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Columbine
4.26
I wrote the book, so I'll forego rating it, just thought it should show up my list so you would find me. (But I'm new to goodreads, so tell me if I'm ...more
not set
May 31, 2009
 
A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories
4.17
it was amazing
My foundation as a writer was shaped by these stories. I first read most of them in 1984, when I went to grad school in writing at U of Colorado in Bo ...more
Apr 04, 2015
Jan 31, 2015
 
She Said Yes: The Unlikely Martyrdom of Cassie Bernall
3.90
really liked it
There is one big problem with this book: the event that caused it to be written turned out to have been a misunderstanding. Cassie never had the chanc ...more
Sep 1999
Jun 01, 2009
 
Anna Karenina
4.02
it was amazing
I have been loving this book since p. 1. (Dec 2015).

I'm having trouble keeping track of the characters, though the Cast page at the start helps, and I
...more
Apr 12, 2017
Jan 01, 2016
 
Lolita
3.88
it was amazing
1995:

What to do with this book? The most beloved book by my favorite author, and I just can't bear it. It's not what you're probably thinking. It's th
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not set
Jul 04, 2017
May 31, 2009
 
The Brain Defense: Murder in Manhattan and the Dawn of Neuroscience in America's Courtrooms
3.91
it was amazing
I loved this book so much in galleys that it's the only book I agreed to blurb this year. I guess I'll post that here, since it forced me to be succin ...more
not set
Feb 07, 2017
 
The Last Magazine
3.33
it was amazing
Best book I've read all year--by a country mile.

I blurbed this book, so I'll start with that, then expand:

That voice. That witty, subversive voice we
...more
May 12, 2014
Mar 28, 2014
 
Foundation: The History of England from Its Earliest Beginnings to the Tudors (The History of England, #1)
3.96
liked it
I'm 100 pages in and mesmerized. This answers so many questions I've had for decades about who the English actually were, what tribes they were compos ...more
Feb 15, 2015
Feb 08, 2015
 
House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East
3.59
it was amazing
So much about this book to love.

It's only the third book I've ever agreed to blurb. That tells you how much I loved it.

My blurb (and I wrote it myself
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not set
Oct 30, 2011
 
The Romanovs: 1613-1918
4.04
it was ok
My early read on this book is enthralled. I'm just on p. 37 (plus the epilogue that I started with, and half the intro that I dispensed with), and I'm ...more
Sep 10, 2016
May 13, 2016
 
Go Set a Watchman
3.31
Here's an excerpt from my review of the first chapter in Vanity Fair:

The first thing that leapt out was the lyric poetry of Lee's language. Tin roofs,
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not set
Jul 11, 2015
 
All Quiet on the Western Front
3.93
it was amazing
I'm rereading this after nearly 30 years (so I put it back in "currently.") It's just as good the second time.

This book had a huge impact on me in my
...more
Jun 1984
May 31, 2009
 
The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America's War in Afghanistan
3.93
it was amazing
Wow. I plunged into this book now, and it's electrifying.

The writing is so crisp, candid and insightful. He rips back the curtain and takes us inside
...more
not set
Jan 05, 2012
 
Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft
4.06
it was amazing
This is THE classic how-to on writing fiction.

I used this both as a student and teacher. The examples are incredible.

Update, Aug 2017:

I just bought t
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Jan 1991
Jun 09, 2009
 
A Tale of Two Cities
3.81
July 5, 2017, First impressions:

Finally starting my first Dickens! With a bad attitude. I hated "A Christmas Carol" from the first ghastly play versio
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not set
Jul 05, 2017
 
Black Hawk Down
4.28
really liked it
Expertly done in so many ways.

The chief drawback: so many of the characters were interchangeable, it became very hard to keep them straight each time
...more
Jan 2004
Apr 20, 2010
 
The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon
3.86
it was amazing
Brilliant. This is a new classic of the narrative nonfiction genre.

The prose is vivid and intoxicating, and he weaves together 2+ threads, seamlessly-
...more
Jun 09, 2015
May 07, 2015
 
Stalling for Time: My Life as an FBI Hostage Negotiator
3.77
it was amazing
This was only the second book I've ever blurbed. I was very impressed. My review:

This was such a rewarding book. I've always been fascinated by that v
...more
Jun 2010
Sep 27, 2010
 
King Henry IV, Part 1 (Wars of the Roses, #2)
3.82
it was amazing
I love this play, and this edition. It's captivating and insightful, and I'm reading right after finishing "The Plantagenets," which I also recommend, ...more
Apr 29, 2015
Apr 22, 2015
 
Just Kids
4.14
it was amazing
Fantastic, so far.
not set
Oct 30, 2011
 
War and Peace
4.11
This is perhaps the place I admit I never finished this book. I liked a lot about it, but so many characters, I had much trouble keeping them straight ...more
Jan 1985
Jun 09, 2009
 
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America
3.98
it was amazing
I was frustrated by the ending, but there is so much brilliance here, it still deserves five stars.
Jan 2004
Jun 09, 2009
 
Look at Me
3.39
it was amazing
I didn't fall in love as quickly or rapturously as "A visit from the goon squad," but the writing is quite good, and it's drawing me in.

I finished it.
...more
Oct 13, 2014
Sep 27, 2014
 
Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives
4.14
it was amazing
This was my favorite book I read in 2009.

Here's what I wrote in a piece for Salon:

http://www.salon.com/books/feature/20...

I loved the idea of "Sum: 4
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Dec 2009
Jan 06, 2010
 
Without Conscience: The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths Among Us
4.04
it was amazing
This is THE classic book on psychopathy.
Jan 2000
May 31, 2009
 
Brokeback Mountain
3.93
it was amazing
The best story I've ever seen about the experience of gay men in America, written by a straight women. Who would have figured. But it's extraordinary. ...more
not set
Jun 01, 2009
 
The Catcher in the Rye
3.79
it was amazing
This is tied with Nabokov's "Speak, Memory" (aka, "Conclusive Evidence") as my all-time favorite book.
not set
May 31, 2009
 
In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin
3.81
it was ok
I just finished, and what an awful taste in my mouth. I am perplexed by his conclusions about both his protagonists, though that perhaps explains the ...more
Jun 07, 2011
Jun 03, 2011
 
The Choke Artist: Confessions of a Chronic Underachiever
3.38
it was amazing
What a pleasure to read this. It's been a long time since I laughed this hard. Remember the first time you saw Colbert, and laughed your ass off and m ...more
Feb 2012
Jun 12, 2012
 
Bring Up the Bodies (Thomas Cromwell, #2)
4.27
it was amazing
Oh nooooo! I got ahead of the author on a trilogy. Ravenous for another installment.

I loved Wolf Hall, but decided to pace myself: read several other
...more
Oct 22, 2014
Sep 27, 2014
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