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The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 1: 1931-1934
4.10
it was ok
I had to stop reading this book, though i did thoroughly enjoy Nin's lengthy ruminations about life and its general contents. It was not helping me ta ...more
Jul 2007
Sep 01, 2007
 
The Collected Poems, 1957-1987
4.29
really liked it
paz nestles some doozies in this one. scattered throughout the big book are gems serving as prizes for your dedication and search. he rides on the out ...more
Feb 2002
Aug 24, 2007
 
The Secret Life of Germs: What They Are, Why We Need Them, and How We Can Protect Ourselves Against Them
3.81
it was ok
There were a few helpful nuggets in this book about hygiene and science behind it, but moreover I was turned off by his too simplistic approach (writi ...more
Aug 2010
Jul 24, 2010
 
Women
4.21
really liked it
**spoiler alert** sontag's essay is a stand up and shout experience. a rally for justice and exploration into the why's of gender and inequality. her ...more
Feb 17, 2008
Feb 17, 2008
 
Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith
4.15
it was amazing
loved her frankness in discussing her past life and how it entwines with her present in new and delightful ways.

she is also completely hilarious as sh
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not set
Aug 21, 2007
 
Translations from the Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke
4.17
it was amazing
If i ever learn german it will be for one reason: rilke.

that said, the ever complex entanglement of translational issues leads me to believe that M.D
...more
Jun 2001
May 07, 2008
 
Written on the Body
4.08
it was amazing
ok, so i started reading this last night and i'm already halfway through. she writes as if you're in her brain with her and there is no such thing as ...more
Sep 2007
Sep 14, 2007
 
Julie and Julia: My Years of Cooking Dangerously
3.67
really liked it
Sharp, witty, mildly self-deprecating tale of the Julie/Julia project. I think I liked it more though because of her Austin references and description ...more
Dec 2009
Nov 19, 2009
 
The Writing Life
4.05
it was amazing
Dillard presents a load of carefully chosen and exquisitely complimentary examples of what writing does to a person. This is by far the most helpful ( ...more
Feb 22, 2009
Sep 01, 2007
 
The Story of My Typewriter
3.54
really liked it
Auster's little meditation on my favourite subject (I own 4 typewriters) make me want to read his poem book that I acquired years ago. Messer's painti ...more
Feb 27, 2009
Feb 24, 2009
 
Sense and Sensibility
4.06
really liked it
This one's a real cliffhanger. I really had no clue how she was going to lace it up neatly in the end, alas, faith in Austen's desire to deliver reade ...more
Sep 2009
Feb 24, 2009
 
The Farming of Bones
4.06
it was amazing
you must read danticat's breathless descriptions of what it was to be a haitian in the dominican republic.

I cried for days over one specific chapter t
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Jul 2005
Aug 21, 2007
 
If on a Winter's Night a Traveler
4.08
Ok. I tried.

I reserve the right for author commentary alongside fiction plot for the one and only Milan Kundera. He can get away with it. I find othe
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Jan 2010
Aug 21, 2007
 
Weight: The Myth of Atlas and Heracles
3.79
it was amazing
tricked into reading this by a soft blankie and a cool, sunny day. took me 3 hours to read cover to cover.

winterson is my dream of communication, with
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Apr 28, 2008
Apr 28, 2008
 
Trusting Soul
4.63
it was amazing
this may very well be the best book of poems/random thoughts out there. entirely available to a universal audience because he speaks in love, and not ...more
Nov 2002
Aug 24, 2007
 
Daughter of Fortune
3.89
it was amazing
allende sweeps you off your feet again, leaving you heartbroken until you realize there is a sequel: Portrait in Sepia.

These are some of my favourite
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Oct 2006
Aug 21, 2007
 
When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times
4.29
it was amazing
i suppose i'm finished with this one. i can't seem to read those last couple chapters, she's lost me. but i got enough out of the first 8 chapters to ...more
Feb 08, 2008
Aug 21, 2007
 
A Wild Patience Has Taken Me This Far
4.27
really liked it
I read it cover to cover in about an hour. she is honest without being mean, something i strive for in life in general as well as in my written accoun ...more
Jan 25, 2008
Feb 05, 2008
 
Uncollected Poems
4.41
really liked it
I have to return this to the library, since I've had it for almost 4 months. (love how the NYPL only makes you return books if someone else wants it)
Apr 2009
Feb 28, 2009
 
Praise
4.26
it was amazing
'Meditation at Lagunitas' makes me quiver, satisfies all my discontents with language and learning.

Of course Hass is it; Milosz was his neighbor.
May 04, 2008
Feb 17, 2008
 
Philosophical Investigations
4.23
really liked it
tradition flies out the window, this math teacher delves into ruminations and excerpts of thought. a true philosopher's philosopher.
Oct 2001
Aug 24, 2007
 
New Poems
4.29
liked it
I bit off more Rilke than I could chew; the library shelves do that to me.

I will return to this.
Apr 2009
Mar 03, 2009
 
Culture and Value: A Selection from the Posthumous Remains
4.10
really liked it
loved this one too, not sure i entirely understand it, but i think that's the whole point.
May 2002
Aug 24, 2007
 
The Symposium
4.01
really liked it
i love the idea of forms, must re-read to remember why i was so moved by this
Mar 2000
Apr 27, 2008
 
The Art of Eating
4.33
had to return it to the library, will return to this one for sure
not set
Feb 28, 2011
 
Anna Karenina
4.02
it was amazing
This book makes getting old even more attractive (and allows me not to worry so much about being young and not knowing anything.)

I can't for the life
...more
Apr 2009
Feb 23, 2009
 
Eat, Pray, Love
3.51
not too far in yet, distracted by other books...
Oct 2007
Aug 21, 2007
 
Envelopes: A Puzzling Journey Through the Royal Mail
4.04
it was amazing
just delicious
not set
Apr 10, 2008
 
A Moveable Feast
4.04
really liked it
A fun little window into literary lives in Paris during the 20's. Great bits on the writing process, though some of it came off rather egotistically s ...more
Sep 2010
Sep 09, 2010
 
BabyCakes: Vegan, (Mostly) Gluten-Free, and (Mostly) Sugar-Free Recipes from New York's Most Talked-About Bakery
4.01
it was ok
I'm not trying to be ungrateful here, but McKenna didn't go out of her way to make sure gluten-free eaters could enjoy the whole book. A few simple re ...more
Jan 19, 2010
Jan 18, 2010
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