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The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter - and How to Make the Most of Them Now
it was amazing
I found this book very helpful. I think anyone in their twenties who don't know what they should do with their life should read this book.

Dr. Jay doe
Jan 07, 2013
Dec 25, 2012
Go Tell It on the Mountain
liked it
This was my first Baldwin read and boy is it a goodie. Set in the 1930s, 1910s, 1890s, and 1880s, Baldwin tells the story of young John Grimes (James ...more
Jan 12, 2018
Jan 08, 2018
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
it was amazing
If you had asked me, before reading Evicted, what the single greatest challenge facing poor Americans today is; I might have said healthcare, or the j ...more
Dec 04, 2017
Sep 29, 2017
The Underground Railroad
it was amazing
Underground Railroad is a speculative fiction novel set in that horrible period of American history—the antebellum South. But instead of lovely picnic ...more
Jan 17, 2018
Dec 18, 2017
Death's End (Remembrance of Earth’s Past #3)
it was amazing
Wow! Just…wow.

What do I say about Death’s End? I guess I’ll say the stuff that’s already being said, it’s imaginative beyond belief, heartbreaking be
Sep 17, 2017
Sep 02, 2017
The Tao of Pooh
liked it
This cute little read expresses the eastern philosophy of Taoism in a western package--Winnie the Pooh. I'm most impressed by the seamless adoption of ...more
Jan 03, 2018
Jan 03, 2018
The Bear and the Nightingale (Winternight Trilogy, #1)
really liked it
In the deep woods of rural Russia in the 14th century lives a family. In many ways they are like any family: they all sleep atop the giant clay stove ...more
Feb 11, 2018
Feb 10, 2018
Sing, Unburied, Sing
really liked it
I can tell why this book is so loved by so many. It’s a wonderfully written tale that encapsulates both a single day and an entire life in particular ...more
Jan 03, 2018
Dec 05, 2017
The Gods Themselves
it was ok
The legend of the origin of The Gods Themselves is that Asimov had been criticized for never writing about aliens or sex, so he wrote a book about ali ...more
Jun 22, 2017
Jun 14, 2017
Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body
liked it
If you had a deep dark brutal secret from your childhood that caused you suffering, shame, and pain for your whole life, would you be willing to tell ...more
Jan 29, 2018
Jan 22, 2018
All Clear (All Clear, #2)
it was amazing
Wow. Just wow.

This is the second of a two book series Connie Willis about time traveling historians living in the London Blitz of WWII. The first is
Jan 03, 2015
Dec 27, 2014
The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer
it was amazing
Cancer is typically thought of as a modern disease. But it may be the oldest of all diseases. Cancer is us, the disease comes from within, caused by s ...more
Aug 28, 2015
Aug 14, 2015
Pulse of My Heart: One Couple Survives A Wife's Failing Heart
it was amazing
This is a book about my Aunt Patty and her battle with heart disease.

It is a warm, funny, engaging roller coaster of a tale. I was surprised at just
Nov 26, 2012
Nov 17, 2012
The Power
really liked it
I would give this 3.5 stars if I could. The Power is set in a world where practically overnight practically all women on Earth develop the ability to ...more
Dec 22, 2017
Oct 11, 2017
The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.
really liked it
Neal Stephenson is a favorite author of mine. At least two of his books—Seveneves and Cryptonomicon—are in my favorites list. Several others—Anathem, ...more
Nov 29, 2017
Aug 14, 2017
Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders
really liked it
Helter Skelter is THE definitive book on the Charles Manson murders. Written by the prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi it follows the Manson family from the ...more
Sep 30, 2017
Jul 28, 2017
The Handmaid's Tale
it was amazing
How many of our rights are we willing to give up for safety?
Are we more civilized than our ancestors or do we merely have more resources to go around?
Aug 05, 2016
Aug 04, 2016
Just Kids
it was ok
Patti Smith is a very famous rock star. My mother likes to say that she saved the 70s, well her and the Talking Heads. Robert Mapplethorpe was a very ...more
Mar 31, 2018
Dec 09, 2017
Station Eleven
really liked it
Somewhere near Lake Michigan a Shakespeare troupe performs Othello. They do so outside to a small audience. They do it without lights or speakers. The ...more
Jan 31, 2018
Dec 31, 2017
Zuleika Dobson
liked it
This book was odd. I read this one because it is on the first page of the google doc I use to keep track of the Guardian novels. When I open that doc ...more
Jul 26, 2012
Jul 25, 2012
The Path of Daggers (Wheel of Time, #8)
it was ok
This is book 8 out of 14 in the Wheel of Time series. If you don't know about WoT, it's basically Lord of the Rings but much longer and not as good.

Sep 23, 2016
Sep 15, 2016
Between the World and Me
it was ok
My guess is that I will be a lot more interested in Coates’s reporting than his memoir. While I can understand the importance of this short book, the ...more
Jan 07, 2018
Oct 11, 2017
Whitey Bulger: America's Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt That Brought Him to Justice
really liked it
For decades, the Irish mob ran South Boston. Under the leadership of boss leader Whitey Bulger, they flooded the streets with drugs, ran gambling and ...more
Jun 30, 2018
May 20, 2018
did not like it
I picked up Armada solely because of Ernest Cline's other work: Ready Player One. I enjoyed that book emensely even if I thought it was pretty flawed. ...more
Aug 08, 2017
Aug 02, 2017
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
liked it
How short this is! Given the cultural weight I was expecting a much longer treatise, but this novel barely tops 100 pages. Jekyll’s story is told neat ...more
Sep 18, 2017
Oct 17, 2017
it was ok
Cities on the moon are fascinating. How would they work? How would people live? What would their economy look like? What would it be like to live and ...more
Mar 24, 2018
Dec 05, 2017
The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch
it was ok
Sometimes I’ll come across a Philip K. Dick book, read the back cover, and think, “Oh yeah that sounds interesting. Don’t I really like PKD?” Then I r ...more
Jan 14, 2018
Jan 12, 2018
Version Control
liked it
This is either brilliant or terrible; I’m not sure which. It’s not a simple book. There’s no one main idea or thesis Palmer is trying to get across. I ...more
Feb 27, 2018
Feb 19, 2018
Dark at the Crossing
it was ok
The moral of the story is: don’t try to join ISIS. It won’t go well for you.

In Dark at the Crossing we have the story of an Iraqi translator who becom
Jan 22, 2018
Jan 10, 2018
New York 2140
liked it
This is set in a not-quite-worst-case scenario in a post-climate change future Earth. Well not quite post climate change. Sea levels have risen 50 fee ...more
Apr 20, 2018
Mar 31, 2018
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