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One Good Hustle by Billie Livingston
One Good Hustle
by Billie Livingston
recommended to Zoom by: Chris Conrad
read in January, 2015
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I liked it, but I much preferred her book Going Down Swinging. Same themes - single alcoholic mom struggling to raise a daughter in difficult circumstances. Again, the mom is institutionalized, and the child is temporarily relinquished to the state. ...more
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Dancer by Colum McCann
Dancer
by Colum McCann (Goodreads Author)
read in January, 2015
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Another one that I'd give 3.5 if 3.5 were an option. I found this book uneven - some parts were interesting to me and others were not. I thought it got better as it went on. There wasn't a plot - it's a fictionalized biography of Rudolf Nureyev. It's ...more
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Going Down Swinging by Billie Livingston
Going Down Swinging
by Billie Livingston
recommended to Zoom by: Chris Conrad
read in January, 2015
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I liked this book so much I immediately ordered all the other books Billie Livingston has written. It was interesting and touching and the characters were terribly flawed yet likable and believable. It's about how a person can fail miserably at the m ...more
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The Peripheral by William Gibson
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Gulp by Mary Roach
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The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
The Miniaturist
by Jessie Burton
read in January, 2015
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Pretty good - it kept my attention. But it felt like there were some loose ends left untied, and some things that didn't seem relevant. The most interesting puzzles just kind of dangled at the end. I liked the moral relativity angle.

I didn't find the
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Zoom and 62 other people liked Lucy Bignall's review of The Miniaturist:
The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
"I found this book very confusing and the hype of it, even more so.

For one thing, I found it very readable - very hard to put down.

On the other hand, I found the characters very unbelievable. I thought it highly unconvincing that an eighteen year..." Read more of this review »
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Going Down Swinging by Billie Livingston
Going Down Swinging
by Billie Livingston
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Bonk by Mary Roach
Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex
by Mary Roach (Goodreads Author)
read in December, 2014
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Mary Roach cracks me up. I loved Stiff and I liked Bonk too. It's a review of sex research, and Roach has a good eye for interesting trivia. I especially enjoyed the footnotes.
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The Girl Who Was Saturday Night by Heather O'Neill
The Girl Who Was Saturday Night
by Heather O'Neill (Goodreads Author)
read in December, 2014
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I'm crazy about Heather O'Neill and her quirky characters who emerge so lovably flawed from their dysfunctional families. There's so much tenderness and humour in her writing, so much acceptance of human imperfection. I wasn't as charmed by this one ...more
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Richard Brautigan
“Love Poem
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It's so nice
to wake up in the morning
all alone
and not have to tell somebody
you love them
when you don't love them
any more.”
Richard Brautigan

Friedrich Nietzsche
“I'm not upset that you lied to me, I'm upset that from now on I can't believe you.”
Friedrich Nietzsche

Friendship is born at that moment when one man says to another: What! You too?
“Friendship is born at that moment when one man says to another: "What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . ."”
C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves

Charles Bukowski
“you boys can keep your virgins
give me hot old women in high heels
with asses that forgot to get old.”
Charles Bukowski, Love is a Dog from Hell

Charles Bukowski
“An intellectual says a simple thing in a hard way. An artist says a hard thing in a simple way.”
Charles Bukowski

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