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Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More
4.26
liked it
3 stars. Janet Mock has led a fascinating life and has demonstrated unusual courage, fortitude, and self-direction from a young age. She deserves the ...more
Nov 05, 2020
Apr 25, 2021
 
Gold Diggers
3.87
it was amazing
Wonderful novel: Sanjena is clever, observant, and fully original. All the more impressive as a debut work. Can strongly recommend.

Despite having the
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Apr 09, 2021
Apr 11, 2021
 
My Brilliant Friend (The Neapolitan Novels #1)
3.97
liked it
3 stars. Wanted to like it more! But alas.

Context
The first of 4 in a set called Neopolitan Novels, written by pseudonymous Elena Ferrante. Translated
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Mar 05, 2021
Mar 13, 2021
 
The Crucible
3.59
really liked it
High-paced, gripping, short, and stranger than fiction. 4 stars!

I somehow made it through highschool without reading the Crucible, and so the time had
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Apr 14, 2021
Apr 15, 2021
 
Migraine
3.80
it was ok
Not worth reading, sadly. I really enjoy Oliver Sacks' other books (awakening, man/wife/hat..) - a great blend of narrative style and surprising cogni ...more
Dec 24, 2020
Dec 24, 2020
 
Know My Name
4.72
it was amazing
Tragic and phenomenally impactful. Everyone should read this book.

Weaved through the memoire of her personal experience, Chanel hammers two broader p
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Dec 26, 2020
Dec 29, 2020
 
Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World
4.17
liked it
Generally mediocre book.

Giridharadas makes many observations over 300 pages. Some of those observations are important, and I agree more than I disagr
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Dec 29, 2020
not set
Dec 30, 2020
 
The Art of Loving
4.01
liked it
A quarantine book club read.

The first 50 pages are well worth reading, particularly if part of a broader series on love/relationships/emotional-philos
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Aug 24, 2020
Dec 10, 2020
 
The Three-Body Problem (Remembrance of Earth’s Past #1)
4.06
really liked it
Just finished my third read of this series, and it gets better each time. I think that's because the writing and fiction itself is only fine (easy to ...more
Dec 23, 2020
Jan 2019
Mar 24, 2017
Mar 04, 2017
 
Slate Star Codex Essays: Volume 1
4.67
it was amazing
Because this is a collection of ranging essays, it doesn't lend itself well to review.

I'll just say that I am a big fan of Scott Alexander's (pseudony
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Nov 22, 2020
Nov 22, 2020
 
The White Album
4.15
really liked it
Essay collection focused on the 60's/70's decades in California, particularly as experienced by high society / 'the New Yorker' types. Jumps between H ...more
Dec 27, 2020
Dec 27, 2020
 
Foundation (Foundation, #1)
4.17
liked it
I enjoy sci-fi, but don't read it enough to appreciate the full role that this series has played in the genre over the last 80 years. I'm sure its sig ...more
Dec 24, 2020
Dec 24, 2020
 
The Kite Runner
4.31
really liked it
4 stars. Vivid, traumatic, and memorable. Really good historical fiction and I can see why it has such a reputation. The weaker writing style and a fe ...more
Jan 02, 2021
not set
Jan 09, 2021
 
The Sympathizer
3.96
really liked it
**Contains Spoilers

Pulitzer-prize winning historical fiction that takes place in the half decade following the Vietnam war. The Sympathizer is authore
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May 02, 2021
May 02, 2021
 
The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays
4.15
liked it
3 stars. Great material, fascinating author. But too slow and the literary style didn't come together for me -- there are better books in this genre t ...more
Apr 11, 2021
Apr 11, 2021
 
The Secret History
4.10
liked it
Wanted to like it, but TSH just didn’t come together for me. 3 stars.
Dead Poets Society vibe but with more murder and a lot of insecure friendships. T
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Apr 23, 2021
Apr 23, 2021
 
Get the Truth: Former CIA Officers Teach You How to Persuade Anyone to Tell All
3.82
liked it
Fun, fast read. Airport bookstore material. Recommended by a colleague.

The general thesis of their approach is:
1. Be calming, respectful, non-adversar
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Dec 09, 2020
Dec 10, 2020
 
The Need for Roots: Prelude to a Declaration of Duties towards Mankind
4.06
it was ok
I'll admit that the reason I read this book is because last year I saw a trendy friend reading it in Paris and thought "thats the kind of thing I shou ...more
Dec 13, 2020
not set
Dec 13, 2020
 
Why We're Polarized
4.27
really liked it
### Summary
4 stars. I love Klein’s calm, plainspoken, essayist style. And this is a great entry-level introduction to the last 50 years of national pa
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Feb 14, 2021
Apr 11, 2021
 
First, Break All the Rules: What the World's Greatest Managers Do Differently
3.94
liked it
3 stars. A lot of good, but mostly-common-knowledge, management concepts. Can certainly find the same information in a set of shorter HBR articles, an ...more
Jan 05, 2021
Dec 24, 2020
 
Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents
4.56
really liked it
I had the opportunity to read Caste for a discussion group at work. This was the most recent selection in an ongoing series we had that includes: “How ...more
Nov 26, 2020
Nov 26, 2020
 
Portnoy's Complaint
3.70
liked it
This was my second Roth, having read and enjoyed American Pastoral three years ago. It’s clear now that Roth loves a deeply place-based novel. (both b ...more
Feb 24, 2021
Mar 13, 2021
 
Gratitude
4.17
it was ok
Fast, 60 minute read.

The book is four short memoire essays. Most of these were written in Sack's final year of life, as he approached death from term
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Dec 23, 2020
Dec 27, 2020
 
Pastoralia
4.10
really liked it
One of Saunders’ early short story collections. Not as good as “Tenth of December” (too repetitive in character/style), but still a lot of fun. Read f ...more
Apr 25, 2021
Apr 2017
Mar 05, 2017
 
Pyramid Principle Present Your Thinking So Clearly That the Ideas Jump Off the Page and into the Reader's Mind
4.06
liked it
Pyramid Principle is a business classic from the 90s, focused very narrowly on the tactics of structured memo writing. McKinsey analyst candy.

Like “G
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Jul 18, 2020
Jul 18, 2020
 
City of Thieves
4.25
it was ok
Had seen this recommended a few times so picked up for fast fiction.
2 stars, entertaining enough but overall is pretty mediocre and mostly forgettabl
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Jan 02, 2021
Jan 09, 2021
 
How to Win Friends and Influence People
4.21
really liked it
The classic. Does it have a silly title? Sure. But it was written in a different time (1930's) and the reality is this book stands up to the ages.

Obse
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Jan 2011
Sep 18, 2016
 
Gilead
3.84
liked it
Gilead is a short book about Big Topics. Family. Religion. Love. Forgiveness. Growing up in small towns. Getting away. Coming back. Beauty in minutiae ...more
Nov 28, 2020
Nov 28, 2020
 
Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed
4.37
it was amazing
Found in an Airbnb this past fall -- I didn’t realize how popular it was at the time, but am glad I got the chance to read it before knowing the hype. ...more
Sep 29, 2020
Sep 29, 2020
 
Working: Researching, Interviewing, Writing
4.43
it was amazing
One of my favorites from 2020. Well worth reading.

1. I generally enjoy books that are a "behind the curtain" view into how other professional industri
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Oct 2020
Oct 01, 2020
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