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3.97
it was amazing
I don't think I have ever read a novel that so accurately describes the thoughts and actions and motivations of human beings. There was not one false ...more
not set
Jan 08, 2010
 
A Working Theory of Love
3.30
it was ok
The New Yorker had cited this novel in a short list of notable books released this month. I liked the sound of the plot, and liked even more the prais ...more
Oct 05, 2012
Oct 07, 2012
 
Paper Towns
3.87
really liked it
I found myself quite taken by this book. Much more than what I expected when I first started.

I found Paper Towns on the staff recommendations shelf a
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Jun 2009
Jun 22, 2009
 
The Sheltering Sky
3.92
did not like it
A disappointment.

I had seen this book praised as one of the best novels about travel and was anxious to read it. I was intrigued by the setting of th
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Mar 17, 2012
Mar 17, 2012
 
Made in India: Recipes from an Indian Family Kitchen
4.36
it was amazing
Every recipe I've tried in this book has been delicious, yet easy to make. These are not complicated recipes—Sodha's instructions are clear and prep t ...more
not set
Feb 18, 2017
 
Quiet Days in Clichy
3.70
it was ok
I thought, while spending a year overseas, I would read books about people who were living far from home. I was reading "Shogun", but after a few week ...more
Sep 13, 2011
Sep 13, 2011
 
A Universal History of Iniquity
3.97
it was ok
I was actually pretty disappointed by this book. It's made of very short essays about some unkind people—knife-fighters, pirates, cultists—many of the ...more
not set
Jun 15, 2009
 
Lila
3.90
it was amazing
Perfectly written, with deep truths running between thoughts and memories, fears and dreams, prayers and curses.

Lila is the wife of Ames, the narrato
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Jul 21, 2015
Jul 21, 2015
 
Pontius Pilate
3.60
really liked it
Pontius Pilate is where the classical world meets the Biblical, a pagan European man in the monotheistic Middle East, the Imperial governor over a not ...more
May 10, 2014
May 10, 2014
 
Solaris
3.98
really liked it
I had never seen any of the film versions of this book, but it was recommended in several places as one of the better science fiction novels written. ...more
Dec 22, 2012
Dec 22, 2012
 
Speak, Memory (An Autobiography Revisited)
4.19
really liked it
This is one of the few instances where I wish I could give half stars. It really is between 3 and 4 for me, but I'm rounding up for reasons I don't ev ...more
Nov 03, 2012
Nov 04, 2012
 
The Journey of Alvar Nunez Cabeza De Vaca
3.66
liked it
A pretty fascinating book, the true recollections of the Cabeza de Vaca, a Spanish explorer whose 1527 expedition goes horribly wrong, and he ends up ...more
Nov 05, 2015
Nov 05, 2015
 
Winter's Bone
3.92
liked it
Ree, a poor teen in the Ozarks, raises her little brothers and cares for her invalid mother. When she finds out she and her family will lose her home ...more
Feb 12, 2014
Feb 12, 2014
 
Little Birds
3.77
liked it
Sensual, but ultimately a bit shallow. The book is mainly a number of vignettes that all feel like they could have been more if only Nin wanted to fle ...more
Jun 2016
Jun 01, 2016
 
R Is for Rocket
4.11
really liked it
Ray Bradbury was my first "favorite author."

I'm sure that's true for lots of people.

There was a bookstore in Milwaukee, somewhere on the East Side,
...more
Jun 23, 2014
Jun 23, 2014
 
The Luminaries
3.70
really liked it
A young man, out to try his luck by searching for gold in 1800s New Zealand, stumbles into a secret meeting when he goes to relax in his hotel's bar. ...more
Jan 18, 2014
Jan 18, 2014
 
Great Expectations
3.75
liked it
I'd never read Dickens before, partially because the boyfriend of the sister of a high school buddy once complained that the author spent an inordinat ...more
Jun 13, 2014
Jun 16, 2014
 
Don't Cry
3.62
liked it
Mary Gaitskill is one of my favorite writers. Her ability to realistically plumb the human soul and its motives is astonishing. She also can do some l ...more
Jul 2009
Jul 09, 2009
 
Anatomy of a Disappearance
3.43
it was ok
I was disappointed by this book, but I'm not entirely sure it's the book's fault. I'd placed it on my think-about-it list and kind of forgot why I was ...more
Nov 20, 2012
Nov 20, 2012
 
Netherland
3.41
really liked it
The first of my "hospital books", which I saved all summer to read during what ended up being my 9 day marathon at Weiss.

I found this book to be rema
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Aug 2008
Aug 29, 2008
 
Laura: A Journey into the Crystal
3.54
liked it
George Sand wrote a Hollow Earth novel? Almost.

This is an odd little book to say the least. The majority of it revolves around the narrator's relatio
...more
Jul 12, 2016
Jul 12, 2016
 
2666
4.21
really liked it
When this book first came out a few years ago, I was attracted by the mysterious title and the use of the rather chaotic Gustave Moreau painting for t ...more
Sep 06, 2012
Sep 06, 2012
 
Meditations on Psalms
4.27
really liked it
This book reads as both meditations and mini-biography. Each chapter features a psalm (sometimes more than one), a biographical sketch of where Bonhoe ...more
Apr 11, 2010
Apr 11, 2010
 
Stories from the Pentameron
3.80
really liked it
This was one of the more interesting fairy tale collections I have read.

Collected in the early 1600s by Basile, this book has some of the oldest versi
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Dec 09, 2012
Dec 09, 2012
 
The Book of Sand & Shakespeare's Memory
4.30
really liked it
I knew Borges only through other authors who cited him—favorite authors like Umberto Eco. But I never got around to reading any of his books.

My fathe
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Jan 2009
Mar 02, 2009
 
The Complete Cosmicomics
4.23
really liked it
All of Calvino's comicomic stories are presented here, culled from many sources. Most of them are amazing, and those which are not, are—at the very le ...more
not set
May 31, 2013
 
Swimming Sweet Arrow
3.46
liked it
I'd read all the reviews that said this book was sex-loaded and raunchy, but didn't really believe them. But, the other reviewers were right—this book ...more
Dec 26, 2014
Dec 28, 2014
 
Twenty Two Goblins
3.15
liked it
A collection of ancient Hindu folktales that end in riddles. The frame for the stories involves a king who must retrieve a goblin-possessed corpse han ...more
Aug 12, 2016
Aug 13, 2016
 
The Crying of Lot 49
3.70
liked it
A young woman is tasked with the job of co-executor of an ex-boyfriend's estate and somehow uncovers a centuries-old rivalry between two mail distribu ...more
Jul 28, 2017
Jul 28, 2017
 
Girl Trouble: Stories
4.03
really liked it
This is an excellently written collection of stories. One of them may be added to my mental list of "Best Short Stories I Ever Read."

The stories here
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Mar 16, 2014
Mar 16, 2014
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