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The City & the City by China Miéville
The City & the City
by China Miéville (Goodreads Author)
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My Planet by Mary Roach
" I was really excited to finally getting around to reading this book, as I'm a huge fan of Mary Roach and have read all her other books. I was anticipating this one to be just like the others, except about Earth stuff, you know? All about science-y... " Read more of this review »
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Drunk Mom by Jowita Bydlowska
Drunk Mom
by Jowita Bydlowska (Goodreads Author)
read in May, 2014
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Profoundly disturbing portrait of real addiction. Pay no attention to reviewers who say "I liked the book but I didn't like her." By that metric, people wouldn't listen to Van Morrison or watch Russell Crowe act.

There were moments in the first half o...more
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Flash Boys by Michael Lewis
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Very well-written, as with most of Michael Lewis' books. And where some of his previous books made me amused, this one made me disgusted.

I will say that it's difficult to be objective about this, because -- as Lewis himself frequently acknowledges --...more
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Give and Take by Adam M. Grant
Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success
by Adam M. Grant (Goodreads Author)
read in April, 2014
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Drunk Mom by Jowita Bydlowska
Drunk Mom
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American Pastoral by Philip Roth
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Gave this the rare 5 -- it's that good. Roth's characters are frequently not likable, but he is spot on in capturing the way they would think, speak, and act. Several times, I put the book down with a shudder, either to get a momentary reprieve from...more
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For the People by Anelia Schutte
For the People
by Anelia Schutte (Goodreads Author)
read in March, 2014
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Fascinating and well-written look at life in pre- and post-apartheid South Africa, from a white woman who left as a child and came back many years later to understand her native country and its past. With a journalist's eye, the author set out to int...more
John and 285 other people liked Lisa Kelsey's review of The Goldfinch:
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
" As I read the reviews I am fascinated by the fact that I agree with aspects of many of them, whether they rate the book one, two, three, or even four stars. Even the positive reviews point out the very many flaws. I suppose it all comes down to wh... " Read more of this review »
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The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
The Goldfinch
by Donna Tartt
read in March, 2014
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Frustrating. I wanted to like this so much more than I did. The hand of the novelist is always clear: her tone, her moral, her vision is never distinct from the work itself. Granted, Steinbeck is ever-present in The Grapes Of Wrath, too. But this did...more
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