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K is reading The Lotus Eaters
Eh. Usually a bad sign when an author randomly puts you in other characters' heads for brief intervals just so you can know how much they love the main character. Can't you just make your main character lovable to the reader without needing all these other characters to cheer them on?
Aug 01, 2014 01:59PM Add a comment
The Lotus Eaters

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What's up with goodreads suddenly posting a whole bunch of my reviews from years ago? And not posting the ones I wrote today? Odd.
Jul 31, 2014 04:57PM 8 comments

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K is reading To Rise Again at a Decent Hour
It may have a low goodreads rating, but experience has taught me that if my goodreads friend Susan KG likes something, it's worth a try for me. Let's hear it for goodreads friends!
Jul 16, 2014 04:54AM Add a comment
To Rise Again at a Decent Hour

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K is reading Mortality
Despite my lukewarm experience with Hitch-22, I'll try this one. It looks like a more personal and touching book, plus it's very short.
Jul 15, 2014 06:47PM Add a comment
Mortality

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K is reading Delicious!
Eh. So far this book is living up to my predictions. Which is not a good thing.
Jul 03, 2014 05:46PM Add a comment
Delicious!

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On a Christopher Hitchens kick -- what a fabulous writer and thinker. Unfortunately, every sentence counts and these are not books you can space out with; it's work to read them. Best savored in small doses. It would be good to also have an alternate book that I could relax with, but I haven't found one that appeals to me.
Jun 28, 2014 07:46PM Add a comment

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K is reading Attachments
In this busy Passover season, chick lit is exactly what I need right now.
Apr 10, 2014 07:17PM 5 comments
Attachments

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K is reading My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel
"In a rare moment of bliss, Israel's decency overcame Israel's brutality, and Palestinian realism overcame Palestinian extremism." A rather loaded dichotomy. Vaccillating between decency and brutality seems far more damning than vaccillating between realism and extremism. The former is about behavior and includes a highly negative descriptor; the latter is about emotion and far more neutral.
Mar 30, 2014 08:01PM Add a comment
My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel

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K is reading Marriage Confidential
Hard to look at this book objectively after reading this review.
Mar 10, 2014 04:58AM 2 comments
Marriage Confidential

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K is reading Still Life with Bread Crumbs
I love Anna Quindlen's writing, and I found her very endearing when she read her memoir. But I'm not loving this book. Writing notwithstanding, it kind of meanders aimlessly and actually has some chick lit(!) cliches (we randomly enter the guy's head on occasion so we can hear him rhapsodize about the woman when he otherwise has no personality or perspective). Also, some overly unsympathetic characters.
Feb 19, 2014 05:33PM Add a comment
Still Life with Bread Crumbs

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K is reading Ladies' Night
Kinda cute, if a little silly and over the top. I think I was a bit more charmed by Weezie and Bebe in her other book, Savannah Blues. Maybe it was just timing or the fact that that was the first one of hers I'd read. But I haven't put it down yet, which is saying something.
Jan 29, 2014 03:13PM Add a comment
Ladies' Night

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K is reading Perfidy
Ok, not sure what to make of this. Clearly biased and agenda driven. Claims not well-supported by footnotes. Kastner is being accused of testifying to save a former Nazi. I think that issue is more complicated than it appears at first glance, but it's being treated as open and shut.
Jan 26, 2014 06:17PM Add a comment
Perfidy

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K is reading Little Failure
I've been vaccillating between well-written memoir that's kind of navel-gazing and navel-gazing memoir that's kind of well-written. Right now I'm leaning toward the latter. But the reviewers say it gets better, so I'll keep going.
Jan 14, 2014 04:19AM Add a comment
Little Failure

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K is reading Wish You Well
Eh. I really hope this gets better. Right now I'm feeling like I fell into a Disney movie.
Jan 13, 2014 03:31PM Add a comment
Wish You Well

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K is reading The Island
As with much chick lit, the men feel less like three-dimensional characters and more like conveniently behaving puppets for the women to respond to and move the plot along. That said, this is a decent listen and pretty good chick lit. Not amazing, but certainly decent.
Jan 08, 2014 07:34AM Add a comment
The Island

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This quote from the Atlantic made me feel validated:
"At the 1999 National Book Awards ceremony Oprah Winfrey told of calling Toni Morrison to say that she had had to puzzle over many of the latter's sentences. According to Oprah, Morrison's reply was "That, my dear, is called reading." Sorry, my dear Toni, but it's actually called bad writing. Great prose isn't always easy, but it's always lucid..."
Dec 31, 2013 05:58PM 6 comments

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K is reading Like Dreamers: The Paratroopers Who Reunited Jerusalem in the Six-Day War, and the Divided Israel They Created
Fabulous so far. The multiplicity of opinions presents a nuanced view which is so refreshing after the one-dimensionality of "Fast Times in Palestine."
Dec 28, 2013 04:05PM Add a comment
Like Dreamers: The Paratroopers Who Reunited Jerusalem in the Six-Day War, and the Divided Israel They Created

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K is reading Orthodox by Design: Judaism, Print Politics, and the ArtScroll Revolution
The topic interests me but I can tell it's going to be a project to get through this book. The language is far more academic and less accessible than "Strictly Kosher Reading."
Dec 27, 2013 12:07PM Add a comment
Orthodox by Design: Judaism, Print Politics, and the ArtScroll Revolution

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K is reading Strictly Kosher Reading: Popular Literature and the Condition of Contemporary Orthodoxy
Fascinating so far. Two things that surprise me: He does not cite "Educated and Ignorant" by Tamar El-Or, and he does not mention the Vietnam War as a catalyzing force of the baal teshuva movement and subsequent increased religious fervor among Orthodox Jews.
Dec 03, 2013 04:29AM Add a comment
Strictly Kosher Reading: Popular Literature and the Condition of Contemporary Orthodoxy

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K is reading Off-Topic: The Story of an Internet Revolt
I guess what I’m really trying to say is that, as an author who’s decided to publish his work, I am realistic enough, intelligent enough,and mature enough to understand that not everyone is going to love
it, some are going to hate it, and most just won’t give a shit. And whatever their reasons, that’s their prerogative."
Nov 07, 2013 08:10PM Add a comment
Off-Topic: The Story of an Internet Revolt

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K is reading Off-Topic: The Story of an Internet Revolt
"Frankly, if someone wants to write my book a mean-spirited review, shelve it under wouldratherchokeonmotoroilspooge”, or rate it one star without ever having read a single page, I don’t flag this kind of behavior, because it already says much more about the people engaging in it than it does about me or my associates. Not only that,
but the day we silence their voices, we’ve just endorsed our own silencing as well
Nov 07, 2013 08:08PM Add a comment
Off-Topic: The Story of an Internet Revolt

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K is reading Off-Topic: The Story of an Internet Revolt
"There was something so unutterably ridiculous
about the sight of a US company deleting posts accusing it of
censorship..."
Nov 07, 2013 06:55PM Add a comment
Off-Topic: The Story of an Internet Revolt

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K is reading The Husband's Secret
Aaarrrgggghhh! Itunes syncing deleted this audiobook and now I'm #8 on the library waiting list to re-download it. Sigh. Why did this have to happen with an audiobook I was actually enjoying?
Oct 22, 2013 05:30PM 2 comments
The Husband's Secret

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K is reading The Hypnotist's Love Story
So far this is shaping up to be a great chick lit read. I'm happily suspending my inner snob. Not surprising from the author of "What Alice Forgot."
Sep 29, 2013 11:16AM Add a comment
The Hypnotist's Love Story

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K is reading The Engagements
Here we go again. Of course, Sullivan can't just tell me her character is fascinated by the Lindbergh story. She has to give me every detail of the kidnapping. Sigh. I have a feeling I'm not going to end up finishing this.
Sep 25, 2013 03:18PM Add a comment
The Engagements

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K is reading The Engagements
Maybe this is simply a function of Sullivan's tendency to belabor a point with excessive redundant details. But these women who really, really, don't want to get married and are truly, truly happy come across as protesting too much. I actually believe a woman can be happy unmarried. I don't need to be convinced. The endless protestations to that effect are counterproductive and getting on my nerves.
Sep 17, 2013 02:46PM 2 comments
The Engagements

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K is reading The Engagements
The J. Courtney Sullivan school of writing: why give just one detail when you can give five? When citing a document on hippies, don't just choose the most telling line -- write out the whole thing! When talking about how a character feels about her engagement ring, don't just describe one detail -- describe the whole thing! When -- oh, God, I'm doing it too.
Sep 15, 2013 09:33AM Add a comment
The Engagements

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K is reading The Engagements
I forgot how tedious J. Courtney Sullivan can be, at least on audio. This book seems so overwritten.
Sep 15, 2013 03:41AM Add a comment
The Engagements

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