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Where I Was From
3.86
really liked it
I picked this one up after a close friend of mine had recently come in contact with someone who has spent significant time in California. This book is ...more
Nov 2008
Nov 01, 2008
 
Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life
3.87
really liked it
The Steve Martin that I remember most is the movie actor from “Parenthood,” “Three Amigos” and “Father of the Bride.” As such, I am a bit too young to ...more
Aug 2008
Aug 12, 2008
 
The Johnstown Flood
4.11
really liked it
Normally a book about a flood follows a rather well worn path. People are unaware of the great risk they face, the day begins with no one the wiser, t ...more
Dec 2007
Dec 09, 2007
 
Licks of Love: Short Stories and a Sequel, "Rabbit Remembered"
3.80
really liked it
**spoiler alert** Of course, my main motivation in reading “Licks of Love” was the novella included within, Rabbit Remembered. Set near New Year’s Eve ...more
Jun 2008
Jun 21, 2008
 
Of Mice and Men
3.85
it was amazing
Similar to Steinbeck's The Pearl, Of Mice and Men attempts to explain the nature of being human and one's struggles to identify a place in the univers ...more
Aug 2008
Aug 25, 2008
 
The White Album
4.20
it was amazing
The joy I experience in reading Joan Didion is for me, quite unique. I have read only one of her works of fiction, but I find her works of non-fiction ...more
Nov 2008
Oct 26, 2008
 
The Alchemist
3.83
really liked it
More a fable than a book, the central thesis of this work is “follow your dreams.” Santiago is a young shepherd in the Andalusia region of Spain. He i ...more
Oct 2008
Nov 01, 2008
 
The Grapes of Wrath
3.93
it was amazing
The version of “The Grapes of Wrath” that I picked up was upwards of 600 pages, yet I read the book in approximately four days. It is quite simply one ...more
Sep 2008
Sep 14, 2008
 
Seven Seconds or Less: My Season on the Bench with the Runnin' and Gunnin' Phoenix Suns
3.99
liked it
After finishing Paul Shirley’s memoir “Can I Keep My Jersey” in which he details his life bouncing around the NBA, ABA and Europe playing basketball, ...more
Oct 2008
Oct 19, 2008
 
Never Let Me Go
3.81
it was amazing
Incredibly interesting and haunting novel that I was unable to put down once I started. On the surface this book has a bit of a science fiction feel t ...more
Jul 2008
Jul 05, 2008
 
A Year at the Races: Reflections on Horses, Humans, Love, Money, and Luck
3.89
liked it
Picked this one up at the library after being impressed with a review I had read somewhere. This book is a memoir about a year in the life of the auth ...more
Jul 2008
Jul 21, 2008
 
Enduring Love
3.62
it was amazing
**spoiler alert** I found this book to be riveting. Once I started it, I virtually could not put it down. The story combines two seemingly unrelated e ...more
Feb 2008
Feb 21, 2008
 
Can I Keep My Jersey?: Eleven Teams, Six Years, Five Countries, and My So-called Career as a Professional Basketball Player
3.80
liked it
Definitely not your older brother’s book written by a current player describing life inside the NBA. Usually those books are pretty boring because the ...more
Oct 2008
Oct 05, 2008
 
Sense and Sensibility
4.06
really liked it
**spoiler alert** I was able to read this, my third Jane Austen novel, in advance of the PBS Masterpiece presentation during the past two Sunday eveni ...more
Apr 2008
Mar 24, 2008
 
Columbine
4.27
it was amazing
My first year in law school, just about ready to sit for the second set of finals and I was still in the part of my life where I could take naps. (Alt ...more
Jan 2017
Mar 12, 2015
 
The Master
3.83
really liked it
This book is a fictional biography of five years in the life of the great master, Henry James. This book can likely be enjoyed without some familiarit ...more
Jul 2008
Jul 13, 2008
 
On the Road
3.64
it was amazing
When I was in elementary school, our playground was separated from I-10 by just a few large pine trees and a very large fence. Occasionally, we would ...more
Mar 2008
Mar 11, 2008
 
Babbitt
3.65
it was amazing
Babbitt is the story of forty-six year old George F. Babbitt, real estate broker living in the Midwestern city of Zenith. Babbitt is the middle to upp ...more
May 2008
Apr 27, 2008
 
Lord of the Flies
3.65
really liked it
One of those classics that are so much a part of the culture that it feels like you have read them, even when you have not. The story concerns a group ...more
Oct 2008
Oct 04, 2008
 
The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock and Other Poems
4.32
it was amazing
Perhaps my favorite poem for its vivid use of imagery and metaphor. One of my favorite memories of the play is the Crash Test Dummies song, "Afternoon ...more
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Jul 09, 2007
 
Rabbit at Rest (Rabbit Angstrom #4)
3.96
it was amazing
**spoiler alert** Enough - so ends the fourth installment of the Rabbit series and Rabbit himself in “Rabbit at Rest.” Set in both sunny southwest Flo ...more
Jun 2008
Jun 10, 2008
 
Listen, Liberal: Or, What Ever Happened to the Party of the People
4.14
liked it
Just because you don't like the arguments doesn't mean you didn't like the book.

I'm from the practical wing of the Democratic Party. To paraphrase a r
...more
Mar 2017
Feb 23, 2016
 
Ghosts of Manila: The Fateful Blood Feud Between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier
3.91
really liked it
Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali fought three epic battles in the ring, the most remembered of which was the “Thrilla in Manila.” If you have ever seen re ...more
Nov 2001
Feb 15, 2008
 
My Friend Leonard
3.83
really liked it
A whole bunch of hubbub concerning this James Frey work centered on whether this book was fiction or a memoir, but in all honesty, I don’t really know ...more
May 2008
May 15, 2008
 
How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization
3.77
it was amazing
In November 2006, my local cable provider finally offered both Fox Soccer Channel and GolTV as part of the digital sports tier. My flirtation with soc ...more
Oct 2008
Oct 19, 2008
 
The Professor's House
3.76
really liked it
This was the second Willa Cather book that I have read and while I did not find it quite as impressive as “My Antonia,” I thought it was still quite r ...more
Jul 2008
Jul 21, 2008
 
The Story of Chicago May
3.23
liked it
Interesting biography of the colorful criminal known as Chicago May. The author does a great job pointing out that the purpose of this biography is to ...more
Feb 2008
Jan 21, 2008
 
The Mitchell Report: Report To The Commissioner Of Baseball Of An Independent Investigation Into The Illegal Use Of Steroids And Other Performance Enhancing Substances By Players In Major League Baseball
2.40
liked it
It is difficult for me to write about baseball without engaging in some of that overly sentimental fawning about how baseball is the truly American sp ...more
Jan 2008
Jan 16, 2008
 
Black Dogs
3.44
it was amazing
**spoiler alert** Quick novella set against the backdrop of the fall of the Berlin wall where a son in-law tries to uncover the complexities of his in ...more
Mar 2008
Mar 10, 2008
 
The Boys of October: How the 1975 Boston Red Sox Embodied Baseball's Ideals - And Restored Our Spirits
3.98
really liked it
When I was a little kind playing baseball and wiffleball in the backyard (mid to late 1980s), my heroes were always Atlanta Braves and I always preten ...more
May 2006
Mar 25, 2008
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