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Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
Sense and Sensibility
by Jane Austen
read in April, 2007
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Clearly not for pleasure. Typical Austen: some people have nea=gative impressions of other people, and then they fall in love. Some crazy issue with inheritance involved.
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Au Bonheur des Dames (The Ladies' Delight) by Émile Zola
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Probably my favorite of the French realist novels I've read (although that's not saying much). I probably learned more about literature by reading it than another other book, except maybe In Cold Blood. Zola, Flaubert, Shakespeare and Capote make you ...more
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Untold Stories by Alan Bennett
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Influence by Robert B. Cialdini
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Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
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Unquestionably my favorite book of my youth. I read it constantly and still have my old copy, cover torn off and all, so I suppose it would now be illegal to sell or something, although I never understood that rule. I have a feeling it's similar to c ...more
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Howliday Inn by James Howe
Howliday Inn
by James Howe
read in September, 1994
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I can't believe we collectively remembered this book. It actually wasn't very good, if I recall. So why did I remember the author's name 13 years later?
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Happiness by Richard Layard
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First half: somewhat faulty science whose flaws were mildly offensive to my sensibilities. Example: a study of nuns showed that 21% of those most cheerful died in the following nine years, compared to 55% of least cheerful nuns. Layard claims this "s ...more
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How to Be Alone by Jonathan Franzen
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Plays 5 by Tom Stoppard
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Demonic Males by Richard W. Wrangham
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A semi-depressing take on the inevitability of uncontrollable violence and a huge push for the development of a female utopia a la Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Made Noel cry.
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