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2666
4.20
liked it
I accept that I'll probably get flamed for this, but enough is enough: this maddening, rapacious, and occasionally compelling book is making my life m ...more
Jan 29, 2009
Dec 27, 2008
 
Washington Square
3.67
it was amazing
I love this book so much I can't bear it. As someone who adores just about every last word that Henry James (over-) wrote, it has never gotten any mor ...more
May 05, 2008
Feb 09, 2008
 
The Man Who Loved Children
3.59
it was amazing
It's a travesty that this novel isn't one of those twentieth-century classics that everyone's heard of and has either read or knows they must read, li ...more
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Feb 04, 2008
 
Fatal Vision
4.10
really liked it
A true-crime classic. Definitely read it in tandem with Janet Malcolm's brilliant, brilliant, brilliant "The Journalist and the Murderer," which analy ...more
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Feb 20, 2008
 
My Secret Life: An Erotic Diary of Victorian London
3.46
it was amazing
You will read few books as bizarre as this one. It's the multi-volume memoir of an anonymous "Victorian gentleman," recounting his prodigious sexual e ...more
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Feb 19, 2008
 
Let Us Now Praise Famous Men
4.09
it was amazing
Reading this book is like hanging on to the back of someone on roller skates racing top-speed down a steep hill, with no brakes. There are few books t ...more
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Feb 04, 2008
 
Empire of the Sun (Empire of the Sun, #1)
3.98
it was amazing
Don't let the Spielberg connection turn you off. This is a devastating slow burn of a book, one that I picked up fairly randomly, and have been reelin ...more
not set
Feb 16, 2008
 
My Story
4.08
liked it
Her unfinished memoir, and a spare, no-nonsense one. It by no means aims for thoroughness, and in fact simply offers a series of brief, haunting accou ...more
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Mar 01, 2008
 
Shopgirl
3.42
liked it
Bored, I checked this out of the library one day, and I have to say, I found it surprisingly affecting. It's easy to sneer at Steve Martin for being a ...more
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Feb 22, 2008
 
The Killing of the Unicorn: Dorothy Stratten, 1960-1980
3.51
liked it
A bizarre, unclassifiable book. Peter Bogdanovich wrote it after his lover/leading lady Dorothy Stratten -- 1980's Playmate of the Year -- died at the ...more
not set
Mar 23, 2008
 
The Lives They Left Behind: Suitcases from a State Hospital Attic
3.66
really liked it
This is a transfixing and deeply sad book, and its genesis is breathtaking: the discovery of hundreds of suitcases in an attic of the abandoned Willar ...more
Jun 28, 2008
Jun 27, 2008
 
Falconer
3.66
it was ok
It was inevitable, I suppose, that Cheever write a prison novel (a compelling prospect, theoretically), but aside from some moments of wonderful prose ...more
Feb 20, 2008
Feb 14, 2008
 
It's Not about the Truth: The Untold Story of the Duke Lacrosse Case and the Lives It Shattered
3.89
did not like it
The main problem with this book is that Don Yaeger wrote it with Mike Pressler, who was the coach of the Duke lacrosse team at the time, so the book's ...more
Mar 18, 2008
Mar 17, 2008
 
Beyond Belief: The Moors Murderers. The Story of Ian Brady and Myra Hindley.
3.86
it was amazing
A brilliant "nonfiction novel" about the Moors Murders -- and in its own style, not Truman Capote's! Undercelebrated and fantastic.
not set
Mar 13, 2008
 
The Golden Bowl
3.78
it was amazing
Unbearably good, and almost impossible to read. How does that work? I have no idea. But I love it.
not set
Feb 19, 2008
 
Home Is Where We Start from
4.07
it was amazing
Winnicott's brilliance is matched only by his humility, and for an avowed Freudian, he's strikingly original -- you'll find little real received wisdo ...more
Jan 31, 2010
Jan 19, 2010
 
A Father's Story
3.83
really liked it
Okay -- I make no apologies for reading a lot of "true crime," but let me just say that this particular book stands out from the crowd. One would assu ...more
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Mar 09, 2008
 
Villette
3.74
it was amazing
I was not prepared for the impact of this unassuming book. Some people might think of Charlotte Bronte as a mere gateway-to-literature author for youn ...more
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Feb 04, 2008
 
La Bête humaine
4.04
it was ok
A huge disappointment, given my high hopes that it would live up to its reputation as a sort of French "Crime and Punishment." Zola's work is aways pr ...more
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Feb 20, 2008
 
The Waterfall
3.72
it was amazing
This is novel of hers that I've re-read the most, but I have to say, I love pretty much all of Margaret Drabble's early books. Style-wise, she's a ver ...more
Jul 21, 2009
Feb 18, 2008
 
You'll Never Eat Lunch in this Town Again
3.42
it was ok
I felt like I had to fight through a thicket of coke-addled dithering to get to the dirt, and even then I wasn't sure what was going on -- was that a ...more
not set
Feb 22, 2008
 
Misha: A Memoire of the Holocaust Years
3.34
did not like it
Okay, after Defonseca was recently outed as a fraud, I had to read this for the curiosity factor, and now I must question the I.Q. of anyone who read ...more
not set
Mar 15, 2008
 
The Pearl
3.73
really liked it
This book (a compilation of issues of an underground Victorian "literary porn" periodical)scared the crap out of me when I discovered it on my parents ...more
not set
Apr 13, 2008
 
What Falls Away: A Memoir
3.88
really liked it
I read this because I never turn up my nose at a good trash-talkin' celeb-biog, but this is actually a good book. Yes, it dishes the dirt on Frank Sin ...more
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Mar 01, 2008
 
Joni Mitchell: The Complete Poems and Lyrics
4.59
it was amazing
I don't care if the later albums (except for "Turbulent Indigo") are crap. Bob Dylan -- the most overrated songwriter of all time -- has stolen her ti ...more
not set
Feb 22, 2008
 
The Prince of Tides
4.22
did not like it
This book has the special distinction of being the very worst I have ever read. However, it holds a dear place in my heart for its ludicrous descripti ...more
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Feb 22, 2008
 
The Furies
3.94
liked it
It's considered a novel, but "The Furies" is barely-veiled autobiography, published after the author's death. Janet Hobhouse is a beautiful writer -- ...more
not set
Apr 16, 2008
 
Will There Really Be a Morning?
4.11
did not like it
Supposedly written by Frances Farmer after her lobotomy, but I highly doubt it. I was disgusted by this book -- not only for its endless pornographic ...more
not set
Mar 01, 2008
 
My Son Marshall, My Son Eminem
3.73
it was ok
Written by his infamous mother -- who once released a rap CD called "Dear Marshall" -- this should have been a train wreck of sublime proportions. How ...more
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Apr 24, 2008
 
Pierre: or, the Ambiguities (The Kraken Edition)
3.64
really liked it
This book is mad, mad, mad. There's nothing else quite like it. I need to read it again, I think, to absorb the full impact -- it's really out there - ...more
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Feb 22, 2008
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