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Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell
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If this had just been stories about spies and the meeting between Hernán Cortés and Montezuma or whatever, I would have rated it five stars. There’s no question that Malcolm Gladwell is a good storyteller, I just wish that he would leave it at that a ...more
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El talento de Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith
" I realize that, but in the book Tom was just a petty crook and playing Bach's Italian Concerto (as in the film) hardly jibes with the persona of a lit ...more "
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El talento de Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith
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Perhaps my favorite crime novel. Period.

I read this in English so long ago I could barely remember a single thing about it except that the movie deviated from the novel on several important points. I remember that although I enjoyed the film, I was p
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Luz perdida by Michael Connelly
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Bosch #9 – The first thing you notice is the first-person narration which is an interesting touch. I give this three stars simply out of respect for a writer I admire, but there was a lot about this novel that I didn't like.

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" Patricia wrote: "Why read it then? This is a genre you should obviously avoid."
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Beirut Rules by Fred    Burton
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Iran was among the first countries in the modern era to weaponize Islam (which begins with the total subjugation of women) and no country is better proof of the destructive nature of this policy than Lebanon. U.S. policy in Lebanon and most of the ME ...more
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Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
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Fuck this book, quite frankly. I can’t even believe that I read it, or most of it. I don't understand why this book has become popular. Is he the voice of Trump's rural white poor supporters?

Reading this book was a complete accident. I honestly thou
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