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Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
really liked it
This is Donald Trump's America. Wanna know who's afraid of "them" and who is struggling to get jobs? Read about this type of American life. I dare you ...more
Feb 16, 2017
Feb 13, 2017
Into the Wild
really liked it
I know two things for sure:

1 - McCandless was a bright spirit who could have an indelible effect on people he met for even a fleeting moment. That thi
Dec 20, 2016
Dec 17, 2016
Between the World and Me
it was amazing

I don't know what it's like.
I never have known what it's like.
I never WILL know what it's like.

I can drape myself in empathy and sympathy but that
Jul 30, 2016
Jul 28, 2016
All My Puny Sorrows
it was amazing
I serendipitously chose to pick up a story of music and acceptance. It's like the universe **knows**

"How we can all fight really hard, but how we can
Jan 11, 2017
Jan 06, 2017
The Sun and Her Flowers
liked it
Some truly beautiful poems muddied by some absurdly simple ones
Oct 25, 2017
Oct 16, 2017
The Sellout
it was amazing
This book is gloriously fucked-up. Sorta wish I'd read it before November though....
Dec 15, 2016
Dec 09, 2016
Bad Feminist
really liked it
Again, a moment where I need to listen more than I speak, but also one where I can use what I hear to shape my thoughts and words more carefully...rem ...more
Aug 15, 2016
Jul 30, 2016
The Vegetarian
really liked it
Well...THAT got bleak in a hurry!

The first act intrigued me, the second act had me rapt, the final act just absolutely destroyed me. I'll remain a hap
Oct 06, 2016
Oct 04, 2016
really liked it
Midway through this book, the author describes a house being dragged by oxen to a new location. Feels like a fitting metaphor for watching someone die ...more
Aug 04, 2016
Feb 28, 2016
Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries
it was amazing
I wish I'd been a lexocologist...
Dec 06, 2017
Nov 29, 2017
really liked it
Fascinating contrast of the facts and the fictions; equally fascinating look at what one event can do to all involved.
Sep 29, 2016
Sep 23, 2016
The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories
really liked it
Wow, SUCH a clear voice. Her fiction was so well-thought-out that I mistook it for fact at first.

Some of these stories are going to stick with me for
Feb 02, 2017
Jan 25, 2017
Dark Matter
really liked it
One of the simplest books I’ve read in a while, but also one of the most satisfying. As a good friend pointed out, the trick is turning off the brain ...more
Sep 24, 2017
Sep 09, 2017
Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
really liked it
Beautiful, tragic, intricate, and visceral. I feel like I want to see this book adapted into a film...and at the same time, don't think it could be do ...more
Jan 25, 2017
Jan 18, 2017
Breakfast at Tiffany's
it was amazing
I found that Holly came across with a lot less innocence and whimsy than the way she does in the movie. The whole story is amazingly well written, and ...more
Jun 10, 2017
Jun 2007
May 31, 2007
Fight Club 2
really liked it
That very strange time in the narrator's life? It never ended. Surprisingly - or, actually, UNSURPRISINGLY - Marla stuck around.

Clever self-aware narr
not set
Jul 08, 2016
Paper Girls, Vol. 2 (Paper Girls, #2)
it was amazing
It's REALLY HARD to choose which series I love most these days, but do not doubt that this would be one of the first titles I'd mention, and one of th ...more
not set
Dec 25, 2016
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
it was amazing
Holy hell, America...

The final paragraph by this author says it all;

"...when those who have been locked up and locked out finally have their chance to
Aug 26, 2016
Aug 19, 2016
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
really liked it
Beautiful and tragic; as clear a character voice as I am like to come across all year.
Oct 24, 2017
Oct 04, 2017
liked it
Every chapter that focuses on Pickford, Fairbanks, and Chaplin is like hearing my favorite song be played over and over. It paints beautiful - and som ...more
Aug 18, 2016
Feb 28, 2016
The Beach
it was amazing
Deciding to re-read this book over fifteen years since reading it last had me a bit wary. I worried that it would feel dated; something a younger me t ...more
May 21, 2015
May 28, 2007
Modern Romance
it was amazing
I would imagine this book would read different ways to different people.

Being in a committed relationship for the last thirteen years, a lot of the tr
Jul 27, 2015
Jul 24, 2015
How to Watch a Movie
did not like it
A well-thrown pebble that skips across the surface of cinephilia. Could be a handy Film Lit 101 book, but beyond that lacks any real lessons or insigh ...more
Jan 05, 2016
Dec 13, 2015
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two (Harry Potter, #8)
really liked it
Discovering that reaction to this was muted and mixed left me curious...what could happen in a series that was SO beloved that would fail to be 100% e ...more
Aug 08, 2016
Jul 31, 2016
I Know This Much Is True
it was amazing
Beyond epic, and a wonderful reward for patience. It's one thing to see a house of cards fall, but another experience entirely to see a person set a h ...more
Jul 13, 2017
May 11, 2017
Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness
really liked it
I'm tempted to say that I wouldn't have the stones to share my most frightening and vulnerable experiences the way that Calahan does with this book... ...more
Sep 08, 2016
Aug 31, 2016
What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions
it was amazing
I am now obsessed with the concept of a mole of moles. Also very happy that we're on lower staff this week meaning fewer of my co-workers could see me ...more
Jul 28, 2016
Jul 25, 2016
All Grown Up
really liked it
There's what you plan on, and what you get handed. They seldom overlap. How you decide to handle that is what defines your life.

Really frank writing t
Mar 28, 2017
Mar 22, 2017
Catch-22 (Catch-22, #1)
liked it
Better the second time around, but still not really my thing. Many thanks to my friend Sasha for giving me this book and two more I've read in recent ...more
Jun 06, 2016
Jan 13, 2016
In the Skin of a Lion
it was amazing
The first sentence of every novel should be: Trust me, this will take time but there is order here, very faint, very human.

Goddamned right, Mr. O.
Apr 21, 2016
Feb 05, 2016
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