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Less
3.77
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
 
Homegoing
4.42
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.

Seri
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not set
Apr 23, 2016
 
My Absolute Darling
3.65
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
 
Black Leopard, Red Wolf (The Dark Star Trilogy, #1)
3.70
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
 
The Underground Railroad
4.02
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
 
Pachinko
4.26
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
 
Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body
4.21
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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not set
Jul 31, 2014
 
Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House
3.45
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
 
Bad Feminist: Essays
3.94
This writer certainly has a LOT OF OPINIONS. I mean...
not set
Nov 14, 2013
 
Ayiti
4.31
it was amazing
I wrote it and all but it's pretty good.
not set
Jun 03, 2011
 
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
 
Big Little Lies
4.25
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
 
An Untamed State
4.07
Pretty decent debut novel. Protagonist loves to exhale.
not set
Sep 23, 2013
 
A Little Life
4.29
it was amazing
Brilliant, devastating, heartbreaking. Fucking hatefully sad at times. There are places that are overwrought and overwritten but this is an amazing, e ...more
not set
Sep 13, 2015
 
Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup
4.48
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
 
Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha, #1)
4.22
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
 
My Sister, the Serial Killer
3.83
really liked it
Clever novel about two sisters, one of whom is a serial killer, the other the resentful, yearning enabler. The satirical bent works really well here b ...more
Oct 24, 2018
Oct 24, 2018
 
Sing, Unburied, Sing
4.04
really liked it
Beautifully written. So many layers. I don't know that there is another writer who captures the complexities of the south and the legacies of racism a ...more
Jun 21, 2018
Jun 21, 2018
 
Uncommon Type
3.46
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
 
The Rules Do Not Apply
3.74
really liked it
Hmm. The writing on a sentence level is exquisite. Levy's vocabulary is just superb. This is an interesting book. Levy demonstrates self awareness and ...more
Apr 18, 2017
Apr 18, 2017
 
The Wedding Date
3.51
it was amazing
What a charming, warm, sexy gem of a novel. I couldn’t put The Wedding Date down. I love a good romance and this delivered from the first page to the ...more
Sep 21, 2017
Sep 21, 2017
 
The End of the End of the Earth: Essays
3.52
it was ok
Sigh. Franzen can write. He is intelligent. His nonfiction is just not my cup of tea. There is an authorial distance I find offputting but I understan ...more
Aug 17, 2018
Aug 17, 2018
 
You Think It, I'll Say It
3.77
really liked it
Solid collection. Sittenfeld is an excellent writer. These stories are all beautifully composed and they draw you in. I am impressed by how engaged I ...more
May 17, 2018
May 17, 2018
 
Convenience Store Woman
3.73
it was amazing
A quirky novel about a 36 year old woman who works in a convenience store and cannot conceive herself beyond her job. But this is also about a woman w ...more
Nov 02, 2018
Nov 02, 2018
 
Her Body and Other Parties
3.91
it was amazing
The stories in Carmen Maria Machado’s Her Body and Other Parties vibrate with originality, queerness, sensuality and the strange. Her voracious imagin ...more
Apr 09, 2017
Apr 09, 2017
 
Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive
3.81
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
 
The Perfect Nanny
3.42
really liked it
This is one of this intensely interior novels that are claustrophobic and incredibly engaging and disturbing. I was very aware that I was reading a tr ...more
Jan 28, 2018
Jan 29, 2018
 
There There
4.04
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
 
We Are Never Meeting In Real Life
3.93
it was amazing
Reading Samantha Irby’s We Are Never Meeting In Real Life cracked my heart all the way open. The essays in this outstanding collection are full of her ...more
Jan 04, 2017
Jan 04, 2017
 
Heart Berries: A Memoir
3.89
it was amazing
Heart Berries by Terese Mailhot is an astounding memoir in essays. Here, is a wound. Here is need, naked and unapologetic. Here is a mountain woman, t ...more
Nov 05, 2017
Nov 05, 2017
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