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The God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza
" This play blows up wonderfully. It's an afternoon's conversation between two couples, one of whose son has battered the other about the mouth with a stick on the playground. What emerges is an often hilarious bit of madness as the couples degenera... " Read more of this review »
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"Leonard Dinky of Stalwart? Ring any bells yet? "
Steve rated a book 3 of 5 stars
Looking for Alaska by John Green
Looking for Alaska
by John Green (Goodreads Author)
read in October, 2013
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I had different rational and emotional reactions to this book. Rationally, I appreciated it. Green is a master at creating character driven stories and I wholly bought into this one, as he does a nearly flawless job of arcing the protagonist. If anyt...more
Steve rated a book 3 of 5 stars
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
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I’m 40. For me, this novel is like the guilty pleasure of going to a Taylor Swift concert. Wait, that came out wrong. Mostly because it came out at all. My point is, I’m not the target audience. And not just because it’s Young Adult. Of the other boo...more
Steve rated a book 2 of 5 stars
Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
Salvage the Bones
by Jesmyn Ward (Goodreads Author)
read in February, 2012
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Salvage this Book. That’s my take, though I do feel bad about dogging it. Not for the author’s sake—for mine. With lavish awards and reviews, I suspect I’m missing something. Like I’m some plot-driven bonehead who can’t see the point of this softer t...more
Steve and 1 other person liked Chris's review of American Primitive:
American Primitive by Mary Oliver
" So after years of teaching "Crossing the Swamp" and really coming to love it, I last year made an annotation for myself on my very own copy of the poem that I found this May: "Why the fuck aren't you reading more Mary Oliver?" Since I always take... " Read more of this review »
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"Great closing line. "
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"It is a rather "cheery, post-apocalyptic novel." Need our doom be so gloomy? "
The Dog Stars by Peter Heller
" Probably wasn't fair to read this "after the disease" apocalyptic novel right after The Road, but so it goes. It feels--comparatively--light as confetti, when it have had more gravity in another context.

I suspect Heller talks about writing this no... " Read more of this review »
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Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey
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