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The Sheltering Sky
"Each man's destiny is personal only inso as it may resemble what is already in his memory."

This quote is from Eduardo Mallea, and it begins The Shelt
Jan 1995
Mar 30, 2008
The Illustrated Jane Eyre
Well, shut my mouth.

I've been making fun of Victorian literature for so long, I'd completely forgotten that I'd never actually read any. Being in Chin
Jan 2009
Feb 01, 2009
The Hearts of Horses
I met Molly Gloss when I was in high school in Eastern Oregon, the setting for her beautiful novel, The Jump-off Creek. She was a local hero for the s ...more
Apr 15, 2009
Apr 15, 2009
Jupiter's Travels
My father is an adventurer at heart. He rode a motorcycle through South America a decade before Che; he jumped out of airplanes at night and landed in ...more
Mar 28, 2009
Nov 09, 2008
Words and Rules: The Ingredients of Language
Steven Pinker's work is generally very readable, and so he has become something of a champion popularizer of linguistics and all the fun, quirky, nift ...more
not set
May 06, 2008
The Golden Notebook
Like so many others in these days since the controversial awarding of the Nobel prize to Doris Lessing, I am reading The Golden Notebook. I read anoth ...more
Dec 2007
Mar 03, 2008
Beautiful Losers
Leonard Cohen often makes me cry. I sat on the floor of a bookstore with my hair streaming rain and collecting the smells of coffee and ink and read h ...more
Jan 02, 2009
Dec 05, 2008
The Mountains of Tibet
I'm obsessed with children's literature - I think I'm secretly convinced that all the wisdom a person acquires in one's life is absorbed by the age of ...more
Jan 1997
Mar 04, 2008
The Earth Moved: On the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms
This is an exciting book, a thrilling, weird read. Worms!
Did you know they make choices about how to drag leaves into holes, that they contemplate geo
Nov 18, 2008
Apr 04, 2008
This book was another childhood favorite for a variety of reasons: one, it was under "restricted circulation" in my grade school library, as a number ...more
Jan 1984
Mar 31, 2008
Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet
This text should be required reading for participation in the planetary exchange of resources; i.e. breathing, drinking, eating, excreting.

What Lynas
May 2009
Jun 10, 2009
Something Leather
Delicious. Dark. Revealing. Truthful. Lush. Haunting. Funny. Artful.

Alisdair Gray is a strange and wonderful writer. I'd like to have a glass of wine
Jan 2001
Mar 04, 2008
Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives
A charming little thought-experiment conducted by a writer of rich yet limited imagination. This book has received rave reviews in a number of journal ...more
Aug 2009
Mar 25, 2009
Riding the Iron Rooster
This book exhausted me. 450 pages of train rides, blurred landscapes, glib conversations, and Paul Theroux's relentlessly consistent authorial voice t ...more
Mar 2008
Mar 03, 2008
Mao II
I feel very safe when I read Delillo. I know I am going somewhere worthwhile, and I know that I can trust him to get me there smoothly and gently, tha ...more
May 2008
Apr 29, 2008
White Noise
I think I loved this podcast as well as I loved the book itself...

I don't often read other people's reviews of a book after I've already read it mysel
Aug 20, 2008
Aug 17, 2008
How to Make Books: Fold, Cut & Stitch Your Way to a One-of-a-Kind Book
This is my new favorite book.

These are lessons in binding from a seasoned and sympathetic hand at the art, ranging from supremely simple (how to make
Feb 2009
Feb 01, 2009
Games for Actors and Non-Actors
I was introduced to the work of Augusto Boal by a woman whom I admire greatly. She is a gardener, a writer, an activist, and a performer. She spent ti ...more
Feb 03, 2010
Jan 29, 2010
Staying Alive in Alaska's Wild
This book was written by a close friend of my parents, one of the old-school members of the "outlaw" community in which we lived. Andre was in Anchora ...more
Jan 1985
Apr 04, 2008
Written on the Body
**spoiler alert** Jeanette Winterson is a bit like Italo Calvino, in that her style changes radically from book to book; it would be very difficult to ...more
Jan 1995
Mar 03, 2008
Invisible Cities
I keep a copy of this around to use in the way some use tarot cards, or willow sticks or coins to throw the Yi Ching. I can open this book to any page ...more
not set
Mar 04, 2008
The Dazzle of Day
I have a special thing for Molly Gloss. Her books "Jump Off Creek" and "Outside the Gates" were both startling finds for me in high school. She even v ...more
Nov 08, 2008
Nov 06, 2008
The First Word: The Search for the Origins of Language
Linguistic evolution doesn't grab you? Then read it purely for the sections on animal cognition - crows and dolphins and apes...all mind-blowing. Did ...more
May 24, 2008
May 20, 2008
The Adventuress
Audrey Niffenegger totally won me over with The Time Traveler's Wife:, and I've since been digging around for more work of hers that I can fall in lov ...more
Mar 28, 2009
Mar 28, 2009
Love and Rockets, Vol. 24: The Education of Hopey Glass
Jaime Hernandez' work has been part of my consciousness ever since my brain emerged from childhood. I think if I had paid more attention to Love and R ...more
Nov 22, 2009
Nov 23, 2009
Her Fearful Symmetry
It is becoming ever more tempting to write off the overwhelming emotional, temporal, and - I thought at the time - literary finesse that Niffenegger b ...more
not set
Mar 10, 2010
The House on Mango Street
This is one of those odd little books that I struggle to find the right label for on my virtual "shelves." Somewhere between the lines, when you add t ...more
Apr 19, 2009
Apr 19, 2009
Late Victorian Holocausts: El Nino Famines and the Making of the Third World
In a stellar (and readable) example of interdisciplinary historical research, Davis lays bare the skeleton underlying many of the popular conceptions ...more
not set
Jun 10, 2009
The White Bone
This novel is both spare and rich, quick-moving and richly imagined. It is also devastating.

In the tradition of animals-as-protagonists, The White Bo
Apr 05, 2009
Mar 26, 2009
Kafka on the Shore
Ah, Murakami.
My first challenge in writing this review is finding one of my esoteric little cyber-shelves on which to place this. Poetry? Almost. Life
Aug 18, 2009
Aug 14, 2009
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