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Second Class Citizen
3.96
really liked it
Second Class Citizen is a very auto-biographical account of Buchi Emecheta’s emigration from Nigeria to London. It’s a personal story, one that candid ...more
Jan 1992
May 18, 2010
 
Future Shock
3.80
really liked it
I cannot believe how much Future Shock is a part of my background. While reading it I remembered direct quotes spoken by my mother and teachers; it wa ...more
Sep 13, 2010
Aug 09, 2010
 
Terms of Endearment
4.15
liked it
Terms of Endearment is another novel, aside from the last 40 pages, that bears no resemblance to the movie adaptation. Where the movie defined the “ch ...more
not set
May 18, 2010
 
The Price of Salt
3.97
really liked it
**spoiler alert** This novel, originally written under a pseudonym, reminds me of the big difference between gay and lesbian fiction; it is a full 200 ...more
Oct 20, 2011
Jan 31, 2011
 
The Man in the High Castle
3.62
liked it
The novel presents an alternative reality in which the Nazis and the Japanese were the victors in WWII, have become the superpowers, and have divided ...more
Jun 14, 2019
Jun 21, 2018
 
Survival in Auschwitz
4.32
really liked it
What I find more frightening in Levi’s description of his experiences in a Nazi concentration camp is not the humiliation, torture, degradation, or se ...more
Jan 2011
May 11, 2011
 
The Handmaid's Tale (The Handmaid's Tale, #1)
4.11
it was amazing
I am not familiar with many other books that capture the dull terror of dystopian politics, driven by secular or religious conservatives, that has as ...more
Nov 27, 2018
Jun 05, 1989
Jun 14, 2010
 
Edge
4.31
really liked it
Perhaps knowing Jeff Mann personally has influenced my judgment in reading Edge: Travels of an Appalachian Leather Bear, but I would have enjoyed this ...more
not set
May 18, 2010
 
Elephant Man
3.96
liked it
I believe this is one of the first books I’ve read that is based on the movie, rather than vice versa. At times it crosses the line into sentimentalit ...more
not set
May 18, 2010
 
This Land Is Our Land: An Immigrant's Manifesto
4.11
really liked it
Using his family history of migration across various continents as an overarching story, Mehta outlines the challenges and benefits of immigration. He ...more
Jul 29, 2019
Jul 18, 2019
 
Tim and Pete
3.76
liked it
Tim and Pete is a testament of what it was like to live as a gay man during the AIDS crisis, before effective treatment was available to those with in ...more
Feb 11, 2020
Sep 28, 2019
 
My Loose Thread
3.47
liked it
Dennis Cooper my well be the David Lynch of queer culture. His shockaholic fiction ignores the superficial and drives straight down the dark road of t ...more
Jan 2003
May 18, 2010
 
Light of the Stars: Alien Worlds and the Fate of the Earth
3.90
really liked it
For anyone somewhat versed in astrobiology or space exploration, this book might come across as a refresher. For anyone interested in exploring the su ...more
Jul 22, 2018
Jul 05, 2018
 
The Viral Storm: The Dawn of a New Pandemic Age
3.78
liked it
I am no stranger to books on epidemiology. It is a broad and fascinating subject that lends itself to perspectives ranging from stoic to alarmist. Wol ...more
Mar 27, 2019
Oct 20, 2011
 
Kelland
4.37
really liked it
I have had the fortune of reading Paul G. Bens Jr.’s shorter work and anticipated reading his first novel. Kelland is a multi-person narrative with fi ...more
Jun 2010
Jun 14, 2010
 
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
4.00
really liked it
The autobiography of Harriet Ann Jacobs may have changed many of the names (including her own, she wrote under the name Linda Brent) but did not alter ...more
May 20, 2019
May 03, 2019
 
Climate of Hope: How Cities, Businesses, and Citizens Can Save the Planet
4.13
really liked it
A number of climate change themed books track how we got to this (tipping) point and paint disaster-porn scenarios of our continued inaction. Cities u ...more
Aug 30, 2018
Aug 20, 2018
 
The Feast of the Goat
4.28
it was amazing
Feast of the Goat blends history and fiction to depict the waning days of the Dominican dictator, Rafael Trujillo, whose 31 year reign was considered ...more
Mar 14, 2019
Feb 03, 2012
 
I, Robot (Robot, #0.1)
4.20
liked it
Isaac Asimov is one of the grandfathers of technology-driven sci-fi who added “robotics” to our vocabulary. I, Robot is a collection of short stories ...more
Dec 04, 2019
Oct 11, 2010
 
The Unreasoning Mask
3.49
liked it
What makes Philip Jose Farmer’s Unreasoning Mask interesting is his visualization of the universe and god as the same thing. The universe is god, an u ...more
May 18, 2010
May 18, 2010
 
Empire of the Sun (Empire of the Sun, #1)
3.99
really liked it
An excellent story in its own right, Empire of the Sun is a must read for any Ballard fan. The novel was inspired by the author’s experiences in Japan ...more
not set
Jun 07, 2010
 
When the Tripods Came
3.79
it was ok
When I was a mere lad I was introduced to John Christopher by way of The White Mountains. I instantly related to the young boys who escaped being capp ...more
Mar 27, 2012
Oct 04, 2010
 
Life Force
3.23
liked it
**spoiler alert** One thing I can say about Fay Weldon is that she is a fire bug. After devouring the riotous satire The Life and Loves of a She Devil ...more
Dec 09, 2011
Dec 06, 2011
 
The Swimming-Pool Library
3.76
liked it
What is enjoyable about this book is the unabashed look at the gay sexual scene of a tiny slice of English aristocracy where every man is available fo ...more
Feb 12, 2019
Jul 08, 2010
 
I Will Fear No Evil
3.68
really liked it
When I was in high school I came across this book in the school library, which, honestly, is probably inappropriate for teens. I devoured it on the fi ...more
Sep 24, 1986
Jun 22, 2010
 
No Enchanted Palace: The End of Empire and the Ideological Origins of the United Nations
3.72
really liked it
Manzower traces the origins of the UN Charter signed in 1945 and the ways in which it succeeds, and more often fails, to live up to our expectations f ...more
Jun 22, 2011
Apr 18, 2011
 
The Naked Civil Servant
4.05
really liked it
I had the good fortune to meet Mr. Crisp in the mid-90s through performance artist, Penny Arcade, who I worked with when she staged "Bitch!Dyke!Faghag ...more
Mar 25, 2011
Feb 14, 2011
 
My Name Is Rand
3.92
really liked it
Wayne Courtois delivers an Odyssey of extreme-bondage and tickle-torture sure to elicit gasps and groans in equal measure. My Name is Rand explores ne ...more
Jun 2004
May 18, 2010
 
Angels in America
4.33
really liked it
I had the good fortune to have seen Millennium Approaches, the first half of this epic theater piece, when it was originally staged on Broadway. Readi ...more
Sep 26, 2018
Jul 08, 2010
 
The Year of Magical Thinking
3.90
really liked it
"...I realize how open we are to the persistent message that we can avert death." -- Joan Didion from The Year of Magical Thinking

This is my first exp
...more
Jun 27, 2019
Jun 10, 2019
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