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Alison rated a book 3 of 5 stars
At Weddings and Wakes by Alice McDermott
At Weddings and Wakes
by Alice McDermott
read in June, 2008
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I have mixed feelings about this book. On one hand, I wasn't totally engrossed in the story, wasn't dying to get to the next chapter, and it didn't particularly change how I think about any particular topic. On the other hand, not much happens in the ...more
Alison rated a book 3 of 5 stars
Marley and Me by John Grogan
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Predictable and sentimental...kinda' like a laborador retreiver. As a dog lover I can't pretend I didn't enjoy every minute though. Any small-animal veterinarian who has seen or treated 1 million dumb, lovable, out-of-control laborators (most of them ...more
Alison rated a book 4 of 5 stars
What is the What by Dave Eggers
What is the What
by Dave Eggers
read in April, 2008
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It took me 50 pages or so to get into it but the last 200 pages or so were delicious. No matter who you are it will make you think. For anyone who involved in disaster relief, international development, immigration issues or American forei
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Alison rated a book 5 of 5 stars
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
Middlesex
by Jeffrey Eugenides
read in July, 2007
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I loved it.

Best book I've read in years.

I gobbled it up and then gave it to an Indonesian colleague who did the same.
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The Paradox of Choice by Barry Schwartz
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The 3 star rating is deceptive. This reads like a great essay that shouldn't have been turned into a book. If this had been a 6-page piece in the Atlantic Monthly or The New Yorker I would have thought it was brillant. It has affected how I buy (and ...more
Alison rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Anagrams by Lorrie Moore
Anagrams
by Lorrie Moore
read in December, 2007
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Nick really wanted me to read this book. He thought I'd like it. I didn't like it. It was the sadest thing I've read...maybe ever. I am very, very impressed by the writing. From an artistic standpoint (not that I know anything about the art of writin ...more
Alison rated a book 4 of 5 stars
The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
The Namesake
by Jhumpa Lahiri
read in August, 2007
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I read this in just a few sittings while on Bali. I love the characters of the parents. The movie wasn't a disappointment either. I've read a lot of her short stories but this was better.
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Atonement by Ian McEwan
Atonement
by Ian McEwan
read in February, 2008
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I read this book so that I wouldn't feel guilty seeing the movie. I read the first section of it trapped on a plane sitting on a runway for three hours (yeah, that's right, THREE HOURS) and was so angry at the injustice in the first section that I th ...more
Alison rated a book 5 of 5 stars
The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins
The God Delusion
by Richard Dawkins (Goodreads Author)
read in October, 2007
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Maybe someday it'll be safe to call myself an atheist in America. That'd be nice.
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