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History of a Six Weeks' Tour Through a Part of France, Switzerland, Germany and Holland: With Letters Descriptive of a Sail Round the Lake of Geneva,
3.02
liked it
Didn't find the contents to be terribly fascinating of itself, but I was intrigued by the origin and development of this text, which was a collaborati ...more
not set
Sep 24, 2011
 
The Opposite of Love
3.74
did not like it
To be fair, I was probably biased against this book from the start because it was tarred with the "chick-lit" brush, which for me is never a selling p ...more
May 21, 2010
Jun 08, 2010
 
A Mercy
3.66
liked it
"Liked" is perhaps a strong word for how I felt about this book, but I do think that it deserves more than two stars despite my issues with it. Most o ...more
Jan 23, 2012
Jan 23, 2012
 
The Messenger
3.72
really liked it
Fiction always creates an alternate reality, but there is something uniquely compelling to me about works of historical fiction that take their inspir ...more
not set
Jul 16, 2017
 
Three Lives & Tender Buttons
3.50
it was ok
We had to read Tender Buttons for my Modernism class.

"The result the pure result is juice and size and baking and exhibition and nonchalance and sacri
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not set
Sep 07, 2011
 
Slowness
3.66
liked it
Not sure how to describe or review this book, except to say that I find it rather daunting that this is apparently considered one of Kundera's lightes ...more
Apr 02, 2009
Mar 30, 2009
 
Your Voice in My Head: A Memoir
3.75
really liked it
I was somewhat surprised by how much I enjoyed this. I will say that I was glad not to know the identity of the person she refers to as her Gypsy Husb ...more
not set
May 16, 2011
 
Hamlet's Arab Journey: Shakespeare's Prince and Nasser's Ghost
3.20
really liked it
Really enjoyed this, made me think differently about Hamlet specifically but also Shakespeare generally in a postcolonial context. She has an interest ...more
Mar 05, 2012
Feb 20, 2012
 
The Gospel of Anarchy
3.03
really liked it
I enjoyed this very much, though I prefer his short story collection. He jumps around a lot from one narrative voice to another, which in a collection ...more
not set
Jun 09, 2011
 
Infidel
4.20
really liked it
Fascinating memoir . . . it offers a unique perspective on Muslim life in Africa in contrast to the Middle East. It made me want to learn more about p ...more
Dec 2007
Oct 12, 2007
 
Across the Bridge: Stories
3.73
really liked it
Makes you want to visit Paris in the 1940s, though I'd settle for Paris in 2008. Also makes me glad I'm not a Catholic woman in 1940s Montreal. Beauti ...more
Oct 22, 2008
Sep 27, 2008
 
Tropic of Cancer
3.71
really liked it
NB: This book is emphatically not recommended for the queasy of stomach or the easily offended. It is far and away the most vulgar book I have ever re ...more
not set
Mar 09, 2009
 
Don't Sleep, There Are Snakes: Life and Language in the Amazonian Jungle (Vintage Departures)
3.89
it was ok
Despite the two-star ranking, I did find parts of this book incredibly interesting regarding the formation of language and the intersection of languag ...more
Mar 06, 2010
Feb 03, 2010
 
Daniel Deronda
3.83
it was amazing
I hemmed and hawed between four and five stars on this one, in large part because it is SO LONG, but Eliot deserves the full admiral. Her language is ...more
Sep 18, 2011
Sep 06, 2011
 
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
4.00
liked it
I would not normally have picked up any book subtitled 'The Story of a Murderer,' but I read this at the insistence of a friend who knows my tastes ve ...more
not set
Jan 09, 2009
 
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
3.61
did not like it
I first attempted to read this book in college, and couldn't bring myself to finish it - I think the sermon was what defeated me. I re-read it over th ...more
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Dec 23, 2011
 
I Totally Meant to Do That
3.23
really liked it
I can't actually remember how long ago I read this, but I received an ARC for it that I took months to get around to reading. While the back cover gav ...more
not set
Jun 07, 2011
 
The Picture of Dorian Gray
4.06
really liked it
I hadn't previously realized that this is considered by many to be the first Modernist novel, and I can't decide whether that makes me like Modernism ...more
Sep 27, 2011
Sep 07, 2011
 
Daughter of Earth
4.09
liked it
The first part of Daughter of Earth is the most engaging, describing her life on the American frontier in the last decade of the 19th century in evoca ...more
not set
Sep 07, 2011
 
March
3.74
really liked it
I love, love, love historical fiction. This particular book is also a neat intersection of factual history and literary history. It connects a great m ...more
Mar 27, 2009
Aug 20, 2007
 
Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith
3.98
liked it
I found this book very interesting, and timely - my book club actually chose this title for this month before all the stuff that has happened recently ...more
not set
Feb 29, 2008
 
Letters to a Young Poet
4.34
really liked it
I recently reread this book (March 2009), and was surprised again at how relevant and current it feels to me. Aside from some of the more antiquated c ...more
not set
Aug 20, 2007
 
Unaccustomed Earth
4.11
it was amazing
Wow, wow, wow. Lahiri is so amazing. I loved every single page of every single story in this gorgeous creation. Her genius is no less affecting for it ...more
not set
Apr 21, 2009
 
The Kite Runner
4.26
it was ok
I read this book quite a while after most everyone else had read it and loved it, which might be part of the reason that I was so disappointed by it. ...more
Dec 02, 2007
Aug 20, 2007
 
Motherless Brooklyn
3.91
really liked it
Detective novel with a twist - the protagonist has Tourette's. It's more than a riff on a formulaic genre book, though - the very essence of this book ...more
not set
Aug 20, 2008
 
The Reluctant Fundamentalist
3.67
did not like it
I feel like I shouldn't say bad things about this book. Indeed, I don't think I can say bad things about it except that I didn't enjoy reading it. At ...more
Apr 30, 2009
Jan 13, 2009
 
The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials, #3)
4.07
liked it
As is sometimes the case with a concluding title in a series, I just didn't find this to be as satisfying as the first two books. Exploring Lyra's wor ...more
Apr 2008
Jan 03, 2008
 
Men at Arms (Paperback)
3.92
liked it
I definitely enjoyed this book, even though it wasn't quite the light-hearted romp (through WWII, ahem) that I had been expecting from the blurbs on t ...more
not set
Apr 22, 2009
 
Coraline
4.03
liked it
I'm a big Neil Gaiman fan and I certainly enjoyed this book, but I must say that it didn't quite measure up to either the hype or some of my favorites ...more
not set
Mar 09, 2009
 
Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them
3.77
liked it
The main thing that I got out of this book was the desire to immediately read vast amounts of fiction, including things that had never crossed my rada ...more
not set
Aug 20, 2008
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