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"the anecdotes are quite interesting, but this book is long. i read it casually before bed." May 04, 2012 12:07PM

 

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The Tender Bar by J.R. Moehringer
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Horoscopes for the Dead by Billy Collins
Horoscopes for the Dead
by Billy Collins
read in September, 2014
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Such a departure from all the other poetry I've been reading lately, which while lovely also seem to try so hard. Horoscopes for the Dead is simple, straightforward. But that doesn't mean it's not fantastic. A quiet strength. A clear voice. The book...more
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The Social Order of the Underworld by David Skarbek
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Hunger of Memory by Richard Rodriguez
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The Sound of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vásquez
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My mistake for not writing this review sooner--now my memory is foggy. But I know I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it to others.

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"...we left our coffees half finished when we realized, in the middle of a banal conversation,...more
Family Life by Akhil Sharma
Family Life
by Akhil Sharma
read in August, 2014
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The book is quite interesting, but for some reason didn't grip/grasp me the way I like to be. Usually at this stage, I'd avoid other works by the author, but not this case. I still very much want to read Sharma's An Obedient Father, so I guess that's...more
The Lover's Dictionary by David Levithan
The Lover's Dictionary
by David Levithan (Goodreads Author)
read in August, 2014
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A fast read that bares open a relationship, but rather going chronologically, it goes alphabetically. I was worried it would be gimmicky, and at times it is, but luckily, Levithan is a strong writer, and he creates a beautiful picture of the good, th...more
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Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh
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The Wisdom Paradox by Elkhonon Goldberg
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Couldn't decide between 3 or 4, it's a solid 3.5. Basically it explores what wisdom is -- what wisdom means, how it's defined, and also a scientific view of it, where does wisdom come from within the brain? What role does memory play in wisdom? etc....more
The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean
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I'm giving it a solid rating even though I didn't finish it. It's been over a decade since high school chemistry, so a lot of the science in the book went over my head. Even still there are some fascinating anecdotes and I'd encourage all my smart, n...more
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