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An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison
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A very personal memoir about a doctor's struggles with manic-depressive illness. Memoirs aren't really my thing, but this one was well-written and seemed very honest. It moves fairly steadily through Jamison's life, from her childhood to the mid-90s ...more
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The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell
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For me, historical fiction that has a careful eye for detail is almost always at least a certain amount of fun. I get to engross myself in another world and culture, and so long as the book is at least decent, it will inspire me to learn, at some poi ...more
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Plato at the Googleplex by Rebecca Goldstein
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From the point of view of someone who hasn't read Plato, except for excerpts here and there in classes. The book alternates between chapters that are whimsical, imagining Plato brought in the flesh into various modern settings, and chapters that are ...more
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The Guns of August by Barbara W. Tuchman
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A detailed history of the first month and a half of World War I, with specific focus on the Western Front. The first third of the book sets the stage, alternating between the major powers of Germany, France, Britain, and Russia. The remainder of the ...more
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The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace by Jeff Hobbs
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Well-written, moving read about Robert Peace, an African-American man born in poverty in the Newark area who stood out as a boy for his academic accomplishments and leadership, was admitted to Yale, graduated with a degree in biochemistry, returned t ...more
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Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie
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I'm puzzled by how critically acclaimed this book is. Rushdie's bombastic, highly verbose style was, I think, much more effectively controlled and deployed in his later work The Satanic Verses, which was my first full-length book of his that I'd read, and ...more
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The Power by Naomi Alderman
The Power
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Fun story with a little food for thought about sexual dynamics. The premise, pretty well-known and not really a spoiler, is that women start developing the power to produce electrical shocks and thus become the "stronger" sex. The book explores the s ...more
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Exhalation by Ted Chiang
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After reading Stories of Your Life and Others, it's hard to describe just how high my expectations were for this book. So I'm pleased to say that they were met, and that this is another collection of incredible collection of short stories. Ted Chiang is an ...more
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The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
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A wonderful book. Jemisin simultaneously gave me the feel of reading something familiar and yet something fresh, a story that I'd sort of heard before but was hearing in a new way. It is set in a seismically active world where some individuals, known ...more
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The Man Who Loved Only Numbers by Paul Hoffman
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Funny and pleasantly-written popular mathematics book. Erdős was a 20th century mathematician famous for collaborating with a huge number of people, and academics count their Erdős numbers the way that actors count their Kevin Bacon numbers. He was a ...more
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