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My Dark Vanessa
4.05
really liked it
How do you best write about a fictional love affair between a teacher and a 15-year-old student that is actually a predatory relationship? There are n ...more
Feb 2020
Feb 01, 2020
 
The Nickel Boys
4.28
really liked it
I loved this novel. It is rich with detail, the plot twists in a really interesting way, the novel's structure is pretty brilliant and overall, this i ...more
Mar 07, 2019
Mar 12, 2019
 
Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive
3.73
really liked it
This book is going to garner a range of reactions when it’s published. What this book does well is illuminate the struggles of poverty and single-moth ...more
Jul 30, 2018
Jul 30, 2018
 
Fleishman Is in Trouble
3.67
liked it
This is indeed a very readable novel with really interesting characters. There are a lot of people in their early forties having mid-life crises in th ...more
May 24, 2019
May 24, 2019
 
My Absolute Darling
3.62
liked it
**spoiler alert** Given all the glowing reviews and buzz surrounding My Absolute Darling, I really wanted to like this book. But from the first chapte ...more
Sep 06, 2017
Sep 06, 2017
 
On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous
4.05
liked it
Ocean is a brilliant writer and I am a fan of his work. I even published him once in PANK! It has been thrilling to watch him soar. The prose in this ...more
Jul 15, 2019
Jul 15, 2019
 
The Idiot
3.63
it was amazing
This was an interesting novel, dense, unique, written from a very specific point of view. One of those books where I marvel that it was published and ...more
Nov 18, 2017
Nov 18, 2017
 
Less
3.68
really liked it
I wanted to dislike this book for petty reasons grounded in irrationality but it's quite a brilliant novel, with exceptional writing and a depth of ch ...more
May 2018
May 01, 2018
 
Big Little Lies
4.27
liked it
No, I haven’t seen the TV show. This book is fine. It’s certainly readable and hard to put down. I enjoyed reading Big Little Lies. But it’s shallow. ...more
Nov 29, 2017
Nov 30, 2017
 
Homegoing
4.44
really liked it

Homegoing is a very confident debut novel. Exceptionally engaging and the strongest case for reparations and black rage I've read in a long time.

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Apr 23, 2016
 
In the Dream House: A Memoir
4.54
it was amazing
With exacting, exquisite prose, Carmen Maria Machado writes about the complexities of abuse in queer relationships in her absolutely remarkable memoir ...more
Jun 28, 2019
Jun 28, 2019
 
Evvie Drake Starts Over
3.86
really liked it
This is a very charming novel. It is a juicy red apple. It is a bouquet of freshly sharpened pencils. It is, and I mean this in the best possible way, ...more
Jul 08, 2019
Jul 08, 2019
 
How We Fight For Our Lives
4.28
it was amazing
In his astonishing, unparalleled memoir, How We Fight For Our Lives, Saeed Jones writes of making his body into a weapon, a fierce thing that can cut. ...more
Mar 2019
Mar 01, 2019
 
Real Life
3.96
it was amazing
There is writing so exceptional, so intricately crafted that it demands reverence. The intimate prose of Brandon Taylor’s exquisite debut novel Real L ...more
Sep 15, 2019
Sep 15, 2019
 
Queenie
3.86
really liked it
This is the kind of novel whose excellence sneaks up on you. The beginning is kind of rocky and I wasn't sure where the book was going but then it get ...more
Jul 2019
Jul 01, 2019
 
Three Women
3.69
it was ok
What even is this book? Broadly, it follows the desires and sex lives of three women but... it feels like a novelization more than reportage. Ten year ...more
Aug 02, 2019
Aug 06, 2019
 
The Dutch House
4.13
really liked it
This was an absorbing read even though the narrator was infuriating, self-absorbed, oblivious, selfish, and annoying. It follows two siblings, Danny a ...more
Feb 21, 2020
Feb 21, 2020
 
The Underground Railroad
4.03
really liked it
Excellent writing, strong concept. I am personally burnt out on slavery narratives so I cannot say this was a pleasure to read. So much unrelenting ho ...more
not set
Aug 15, 2016
 
Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion
4.19
really liked it
This is an outstanding, rigorously researched and written collection of cultural criticism. I really admired the depth of thought here. I felt like ea ...more
Nov 13, 2019
Nov 15, 2019
 
Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha, #1)
4.12
really liked it
This was a gripping read. The world building here is phenomenal. The main characters are richly drawn and I was invested in each of their struggles. T ...more
Jun 09, 2018
Jun 10, 2018
 
Heavy: An American Memoir
4.45
it was amazing
How do you carry the weight of being a black man in America? In electrifying, deliberate prose, Kiese Laymon tries to answer that question from the fi ...more
Apr 16, 2018
Apr 16, 2018
 
Black Leopard, Red Wolf (The Dark Star Trilogy #1)
3.44
really liked it
This book is a lot--a labyrinth within a maze, an enigma within a conundrum. Beautifully intense prose that doesn't allow for lazy reading. Immense ph ...more
Feb 20, 2019
Feb 20, 2019
 
Uncommon Type
3.44
liked it
These stories are aggressively competent and aggressively bland. There is a very old fashioned feel to them as if the author yearns for simpler times. ...more
Nov 14, 2017
Nov 14, 2017
 
Pachinko
4.27
it was amazing
What a marvelous, deeply engrossing novel about four generations of a Korean family in Japan. There was a lot of story here and a lot of history (of w ...more
Jul 25, 2017
Jul 26, 2017
 
Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man
3.95
liked it
This is written well enough but there is no new information here. Most of the book focuses on Fred Trump Sr (trash) and Fred Jr, the author’s dad whos ...more
Jul 15, 2020
Jul 15, 2020
 
Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup
4.42
really liked it
Fascinating accounting of the Theranos scam and I do mean SCAM. Exhaustively reported. I do wish there had been more analysis of how a scam of this ma ...more
Jun 21, 2018
Jun 21, 2018
 
There There
3.98
really liked it
This is an ambitious novel told in stories about different Indians in Oakland whose lives converge at a Pow Wow. It took me a long time to get into th ...more
Nov 04, 2018
Nov 04, 2018
 
Wow, No Thank You.
3.98
really liked it
This was smart, funny and charming as with Irby’s other books. I enjoyed reading it. Few writers do self deprecation to elucidate a larger point as we ...more
Apr 22, 2020
Apr 22, 2020
 
Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House
3.44
liked it
This book was hilarious and terrifying and confirmed pretty much everything most of us have suspected about the incompetence of the Trump administrati ...more
Jan 18, 2018
Jan 29, 2018
 
Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body
4.18
it was amazing
I haven't written this yet but it will be okay. Food is delicious.

UPDATE: I have created a Word File entitled Hunger_Book. I have copied and pasted m
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Jul 31, 2014
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