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Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Lolita
by Vladimir Nabokov
read in October, 2014
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Lolita is a courageous and truly unbelievable novel. Though clearly by/or/about a foreigner, Nabokov's descriptions of 1940s America are as timeless and perfect as his better known odes to twisted passion.

For example, Nabokov's take on traffic signs...more
One Summer by Bill Bryson
One Summer: America, 1927
by Bill Bryson
read in August, 2014
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One Summer has an astounding volume of facts drawn from what was surely an appalling amount of archival research. Unfortunately, Bryson would have done well to cool his jets with the microfiche; about 10% of his nuggets are interesting. While the sub...more
Pastoralia by George Saunders
Pastoralia
by George Saunders
read in August, 2014
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Reading "Tenth of December" left me wanting more George Saunders, so I picked up "Pastoralia" to indulge myself. I enjoyed this collection much less than Saunders' more recent anthology, in part because I began predicting and growing tired of the aut...more
The Wapshot Scandal by John Cheever
The Wapshot Scandal
by John Cheever
read in July, 2014
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John Cheever, best known for his short stories, also wrote a handful of worthwhile novels, including this one. Though in fact a novel, the Wapshot Scandal reads more like an anthology of related stories strung together by overlapping characters and s...more
Tenth of December by George Saunders
Tenth of December
by George Saunders
read in July, 2014
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George Saunders is way out there. While the subject matter of his stories is consistently bleak, black, and absurd (e.g. human lawn ornaments strung together with a cord through the brain, a world of drugs that can boost your vocabulary or drive user...more
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Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck
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Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
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Portnoy's Complaint by Philip Roth
Portnoy's Complaint
by Philip Roth
read in June, 2014
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Keeping with the trend I seem to be on of reading exclusively white, male, mid-century (and, often Jewish) writers (unintentional I swear), I decided to read Portnoy's Complaint - one of Philip Roth's most controversial and lusty works, a book that p...more
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Pastoralia by George Saunders
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Rabbit, Run by John Updike
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Rabbit, Run is a plain language, present tense description of a selfish, young man (exactly my age, incidentally, so maybe not that young anymore...) who leaves his pregnant wife and lives in sin with a scarlet woman a few years too many before Free...more
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