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Jessica Jessica said: " I picked this book up a few months ago, flush with my first paycheck as the Posner Intern for CMU Libraries. I finally finished Cryptonomicon and so can pick up a new tomb. Thus far I am finding The Court Years to be a great complement to my Bill of ...more "

 
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Good Poems for Hard Times by Garrison Keillor
Good Poems for Hard Times
by Garrison Keillor
recommended for: Anyone who does not truly hate the midwest (Poetry Geeks)
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I read all of these poems out of order and it was amazing. Right now I'm stuck on the love poetry "Darling I never knew such loving", "Wedding poem for Shel and Phil", "The discovery of sex", and "There comes the strangest moment". But there are ...more
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Purgatorio by Dante Alighieri
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In response to rosa's comment, I would like to point out that Durling's translations are set in parallel with the Italian. As a student of Latin, it is wonderful to be able to spot tricolon crescenses and apostrophes and all sorts of other figures I ...more
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Inferno by Dante Alighieri
Inferno (La Divina Commedia #1)
by Dante Alighieri
recommended for: Intelectuals who like to have the Italian next to the English (English Geeks)
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This book nearly converted me to Christianity. The clarity of purpose, the beautiful imagery and the uncompromisingly human and moral world-view. Using Dorthy Sayers' commentary as a supplements, this book is a joy to read. The notes are fascinating, ...more
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Danse Macabre by Laurell K. Hamilton
Danse Macabre (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #14)
by Laurell K. Hamilton (Goodreads Author)
recommended for: people who like vampire stories and can handle/skip smut
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I like this book because I like Anita Blake. I like the character, her honesty and wit and stubborn values (you really have to read it to understand why she is a Vampire Hunter and moral). In this book Anita's relationships get a lot more functional, ...more
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Plan B by Anne Lamott
Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith
by Anne Lamott (Goodreads Author)
recommended for: Those interested in views on faith and radicalism
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Between Dante and Anne Lamott I might convert from Paganism to Christianity. But no. Ms Lamott Anne Lamott is hilarious. If you can only read one chapter, read the one where she goes through holy week in a hotel room at a ski resort with a friend ...more
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Inferno by Larry Niven
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In Search of Islamic Feminism by Elizabeth Warnock Fernea
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I have been talking about this book with a lot of people, many of whom looked at the title and said "isn't that a contradiction in terms?" I usually then go into a mini-lecture on "family feminism", that is, feminism which promotes women's equal ...more
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The Court Years, 1939-1975 by William O. Douglas
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I picked this book up a few months ago, flush with my first paycheck as the Posner Intern for CMU Libraries. I finally finished Cryptonomicon and so can pick up a new tomb. Thus far I am finding The Court Years to be a great complement to my Bill of ...more
Jessica is finished with Cryptonomicon: After hauling Cryptonomicon to Qatar, on numerous trips to DC, and all around campus I am done.
Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson
Cryptonomicon
by Neal Stephenson (Goodreads Author)
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Tony Kushner
“Harper: In your experience of the world. How do people change?

Mormon Mother: Well it has something to do with God so it's not very nice.

God splits the skin with a jagged thumbnail from throat to belly and then plunges a huge filthy hand in, he grabs hold of your bloody tubes and they slip to evade his grasp but he squeezes hard, he insists, he pulls and pulls till all your innards are yanked out and the pain! We can't even talk about that. And then he stuffs them back, dirty, tangled and torn. It's up to you to do the stitching.

Harper: And then up you get. And walk around.

Mormon Mother: Just mangled guts pretending.

Harper: That's how people change.”
Tony Kushner, Angels in America

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