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Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
Lonesome Dove
by Larry McMurtry
recommended for: Everyone
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Yeah. It's a book about a cattle drive. Sort of like Moby Dick is a book about a whale.

First, let's get the length out of the way. I don't read long books. Yet this book was compulsively readable, even difficult to put down.

Moreso, this book is worth
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Shatterday by Harlan Ellison
Shatterday
by Harlan Ellison
recommended for: Everyone
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The field for when I read this is deceptive. I reread it every couple of years. And each time, I find myself reflected more and more in Ellison's writing.

Ellison can be self absorbed. He's much more interested in being somebody than in being a
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The Plot Against America by Philip Roth
The Plot Against America
by Philip Roth
recommended for: alternative historians
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The interesting thing about holocaust survivors is that there are none. Not that nobody lived; I know many who lived through the camps, including members of my own family. But nobody's personality survived. Some became bitter and loveless, while ...more
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For the Relief of Unbearable Urges by Nathan Englander
For the Relief of Unbearable Urges
by Nathan Englander
recommended for: Jews will enjoy it most
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Again, it's one of those books that make more sense if you are Jewish, preferably with an Orthodox background. Because if not, the traditions and the culture will just seem weird. But if you are, this book is beautifully told and wonderfully ...more
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Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
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The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
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Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
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Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
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Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser
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