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They May Not Mean To, But They Do by Cathleen Schine
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It is about doing what you have to to keep on living. For Joy, the mother, caring for her ailing husband is what she has to do, and when he dies, she has to reassess how to keep on living. She finds that meaning by connecting with an old beau, ...more
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Critical Care by Richard Dooling
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A dark, somewhat realistic, somewhat satiric look at how the doctors and nurses react or relate to the comatose, hopeless patients in ICU, and the way that American medical practice encourages prolongation of life even when no realistic hope of ...more
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Los Gusanos by John Sayles
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Union Dues by John Sayles
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Darwin McNatt argues with his father, a West Virginia coal miner, and disappears up north. His brother Hobie leaves to find his bro. Then Hunter, the father of the two, tries to find them both. Dar is a Viet Nam vet, totally bummed out, just farting ...more
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The Story of Shit by Midas Dekkers
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How could one not be interested in a book entitled thus? It turns out to be a most entertaining and informative discussion of the social, biological, psychological and economic aspects of defecating, how we react to what comes out of our bodies, how ...more
Something Happened by Joseph Heller
" I thought it captured the post war boomer mentality all too perfectly. My memory of it is that I thought it was a scary book: this is what American ...more "
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Utopia Is Creepy by Nicholas Carr
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A collection of essays (blogposts, aphorisms, reviews and occasional essays) by a thoughtful critic of computer technology, robotics, the Internet and related issues. Carr is not willing to take the rosy predictions of what electronic media and other ...more
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A History of New York in 27 Buildings by Sam Roberts
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Roberts is not so much interested in the architecture as he is in the way the various buildings he chose were involved with a variety of historical events. That approach is very interesting, given that many of the buildings are rather drab or ...more
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Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
Manhattan Beach
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Manhattan and Brooklyn, especially the Brooklyn waterfront, during WWII. One plotline involves high-class racketeers who parlay legit businesses like nightclubs into profitable covers for various crimes. The other involves a family whose father gets ...more
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Hew, Screw, and Glue by James Innes-Smith
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Good bedtime reading: short essays on interesting enough topics with goofy illustrations that did not always result in clear depictions of the operations that it tried to explain. The things explained: bowling balls, crayons, hot dogs, light bulbs, ...more
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