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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave, Written by Himself
3.97
liked it
Good.
Sep 21, 2009
Sep 16, 2009
 
The Art of Time in Fiction: As Long as It Takes
3.87
really liked it
Helpful. Well-written with lots of good examples.
Nov 16, 2009
Sep 30, 2009
 
Aspects of the Novel
3.83
really liked it
Great. Definitely the best book on writing I've ever read. Especially the earlier sections, which focus on Story, People, and Plot. I took pages and p ...more
Nov 19, 2009
Nov 16, 2009
 
Go Down Moses (Modern Library)
3.93
it was amazing
I mean really.
Sep 27, 2009
Sep 03, 2009
 
White Noise
3.86
it was amazing
Staggering.
Sep 29, 2009
Sep 16, 2009
 
Lolita
3.89
it was amazing
Whatever.
Nov 11, 2009
Nov 06, 2009
 
Out of Africa
3.96
it was ok
Very pretty language, and some interesting commentary on otherness, but overall mind-numbingly boring.
Nov 03, 2009
Oct 28, 2009
 
The Woman Warrior
3.72
liked it
Great stories, well-written, but really digressive. I had trouble staying engaged.
Dec 2009
Nov 29, 2009
 
A Most Wanted Man
3.49
liked it
Couldn't get into this. I guess the spy novel isn't my genre. Probably a good book, it just bored me.
Jun 29, 2009
Jun 26, 2009
 
Persuasion
4.13
liked it
Disappointingly passive and somewhat static protagonist who seems to find happiness not through her celebrated introspection, intelligence, and subver ...more
Sep 10, 2009
Sep 03, 2009
 
To the Lighthouse
3.77
really liked it
Kind of amazing. Using always-gorgeous language, Woolf explores the internal consciousness of the individual as well as the ambivalent external forces ...more
Oct 26, 2009
Oct 22, 2009
 
Dubliners
3.86
really liked it
Obviously amazing. A couple stories drag, and in some the epiphanies seem a bit moralizing. Still, entire portraits of characters painted in a single ...more
Oct 07, 2009
Oct 02, 2009
 
The Photograph
3.33
really liked it
Very craft-driven. At times I found it a bit device-heavy, but in the end it manages to pull off what it's trying to do really well. It's not exactly ...more
Oct 14, 2009
Sep 30, 2009
 
Nausea
3.92
liked it
Bleak, but I liked it. Craziest passage:

After all, you have to kill time. They are young and well built, they have enough to last them another thirty
...more
May 21, 2009
May 18, 2009
 
Yoga for People Who Can't Be Bothered to Do It
3.47
really liked it
I liked this. It has a similar feel to Denis Johnson's Jesus' Son, in that it's a series of vignettes about a youngish white dude. It has the same sim ...more
Jun 04, 2009
May 11, 2009
 
Red Water
3.68
really liked it
Really good. Split into three (four, really, but) very distinct sections, each even structurally different (first-person, third-person, diary) but hel ...more
Nov 12, 2009
Oct 22, 2009
 
Clockers
4.06
liked it
Disappointing after having read Lush Life. The characters were less interesting, original, intriguing, sympathetic. And the dialogue, incredibly real ...more
Jul 27, 2009
Jul 09, 2009
 
The Essential Tales of Chekhov
4.34
liked it
In his introduction, Richard Ford says he read Chekhov when he was young, and didn't really understand or appreciate it. I don't know what he means by ...more
Mar 12, 2009
Feb 20, 2009
 
Farewell to Model T and From Sea to Shining Sea
4.12
really liked it
This is a good, if ridiculously short book. It takes about 10, maybe 15 minutes to read both essays, which are the length of a very-short magazine art ...more
Jun 12, 2009
Jun 12, 2009
 
Out of My Skin
3.15
really liked it
I love this guy. This book, like I Am Not Jackson Pollock, concerns outer appearance and inner desire and how this all relates to the formation of one ...more
Feb 19, 2009
Jan 04, 2009
 
Being Dead
3.70
really liked it
What a great book. A unique look at death that touches on both the scientific and the emotional consequences of dying. Crace, who has a rad last name, ...more
Jul 2009
Jun 29, 2009
 
Alphabet Juice: The Energies, Gists, and Spirits of Letters, Words, and Combinations Thereof; Their Roots, Bones, Innards, Piths, Pips, and Secret Parts, Tinctures, Tonics, and Essences; With Examples of Their Usage Foul and Savory
3.60
really liked it
This is a fun book. There's a slight lack of focus, but this, for me, added to my enjoyment. In his preface, Blount talks about words' "juice," their ...more
Apr 10, 2009
Jan 02, 2009
 
All My Friends Are Going to Be Strangers
3.91
really liked it
Really enjoyable. It was shocking how similar to Brautigan this book is. I've never read any McMurtry before and only read this because my mom recomme ...more
Dec 08, 2009
Dec 05, 2009
 
Hiding Man: A Biography of Donald Barthelme
4.24
it was amazing
Fabulous. One of the most inspiring and enjoyable non-fiction books I've ever read. Maybe the only biography I've ever read completely. And I can't im ...more
May 18, 2009
Mar 22, 2009
 
Let the Great World Spin
3.94
liked it
Every time I picked this book up and started reading (I went about a chapter or two at a time) I felt differently about it. Sometimes I was into it, I ...more
Dec 30, 2009
Sep 03, 2009
 
Shadow Country
4.04
it was ok
BOring.

Despite this book's plethora of violence, its excellent prose, its cast of colorful (no pun intended) characters, and its author's obvious love
...more
Jan 30, 2009
Dec 15, 2008
 
Legend of a Suicide
3.77
it was amazing
Though this is a collection of stories, each focuses on the same character, Roy, and how his father's suicide has shaped his life. After I finished re ...more
Feb 14, 2009
Dec 31, 2008
 
Lush Life
3.69
really liked it
I don't usually read crime novels or cop dramas, but this one opened my eyes a bit. It's definitely a page-turner, but Price writes with such honesty ...more
Feb 12, 2009
Dec 31, 2008
 
The Moviegoer
3.69
really liked it
What a wonderful little book, say I. It's impossible to read this without thinking about and comparing it to the Frank Bascombe novels, as they have t ...more
Jan 17, 2009
Dec 14, 2008
 
The Year of Magical Thinking
3.87
really liked it
It took me a while to finally read this, only because it sounded devastatingly depressing. Everyone said "Yeah, but it's Joan Didion, so it's beautifu ...more
Feb 2009
Dec 31, 2008
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