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The Brotherhood of the Grape by John Fante
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Fante is probably the best little known writer of the 20th century, which is a shame because books like the Brotherhood of the Grape are quite enjoyable. In the novel, Fante takes the reader on a rollicking and somewhat absurd journey while at the sa...more
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On the Map by Simon Garfield
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Overall kind of meh.
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Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking by Anya von Bremzen
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The first part of the book felt like homework. Just painfully slow and not that well organized and frankly just boring, but then the author started writing about her own experiences growing up in Soviet Russia and emigrating to the US and the book re...more
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Trading Bases by Joe Peta
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A fantastic book on trading and the markets hidden inside of a book about how the author set up a fund to profit on betting on baseball. The author, Joe Peta, walks through his career on Wall Street and how he translated his learnings in to building...more
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Ball Four by Jim Bouton
Ball Four
by Jim Bouton
read in February, 2014
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Wow, this is a weird snapshot in time where apparently it was ok for professional baseball players to be proud of being peeping toms, proud of being reliant on greenies and getting hammered after games, proud of being borderline (or full on) racists,...more
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Rabbit, Run by John Updike
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Rabbit Run is like a goyishe Philip Roth novel and if twitter had existed back then a review simply could have been #whitepeopleproblems.

It's not that Updike is a bad writer, in fact he's extremely talented, it's that he writes as if an adult were t...more
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Dhalgren by Samuel R. Delany
Dhalgren
by Samuel R. Delany
read in December, 2013
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...people seem to think this book is deep and multi-layered because it opens with a sentence fragment that can be completed by placing the last sentence of the book in front of it, thus creating a circle, but people also think Jay Leno is funny, so t...more
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The Ohio Gang by Charles L. Mee
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A quick and interesting read about Warren Harding and the people with whom he surrounded himself. The author paints Harding as an affable enough guy who was happy to please his political party, enjoyed gambling and fraternizing, and was unable to say...more
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The Loser by Thomas Bernhard
The Loser
by Thomas Bernhard
read in September, 2013
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The Loser is a fantastically melodic book where the author, Thomas Bernhard, writes as if he were composing his own musical score by continually driving the plot back to the same point like a chorus in a musical composition.

The plot (if you can call...more
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Gödel, Escher, Bach by Douglas R. Hofstadter
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Ummm, yeah. It's 700 pages of deep mathematical and philosophical dialogues that amount to trying to figure out which came first, the chicken, the egg, or the fractal. And I don't mean to belittle this as it is a remarkable achievement that someone c...more
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