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A History of London
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Reading Dante: Fr...
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"a nice overview and distinctly NOT overwhelming. That's not so easy." 15 hours, 9 min ago

Girl, Woman, Other
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Daniel Chaikin and 9 other people liked Ines's review of The Gift of the Magi:
The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry
"It is so delicate this story, I don’t deny that at the beginning it seemed a little exaggerated this visceral love, so much to get an haircut in order to find money for husband's gift. At the end the tenderness of this love, between this wife for..." Read more of this review »
Rainbow Six by Tom Clancy
" Once I read a Clancy novel...it was 1993, The Hunt for Red October. But, so far I have successfully avoided Dan Brown. ...more "
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Borderline by Nevada Barr
"Nevada Barr’s mysteries have a wonderful sense of melancholy that makes them particularly interesting compared to many other mystery series. It’s one of the few series that I’m not behind on and that I’ve now read all the published so far books.

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Big Bend Vistas by William MacLeod
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Big Bend Vistas by William MacLeod
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This area is geologically bewildering. The big picture geology is this is where the Rocky Mountains and Appalachian Mountains (well, Ouachita Mountains really), come together. Don't look at a map, because the Ouachita mountains disappear
Blue Moon by Lee Child
"When I finished Blue Moon I sat for a while and tried to rationalise why I enjoy this series so much. After all there is an awful lot of minutely described violence, which I usually do not enjoy at all. And the idea that Reacher could actually per..." Read more of this review »
Daniel Chaikin and 22 other people liked PattyMacDotComma's review of The Weddings:
The Weddings by Alexander Chee
“That someone might like you just for your ethnicity was its own violence.”

Rich and famous people are never quite sure if others like them for themselves or just hope some of the glitz will rub off on them. Jack is a gay Korean American, so his c..." Read more of this review »
Lasso the Wind by Timothy Egan
" I'm interested in Egan and enjoyed your review, but these humans... ...more "
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Zora Neale Hurston
“Kossula was no longer on the porch with me. He was squatting about that fire in Dahomey. His face was twitching in abysmal pain. It was a horror mask. He had forgotten that I was there. He was thinking aloud and gazing into the dead faces in the smoke. His agony was so acute that he became inarticulate. He never noticed my preparation to leave him.

So I slipped away as quietly as possible and left him with his smoke pictures.”
Zora Neale Hurston, Barracoon: The Story of the Last "Black Cargo"

Bill Bryson
“The next time you spray on Chanel No. 5 (assuming you do), you may wish to reflect that you are dousing yourself in distillate of unseen sea monster.”
Bill Bryson, A Short History of Nearly Everything

“There is no God, but don’t tell that to my servant, lest he murder me at night.”

M.J. Nicholls
“You will encounter resentful, sneering non-readers who will look at you from their beery, leery eyes, as they might some form of sub-hominid anomaly, bookimus maximus. You will encounter redditters, youtubers, blogspotters, wordpressers, twitterers, and facebookers with wired-open eyes who will shout at from you from their crazy hectoring mouths about the liberal poison of literature. You will encounter the gamers with their twitching fingers who will look upon you as a character to lock crosshairs on and blow to smithereens. You will encounter the stoners and pill-poppers who will ignore you, and ask you if you have read Jack Keroauc’s On the Road, and if you haven’t, will lecture you for two hours on that novel and refuse to acknowledge any other books written by anyone ever. You will encounter the provincial retirees, who have spent a year reading War & Peace, who strike the attitude that completing that novel is a greater achievement than the thousands of books you have read, even though they lost themselves constantly throughout the book and hated the whole experience. You will encounter the self-obsessed students whose radical interpretations of Agnes Grey and The Idiot are the most important utterance anyone anywhere has ever made with their mouths, while ignoring the thousands of novels you have read. You will encounter the parents and siblings who take every literary reference you make back to the several books they enjoyed reading as a child, and then redirect the conversation to what TV shows they have been watching. You will encounter the teachers and lecturers, for whom any text not on their syllabus is a waste of time, and look upon you as a wayward student in need of their salvation. You will encounter the travellers and backpackers who will take pity on you for wasting your life, then tell you about the Paulo Coelho they read while hostelling across Europe en route to their spiritual pilgrimage to New Delhi. You will encounter the hard-working moaners who will tell you they are too busy working for a living to sit and read all day, and when they come home from a hard day’s toil, they don’t want to sit and read pretentious rubbish. You will encounter the voracious readers who loathe competition, and who will challenge you to a literary duel, rather than engage you in friendly conversation about your latest reading. You will encounter the slack intellectuals who will immediately ask you if you have read Finnegans Wake, and when you say you have, will ask if you if you understood every line, and when you say of course not, will make some point that generally alludes to you being a halfwit. Fuck those fuckers.”
M.J. Nicholls, The 1002nd Book to Read Before You Die

“Antonio's fixation was always the same: Sarratore's son {Nino}. He was afraid that I would talk to him, even that I would see him {at school}. Naturally, to prevent him from suffering, I concealed the fact that I ran into Nino entering school, coming out, in the corridors. Nothing particularly happened, at most we exchanged a nod of greeting and went on our way: I could have talked to my boyfriend about it without any problems if he had been a reasonable person. But Antonio was not reasonable and in truth I wasn't either. Although Nino gave me no encouragement, a mere glimpse of him left me distracted during class. His presence a few classrooms away—real, alive, better educated than the professors, and courageous, and disobedient—drained meaning from the teachers' lectures, the pages of books, the plans for marriage, the gas pump on the Stradonr.”
Elena Ferrante, The Story of a New Name

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A place where all Goodreads members can work together to improve the Goodreads book catalog. Non-librarians are welcome to join the group as well, to ...more
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This club discusses and reviews the long and the short lists of the Man Booker Prize and for the forth coming years will nominate books that should ...more
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Read & Discuss one Jewish book a month. The monthly reads will be chosen from both group suggestion, and from Best Seller lists. Books of all genres ...more
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