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Visitation Street
3.41
it was amazing
If Ivy Pochoda never writes another book, this one would be enough to keep her name on the lips of readers for decades to come. On a hot July night in ...more
Feb 2013
Feb 06, 2013
 
23
The Polar Express
4.29
it was amazing
A young boy is awakened from his Christmas Eve rest by a train that magically appears just outside his home. Ignoring the demands of stranger-danger, ...more
Jan 1987
Jan 29, 2011
 
7
Serena
3.52
it was amazing
In the primeval woods of North Carolina, young timber baron, George Pemberton, brings his bride, Serena, to live with him in his kingdom. He had been ...more
Oct 25, 2009
Sep 15, 2008
 
16
In Cold Blood
4.05
it was amazing
This is one of the great ones. Capote blankets Holcomb, Kansas with his curiosity. The root of this work is a ghastly crime. Two recently released con ...more
Jun 2006
Oct 20, 2008
 
25
Skippy Dies
3.72
it was amazing
Skippy Dies is a work of genius. Where else could you combine a coming-of-age tale with string theory, ancient Celtic mythology with fart humor, consi ...more
Mar 26, 2011
Mar 19, 2011
 
30
Above the Waterfall
3.52
it was amazing
All we seen is hard trials and sorrows. I’d not deny it. Burdens are plenty in this world and they can pull us down in the lamentation. But the good
...more
Jun 16, 2015
May 03, 2015
 
6
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
3.60
it was amazing
This is an extraordinary novel, Hamlet in the North Woods of Wisconsin.

Wroblewski was very fond of the stories of Shakespeare as a kid, if not necess
...more
Jul 2008
Sep 13, 2008
 
28
Welcome to Braggsville
3.27
it was amazing
WtB named to the Washington Post top ten list for 2015

…nothing was as it seemed
On learning that the southern member of their group hails from a
...more
Sep 24, 2014
Jul 02, 2014
 
19
Caribou Island
3.42
it was amazing
Caribou Island is a masterpiece. Set in the remote bleakness of water-soaked, small town Alaska, this is a tale of desperation, failure, of man-versu ...more
Aug 2010
Aug 09, 2010
 
29
All Involved
4.03
it was amazing
…this whole entire scene says the same to me as it says to every other knucklehead who ever thought bad thoughts across this whole city: now’s your f
...more
Apr 17, 2015
Apr 19, 2015
 
5
Beloved
3.77
it was amazing
There are reasons why Toni Morrison was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature. Beloved may be the biggest one. The structure is a ghost story about a ...more
Dec 15, 2008
Dec 08, 2008
 
15
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
3.92
it was amazing
This is a major work. Diamond looks in detail at the factors at play in the demise of civilizations in human history, using a wide range of examples. ...more
Jul 2007
Oct 05, 2008
 
20
Little Princes: One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal
4.25
it was amazing
When late-twenty-something Conor Grennan felt guilty about spending an entire year travelling the world, he decided to dedicate three months of this t ...more
Aug 2010
Aug 08, 2010
 
14
The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism
4.22
it was amazing

This was a very illuminating work about how chaotic situations are used, and sometimes created, as cover for the imposition of drastic economic and po
...more
Oct 03, 2008
Sep 28, 2008
 
13
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
4.00
it was amazing
Diamond seeks to dispel the myth that humans of different geographic and racial origins have inherently varying mental capabilities. The arguments he ...more
Feb 2000
Dec 15, 2008
 
12
The Moral Animal: Why We Are the Way We Are: The New Science of Evolutionary Psychology
4.05
it was amazing
This is one of those seminal books (to me at least) that has a lot to say about the nature of human relationships.

Quotes:
p 36 - ...while there are va
...more
Feb 2000
Dec 15, 2008
 
18
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
4.01
it was amazing
Jean-Dominique Baube, the forty-something editor of Elle magazine in Paris, husband, father, was stricken by a rare brain disease. After several weeks ...more
Sep 2006
Oct 20, 2008
 
17
Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and bin Laden from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001
4.28
it was amazing
This is probably the definitive work on the history of US involvement in the Afghanistan war against the Soviets and the resulting blowback.

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Aug 2006
Nov 05, 2008
 
1
Was
3.89
it was amazing
**spoiler alert** We have all had the experience, as kids usually, of seeing something that inspired us. Whether it was to hit a baseball, run faster ...more
Jun 2004
Oct 26, 2008
 
24
Seabiscuit: An American Legend
4.20
it was amazing
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Nov 27, 2010
 
22
One Hundred Years of Solitude
4.04
it was amazing
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Jan 22, 2011
 
10
The Lord of the Rings (The Lord of the Rings, #1-3)
4.47
it was amazing
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Jan 28, 2011
 
11
His Dark Materials (His Dark Materials #1-3)
4.25
it was amazing
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Jan 28, 2011
 
9
The Cider House Rules
4.10
it was amazing
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not set
Oct 19, 2008
 
27
An Imaginary Life
3.88
it was amazing
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Feb 10, 2011
 
21
Moby-Dick
3.47
it was amazing
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Jan 03, 2011
 
3
The Quiet American
3.96
it was amazing
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May 28, 2009
 
4
The Raj Quartet
4.49
it was amazing
None
not set
Feb 13, 2009
 
8
I, Claudius (Claudius, #1)
4.27
it was amazing
None
not set
Nov 01, 2008
 
2
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
4.08
it was amazing
None
not set
Jun 23, 2009
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