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Walden
3.79
really liked it
I read this in graduate school and its worldview still gives me something to think about. I especially remember Thoreau's ideas about burning the past ...more
May 2002
Jan 12, 2011
 
A False Spring
4.13
it was amazing
Women can actually like a memoir about baseball. This one bats a thousand.
not set
Apr 10, 2010
 
The Pious Ones: The World of Hasidim and Their Battles with America
3.56
it was amazing
What a powerful book to come along so soon after the 2013 Pew Report on American Jews and UJA’s 2012 demographic study of Jews in NYC.

Joe Berger writ
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Nov 2014
Oct 01, 2014
 
The Junior Officers' Reading Club: Killing Time And Fighting Wars
3.61
liked it
Very gonzo. That is, the book is more about the author's posturing than the effect of war on the Afghanis. The author, however, will be a force to be ...more
Aug 07, 2010
Dec 23, 2010
 
Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven
3.78
it was amazing
I interviewed Susan Jane Gilman about this memoir for Bookpod: http://www.bookpod.org/stripped-in-th...

I found "Undress Me" to be one of the best book
...more
not set
Aug 16, 2010
 
The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World
3.83
it was amazing
Intelligent and funny enough to make you laugh out loud. Happiest place: Iceland. Saddest place: Moldova. Check out Eric's Bookpod audio essay: http:/ ...more
Oct 10, 2010
Dec 23, 2010
 
The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating
4.02
it was amazing
Bailey's writing style is on a par with Stephen Jay Gould and James Wood Krutch. One of the best books I read in 2010. Elisabeth's Bookpod audio essay ...more
Sep 17, 2010
Dec 23, 2010
 
Heading West
3.63
it was amazing
I interviewed Doris Betts about Heading West for Bookpod.http://www.bookpod.org/journey-into-t...

There's a pdf available too.

I'd love to have your fee
...more
not set
Aug 16, 2010
 
The Widow's Husband
4.23
it was amazing
A superior example of historical fiction about 19th-century Afghanistan. Tamim's Bookpod audio essay: http://www.bookpod.org/a-novelist-s-t...
Sep 10, 2010
Dec 23, 2010
 
Commonsense Kitchen
4.06
it was amazing
Superior cookbook for novice cooks, with lots of good reminders for seasoned ones. Check out Tom's Bookpod audio essay: http://www.bookpod.org/cooking ...more
Nov 02, 2010
Dec 23, 2010
 
Nothing Left to Burn
3.64
really liked it
A gracefully written memoir, with all of a memoir's brilliant flaws. Jay's Bookpod audio essay: http://www.bookpod.org/three-generati...
Oct 02, 2010
Dec 23, 2010
 
After
3.73
it was amazing
I don't typically read young fiction, and yet I found this novel to be sophisticated and well-written. Definitely worth sharing with a young reader.
Aug 2009
Dec 23, 2010
 
Automats, Taxi Dances, and Vaudeville: Excavating Manhattan's Lost Places of Leisure
4.13
it was amazing
Excellent picture of entertainment in Manhattan not so long ago.
Nov 2010
Dec 23, 2010
 
The Finkler Question
2.77
it was ok
Roth redux.
Dec 22, 2010
Dec 23, 2010
 
The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible
3.76
really liked it
A laugh riot.
Jan 12, 2011
Jan 12, 2011
 
The Spies of Warsaw (Night Soldiers, #10)
3.89
it was amazing
Good writing, great plotting. It takes Furst nine months to birth a book. Amazing. Alan's Bookpod audio essay: http://www.bookpod.org/when-countries.. ...more
Aug 19, 2010
Jul 22, 2010
 
Some Girls: My Life in a Harem
3.31
really liked it
Sort of embarrassed to admit that I couldn't put this one down.
not set
Apr 14, 2010
 
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures
4.15
it was amazing
We, the American-born, think WE have a hard time with our healthcare system. Imagine being a Hmong immigrant from Laos and having to deal with a syste ...more
not set
Apr 14, 2010
 
Little Failure: A Memoir
3.63
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Mar 26, 2014
 
The Blue Afternoon
3.75
really liked it
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Jun 26, 2012
 
Brazzaville Beach
3.92
really liked it
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Jun 26, 2012
 
Mr. S: My Life with Frank Sinatra
3.79
really liked it
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Feb 07, 2018
 
Unreliable Memoirs
3.90
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not set
Jan 06, 2015
 
The Count of Monte Cristo
4.22
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not set
Apr 10, 2010
 
A Book that Was Lost: and Other Stories
4.05
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not set
Mar 19, 2015
 
Enemies: A Love Story
3.97
really liked it
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not set
Jan 06, 2013
 
Masters of Death: The SS-Einsatzgruppen and the Invention of the Holocaust
4.02
it was amazing
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Nov 25, 2017
 
The Rug Merchant
3.19
really liked it
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Apr 28, 2015
 
Phineas Finn (Palliser, #2)
3.97
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not set
Feb 02, 2016
 
The Queen's Gambit
4.11
really liked it
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Sep 14, 2014
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