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The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success
liked it
So, this was disappointing.

In sum, this book is about how some psychopathic qualities are actually really helpful and positive and incorporating them
Dec 09, 2012
Dec 06, 2012
The Kalevala
really liked it
This is a thought-provoking piece of majestic work. Thought-provoking because as I read it, an insane amount of questions kept coming to mind which I ...more
Aug 11, 2011
Aug 10, 2011
Look Homeward, Angel
it was amazing
Very rarely do I hit a wall with a book that makes me think I will never finish it. I inherited this book from my parents, who inherited it from my Na ...more
Sep 25, 2011
Aug 11, 2011
The Satanic Verses
really liked it
I have a very dirty secret involving why it took me so long to read this book. Is it because I have a hard time with Rushdie's prose? Oh my no - it go ...more
Nov 14, 2011
Aug 16, 2011
Their Eyes Were Watching God
it was amazing
I really don't know what I was expecting with this book. I recently reread Of Mules and Men - a book I read in a college Folklore and Anthropology cou ...more
Dec 03, 2011
Aug 16, 2011
The Virgin Suicides
it was amazing
Reading Eugenides is like being trapped in someone's nightmare. Someone's nightmare who is so aesthetically pleasing you don't want to leave. And he d ...more
Sep 11, 2011
Aug 30, 2011
Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex
it was amazing
My third Mary Roach book and it's as deliciously torn up with page markings as ever. I laughed so hard reading this, that strangers would come over to ...more
Jan 05, 2013
Mar 12, 2012
really liked it
I got into an argument not too long ago - the topic being who, in recent reading memory can write the best run-on sentences.

Obviously, I am nominating
Jul 15, 2011
May 25, 2011
The Wealth and Poverty of Nations: Why Some Are So Rich and Some So Poor
it was amazing
I took me 8 years to read this book. That's right, 8 years. I picked it up in 2004 because it was at the top of the suggested reading list for the for ...more
Nov 04, 2012
May 22, 2012
How to Heal a Broken Heart in 30 Days: A Day-by-Day Guide to Saying Good-bye and Getting On With Your Life
it was amazing
I was not expecting to have to be a guinea pig for this one, but heartbreak sucks. And causes mucho purchasing of self-help tomes. I read this in conj ...more
Jun 12, 2013
Apr 21, 2013
Infinite Jest
it was amazing
Finished at last, at long long last. And I realize the jest of this book is indeed Infinite. Even while feeling like the novel came to a screechy halt ...more
Jun 05, 2013
Dec 02, 2011
Havanas in Camelot: Personal Essays
it was amazing
What a completely wonderful and random gem I picked off the shelves of the library. Someone asked me recently what Styron was doing these days and I a ...more
Jul 02, 2012
Jun 29, 2012
The Memory Keeper's Daughter
did not like it
Oh lord. No, really, oh my lord. This was one of the worst books that I have read in a long long time. In fact, this book was so bad I was forced to a ...more
Apr 08, 2012
Dec 02, 2011
Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster
it was amazing
Yes, it is true, I finished this in less than 24 hours. How could I not? The subject was exciting and unimaginable to this chica, who would vstly pref ...more
Mar 13, 2012
Sep 26, 2011
Life Is a Brief Opportunity for Joy
really liked it
This book was a pleasant surprise - a tightly written simple outline of how to approach many oh-so-common everyday mental health problems ... or as th ...more
Mar 18, 2013
Mar 01, 2013
Way Worse Than Being A Dentist: The Lawyer's Quest for Meaning
really liked it
*Spoiler/ambiguous personal essay alert*

This was really funny and heartrending, especially if you're currently practicing "BigLaw" (I'm not sure what
Mar 19, 2013
Mar 18, 2013
Healing Multiple Sclerosis: Diet, Detox & Nutritional Makeover for Total Recovery
it was ok
I have an excellent ms specialist who tested me for candida in every way possible (it was negative) as part of her narrowing down what was wrong with ...more
Mar 23, 2014
Mar 21, 2014
really liked it
This book is charmingly cruel, amusingly disjointed, illogically lovable. Set during China's Cultural Revolution (an event which, I obviously need to ...more
Jan 05, 2012
Jan 03, 2012
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)
it was ok
I think Chelsea handlers set the bar too high got female comediennes who want to write a book. She actually writes stories, anecdotes, solid routines ...more
Jun 03, 2013
May 30, 2013
The Circle
liked it
My rating this vacillated from 1 for the crappy writing to 5 for some new insights into both the advantages and disadvantages of having everyone on th ...more
Jan 26, 2014
Jan 04, 2014
The Confessions of Nat Turner
it was amazing

I've read Sophie's Choice a long time ago and before this book and I marvel at the fact that an author can ask us to accept so many questions and cont
Nov 26, 2010
Nov 22, 2010
The Memoirs of a Prague Executioner
liked it
I guess I was hoping for something more stylistically approachable as a historical document, but the translation (and/or adapatation - it's not really ...more
May 13, 2013
May 08, 2013
Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt
liked it
I'm a big Michael Lewis fan and this is my industry and a great many years of my legal work but this one really didn't gel like the others and maybe i ...more
May 02, 2017
Apr 17, 2017
The Horse Whisperer
did not like it
Hands down the worst written book I've read in awhile. It was like a bad train wreck that never could stop. I actually skimmed through the entire last ...more
Oct 15, 2014
Dec 02, 2011
White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America
really liked it
This book was 63% examples from North Carolina and about 100% correct. The great American tragedy of class warfare that appears to be as impervious as ...more
May 16, 2017
Aug 29, 2016
Selling America Short: The SEC and Market Contrarians in the Age of Absurdity
it was amazing
At turns pithy, pungent and poetic with some of the most marvelous metaphors coined by a lawyer, this book offers powerful insight into the unexpected ...more
Jul 07, 2014
Jul 03, 2014
really liked it
This book was magnificent, hilarious, poignant, repugnant and pretty much non-stop. And it includes a ripping satire of oil companies, modern day Russ ...more
Dec 11, 2012
Nov 10, 2012
Liar's Poker
it was amazing
Wow, traders have it almost as bad as associates in big law except for hundred thousand dollar bonuses and god complex. Wow, I want to trade now.
Sep 10, 2013
Aug 20, 2013
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
did not like it
This book was so awful it actually starting making me mad. Guys, why is it so popular?
not set
Feb 16, 2017
Beating the Check: How to Eat Out Without Paying
really liked it
I think anyone who's ever had the dubious honor of waitressing in a chain restaurant at the mercy of horrible and cheapass customers, and with no back ...more
Jul 22, 2012
Jul 23, 2012
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