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No One Belongs Here More Than You
3.81
liked it
I came fully prepared to get way into this book, but so far I don't like the stories I've tried. I really loved her movie, and I remember liking her p ...more
not set
Nov 21, 2010
 
The Periodic Table
4.20
really liked it
Finally, an argument in favor of being forced to read books! I hated the beginning of this and fell asleep twice during the first chapter, so I never ...more
not set
Oct 06, 2011
 
I Spy With My Little Eye
4.20
really liked it
I get a lot of board books out of the library for my one-year-old and most of them are just okay; this is the first one that I'm definitely going to b ...more
not set
Oct 02, 2015
 
The Dain Curse
3.84
really liked it
Towards the end of The Dain Curse, a female character tells the Continental Op affectionately that he is "a monster. A nice one, an especially nice on ...more
Aug 11, 2014
Aug 12, 2014
 
The Arcades Project
4.44
Two members of my family are currently obsessed with this book, so I think I'd better at least flip through it before I try to have dinner with both o ...more
not set
Feb 29, 2008
 
The Goodbye Look
3.95
it was ok
Picture Chandler built with much rougher gin, and not one drop of a vermouth -- not even a vapor.

And no ice.

Picture a room temperature glass of middli
...more
Aug 18, 2009
Aug 17, 2009
 
Shah of Shahs
4.21
really liked it
In a brief exchange with Elizabeth just now about King Leopold's Ghost, I admitted that books like that one make me feel I need a novel afterwards, to ...more
Apr 18, 2012
Apr 10, 2012
 
¿Estás ahí, Dios?  Soy yo, Margaret.
3.89
it was ok
This book made no sense to me (no, I didn't read it en español, that was just the best cover). I thought the characters were totally crazy, and couldn ...more
Jan 1988
Nov 17, 2007
 
Taking Care
4.31
really liked it
Uh so no offense, but I'm pretty irritated with you guys. Why didn't you tell me about Joy Williams? You're supposed to be my FRIENDS.

I don't know why
...more
Jan 19, 2014
Jan 18, 2014
 
1984
4.14
really liked it
OMFG! This is AMAZING:

http://pogue.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/0...

I'd just like to say that I want nothing to do with all this creepy "kindle" business! I
...more
Jan 1993
Nov 18, 2007
 
Infinite Jest
4.31
really liked it
I'm adding this on here as a sort of cautionary tale, because I've been thinking a lot about endings.

Note to aspiring authors: If you're planning to w
...more
Jan 1997
Oct 02, 2007
 
Garner's Modern American Usage
4.59
really liked it
Thanks, Dan! Receiving this book justified my having dragged myself out last night, and made the long G-to-the-A trek home totally bearable, even the ...more
Jun 28, 2008
Jun 22, 2008
 
LaBrava
3.79
really liked it
I bought this today at the Out of the Closet thrift store on Biscayne, and once I got home and opened it up to read, discovered that it's an autograph ...more
Nov 15, 2013
Nov 13, 2013
 
The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea
3.89
really liked it
Argh. Okay, so I've been agonizing since finishing this book about how many stars to grant it. What should the stars mean? Do they stand for how good ...more
Feb 24, 2008
Feb 18, 2008
 
The Tattoo Artist: A Novel
3.89
liked it
Dude, if I were some big-shot Hollywood-type chick, my people's ass would be on the phone this instant with Jill Ciment's people's ass securing the mo ...more
not set
Mar 13, 2011
 
Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison
4.21
I started it. I didn't finish. And unless I one day find myself in a situation with extremely limited mobility and options, with a great deal of time ...more
not set
Nov 10, 2007
 
Pound for Pound
3.92
really liked it
Reads like it was written by that crusty Irish codger who hangs around the boxing gym talking shit with other old timers, which is what makes this boo ...more
not set
Jan 20, 2015
 
The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Perfect Resume
3.84
did not like it
This book is completely idiotic. Why is that? Oh... right.

I can't decide which is more depressing, the Katrina book or this one. Maybe this is another
...more
not set
Mar 03, 2008
 
The Mezzanine
3.90
really liked it
This book is so good. It's about something I've wondered about and been fascinated by but have remained unable to articulate for almost my entire life ...more
not set
Apr 13, 2013
 
Birds of America
4.12
really liked it
One of my main strategies for dealing with life is, "If I don't laugh, I'll cry."

I think Lorrie Moore's strategy is to make me do both.
not set
Sep 30, 2007
 
The Naked and the Dead
3.94
Executioner's Song was one of the best books I've read in the past year -- so good I haven't felt up to reviewing it -- so I had high expectations for ...more
not set
Aug 09, 2009
 
The Bell Jar
3.98
really liked it
I read this in the fourth grade, which was too young. For one thing, I did not realize at the time that Plath was psychiatrically ill. One thing that ...more
Jan 1989
Nov 16, 2007
 
A Cup of Water Under My Bed: A Memoir
4.07
really liked it
I always was (and remain) deeply envious of kids who grew up bilingual, who had parents at home who spoke something more interesting than English. Tho ...more
Nov 28, 2014
Nov 26, 2014
 
On Boxing
3.87
liked it
I am really pissed off, because I spent a long time writing a whole long review of this book but then this fucking website just spontaneously erased i ...more
Dec 27, 2011
Dec 26, 2011
 
Wuthering Heights
3.83
really liked it
Are you more of a Talking Heads person, or a Devo person? Well, I'm a Talking Heads person, but in some important ways, I'll admit, Devo is a cooler b ...more
Jan 2006
Oct 31, 2007
 
The Portable Dorothy Parker
4.34
liked it
Well, I know just how she feels, which might be why I don't always enjoy this stuff so much. Reading Parker is a bit like having an IM conversation wi ...more
not set
Dec 17, 2007
 
The Federalist Papers
4.05
I don't know who's a bigger jackass: me, for never having so much as peeped at these, or the grownps at all the various schools I've attended, for not ...more
not set
Nov 27, 2008
 
Lovely Me: The Life of Jacqueline Susann
3.91
it was ok
This was not a proper biography; it was a collection of information and anecdotes about Jacqueline Susann, fabulous authoress of the literary classic ...more
not set
Apr 04, 2008
 
The New Basics: A-to-Z Baby & Child Care for the Modern Parent
4.06
really liked it
Michel Cohen is a trendy New York celebrity pediatrician after my own heart! Basically, this book is just the common sense set of answers I want to he ...more
Nov 28, 2014
Nov 26, 2014
 
Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls
3.86
did not like it
This is a biased and thoughtless review, based on vague memories of a cranky adolescent's insensitive snap judgment, so you shouldn't pay any attentio ...more
Jan 1995
Nov 13, 2007
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