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Riley rated a book 3 of 5 stars
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
The Kite Runner
by Khaled Hosseini (Goodreads Author)
read in July, 2014
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I found this book to be too melodramatic for my taste. Its release is an example of great timing though: when it came out in 2003, it is safe to say that America was interested in a tale of Afghanistan.
Riley rated a book 3 of 5 stars
The Romanov Sisters by Helen Rappaport
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Apparently it is tough being a king, his wife or his daughters. Much like with Marie Antoinette, I have trouble mourning the death of the Romanovs, but this book does a good job of showing how isolated the family was from the rest of the world, even...more
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The Return of Depression Economics and the Crisis of 2008 by Paul Krugman
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This book seemed a little slapped together to capture the fame of Paul Krugman's 2008 Nobel Prize. Nonetheless, I think it offered a lot of insight.

I was struck by the following passage, in which Krugman wrote about the decline of mainstream socialis...more
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No Longer at Ease by Chinua Achebe
No Longer at Ease
by Chinua Achebe
read in July, 2014
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Before this, I had never heard of the Osu, which are Nigeria's version of India's untouchables. This book was all right, but it came across as a little too much like required high school reading for me. Still, it was probably well ahead of its time i...more
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Schloß Gripsholm / Rheinsberg by Kurt Tucholsky
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I read a recently released English edition of this book. I'd recommend Kurt Tucholsky to anyone. This book wasn't my favorite, though, and while it may have been risque when it was released, it probably hasn't aged as well as some of his other works....more
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Castle Gripsholm by Kurt Tucholsky
Castle Gripsholm
by Kurt Tucholsky
read in July, 2014
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I found this book really touching. Sort of a grasp at happiness as the world crumbled around Kurt Tucholsky and his beloved Weimer Republic.
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Schloß Gripsholm by Kurt Tucholsky
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Dark Star Safari by Paul Theroux
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Paul Theroux was in Africa in the 1960s as a Peace Corp volunteer and later a teacher. This book marks his return to the continent through a grand tour across its length. The book is very dark and is soured by Theroux's crotchetiness and his disappoi...more
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Winston Churchill by Robert Lewis Taylor
Winston Churchill
by Robert Lewis Taylor
read in July, 2014
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Given his place in World War II, Winston Churchill has become one of those beloved and mythologized historical figures, with his edges (his apologia of the British empire, especially India) usually overlooked.

This book is a lighthearted biography of...more
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Wired by Bob Woodward
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A tell all about John Belushi and his death from drugs at 33. A while back, I read a biography of Lenny Bruce in which I was struck by the same two things as this book: That both were incredibly gifted men who were pathetically addicted to drugs.

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