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Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
"Atul Gawande is a wonderful storyteller, and it is my experience that those who have read the book are often motivated to tell their stories. That is no small achievement.

There is very much to recommend beyond the stories: the histories Gawande re..." Read more of this review »
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The Correspondence by J.D.   Daniels
"Can we knock it off with this macho-neurotic essay thing for a minute? Just a minute? Long enough, maybe, for a few of these Young Male Writer Talents to find a way outside of themselves?"
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Stone Arabia by Dana Spiotta
Stone Arabia
by Dana Spiotta (Goodreads Author)
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A lot of contemporary writers who I admire mention Spiotta when asked who they read - so I figured I'd give her a try.

This was OK, I liked the music and LA setting, but I'm not sure that the changing POV/narrator added much. And at times I felt like
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The New Midwest by Mark Athitakis
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Read as an e-book, at about 100 pp, and reads more like "book reviews" than turgid "literary criticism", so you can easily finish it in 1 or 2 evenings.

He defines "Midwest literature" in a rather roundabout way, providing us with a few pages per aut
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South and West by Joan Didion
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"Notes" is the important word in this title. The jokes about, "I'd read (fill in an author's name) grocery list," is appropriate here. Really, at $22 list, $12 at amazon, and $10 on kindle, get a copy from your library - you can read this easily in 2 ...more
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Wild Ride of a Hollywood Bookdealer, The by Arnold M. Herr
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This has about as much to do with bookdealers as "Doctor Zhivago" has with being a doctor. "Runyonesque" characters, but updated - so we get the joy of hearing a story about a 90 year old bookdealer having diarrhea while on a ladder, and figuring tha ...more
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The Clothing of Books by Jhumpa Lahiri
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Well, not sure I'd use the word "deeply" for this, since it is the 70 pp printing of a talk she gave, which you can finish in about 30 minutes. Would have helped to run it with illustrations and examples.

While I did enjoy this, and think anyone who
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Triumvirate of Rationalism by Christopher Hitchens
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This is an amazon ebook, a collection of 3 talks Hitchens gave during the W regime. Each talk is on an individual who he had already covered in a book (Paine - he was in the process of writing this book - Jefferson and Orwell). Each talk is pretty mu ...more
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Autobiography of Thomas Jefferson by Thomas Jefferson
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Dry and impersonal. But after reading Hitchens' short book on Jefferson, felt the need to go read some of his own writing. As Henry Adams points out, this is a man who lived through *2* revolutions. And most of the last part of this short autobio (a ...more
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Thomas Jefferson by Christopher Hitchens
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Nice intellectual bio of one of our Founding Fathers - in less than 200 pp. And with Hitchens' usual brio. The kind of book that sent me scurrying to other sources - original sources, not books on the characters here. I was an American History geek i ...more
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