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Jesus' Son by Denis Johnson
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Troubles by J.G. Farrell
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read in January, 2006
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This book is one of those that I was actually embarrassed to read on the subway because in at least one passage I started laughing so hard that I started annoying the lady next to me, and had to get up out of my seat. A really wonderful book full of ...more
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City on Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg
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In the Belly of the Beast by Jack Henry Abbott
"I had never thought about prisons before, so the thoughts in this book were completely new. I was horrified. I guess it's good that despite the overload of human suffering I've read about, I am still always shocked at our ability to harm others an..." Read more of this review »
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Stoner by John  Williams
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City on Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg
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Gave it 55 pages, which is five more than I usually give when a book is boring me to tears. Nope.
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A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
A Little Life
by Hanya Yanagihara (Goodreads Author)
read in January, 2017
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I will admit that I found this book riveting, but realized once I finished that I didn't much care for it. First of all, Hanya Yanagihara really isn't a very good stylist; the book has some cringeworthy sentences in it. And the whole plot is just wei ...more
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City on Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg
"Couldn't make it past the prologue. Two characters took about 50 pages to move a Christmas tree across the crosswalk. I don't care how big the buzz is; life is too short. "
I Never Loved Your Mind by Paul Zindel
"I will never forget how Yvette is described with her long straight hair. Dewey says she moves her hair from her face like she's moving a curtain rod. I loved the visual then and I still remember it 30 years later. This book was not his best, but t..." Read more of this review »
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I Never Loved Your Mind by Paul Zindel
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Best part of the book: the sanctimonious hippie chick moves out to New Mexico to start a commune, and makes a living ripping off the tourists by selling them pot holders, which she passes off as "genuine Navajo" but which are actually made by an occu ...more
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“I love that name. A country named Chad. Sounds like somebody who lived next door to the Brady Bunch. But if Chad actually lived next door to the Bradys, Greg would be roasting over a slow fire and Marcia would be standing naked on an auction block, because Chad is one of the hungriest, craziest, most desperate places on the planet.”
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“I love the recklessness of faith. First you leap, and then you grow wings.”
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“There is only one way to read, which is to browse in libraries and bookshops, picking up books that attract you, reading only those, dropping them when they bore you, skipping the parts that drag-and never, never reading anything because you feel you ought, or because it is part of a trend or a movement. Remember that the book which bores you when you are twenty or thirty will open doors for you when you are forty or fifty-and vise versa. Don’t read a book out of its right time for you. ”
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“It was about eleven o'clock in the morning, mid October, with the sun not shining and a look of hard wet rain in the clearness of the foothills. I was wearing my powder-blue suit, with dark blue shirt, tie and display handkerchief, black brogues, black wool socks with dark little clocks on them. I was neat, clean, shaved and sober, and I didn't care who knew it. I was everything the well-dressed private detective ought to be. I was calling on four million dollars.”
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