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King, Queen, Knave
3.81
it was ok
Lately, I've asked people who they think are the best wordsmiths in the English language. While some people can answer that question in a heartbeat, o ...more
Aug 2007
Feb 17, 2009
 
Galileo's Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith and Love
3.74
it was amazing
I don't normally read non-fiction, but for the last few months, I've found myself in a fiction funk. I can't finish any fiction. I wonder if it's beca ...more
Aug 2007
Feb 17, 2009
 
The Freedom Writers Diary: How a Teacher and 150 Teens Used Writing to Change Themselves and the World Around Them
4.09
it was amazing
The only reason I picked up this book was because it happened to be lying around the house, and I needed something to read. I'd heard of the movie wit ...more
May 2007
Feb 17, 2009
 
La Prisonniere
4.08
it was amazing
One night over a delicious dinner filled with literary conversation, my friend who had recently visited Africa gave me this book on the life of Malika ...more
Nov 2007
Feb 17, 2009
 
The Phantom of the Opera
3.97
liked it
Hold your hand up at your eyes as if you are about to pull the trigger of a pistol because we are about to discuss the ins and outs of the the mystery ...more
Jul 2006
Feb 17, 2009
 
Interview with the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles, #1)
3.97
did not like it
I proudly spent the first part of my weekend with the undead, meaning that I watched episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, a television show that is g ...more
May 2006
Feb 17, 2009
 
Gospel According to Coco Chanel: Life Lessons From The World's Most Elegant Woman
3.52
it was ok
If biographies were coffee, then Karen Karbo's book would be a mocha cafe latte. It's mostly sweet with froth on top. It does have some of the more di ...more
Jan 2009
Jan 17, 2010
 
Song for the Basilisk
3.98
really liked it
For the most part, I'm allergic to fantasy reads. It wasn't always the case, but an overdose in my younger years to the Occidental style then in the f ...more
Feb 2007
Feb 17, 2009
 
The Bean Trees (Greer Family, #1)
3.94
it was ok
The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver is the older twin of a book I read a year ago called Pigs in Heaven. As the first book of the duo, it chronicles ...more
Nov 2007
Feb 17, 2009
 
Bleak House
4.00
it was amazing
Grinding away the lives of all involved, the interminable case known as "Jarndyce and Jarndyce" in the Chancery courts is the sticky tape that brings ...more
Nov 2006
Feb 17, 2009
 
Captain Blood
4.16
it was amazing
**spoiler alert** If you've been with B.E. since the beginning, then you're probably aware of how much I love a good novel full of pulp, specifically ...more
Aug 2008
Feb 17, 2009
 
Howl and Other Poems
4.14
it was amazing
While trying to be more serious on the subject of any kind of literature that I happen to read (per a discussion with a friend), I found myself in Bor ...more
Aug 2008
Feb 17, 2009
 
Out
3.93
really liked it
**spoiler alert** I was very disturbed by this book, and its A Clockwork Orange take on the world. It starts out as a run-of-the-mill mystery wherein ...more
Mar 2007
Feb 17, 2009
 
Mr. Darcy's Daughters
3.24
did not like it
I don't know which was worse: Pride and Promiscuity: the Lost Sex Scenes of Jane Austen, or Elizabeth Aston's Mr. Darcy's Daughters.

What? Wait! Yes, I
...more
Jun 2007
Feb 17, 2009
 
Asterios Polyp
4.19
liked it
I just finished reading David Mazzucchelli's new graphic novel Asterios Polyps. I'd seen great reviews for it everywhere, but I think what made me wan ...more
Jul 2009
Jul 30, 2009
 
The Book of Nightmares
4.24
it was amazing
One of ten reasons that you should read this book:

"Little Sleep's - Head Sprouting Hair in the Moonlight"


1

You scream, waking from a nightmare.

When I s
...more
Jun 17, 2012
Jun 17, 2012
 
I Heard God Laughing: Poems of Hope and Joy
4.51
really liked it
An effortless dive into Hafiz. (Although some of the translation choices made me wonder... Why capitalize some and not other words?)

"Someone Should St
...more
Mar 16, 2013
Mar 16, 2013
 
Koko Be Good
3.58
it was ok
I remember Jen Wang from almost a decade ago when she worked on an online comic called "Strings of Fate." Based on the Chinese calendar and myth of th ...more
Jul 15, 2013
Jul 13, 2013
 
Fullblood Arabian
4.22
it was amazing
Good bookstores are like good gourmet menus. The entrees cater to discovery. The guests thrill at the presentation, and they delight in being surprise ...more
Feb 04, 2014
Feb 04, 2014
 
The Temple Of The Golden Pavilion
3.98
it was ok
**spoiler alert** Beauty is a concept which seems indefatigable in all genres of art. People love all its guises and facets, and Yukio Mishima is no d ...more
Apr 2006
Feb 17, 2009
 
Love, Anger, Madness: A Haitian Trilogy
3.90
liked it
Love, Anger, Madness is a beautifully written trilogy of short stories that examine life under the brutal Haitian regime in the mid-1900s. My Haitian ...more
Mar 2009
Jan 17, 2010
 
Interior with Sudden Joy: Poems
4.08
it was ok
Per a recommendation, I picked up the work of Brenda Shaughnessy. Her language made my head spin with its diversity and color. I kept going to the dic ...more
Feb 14, 2013
Feb 01, 2013
 
I Am One of You Forever
4.12
really liked it
This was a lovely, slice of life book by Fred Chappell. I'm not sure if it is a collection of short stories made into a novel or was originally intend ...more
Sep 14, 2011
Sep 08, 2011
 
Plant Dreaming Deep
4.22
it was amazing
For a book about a poet who buys her first house in the quiet landscape of New Hampshire, this was a gripping read. I finished it in day. The language ...more
Nov 25, 2011
Nov 16, 2011
 
Kitchen
3.83
really liked it
Kitchen is a novel made up of two short stories: the eponymous one and another. It is written by one of Japan’s most popular contemporary writers Bana ...more
Mar 2006
Feb 17, 2009
 
This Is Not the Life I Ordered: 50 Ways to Keep Your Head Above Water When Life Keeps Dragging You Down
3.37
did not like it
A friend passed along This Is Not the Life I Ordered, an inspirational self-help book by four very competent, entrepreneurial women. They present this ...more
Jul 2008
Feb 17, 2009
 
The Real Life of Sebastian Knight
3.93
really liked it
**spoiler alert** It's been sitting at my desk for a year and a half, waiting for me to draw it forward from its position between two other novels I'v ...more
Jan 2006
Feb 17, 2009
 
The Niagara River
4.02
it was amazing
Friend and I were having a conversation today in which she admitted that a Haruki Murakami book is her idea of literary foreplay.

Wait, what?

Let me enl
...more
Oct 2008
Feb 17, 2009
 
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
4.03
did not like it
Well, that was disappointing.

The Hunger Games trilogy was never great literature, but I was always impressed by Suzanne Collins' ability to write an e
...more
Sep 2010
Sep 09, 2010
 
Plays 5: Arcadia / The Real Thing / Night and Day / Indian Ink / Hapgood
4.30
liked it
I've been planning to read Tom Stoppard since... ? The 12th grade. It was during senior year of high school that I was first introduced to him via the ...more
Aug 2009
Aug 03, 2009
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