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By Night in Chile
3.86
it was amazing
What I have come to appreciate reading Bolaño's book is the fact that he takes you on several small journeys getting you from plot-point to plot-point ...more
May 2008
May 07, 2008
 
Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq's Green Zone
4.02
it was amazing
Alternate Titles for this book could have been:

1. How not to rebuild a nation you just bombed the sh*t out of
2. How to F*ck up everything you touch, t
...more
Feb 02, 2010
Feb 02, 2010
 
Our Town
3.64
it was amazing
Goodbye, Grover’s Corners

I saw a really terrible movie this weekend called "Stardust". I thought that it would be terrific since the cast is star-stud
...more
not set
May 07, 2008
 
Generation Kill: Devil Dogs, Iceman, Captain America, and the New Face of American War
4.26
it was amazing
There is something that Evan Wright was able to do in writing this book that the other authors, even the award winners like Dexter Filkins and Steve F ...more
Apr 19, 2009
Apr 11, 2009
 
Drown
4.05
it was amazing
WOW! Just freaking wow!!!

I picked this book up because I enjoyed The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. When I started to read it, I thought that this
...more
May 12, 2008
May 07, 2008
 
Narcisa: Our Lady of Ashes
3.77
liked it
I love this book even though reading it has been painful. It holds up a mirror to my own co-dependency and makes me realize just how bad it could poss ...more
May 10, 2015
May 04, 2015
 
The Return of Depression Economics and the Crisis of 2008
3.81
really liked it
This is an excellent review of the reasons why the American economy has turned into the debacle that is before us. Must read explanation at the end of ...more
Dec 29, 2008
Dec 29, 2008
 
Boomsday
3.71
liked it
Two words come to mind as I read this, fast and glib. I have to say that I really enjoyed this book. It read like a tasty drink of mostly empty calori ...more
Jun 17, 2008
Jun 09, 2008
 
Big Boy Rules: America's Mercenaries Fighting in Iraq
3.78
liked it
The remarkable thing about this book is that the author, Steve Fainaru, is able to move the focus off of the larger issues of the military's use of so ...more
Apr 09, 2009
Apr 06, 2009
 
The Zeroes: My Misadventures in the Decade Wall Street Went Insane
3.63
really liked it
I've become a junkie for all the books about the recent economic crisis. For one reason, I think it largely defines (along with the wars in Iraq/Afgha ...more
Jan 20, 2011
Jan 20, 2011
 
Consequences
3.55
it was amazing
I approached this book as a case study. What I found when I read this was an author who is beyond smart, doing interesting things with her writing, ch ...more
Nov 09, 2009
Aug 24, 2008
 
The Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band
4.16
liked it
An interesting case study in what happens to young men from small-city America once you remove all the consequences from their actions.

The results are
...more
Oct 15, 2010
Oct 15, 2010
 
The Buyout of America: How Private Equity Will Cause the Next Great Credit Crisis
3.51
really liked it
A very interesting look around the next corner of the financial crisis where few (if any) analysts/economists/pundits have yet even discerned that the ...more
Oct 15, 2010
Jul 10, 2010
 
Leviathan Wakes (The Expanse, #1)
4.21
liked it
I like this book. But in full disclosure, I think that I like the series better. Sometimes there are stories that adapt very well to the screen and I ...more
Apr 21, 2017
Apr 13, 2017
 
The Taqwacores
3.73
it was amazing
Congratulations. You have just come across the most vital work of fiction of the new millennium.

But first, you are going to have to check your anti-Mu
...more
Apr 15, 2009
Mar 25, 2009
 
Famous Suicides of the Japanese Empire
3.42
it was ok
I really tried to like this book (mostly based on the positive notes on it from Junot Diaz). But the deeper I got into it, the more it read like a con ...more
Oct 14, 2008
Aug 24, 2008
 
Alone
4.38
it was amazing
You don't read this graphic novel as much as experience it. You want to take time and let the artwork affect you. Really pay attention to what is happ ...more
Jul 21, 2017
Jul 21, 2017
 
The Ninth Hour
3.70
liked it
If I could choose one word that described Alice McDermott's writing style, that word would be "precise". Reading her prose is like watching a master s ...more
Sep 27, 2017
Sep 05, 2017
 
Candy Girl: A Year in the Life of an Unlikely Stripper
3.54
really liked it
If you ever wanted to know what kind of a person goes from couch dancing in a skeevy Minneapolis strip club to winning an Academy Award, while firing ...more
Apr 12, 2009
Jul 26, 2008
 
A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire, #4)
4.10
it was amazing
More of the good pulpy, juicy goodness that is Game of Thrones.

Word of warning though, this book is a giant reset on the series. Whole new parts of We
...more
Oct 04, 2013
Oct 04, 2013
 
A Bend in the River
3.77
liked it
I read an article somewhere about a man in Africa who made his living as a river guide. He was bemoaning the loss of the colonial days where as brutal ...more
not set
May 07, 2008
 
The Death of the Liberal Class
3.99
really liked it
I really like these little tomes that Chris Hedges puts out, because while the content is most serious and requires some reflection, the prospect of g ...more
Feb 22, 2011
Nov 12, 2010
 
October 1964
4.14
really liked it
One of the most terrific sports books ever written (IMHO). There is wonderful kismet in this book in the way that Halberstam was one of the greatest A ...more
not set
Jun 12, 2008
 
Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street
3.58
it was amazing
This book is truly amazing. That it starts with such a deep backstory in order to properly set up all the important characters is quite an interesting ...more
Mar 03, 2009
Jan 17, 2009
 
A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, #5)
4.31
really liked it
I really loved this book, but that's probably more because I have been sucked into the serial now. I love the characters and want to know what happens ...more
Oct 29, 2013
Oct 29, 2013
 
A Brief History of Seven Killings
3.86
it was amazing
Wow, read this book before Hollywood gets a hold of it and turns it into something stupid (unless Cary Fukunaga or David Simon make it, then it might ...more
Dec 29, 2015
Oct 15, 2015
 
Days Without End
4.02
it was amazing
This book was...uh, NOT what I expected, not what the book jacket was describing, not a typical cowboy novel.

Honestly, when I saw that this book was l
...more
Aug 2017
Aug 01, 2017
 
My Absolute Darling
3.78
liked it
Mild Spoilers - 3.5 Stars:

Such a problematic book, so hard to read that I almost put it down a few times. So flawed and yet, I didn't put it down. I s
...more
Nov 24, 2017
Oct 06, 2017
 
The Comedy of Errors
3.73
liked it
After reading this in high school, I had the opportunity to see the National Shakespeare Company perform it at The Globe theater in Odessa, TX. which ...more
Jan 1988
Jun 12, 2008
 
Suite Française
3.82
it was amazing
For some reason, as I read this, it reminds me of Raymond Carver's short cuts if only in the way that the book is actually a series of loosely connect ...more
May 25, 2008
May 07, 2008
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