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Middlesex
3.98
liked it
I enjoyed reading Middlesex, but I'm not sure it succeeds as a work of literature. As the book went on, it became clear that it was all a buildup to t ...more
Jul 23, 2008
Jul 27, 2007
 
Snoop: What Your Stuff Says About You
3.33
liked it
Aside from the arresting cover design, I was also drawn to this book because I have, at times, exhibited tendencies toward incorrigible snooping. Rifl ...more
Jul 2008
Jun 18, 2008
 
Eat the Document
3.61
really liked it
I must be officially done with school because I am reading again! Well, not quite, but I did read this surprising novel today.

Although I was intereste
...more
May 13, 2008
Jan 06, 2008
 
The Littlest Hitler: Stories
3.68
it was amazing
I did read "The Littlest Hitler" in an anthology, and I can't wait to read the rest of this collection!
***
I started reading the rest of the stories t
...more
Oct 2007
Sep 27, 2007
 
The Legacy
2.97
it was ok
I didn't read all of this, but enough to conclude that it's not for me. I found the writing a bit on the dull side and the characters profoundly unint ...more
Nov 17, 2010
Nov 19, 2010
 
Black Veil: A Memoir with Digressions
3.06
liked it
The Black Veil is not a typical memoir. Moody weaves together personal history, genealogical study, historical study, and literary criticism to create ...more
Jan 19, 2009
Aug 18, 2007
 
Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance
4.19
really liked it
I read a couple intriguing reviews of this book, and then I realized that I have been reading Gawande's pieces in The New Yorker for some time, which ...more
Jan 2008
Jan 06, 2008
 
Shakespeare's Kitchen
3.13
liked it
I'm having a little trouble lately reading books to completion. I think this is related to my sudden acquisition of a lot of new books (holiday gifts ...more
Jan 2008
Nov 03, 2007
 
Jesus' Son
4.15
really liked it
This book of short stories combines a lovely, poetic, dreamlike quality with the utter loneliness of addiction (of existence?). Peopled by drug addict ...more
May 14, 2008
Jan 06, 2008
 
Cesar's Way: The Natural, Everyday Guide to Understanding and Correcting Common Dog Problems
3.73
it was ok
I started watching Cesar's show, The Dog Whisperer, last year. It was just before I adopted two small dogs (a chihuahua and a chihuahua/min pin mix), ...more
Sep 2006
Aug 18, 2007
 
Rapture
2.97
liked it
I know a book this small is meant to be read in one sitting, with a cup of tea or something. I read it on breaks at work, and ended up not reading it ...more
Aug 2007
Jul 24, 2007
 
The Goldfinch
3.87
it was amazing
It is possible to write a life-affirming novel with a nihilist as the protagonist! This is a great long book to get lost in--a great pick for a winter ...more
Dec 29, 2014
Jan 02, 2015
 
Let's Talk About Love: A Journey to the End of Taste
4.11
really liked it
I saw this book on the internet somewhere and decided it looked intriguing enough to request from the library. I think it had more to do with the plea ...more
May 26, 2010
May 23, 2010
 
The Boy Detective Fails
3.91
really liked it
One day I may write a survey of the use of comic book and mystery novel conventions in contemporary fiction. It is kind of amazing to me how many writ ...more
Mar 22, 2010
Mar 27, 2010
 
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace ... One School at a Time
3.64
it was ok
Greg Mortenson's story is incredible, and it's impossible to come away from this book with no admiration for his generosity, selflessness, and tenacit ...more
Nov 06, 2009
Nov 01, 2009
 
In the Woods (Dublin Murder Squad, #1)
3.75
it was amazing
As a teen, I read murder mysteries--Sue Grafton, Agatha Christie, Marcia Muller...whatever was on the library shelves with that sticker of Sherlock Ho ...more
Nov 09, 2009
Nov 01, 2009
 
Crazy Rich Asians (Crazy Rich Asians #1)
3.70
liked it
Very funny novel. I loved the over the top portrayals of the snobby, fun-to-hate characters--like Eddie in his ridiculous outfits, the family all trea ...more
Jan 03, 2015
Jan 03, 2015
 
Atmospheric Disturbances
3.14
it was amazing
A fantastic meditation on the nature of relationships and how people change. The book opens with Dr. Leo Leibenstein realizing that his wife Rema has ...more
Nov 30, 2009
Nov 15, 2009
 
A Girl Becomes a Comma Like That: A Novel
3.36
really liked it
This novel is almost more of a short story cycle, with a fine narrative thread. The stories are told from the perspectives of several women, all deali ...more
Jan 27, 2011
Jan 27, 2011
 
Gone Girl
4.03
liked it
I have to give it to the author for executing on some crazy plot twists, but I think I may have waited too long to read this--no book could live up to ...more
Dec 10, 2014
Dec 11, 2014
 
Personal Days
3.21
really liked it
Funny, office-y, better than _And Then We Came to the End_. Still not the Great American Cubicle Worker Novel, which I eagerly await.
Oct 2008
Oct 22, 2008
 
Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior
3.75
it was ok
Poorly written, meandering look at a few concepts in psychology that demonstrate why people behave irrationally. These guys seem to really wish they w ...more
Mar 29, 2010
Mar 27, 2010
 
Loving Frank
3.73
liked it
Loving Frank is a historical novel based around the love affair of Frank Lloyd Wright and Mamah Borthwick Cheney. Since I have never read very much ab ...more
Jan 28, 2009
Jan 28, 2009
 
Zipper Mouth
3.59
really liked it
Drug-addled hazy tale of unrequited love and failure to perform at temp jobs. I almost quit reading this at the beginning and had very mixed feelings ...more
Jun 18, 2013
Jun 18, 2013
 
Wake Up, Sir!
3.75
really liked it
Ames is a writer I am always meaning to read. Several years ago, I read about half of his book of essays, and I always remembered him as fiendishly fu ...more
Dec 2007
Aug 18, 2007
 
High School Confidential: Secrets of an Undercover Student
3.09
liked it
The opening parts of this book were fairly interesting, although Iversen comes across as a little holier-than-thou in his discussion of why he chose n ...more
Jun 07, 2008
Jun 03, 2008
 
The Unheard: A Memoir of Deafness and Africa
3.89
it was ok
I read this for my book club. It's a memoir in a sea of memoirs, and there is not a whole lot that makes it stand out. The author is deaf and relies o ...more
Jul 09, 2008
Jul 13, 2008
 
The Mysterious Secret of the Valuable Treasure
3.83
liked it
Finally revisited this and finished it this morning. I need a clean slate to begin the semester. I can't have all these half-finished book laying abou ...more
Jan 12, 2008
Jul 24, 2007
 
The Inner Circle
3.56
really liked it
I trace my initial fascination with the Kinsey report to a college English class, nearly a decade ago, when I was assigned to give a presentation on t ...more
Jun 16, 2008
Jun 08, 2008
 
Send Me
3.74
really liked it
Despite my recent renunciation of the Best American Short Stories series, I do have to credit BASS with my introduction to Patrick Ryan. The year befo ...more
Jul 28, 2008
Jan 06, 2008
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