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The Underground Railroad
4.03
did not like it
For nearly twenty years the work of Colson Whitehead has been published to wide acclaim, his fiction and nonfiction both receiving many accolades. For ...more
Jul 24, 2016
Jul 12, 2016
 
The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
4.33
it was amazing
If I told you one of the most propulsive reads you will experience this year is the non-fiction story of eight rowers and one coxswain training to att ...more
Jul 19, 2013
Jun 13, 2013
 
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
4.16
it was amazing
That we as a nation, less than one hundred years after the Osage Indian killings, have no collective memory of these events seems an intentional erasu ...more
Apr 15, 2017
Apr 12, 2017
 
Salvage the Bones
3.82
it was amazing
There is a moment in the beginning of this book when I want to put the book down (the birthing of puppies). There is a point in the middle when I brea ...more
May 23, 2012
May 23, 2012
 
Lincoln in the Bardo
3.90
it was amazing
The form of this novel is what readers will notice first. It begins as a series of quotes from reporters’ notebooks, eyewitness accounts, historians u ...more
Jan 22, 2017
May 12, 2016
 
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
3.97
really liked it
A twitter storm this summer brought this book to my attention. I read several articles and interviews with Vance before managing to get my hands on a ...more
Oct 04, 2016
Aug 18, 2016
 
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End
4.40
it was amazing
”The only way death is not meaningless is to see yourself as part of something greater: a family, a community, a society. If you don’t, mortality is o
...more
Nov 15, 2014
Oct 09, 2014
 
The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds
4.00
really liked it
This nonfiction is unlike others Michael Lewis has offered us. In this he tries the trick of explaining confusion by demonstrating confusion, but near ...more
Dec 22, 2016
Nov 23, 2016
 
Bleeding Edge
3.56
it was amazing
Okay, here’s what I think: more women need to read this book. Looking over the reviews I note that most are from men who have read everything Pynchon ...more
not set
May 12, 2016
Nov 23, 2013
 
Swing Time
3.58
it was amazing
Wow. This huge, powerful novel is so minutely observed that readers can be forgiven for occasionally missing the forest for the trees. Sex, race, and ...more
Dec 08, 2016
Nov 18, 2016
 
The Sellout
3.80
really liked it
”…when I did what I did, I wasn’t thinking about inalienable rights, the proud history of our people. I did what worked, and since when did a little s
...more
Dec 16, 2015
Dec 08, 2015
 
Exit West
3.82
it was amazing
People are on the move in Hamid’s latest book, south to north and east to west. This strange little novel definitely has the feel of a season of sense ...more
Feb 24, 2017
Feb 15, 2017
 
Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America
4.00
it was amazing
Many publishers claim “explosive new content” for their nonfiction but in this case it is not hyperbole. This political history of the Radical Right i ...more
Jun 02, 2017
May 24, 2017
 
Belgravia
3.71
it was amazing
Fellowes is a unique talent able to actually inhabit a world long past. Perhaps the motivations and language of people are not much changed from one o ...more
Jul 06, 2016
Jun 01, 2016
 
Why I Am Not a Feminist: A Feminist Manifesto
3.55
it was amazing
Jessa Crispin sets out to discomfit us. She is so antagonistic to begin I almost put the audiobook aside. The author reads the Penguin Random House ed ...more
Feb 04, 2017
Feb 01, 2017
 
Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right
4.35
it was amazing
It will not be surprise to anyone who has been paying attention that for the past twenty years our political system has been awash in special interest ...more
Feb 11, 2016
Feb 03, 2016
 
The Refugees
3.96
it was amazing
This is such an exciting time in American literature that we can enjoy the gorgeous language and careful craftsmanship of really very fine short stori ...more
Jan 10, 2017
Dec 29, 2016
 
Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy
3.88
really liked it
O’Neil deserves some credit right off the bat for not waiting until her retirement from the hedge fund where she worked to tell us the secrets of how ...more
Nov 03, 2016
Oct 02, 2016
 
All That Man Is
3.67
it was amazing
I’ve just found my best book of the year…in a year filled with best books. Szalay (pronounced SOL-loy) writes nine stories about men, different men, e ...more
Oct 11, 2016
Sep 04, 2016
 
H is for Hawk
3.73
it was amazing
"The archeology of grief is not ordered."

Helen Macdonald’s book-length nonfiction is so many things at once: a eulogy, an elegy, a biography, a memoir
...more
Apr 29, 2015
Mar 05, 2015
 
Nutshell
3.71
it was amazing
In my mind’s eye is a vision of McEwan himself opening the door to detectives investigating a murder, and noticing everything about what they do, how ...more
Nov 04, 2016
Jul 12, 2016
 
Purity
3.59
it was ok
Franzen in Purgatory?
”After all, as Aquinas wrote, the least degree of pain in Purgatory ‘surpasses the greatest pain that one can endure in this worl
...more
Sep 20, 2015
Sep 20, 2015
 
Do Not Say We Have Nothing
3.94
really liked it
There is much to admire in what Thien tried to do in this 2016 Booker- shortlisted novel, and judging from the laudatory reviews, she must have succee ...more
Oct 21, 2016
Aug 23, 2016
 
Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right
4.14
it was amazing
The concept of this book is exactly what I had been thinking about for the past two years. I am so grateful for Hochschild for structuring a study to ...more
Jun 09, 2017
Jun 04, 2017
 
Life After Life
3.74
it was amazing
“There is a fine line between living and dying,” a character observes in Kate Atkinson’s new novel. And it does certainly seem to be the case here, in ...more
Mar 06, 2013
Dec 12, 2012
 
The Trespasser (Dublin Murder Squad #6)
3.97
it was amazing
This novel in the Tana French series about Irish murder detective Antoinette Conway is universally loved and considered among her best in a long line ...more
Sep 26, 2016
Sep 27, 2016
 
TrumpNation: The Art of Being The Donald
3.61
really liked it
Tim O'Brien restored my sense of humor. O'Brien was sued by the Donald over the reporting in this book, twice, but if anything, O'Brien makes the Dona ...more
Dec 03, 2016
Nov 14, 2016
 
My Brilliant Friend (The Neapolitan Novels #1)
3.89
it was amazing
Lila and Elena, childhood friends in a neighborhood of 1950s Naples, both wear the moniker “my brilliant friend,” but there is no question which of th ...more
Jan 04, 2014
Nov 14, 2013
 
The Story of a New Name (The Neapolitan Novels #2)
4.36
it was amazing
When we get to the end of the second book in Ferrante’s quartet of novels, we think we see the genesis of that quartet: a twenty-day writing exercise ...more
Aug 14, 2016
Nov 14, 2013
 
The Cartel
4.28
it was amazing
This is a huge book in every way—for its effects on people’s thinking and actions, in its implications for drug policy worldwide, and in the scope of ...more
Dec 2015
Nov 21, 2015
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