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Lee rated a book 5 of 5 stars
Hey Folly by Mary Margaret Alvarado
Hey Folly
by Mary Margaret Alvarado
read in September, 2014
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"We've sobered up like summer sheets" is one line I really liked. Will remember it forever -- and tattoo it down my forearms should I ever sober up. But every page offers goodies galore. Good-spirited, playful, but not without knives at times inside...more
Lee rated a book 3 of 5 stars
Letters to a Young Contrarian by Christopher Hitchens
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I could extract a handful of great quotations but generally found its subtlety muddled and the italicized foreign phrases snotty and maybe he used "tautology" too often for me to really get all psyched? How many times can "extirpate" be used too? A p...more
Lee rated a book 2 of 5 stars
Friendship by Emily Gould
Friendship
by Emily Gould (Goodreads Author)
read in August, 2014
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Just finished and said aloud "oh my god they texted freaking hearts to each other." I could crap upon this novel's head from a great height but I should refrain and simply say it's not my thing. It's the sort of novel that makes me avoid contemporary...more
Lee rated a book 4 of 5 stars
The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers
The Yellow Birds
by Kevin Powers
read in August, 2014
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It's not every day you watch a beheading online and then about an hour later read about a body bomb on a bridge. Four stars for the affecting contemporaneity, for visceral scenes of engagement when the prose flexes in time with the action and traces...more
Lee rated a book 3 of 5 stars
The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. by Adelle Waldman
The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.
by Adelle Waldman (Goodreads Author)
read in August, 2014
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Really not a fan of the feeling this book gave me, its incessantly intellectualizing, grating, oft amusing but never LOL observations, its annoying new New York characters, all of them seeming more like snooty journalists than fiction writers/artists...more
Lee rated a book 4 of 5 stars
The Shimmering Go-Between by Lee Klein
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Officially available today: a good-natured, cartoonish entertainment inspired by the nascent world within the world of the World Wide Web, the involutions and perversions of Charlie Kaufmann and Todd Solondz, the accessible accelerated early stories...more
Lee rated a book 3 of 5 stars
Bluets by Maggie Nelson
Bluets
by Maggie Nelson
read in August, 2014
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A numbered meditation on longing, love, obsession, connection at once spiritual, associative, interpersonal, and physical. Superficially about a color. Wondered what she would've written about "Blue Is the Warmest Color," but then again she's given u...more
Lee rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live ... by Dave Eggers
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People seem to hear that this one has a long and unrememberable title, involves an astronaut, and that it's "all dialogue" -- and think it's gonna be "weird." I was one of those people: at first I heard that the new Eggers novel, the third in as many...more
Lee rated a book 3 of 5 stars
Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill
Dept. of Speculation
by Jenny Offill
read in August, 2014
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There's a tricky point of view thing in this in which early on the husband is addressed as "you" and then, when husband and wife experience marital difficulties, the intimacy of that direct address is lost (he's called "he") until the very end, midwa...more
Lee rated a book 5 of 5 stars
Backswing by Aaron Burch
Backswing
by Aaron Burch (Goodreads Author)
read in August, 2014
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The author is the editor of Hobart, a site and journal I've known for about a dozen years. He's married to Elizabeth Ellen, author of the excellent Fast Machine -- I indirectly set them up when they got in touch after her Eyeshot Literary Escort Serv...more
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12098 Top Ten Read 2008!!! — 15 members — last activity Dec 28, 2008 09:13AM
This is the time of year I like to dorkily, privately, review the books I've read in the past twelve months and make a list of my top ten faves. Want...more
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Welcome to the Goodreads home of the Book Fight podcast, the beer-fueled book discussion that gives tough love to literature. Mike Ingram and Tom McAl...more
9541 Listomania — 198 members — last activity Aug 19, 2014 07:52PM
I have not yet found anywhere on GoodReads for people to post their booklists! (Listopia doesn't count as they are not personal lists, but community o...more
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2011 Reading Challenge
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