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The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt
3.94
it was ok
Now that I finally finished this thing up what do I think? I think it's still hampered by the fact that the subject, Cornelius Vanderbilt, just didn't ...more
Apr 19, 2012
Feb 20, 2012
 
Beloved
3.79
it was amazing
Nobel Prize Project
Year: 1993
Winner: Toni Morrison

Review: Very well-written and thought provoking, this holds up as an engaging read that provides a n
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Jan 2000
Feb 26, 2012
 
The Impending Crisis: America Before the Civil War, 1848-1861
4.07
really liked it
This presents mostly a legislative history of the US pre-Civil War, with very little space given to economic situation, cultural issues, etc. Also, it ...more
Feb 11, 2013
Jan 28, 2013
 
Breathing Lessons
3.66
liked it
I read this after "Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant" and "The Accidental Tourist" and they're all basically the same. I guess it's not this book's fa ...more
not set
Feb 24, 2012
 
So Big
4.00
really liked it
This has some nice prose and is filled with memorable, well-drawn characters, but it just seems to be missing something. I'm glad I read it, but I can ...more
May 07, 2013
Apr 14, 2013
 
The Bridge of San Luis Rey
3.80
really liked it
A nice novel that reads like a short story collection. Love how Wilder steadfastly refuses the temptation to provide answers.
not set
Feb 21, 2012
 
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
3.90
did not like it
I read half of it on a plane ride once and then never picked it up again because it just felt so boring and pointless to me.
not set
Feb 20, 2012
 
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
4.17
it was ok
Disappointing. I almost gave up partway through and to be honest I sort of wish I had.
not set
Feb 21, 2012
 
A Confederacy of Dunces
3.89
it was amazing
This is one of the genuinely funniest and most fun books I've ever read and the characterization is surprisingly deep as well. Would be easy to let Ig ...more
Jan 2004
Feb 27, 2012
 
The Guns of August
4.17
really liked it
There's not much mindblowing here in terms of analysis or structure, but this is an absolutely fantastic true story and written in a gripping fashion. ...more
Jul 15, 2013
Feb 27, 2013
 
The Grapes of Wrath
3.94
liked it
Epic, historically important, brutally tough to get through. I really wish they hadn't forced me to read it in high school, seems a little advanced fo ...more
not set
Feb 27, 2012
 
The Great White Hope
3.59
really liked it
What can I say, I'm a sucker for a good racism book. White guilt, I suppose.
not set
Feb 27, 2012
 
American Pastoral (The American Trilogy, #1)
3.91
I pretty much enjoyed "The Plot Against America" overall, though it wasn't my favorite book ever. But I liked it enough to pick this up off of Amazon. ...more
not set
Feb 28, 2012
 
Death of a Salesman
3.49
liked it
Overrated, but not bad.
not set
Feb 24, 2012
 
To Kill a Mockingbird
4.26
it was amazing
Of all of the "Great American Novel" contenders, this is surely the easiest and most worthwhile read.
Jan 1995
Feb 21, 2012
 
Gilead (Gilead, #1)
3.85
really liked it
This book is quite ponderous but it's a stunningly well realized character portrait.
Jan 2007
Feb 21, 2012
 
The Education of Henry Adams
3.68
None
not set
Feb 28, 2012
 
Empire Falls
3.91
None
not set
Feb 28, 2012
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