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Crispin by Avi
Crispin: The Cross of Lead
by Avi
read in August, 2013
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Winner of the 2003 Newbery, this historical novel is set in England, 1377. Crispin, an orphan peasant, is told by his village priest that there is a secret regarding his birth. But after stumbling upon the cruel village steward making a secret plan i ...more
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The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene
The Power and the Glory
by Graham Greene
read in July, 1999
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A nameless priest is on the run in an intolerant Communist Mexican state where religion has been outlawed. He is a bit of a drinker and has even fathered a child, yet he doesn’t think of renouncing his faith. He’s not exactly a hero – he is aware the ...more
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Shepherds of the Night by Jorge Amado
Shepherds of the Night
by Jorge Amado
read in March, 2000
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Translated by Harriet de Onís

Three interconnected stories of the gamblers, prostitutes and layabouts of Bahia, Brazil – of Colonel Martim’s marriage, of the christening of Negro Massu’s child, and of the invasion of Cat Wood by the hoi polloi. At tur
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Nudge by Richard H. Thaler
" Oh, is it? No, I guess I wrote that from memory and got it wrong. Thanks. "
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Discourse on the Origin of Inequality by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
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translated by Lester Crocker.

Although this treatise contains many good points, and some advanced ideas on democratic government, I found its argument empty. Even given that Rousseau’s construction of the “natural world,” of early, “savage” man is a c
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Discourse on the Origin of Inequality by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
" David, thanks for your comment. Yes, it was a popular idea, and I understand that it was used as a sort of intellectual exercise, but I thought Rousse ...more"
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Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
Mrs. Dalloway
by Virginia Woolf
read in November, 2010
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The titular character, Clarissa, a middle-aged woman who has settled into a comfortable marriage with wealthy, affable Richard Dalloway, is planning a party. Before and during the party, two friends from her past visit her, her ex-lover Peter Walsh a ...more
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Up in the Old Hotel by Joseph Mitchell
Up in the Old Hotel
by Joseph Mitchell
read in August, 2007
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A collection of pieces, mostly factual but with a few fiction stories thrown in, that originally appeared in the New Yorker during the 1940s and ‘50s. Most of these stories focus on the strange and larger than life characters who populated New York i ...more
Meaty by Samantha Irby
"Rating: 3.5* of five

I reviewed this collection of essays for The Small Press Book Review. It's by a blogger called Samantha Irby, a Person of Size whose blog is called Bitches Gotta Eat.

I wasn't sure about these essays until I hit the one on diets..." Read more of this review »
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Herman Melville
“Here I am, proud as Greek god, and yet standing debtor to this blockhead for a bone to stand on! Cursed be that mortal inter-indebtedness which will not do away with ledgers. I would be free as air; and I'm down in the whole world's books. I am so rich, I could have given bid for bid with the wealthiest Praetorians at the auction of the Roman empire (which was the world's); and yet I owe for the flesh in the tongue I brag with. By heavens! I'll get a crucible, and into it, and dissolve myself down to one small, compendious vertebra.”
Herman Melville, Moby-Dick; or, The Whale

Sándor Márai
“Do you also believe that what gives our lives their meaning is the passion that suddenly invades us heart, soul, and body, and burns in us forever, no matter what else happens in our lives? And that if we have experienced this much, then perhaps we haven’t lived in vain? Is passion so deep and terrible and magnificent and inhuman? Is it indeed about desiring any one person, or is it about desiring desire itself? That is the question. Or perhaps, is it indeed about desiring a particular person, a single, mysterious other, once and for always, no matter whether that person is good or bad, and the intensity of our feelings bears no relation to that individual’s qualities or behavior?”
Sándor Márai, Embers

Aldous Huxley
“Indeed, a faint hypnopædic prejudice in favour of size was universal. Hence the laughter of the women to whom he made proposals, the practical joking of his equals among the men. The mockery made him feel an outsider; and feeling an outsider he behaved like one, which increased the prejudice against him and intensified the contempt and hostility aroused by his physical defects. Which in turn increased his sense of being alien and alone. A chronic fear of being slighted made him avoid his equals, made him stand, where his inferiors were concerned, self-consciously on his dignity.”
Aldous Huxley, Brave New World

Evelyn Waugh
“Perhaps all our loves are merely hints and symbols; a hill of many invisible crests; doors that open as in a dream to reveal only a further stretch of carpet and another door; perhaps you and I are types and this sadness which sometimes falls between us springs from disappointment in our search, each straining through and beyond the other, snatching a glimpse now and then of the shadow which turns the corner always a pace or two ahead of us.”
Evelyn Waugh, Brideshead Revisited

Harold S. Kushner
“Forgiveness is not a matter of exonerating people who have hurt you. They may not deserve exoneration. Forgiveness means cleansing your soul of the bitterness of ‘what might have been,’ ‘what should have been,’ and ‘what didn’t have to happen.’ Someone has defined forgiveness as ‘giving up all hope of having had a better past.’ What’s past is past and there is little to be gained by dwelling on it. There are perhaps no sadder people then the men and women who have a grievance against the world because of something that happened years ago and have let that memory sour their view of life ever since.”
Harold S. Kushner, Overcoming Life's Disappointments

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