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Life
3.84
really liked it
5 stars for the music – the best part. Guitarists will appreciate the description of how Keith came up with 5 string open G tuning, which he often use ...more
Feb 07, 2011
Jan 30, 2011
 
Ulysses
3.74
it was amazing
First posted in 2011. [Revision dates in brackets]

**** SPOILER ALERT ****
Plot synopsis:
Man walks around Dublin.
Nothing important happens.

You probabl
...more
May 13, 2011
not set
Jun 16, 2010
 
Swann's Way (In Search of Lost Time, #1)
4.14
it was amazing
If you are reading this review, there is no doubt that you are a Goodreader, possibly someone contemplating reading all of In Search of Lost Time, or ...more
Mar 27, 2014
Mar 14, 2013
 
What Pooh Might Have Said to Dante and Other Futile Speculations
4.08
it was amazing
A review of a book of book reviews sounds like something recommended by the Department of Redundancy Department. Nevertheless, this little jewel is we ...more
Apr 27, 2012
Apr 11, 2012
 
Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil
4.20
really liked it
A few words about the title, “Eichmann in Jerusalem.” It is concise and accurate in identifying the trial of 1961, but it gives no clue about the insi ...more
Jan 20, 2014
Dec 29, 2013
 
A Visit from the Goon Squad
3.64
it was ok
"One cannot review a bad book without showing off."
— W.H. Auden

This book won the Pulitzer Prize, and many other awards. For more than half way throug
...more
May 23, 2011
May 14, 2011
 
City Boy: My Life in New York in the 1960s and 70s
3.68
really liked it
City Boy is about Edmund White's life in New York City from the early 1960's through the early 1980's. The main themes are:

1. Writing and publishing.
...more
Dec 23, 2010
Oct 31, 2009
 
Money’s Nothing
4.62
it was amazing
Five stars for honesty and intensity. (And a sixth star for damn good writing.)
It’s like a brick upside the head for us ordinary folk sleepwalking thr
...more
Apr 25, 2014
Apr 12, 2014
 
A Fine Balance
4.34
it was amazing
‘The proofreader nodded … “You have to maintain a fine balance between hope and despair.” ‘

That sentence rang out near the third point of the book, an
...more
Jul 26, 2014
Apr 28, 2014
 
Time Regained (In Search of Lost Time, #7)
4.48
it was amazing
At last, I finish In Search of Lost Time. Time Regained is my favorite of the 7 volumes. By now, I’m used to his phrasing and style. The words just fl ...more
Mar 12, 2017
Mar 14, 2013
 
Heart of Darkness
3.42
really liked it
It’s about time that I finally read Heart of Darkness. It is one of 14 stories in A Conrad Argosy, a large format volume I’ve had for 40 years. Before ...more
Jun 14, 2016
Jun 10, 2016
 
The Waves
4.14
it was amazing
The Waves barged to the front of my reading list, displacing all others, the unfinished books and overdue reviews. It was a joy.

Gabrielle writes: “Fo
...more
Dec 26, 2010
Dec 24, 2010
 
If Research Were Romance and Other Implausible Conjectures
4.22
it was amazing
Yet another update … July 22, 2013 … at the end.

This update is a (4%) progress report. Scroll down to beginning.
*****
This is an early (2%) progress
...more
Jul 06, 2013
Jun 22, 2013
 
Dear Husband
3.49
liked it
I picture Joyce Carol Oates laughing to herself with a sinister grin, and thinking “Wait till they get a load of these.” Fourteen stories, some are da ...more
Oct 2009
Dec 11, 2009
 
Family Matters
3.99
it was amazing
There is more to the title than first meets the eye. Is it family MATTERS? Or is it FAMILY matters? The meaning of “matters” evolves as the story prog ...more
Jul 12, 2014
Jun 18, 2014
 
Sodom and Gomorrah (In Search of Lost Time, #4)
4.37
really liked it
At one level, the Dreyfus Affair cracks open.
At another, the closet door opens wider.

By now, I am accustomed to Proust’s writing style, his sentence
...more
Jan 02, 2015
Mar 14, 2013
 
Margaret Bourke-White: Photographer
4.34
it was amazing
Margaret Bourke-White is one of my favorite photographers. The Goodreads blurb gives an overview of her extensive career. Life Magazine sent her all o ...more
Dec 29, 2014
Nov 26, 2014
 
The Third Policeman
4.02
really liked it
More than anything else, do you enjoy reading a book with a clear, linear plot, one you can finish with the satisfaction of understanding everything t ...more
May 16, 2017
May 11, 2017
 
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
4.39
it was amazing
This is the life story of Louis Zamperini, WW II Army airman and POW.
It is the best book on my Survival shelf. Well researched, beautifully written an
...more
Feb 14, 2011
Jan 26, 2011
 
The Fire Next Time
4.46
really liked it
A very inconvenient truth, and very good writing.
Nov 18, 2016
Jun 17, 2016
 
One Hundred Years of Solitude
4.04
it was amazing
Many years later, as I faced the final pages of this book, I was to remember that distant afternoon, more than thirty years before, when Francoise sto ...more
May 08, 2015
Jan 03, 2015
 
2016 on Goodreads
4.26
it was amazing
Some highlights:
Four more by Oliver Sacks:
Seeing Voices
Oaxaca Journal
Uncle Tungsten
The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat

Three prompted by travel
...more
Mar 14, 2017
Dec 10, 2016
 
Dear Life: Stories
3.75
liked it
Review added 2-21-2014.

I've enjoyed Munro’s stories since 1990, but have read only a small fraction of her work. Most collections seem to have a few s
...more
Mar 2013
Dec 17, 2012
 
Fugitive Pigments
4.58
really liked it
It is a feast of small plates,
a tapas to be sampled again and again.

Sometimes I thought I would never finish.
One or two words would send me into a day
...more
Jan 02, 2014
Sep 01, 2013
 
Sex and Cupcakes
4.10
really liked it
Rachel Kramer-Bussel is a busy writer. She has edited many anthologies of erotica, led workshops on writing erotica, and much more. However, Sex and C ...more
Nov 07, 2014
Oct 31, 2014
 
Orlando
3.86
it was amazing
I sometimes forget that the English language can be so beautiful. Orlando is a delightful reminder.
Sep 17, 2013
Sep 03, 2013
 
Gratitude
4.14
it was amazing
In 2013 and 2015, the four essays in Gratitude crossed my breakfast table on the opinion pages of The New York Times. They are all beautiful, includin ...more
May 09, 2017
Oct 27, 2015
 
Kiki's Paris: Artists and Lovers 1900-1930
4.25
really liked it
If you plan to see “Midnight in Paris”, the latest movie from Woody Allen, this book can give you some background. The book is about the artists, writ ...more
Jan 2011
Dec 30, 2010
 
Post Office
4.01
really liked it
Post Office is Bukowski’s first novel, published by Black Sparrow Press in 1971. It’s not his best work, but still a good read. It helps explain the r ...more
Jul 18, 2017
Jul 12, 2017
 
In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower (In Search of Lost Time, #2)
4.40
it was amazing
Five stars, of course.
I liked In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower even more than Swann’s Way. It looks like other Goodreaders also liked it, as t
...more
May 16, 2014
Mar 14, 2013
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