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Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live ... by Dave Eggers
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I liked it...except for this one substantial part that I really, really, really hated. If you know me and know what I do for a living, you would know that one character in this story and I had the exact same job. This character, somewhat predictably,...more
What We Talk about When We Talk about God by Rob Bell
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Faith, poetry, science, hermeneutics, pop culture, paradoxes, the unknowable, and difficult questions - this imminently readable little book contains multitudes. As an open-minded discourse on the nature of God, it succeeds wildly. If you are looking...more
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski
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I read this, and I really liked it quite a lot. It made me feel closer to my dog.
The Loudest Voice in the Room by Gabriel Sherman
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I find myself endlessly disgusted and transfixed by the guile of Fox News. I feel a heavy sadness at the misinformation that it spews and the dissent that it sows so widely amongst certain disillusioned people groups in our country.

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The Days of Anna Madrigal by Armistead Maupin
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Armistead Maupin's "Tales of the City" novels were one of the first touchstones of gay culture that I was able to access during my let's-call-them formative years, and thus will always be very special and personal to me. I will be a "Tales" fanboy an...more
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
The Fault in Our Stars
by John Green (Goodreads Author)
read in February, 2014
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Unpredictably, fantastically charming. Devastatingly painful. Hilariously off-color and tastefully offensive. Believably bellicose in an novel, no-nonsense, and straightforward sense. Addictive and appealing. Simple, and stunningly effective in its s...more
Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
Tell the Wolves I'm Home
by Carol Rifka Brunt (Goodreads Author)
read in January, 2014
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My wonderful best friend / book fairy-godmother Liza provided me with this one, and she told me I could love it or hate it and that either reaction would be okay. I kind of did both.

Bleak. That's my one word summary, and the reason why I felt like I...more
The Circle by Dave Eggers
The Circle
by Dave Eggers
read in October, 2013
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Now, this book.

I'm a longtime Eggers fan, but "The Circle" is unlike anything that I've read from him before. Fast-paced, thought-provoking paranoia fiction with a chewy moral center suits him well, it turns out.

This book definitely raised my awarene...more
Double Down by Mark Halperin
Double Down: Game Change 2012
by Mark Halperin
read in November, 2013
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Oh, politics. I love you so.

Following up "Game Change," their chronicle of the 2008 Obama/McCain election cycle, with "Double Down," this recount of the 2012 Obama/Romney slugfest, Mark Halperin and John Heilemann have my loyal readership forever.

Days of Fire by Peter Baker
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This book is an *exhaustive* and fascinating history of the Bush-Cheney Presidency. In a lot of ways, reading, reliving, and learning some of the behind-the-scenes details of this tumultuous time mirrors what it was like to live through those eight y...more
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