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Nurse by Peggy Anderson
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Another entry in my "dated medicine" collection, this one is much better, much more honest. A first-person retelling of a [quite:] young charge nurse, and the patients she interacts with, the dilemmas she struggles with, and those sorts of things. Th ...more
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M. D. by Neil Ravin
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Mostly interesting for a couple anecdotal medical tales, and also some things on how medicine was 30 years ago - the interns and residents did the AM blood draws! - but mostly kind of trashy. Starts off with a cornball ripoff of "The Stranger," and s ...more
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One Hundred Demons by Lynda Barry
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I didn't immediately feel drawn to Lynda Barry's work. The Reader had Marlys pretty much every week, and I most often skipped it. Something about the style.

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This is such a great collection of comics; such a wonderful arc, so many good s
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Darwin's Ghost by Steve Jones
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The Verificationist by Donald Antrim
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I feel like this is the most specifically literary book I've ever read, for better or worse. There are a few great moments, most related to pancakes, but then there are some long stream-of-consciousness unreliable narrator Very Advanced Creative Writ ...more
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Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
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I picked this up at a charity sale for maybe 50 cents. It has an interesting concept - that split-second, subconscious decisions are both inherent to human experience, and can be used as a powerful way of dealing with life - that feels incomplete. I ...more
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Factory Girls by Leslie T. Chang
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I liked what this book was about - the life of migrant factory workers, in the boomtowns of coastal China - and it was not without some good insights; it just seemed to try to be so exhaustive, it ended up feeling unfocused and less gripping. Maybe i ...more
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Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris
Then We Came to the End
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I know I've been rating a lot of things five stars, but seriously, this book is a delight. I first was recommended it in Nick Hornby's book review column, and I'm so glad I picked it up. Packed with insight, and humor, and good storytelling. Of cours ...more
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The World Without Us by Alan Weisman
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This book has one of the all-time great premises, and it follows through on it beautifully. It started a whole trend, I guess, but I didn't see any of the spin-offs / knock-offs. It just puts everything in such an interesting perspective: I mean, eve ...more
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