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Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama
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[written July 2005]

This week at the library, it was a pair of politicians' autobiographies: Dreams From My Father by Barack Obama, and It's My Party Too by Chr
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The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama
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I was stuck in rush hour traffic on highway 85, halfway home from from a dot-com internship. That summer I listened to lots of NPR; this particular evening was a particularly interesting political speech that seemed a product of a real and thoughtful ...more
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Oldman's Guide to Outsmarting Wine by Mark Oldman
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Conversational, accessible, and packed with tips. On a wine knowledge scale of one to ten, I think I fall at about a 3; I could understand everything he writes about, and yet the book is so packed with information that it'll be a while or never until ...more
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Fear of Flying by Erica Jong
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Can't judge before I finish, and I'm only halfway done. My first impressions are that this is a pioneering book in the area, and I'm supposed to judge it for its pioneeringness than because I like its intrinsic qualities. Like Jackson Pollack.
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Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
Cloud Atlas
by David Mitchell
recommended for: anybody. it cuts across that many genres.
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This is the first David Mitchell book I've read, spurred by hearty recommendations from two very different friends. It's actually six wholly different stories faintly threaded together across centuries and continents. I enjoyed some of the voices mor ...more
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Animals in Translation by Temple Grandin
Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior
by Temple Grandin
recommended for: vegetarians, people interested in autism, people interested in humane or sustainable food
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Written by a mildly autistic woman who is also a consultant for the livestock industry, this book documents her discovery of behavioral similarities between autistic people and animals -- namely in their inability to generalize situations and emotion ...more
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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
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Bravely different perspective: a story of a teenage guy with Asperger's making his way around his neighborhood and world. I don't need to read it again, but I like the way the story unfolds. For a really great (albeit nonfiction) read from an autisti ...more
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Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl
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It's like the Catcher in the Rye of our generation. But whereas in Catcher I disliked the characters but liked the writing style, in Special Topics I liked neither. The people are caricatures and the Author Substitutes Too Many Capital Letters to substi ...more
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Through the Children's Gate by Adam Gopnik
Through the Children's Gate: A Home in New York
by Adam Gopnik
recommended for: people with some connection to NYC, people who like New Yorker articles
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A collection of Gopnik's "Fact" essays for the New Yorker about living in NYC, seen through the slightly strange lens of having just gotten back from living in Paris for 4 years. Like any essay collection, it's a bit uneven, but mostly very good. Par ...more
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