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Kurt rated a book 4 of 5 stars
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
The Secret Life of Bees
by Sue Monk Kidd (Goodreads Author)
read in January, 2010
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Excellent! Character development was strong, and the historical narrative was insightful. A very "girly" book, admittedly, but one that I enjoyed very much.
Kurt rated a book 3 of 5 stars
White Noise by Don DeLillo
White Noise
by Don DeLillo
read in December, 2009
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Stylewise a great book. Many insights a la David Foster Wallace and eclectic characters like in Running with Scissors (Burroughs?). The plot just didn't do it for me, though, and the neuroticisms of the characters were both predictable and tedious by ...more
Kurt rated a book 5 of 5 stars
The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama
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I listened to the recorded version so take that into account...

Articulate and smart. He presents a vision without giving any simple answers. I only hope he follows the tenets he lays out in this book during his presidency (I found that his campaign d
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Kurt rated a book 2 of 5 stars
The Assault on Reason by Al Gore
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Good ideas, but more than anything, it's a list of quotations by our founding fathers and a lot of Bush bashing. If you're smart and have spent no time thinking about politics, power, or propaganda, this is the book for you.
Kurt rated a book 4 of 5 stars
A Deepness in the Sky by Vernor Vinge
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For sci-fi fans, only. Interesting plot. Language lovers will find the writing style unsophisticated, though; and character development lovers will find the characters predictable. Still, I found the book compelled enough to finish it in a week.
Kurt rated a book 2 of 5 stars
The Bell Curve by Richard J. Herrnstein
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Sooooooo many circular arguments. I think many of the points the authors make are important and valid, but its imprecise definitions of race and its cavalier attitude towards process models rob the book of most of its value.
Kurt rated a book 5 of 5 stars
Short Story Masterpieces by Robert Penn Warren
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Best collection of short stories I've read to date. Authors include Hemingway, Joyce, Fitzgerald, and Faulkner with stories set in the early 1900s.
Kurt rated a book 3 of 5 stars
The Mismeasure of Man by Stephen Jay Gould
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I suppose it's a must-read if you're into race and genetics issues, but it gets repetitive quickly. I'd recommend reading the beginning and end of each chapter and skip the meat unless you're really into the topic.

There's a good Appendix for those wi
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Kurt rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser
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Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
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