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Ghost Train to the Eastern Star
4.00
it was amazing
Dang, there was an awesome quote toward the end of this massive travelogue, where the author addresses the reader directly, congratulating him or her ...more
Oct 21, 2008
Jan 21, 2009
 
Wall Street and the Rise of Hitler
4.15
it was amazing
There's a copy on shelf at our library and a copy on-line here:
http://modernhistoryproject.org/mhp?A...

It's amazing to me that so much of what I thoug
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not set
Jun 14, 2016
 
The Lost Book of Mormon: A Journey Through the Mythic Lands of Nephi, Zarahemla, and Kansas City, Missouri
3.17
really liked it
This is the FRESHEST book on the magical, mystical, mysterious origin and publication of The Book of Mormon since Fawn Brodie's 1945 psycho-biography, ...more
Mar 24, 2016
Nov 22, 2014
 
Harp Song for a Radical: The Life and Times of Eugene Victor Debs
3.39
it was amazing
I've been reading this book for about 6 months now, and I never want it to end. THIS IS THE BOOK for the 2008 election, if you really want to get seri ...more
Feb 24, 2008
Apr 22, 2008
 
Being Geniuses Together, 1920 1930
3.79
really liked it
Robert McAlmon is the genius that time forgot.

McAlmon published Hemingway's first 2 books and attended the bullfights with Hemingway's posse in Pampl
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Feb 23, 2012
 
Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes
3.69
it was amazing
Rather than quote the whole book, here is my favorite passage:
A very old shepherd, hobbling on a pair of sticks, and wearing a black cap of liberty,
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Dec 27, 2011
 
The Nix
4.11
it was amazing
I started reading when I was sick last week, and took a day off work.
Read half of it in one day. Kept throwing it down in disgust at the author's ridi
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Sep 27, 2016
 
How to Live: A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at An Answer
4.11
it was amazing
I've been reading this book off and on since Christmas. There is no rush to finish because it's all good. Montaigne: c'est moi! Everybody says that wh ...more
not set
Apr 22, 2014
 
The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America
4.11
it was amazing
Have you read the U.S.A. trilogy by John Dos Passos? If so, you will get this book. If you haven't read the U.S.A. trilogy you will never, never, neve ...more
not set
Jul 11, 2017
 
The Year of Voting Dangerously: The Derangement of American Politics
3.28
really liked it
A collection of greatest hits from decades of intimate acquaintance with major players. She has Trump anecdotes from 1999, and you get to see the traj ...more
Dec 05, 2016
Oct 20, 2016
 
Love and Trouble: A Midlife Reckoning
3.46
it was amazing
Teenage girls and middle-aged women. Why are they like that? I'm just a typical Joe, looking everywhere for some kind of guide. I've only read the 1st ...more
not set
Aug 22, 2017
 
The Universal Baseball Association, Inc., J. Henry Waugh, Prop.
3.85
it was amazing
Published in 1968, Coover's book knocks the cover off the ball of baseball-themed stories with a mind-expanding premise for this recovering Catholic.

h
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Mar 28, 2016
 
The Sexual Life of Catherine M.
2.81
it was ok
EXCERPT:
"I really like sucking men's cocks."

She really likes to masturbate, too. Most of all, Catherine M. likes writing about sucking men's cocks an
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May 11, 2010
May 11, 2010
 
Tennis Hobo: A Derailed Memoir
4.40
it was ok
John Gruberg talks a good game.

His fundamentals are impeccable. Anyone could improve their tennis game just by faithfully following the prescriptions,
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not set
Apr 26, 2017
 
Testimony: A Memoir
4.13
it was amazing
All remaining rock stars of the 1960s can just drop dead now and forget about "writing" their memoirs because there will never be a more clear & l ...more
Jun 29, 2017
Jun 29, 2017
 
Barcelona and Modernity: Picasso, Gaudí, Miró, Dalí
4.09
it was amazing
Published by the Cleveland Museum of Art, this lavishly illustrated 500-page exhibition catalog documents the flowering of "modernism" In Barcelona th ...more
Dec 21, 2008
Jan 21, 2009
 
The Theory of the Leisure Class
3.91
it was amazing
"Football is the particular game which will probably first occur to any one in this community when the question of the serviceability of athletic game ...more
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Oct 13, 2016
 
The Last Love Song: A Biography of Joan Didion
3.56
Joan Didion rocked my world in the 1960s, reporting live from the front lines of the culture wars. She started out at Redbook, and then at Vogue. She ...more
Nov 2016
Dec 05, 2016
 
Conversations with John Cheever (Literary Conversations Series (Paper))
3.75
it was amazing
A collection of interviews and recorded conversations with John Cheever,
re-printed in chronological order from a variety of newspapers, magazines, and
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not set
Dec 27, 2011
 
Settle for More
3.84
liked it
Megyn Kelly is a monster and Roger Ailes--creator of the FOX network-- created her.
How appropriate that she helped get him fired.

After nine years wor
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not set
Dec 14, 2016
 
Today Will Be Different
3.18
it was amazing
I'm up to page 71 in a book that is a series of Left-Turns. Loving this vicarious vacation in Seattle.

page 44, Mother and son outside Jazz Alley:
"I'm
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not set
Feb 11, 2017
 
George Washington's False Teeth: An Unconventional Guide to the Eighteenth Century
3.75
really liked it
Ridiculous title, but glad I accidentally checked-out this book. Only up to page 17--this slim tome is thick with references and half-remembered names ...more
Jun 13, 2017
Jun 13, 2017
 
Steely Dan: Reelin' in the Years
3.86
liked it
They were first appreciated in Britain and Brian Sweet can tell you why, along with way more technical recording information than any normal person co ...more
not set
Oct 28, 2017
 
Virginia Woolf
4.24
it was amazing
I've been intimidated by the size of this 882-page book since it was published in 1996, but after reading the Autobiography of Leonard Woolf, I felt c ...more
not set
Apr 08, 2016
 
Everybody Was So Young: Gerald and Sara Murphy: A Lost Generation Love Story
4.04
it was amazing
Gerald and Sara Murphy were the benefactors of artists and writers and living models for their works. This biography of a marriage provides an inside ...more
not set
Dec 27, 2011
 
Due Considerations: Essays and Criticism
4.06
liked it
it's 700 pages of recycled pulp press book reviews by my favorite old white guy with a basketball-jones.

i can't wait to start reading it the next tim
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Jan 09, 2008
Oct 31, 2007
 
The Great Railway Bazaar
3.91
it was amazing
I learned a new kind of jealousy. This guy is a real "writer's writer" and he has created a new kind of Odyssey.
The Great Railway Bazaar is a classic
...more
Oct 21, 2008
Jan 21, 2009
 
Mark Twain's America
3.83
liked it
One irascible, iconoclastic curmudgeon's celebration of his literary four-flusher.
EXCERPT:
He was a humorist. He had no formal education. His life had
...more
May 11, 2010
May 11, 2010
 
Out of Sheer Rage: Wrestling with D. H. Lawrence
4.02
it was amazing
"...the real subject of this book, the one that writing it was an attempt to ward off, is despair."

We had found it. We stood silently. I knew this mom
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Apr 2010
May 11, 2010
 
The Wealth of Nations
3.87
it was amazing
Not exactly "Infinite Jest" but it has more pages. I'm only reading the intro by Robert Reich. I attended his keynote address at the American Library ...more
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May 03, 2017
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