owen Meany
4.21
This is most definitely a character-driven novel, where the characters are described in detail so well that you feel as if you're actually sitting at ...more
Oct 21, 2008
Jun 05, 2008
 
House of Sand and Fog
3.79
I'm quite convinced this reads like an A.M. Homes novel. There is a level of self-preservation that each character struggles with, which is extremely ...more
Oct 19, 2008
Oct 19, 2008
 
Starvation Heights: A True Story of Murder and Malice in the Woods of the Pacific Northwest
3.63
What is it with true crime books & movies staging dialogue?
"I was raised in a home of refinement, under sheltered and orthodox methods," she told
...more
May 29, 2008
Apr 02, 2008
 
Water for Elephants
4.05
I really enjoyed this book. There is something very movie-like about each scene. It's as if I'm in the nursing home with Jacob Jankowski experiencing ...more
Mar 07, 2008
Feb 29, 2008
 
The Grapes of Wrath
3.88
As an English lit. nerd, I know that I'm almost obligated to credit this book. However, I was actually thoroughly disappointed. I'll be real honest--I ...more
Oct 2008
Dec 17, 2008
 
In the Heart of the Sea: The Epic True Story That Inspired Moby-Dick
4.17
This book was an amazing historical account of th sinking of the whaleship Essex--a story of survival in the brutal sea. I was at first skeptical that ...more
Dec 2007
Feb 27, 2008
 
In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex
4.17
This book was an amazing historical account of th sinking of the whaleship Essex--a story of survival in the brutal sea. I was at first skeptical that ...more
Dec 2007
Feb 27, 2008
 
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
4.05
Witty and disturbing, "The Curious Life of Human Cadavers" is a fascinating exploration of the 'after-life' of bodies. From severed heads in plastic s ...more
Mar 13, 2008
Feb 28, 2008
 
Black Boy
3.98
There's a certain degree of self-involvement that exists in every autobiography and Wright certainly doesn't stray far from the flock..in fact, I thin ...more
Oct 02, 2008
Oct 03, 2008
 
1776
4.06
Fight or Flight? 1776 confirms the reality that the Continental Army was all-too human, moreso than we might make them out to be today. They were dirt ...more
May 22, 2008
May 29, 2008
 
Memoirs of a Geisha
4.05
Perfection. It's written beautifully and with a mind for the introduction of geisha to the reader, just as much as geisha had for themselves. Women's ...more
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Mar 04, 2008
 
102 Minutes: The Untold Story of the Fight to Survive Inside the Twin Towers
4.22
Instead of looking at the tragedy as a whole, this journalistic account focuses on the individuals inside the towers. Minute-by-minute the books chapt ...more
May 23, 2008
May 29, 2008
 
Complete Poems
4.27
This collection is pretty much an all-inclusive collection of Sexton's poetry. It is divided by book into chronological order--which, helps the reader ...more
not set
Feb 27, 2008
 
Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War
3.86
The first half of this book was fascinating--the descriptions of the settling of Plymouth colony were fantastic--he drew from a number of sources to a ...more
Nov 2007
Feb 27, 2008
 
The Alchemist
3.76
I guess the personal revelation of this story was lost on me. The Alchemist is a fable about a young male who goes in search of his personal legend an ...more
Aug 25, 2008
Jul 06, 2008
 
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
4.08
Drug-induced, out-of-the-ordinary, spastic, and a little unsettling, 'Fear and Loathing' is an excellent chronologue of life on the fringes of society ...more
not set
Mar 13, 2008
 
As Nature Made Him: The Boy Who Was Raised as a Girl
3.94
Nature verses nurture: what forms our behavior? Is it the biological, or is it the environmental? In this gripping biography of one young man, the deb ...more
not set
Mar 11, 2008
 
Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto
3.74
I couldn't disagree with the author more. His opinions on pop culture were on one end of the spectrum, and I was on the other so needless to say, I've ...more
not set
Feb 28, 2008
 
No Evil Star: Selected Essays, Interviews, and Prose
4.09
I'm a huge Sexton fan and I read this book to introduce me to her personality during interviews. I would recommend reading her bio by Diane Middlebroo ...more
not set
Feb 27, 2008
 
Live or Die
4.31
Anne Sexton's approach to life, death, and suicide are tragically interwoven in her collection Live or Die. The poems 'The Addict' and 'Wanting to Die ...more
not set
Feb 27, 2008
 
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
3.57
It seemed to be going somewhere, but I finally lost patience with this one. Overall, the mark it left on me was that it was a well-written story that ...more
not set
Dec 22, 2009
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