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Alexis Alexis said: " Okay, I'm having trouble getting past the sentence on page 19 where he mis-uses "eschewed." Am I the only one? "

 
Dear Thief
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Deep Survival by Laurence Gonzales
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I guess despite having read a bunch of reviews first, I had a different impression of what kind of book this was going to be.

I would normally like abstract theory stuff, but he seemed to just be name dropping ideas rather than really drawing out a c
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Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
Ancillary Justice (Imperial Radch, #1)
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read in February, 2016
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Terrific speculative fiction.

Last year I read LeGuin's The Left Hand of Darkness and what most struck me about this book was how the author managed to make genderless culture work without the stupid mistake of making everyone male. (But don't let me
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Private Empire by Steve Coll
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Early Retirement Extreme by Jacob Lund Fisker
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A good book but I was glad to come to it after reading the blog. It was interesting to see the thought process and the abstract "10,000 foot view" explanations behind Jacob's personal early retirement journey, but it's the conversational writing on t ...more
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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondō
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Okay, I give in, I like it! I'm going to go around my apartment talking to my possessions now like I'm a character in a Studio Ghibli movie.
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Dear Thief by Samantha Harvey
Dear Thief
by Samantha Harvey
read in August, 2015
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This is the worst book I have read in the past twelve months. And I have read My Struggle in the past twelve months.

No, wait, now that I consider it, let me write this review in an annoying quasi-second-person voice. Do you know what I mean, what I m
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A Random Walk Down Wall Street by Burton G. Malkiel
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I picked this up like ten years ago. At the time I found it really useful and clear. I'm not sure if my letdown is a result of changes in the book with this new edition or the knowledge I've gained in the meantime making the book not as useful to me ...more
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The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
The Girl on the Train
by Paula Hawkins (Goodreads Author)
read in August, 2015
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Men are terrible, aren't they? I mean if they spend any money at all that doesn't align with the family goals they're basically serial killers. And women! Always feeling bad about ourselves, amirite?
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Endurance by Alfred Lansing
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Really makes me want to eat some hoosh.
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