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Playground: A Childhood Lost Inside the Playboy Mansion
3.38
it was ok
The memoir of poor little rich girl Jennifer Saginor, whose father was Hugh Hefner's close friend and personal physician.
I found myself actually thumb
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Mar 12, 2008
Mar 10, 2008
 
Creation
4.21
it was amazing
This is not one of my favorite books of all time, but I am giving it five stars anyway because it truly is amazing. Vidal's grasp of history never fai ...more
not set
Feb 08, 2008
 
The Egg and I (Betty MacDonald Memoirs, #1)
3.95
really liked it
A memoir of rural life that lit up the best-seller lists in 1945, The Egg and I is the story of a young bride in the late 1920s who gets dragged to th ...more
Jun 21, 2010
Jun 16, 2010
 
A History of Mexico
3.63
it was amazing
I never had much interest in history when I was younger. I had a standard public school education; I knew the story they were feeding us at school was ...more
Jan 1999
Feb 08, 2008
 
The Moonstone
3.90
it was amazing
T.S. Eliot described The Moonstone as 'the first, the longest and the best of modern English detective novels', but for some reason I was still surpri ...more
Mar 28, 2012
Mar 22, 2012
 
Lincoln
4.20
it was amazing

Once again, I am amazed by the breadth and depth of Vidal's knowledge. His seemingly encyclopedic grasp of the era is matched in equal parts by causti
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May 20, 2008
Feb 08, 2008
 
Wait Till Next Year
4.03
really liked it
Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin recounts her childhood in an idyllic New York suburb. The story revolves around Goodwin's obsession with the Brooklyn D ...more
Aug 26, 2015
Aug 26, 2015
 
Death Notes (Inspector Wexford, #11)
3.76
really liked it
One of the better Inspector Wexford mysteries, though the solution to the murder is a bit too intricate to be actually satisfying.
Jun 11, 2012
Jul 04, 2012
 
The Yiddish Policemen's Union
3.70
liked it
Chabon is a genius of the sentence: his phrases vibrate with life; he is a master of arresting similes and an acrobat of syntax. Sometimes he misses, ...more
Oct 06, 2012
Sep 07, 2012
 
Down and Out in Paris and London
4.10
it was amazing
People always associate Orwell with allegory, but he is at his best when he writes about real life. The most insightful analysis of the condition of p ...more
Mar 05, 2008
Feb 10, 2008
 
Without Sin: The Life and Death of the Oneida Community
3.57
really liked it
A fascinating investigation of a 19th century Christian commune that makes it's 60's successors look tame. Although the author is relatively objective ...more
Apr 05, 2009
Feb 10, 2008
 
Catalina
3.42
did not like it
This book is absolutely terrible. It hasn't even a shadow of the wit one finds in his great works. Maugham must have been broke.
not set
Feb 10, 2008
 
Immodest Acts: The Life of a Lesbian Nun in Renaissance Italy
3.61
really liked it
One doesn't expect an academic treatise on an early 17th century nunnery to be a quick read. I read Immodest Acts in three sittings, and the author, J ...more
Aug 22, 2009
Aug 22, 2009
 
The Painted Veil
3.91
really liked it
This book was recently made into a movie and I didn't even consider going to see it. I didn't realize it was based on a book by Maugham, and the story ...more
Nov 25, 2009
Nov 23, 2009
 
The Ghost Orchid
3.73
it was ok
**spoiler alert** Reading a book you don't like but can't put down is a peculiar form of torture. As with the last book I read by Goodman (The Drownin ...more
Mar 20, 2010
Mar 18, 2010
 
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
3.83
it was amazing
This might be Murakami's least weird book. Though of course it still contains plenty of bizarre dream sequences, strange objects imbued with mysteriou ...more
Sep 29, 2014
Sep 29, 2014
 
Exploring the World The World of the Vikings
3.81
liked it
It annoys me that some of the most fascinating cultures in history can only be learned about via the archeological record. Therefore, books on ancient ...more
not set
Sep 14, 2008
 
Pioneering In Oregon's Coast Range: Surviving The Depression Years
3.75
it was amazing
Remarkably well written for a local history, Pioneering in Oregon's Coast Range is the memoir of Ione Reed's years living on a homestead above Mapleto ...more
Oct 11, 2010
Oct 13, 2010
 
The Wolf Gift (The Wolf Gift Chronicles, #1)
3.53
it was ok
The author creates an enticing setting: a great stone mansion on the coast of Northern California. This being Anne Rice, of course the mansion is pack ...more
Nov 07, 2014
Nov 16, 2014
 
Time To Be In Earnest: A Fragment Of Autobiography
3.93
liked it
I can make a strong argument that P.D. James is the world's greatest mystery writer, but she falls short in the realm of memoirs. Time To Be In Earnes ...more
Aug 30, 2015
Aug 20, 2015
 
Career of Evil (Cormoran Strike, #3)
4.22
really liked it
Private detective Cormoron Stark and his partner Robin receive a severed leg in the mail. Stark sets out to investigate three enemies from his past, w ...more
Feb 03, 2016
Feb 03, 2016
 
Confessions of a Yakuza
3.83
it was amazing
A dying man tells a doctor (and writer) the story of his rise from blue collar worker to gambling boss. Full of concrete details, "Confessions of a Ya ...more
Aug 19, 2015
Aug 20, 2015
 
Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness
4.02
really liked it
I don't typically gravitate toward medical dramas and I hate hospitals, so I was surprised that I found this memoir to be a page turner. Calahan effec ...more
Nov 09, 2017
Nov 09, 2017
 
Ladies Of The Night
3.50
did not like it
To my credit, when I ordered this book from the library system I had no idea that the Gene Simmons in question was THE Gene Simmons. My husband (?!) w ...more
not set
Nov 21, 2008
 
Western Mexico: A Traveller's Treasury
3.89
really liked it
From the shores of Lake Patzcuaro to the cloud forest of Manatatlán to the mines of Zacatecas, Western Mexico: A Traveler’s Treasury takes the armchai ...more
Jun 27, 2013
May 22, 2013
 
The Scavenger's Guide to Haute Cuisine
4.22
really liked it
An avid hunter and fisherman stumbles across Le Guide Culinaire, the masterwork of the legendary French chef Augueste Escoffier, who cooked for Kaiser ...more
Aug 2009
Jun 18, 2009
 
The Nautical Chart
3.51
liked it
Arturo Perez Reverte is an amazing writer. He is the kind of writer who makes long, basically unecessary descriptions seem riveting and essential. The ...more
Mar 27, 2008
Mar 10, 2008
 
The Marriage Plot
3.43
it was amazing
A trio of college students ruminate on the meaning of life, love and literature. For a book with the word plot in the title, The Marriage Plot is ligh ...more
May 19, 2012
Oct 16, 2011
 
The Brothers K
4.39
it was amazing
I don't understand baseball at all, and I still loved this funny and poignant book. A sprawling family saga set in the Pacific Northwest in the 50's a ...more
Jul 21, 2009
Aug 13, 2008
 
Carter Beats the Devil
4.09
really liked it
This year I have read two works of fiction that feature Warren Gamaliel Harding. Entirely unintentional, I assure you. The first was Hollywood by Gore ...more
Nov 16, 2009
Sep 07, 2009
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