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Agenda 21 (Agenda 21, #1)
3.82
liked it
Here's the scoop: Cover up Beck's name and read the book. He's not actually the author, anyway. The woman whose name appears as a ghostwriter conceive ...more
not set
Nov 01, 2012
 
Who Controls the Internet?: Illusions of a Borderless World
3.82
really liked it
Written accessibly by a Harvard law professor and one from Columbia, this is the kind of "new history" that should probably, soon, become an essential ...more
Nov 15, 2011
Oct 24, 2011
 
The Art of Dramatic Writing
4.16
it was amazing
If there is one book I cite more than Strunk and White's classic The Elements of Style, it is Lajos Egri's relatively obscure gem. I happened upon it ...more
not set
Nov 02, 2011
 
The Impressionist
3.60
really liked it
This book was recommended to me by a well-traveled, foreign-policy-savvy author friend of mine, and I found it to be one of my favorite books this yea ...more
Jul 15, 2012
Jun 06, 2012
 
Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right
4.13
it was amazing
As Senate hearings for Scott Pruitt begin today, I wish I could put this book in every person's hands. I am a Rust Belt native who was raised with a p ...more
Jan 04, 2017
Jan 02, 2017
 
Ramadan Sky
3.61
really liked it
Ramadan Sky tells the story of a brief and inevitably ill-fated cross-cultural love triangle set in Jakarta. Against the city's backdrop of poverty an ...more
Oct 14, 2013
Oct 14, 2013
 
Rediscovering Palestine: Merchants and Peasants in Jabal Nablus, 1700-1900
4.06
it was amazing
You won't know how fascinated you are by the economy of an ancient city until you start reading Doumani's engrossing portrait of eighteenth-century Na ...more
Oct 11, 2015
Oct 20, 2015
 
Carry the Sky
4.09
really liked it
In her debut novel, award-winning poet Kate Gray breaks the surface of a calm New England boarding school to tell a breathtaking tale about honor, vio ...more
Sep 15, 2014
Sep 15, 2014
 
Birds of Paradise
3.32
really liked it
This is one of the most absorbing novels I've read all year; as in, it made a flight pass quickly, and then later, at home, drew me back to my big com ...more
Oct 26, 2011
Sep 15, 2011
 
The Night Circus
4.04
it was ok
A few years ago I made a pledge to myself: Break up with books you don't love, with ones that aren't challenging, and with ones that languish on the f ...more
Oct 07, 2012
Jun 26, 2012
 
The Plague of Doves
3.76
it was amazing
Not all novels are good at meandering. I suppose this has something to do with your expectations when you begin to read. But with The Plague of Doves, ...more
Nov 20, 2013
Nov 08, 2013
 
Running
3.43
it was amazing
If you aren't reading Cara Hoffman's fiction right now, you're missing out on some important writing.

Her vision is demanding. She writes about broken
...more
not set
Apr 10, 2017
 
American Gods (American Gods, #1)
4.11
it was amazing
I wanted an escapist summer fling. But I got halfway through George R. R. Martin's A Game of Thrones, and found myself tempted to cheat on it; normall ...more
Sep 09, 2012
Sep 15, 2012
 
The Edge of the World
3.50
really liked it
I finished this slender book last weekend after having met the author at a writers conference. Through a series of brilliantly political, interconnect ...more
Mar 17, 2012
Mar 27, 2012
 
The Illumination
3.38
really liked it
**spoiler alert** Oh, if it weren't for the last chapter! I fell in love Kevin Brockmeier's writing for its sensitive existentialism (incidentally the ...more
not set
Apr 30, 2013
 
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
4.19
liked it
Well-crafted, straightforward, and rendered beautifully, the novel is a public monument to the barefaced sexism of yore. As in most of the novels I en ...more
Sep 15, 2011
Sep 14, 2011
 
The Night Listener
3.63
liked it
I admit it: I've come late to Armistead Maupin. I've never read Tales of the City, nor his short stories. It's always an uncertain endeavor, beginning ...more
Aug 20, 2012
Sep 15, 2012
 
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
3.99
liked it
In spirit, Gaiman's new novel is an elegy for the forgotten swaths of childhood, but it reads like an unexpurgated fairytale. The first-person narrato ...more
Oct 17, 2013
Oct 14, 2013
 
The Golem and the Jinni (The Golem and the Jinni, #1)
4.11
liked it
As a debut novel, The Golem and the Jinni is an intriguing magical realist-historical crossover novel about New York immigrants at the turn of the twe ...more
Nov 05, 2013
Oct 20, 2013
 
The Monkey's Straw Raincoat and Other Poetry of the Basho School
3.72
it was ok
The Basho school of haiku is fascinating, but I'm afraid this academic book was over my head. I found that to appreciate the art of haiku, it is bette ...more
Aug 31, 2011
Sep 08, 2011
 
Habibi
4.03
liked it
I give Habibi five stars for the art, and one or two for the story. As a beautiful mess of a narrative to think about, it earns a solid three. Most of ...more
Jan 06, 2013
Dec 21, 2012
 
Words Under the Words: Selected Poems
4.39
liked it
I find myself enjoying Naomi Shihab Nye's prose more than her poetry; and likewise, her prose introduction to this book of poetry. While pleasant, her ...more
Oct 02, 2011
Sep 11, 2011
 
The Absolute at Large
3.85
really liked it
The Absolute at Large is a deft, straightforward, drily laugh-out-loud satire on spiritualism. When a frazzled inventor accidentally invents a nuclear ...more
Oct 07, 2011
Sep 21, 2011
 
Love in the Time of Cholera
3.89
liked it
Perhaps it is unfair of me to expect brilliance from all of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's novels, but 270 pages in to this one, I succumbed to the temptati ...more
Oct 02, 2011
Sep 08, 2011
 
The Ghost Bride
3.74
really liked it
In this lovely cross-genre debut, Yangsze Choo creates a haunting world of her own between paranormal YA, historical, and multicultural fiction. If I ...more
Jan 20, 2014
Jan 08, 2014
 
Cutting for Stone
4.28
liked it
After reading such an impressive debut novel, I've decided that my star rating and a book's technical quality live in separate universes. Technically, ...more
May 26, 2012
Apr 30, 2012
 
A Poetry Handbook
4.11
it was amazing
I've said elsewhere that I was frightened of poetry. After having finished writing two novels, I was ready to go back to the basics: language and imag ...more
Sep 2011
Sep 08, 2011
 
The Turn of the Screw
3.45
liked it
I wanted to love this novella more than I did. I give Henry James yards of leeway when it comes to writing style, and as a point of respect, I make my ...more
Aug 19, 2011
Sep 08, 2011
 
One Hundred and One Nights
3.42
liked it
Constructed around a mysterious narrator's appearance in Southern Iraqi town during the Iraq War, the novel uses an almost military pattern of repetit ...more
Mar 27, 2012
Oct 25, 2011
 
First You Try Everything
2.96
it was amazing
The novel's two POV protagonists, Evvie and Ben, find themselves on the other side of true love: in their early forties, each puzzled by the person th ...more
Apr 25, 2012
Mar 27, 2012
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