Category: Book Review

Aug 22

Book Review: The Maximum Security Book Club

The Maximum Security Book Club: Reading Literature in a Men’s Prison by Mikita Brottman I think I may have hit my saturation point for books about people talking about books, and this is only the third I have read (the others being The Jane Austen Book Club and Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress). Yet, …

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Aug 09

Book Review: Bright-Sided

Bright-Sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America by Barbara Ehrenreich I’d seen this book kicking around a lot of different places. I’m not sure when it was written, but it seems to come up a lot, discussed briefly in other books, seen on the shelf at the used bookstore, mentioned briefly …

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Aug 09

Book Review: Train Dreams

Train Dreams by Denis Johnson This is actually a novella, which I downloaded as an audiobook. It took only about two hours to listen to, which is a really nice length for a story. I’d head that the ebook revolution would see a proliferation of stories in lengths other than the standard mass market paperback …

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Aug 05

Book Review: The Killer Angels

The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara My dad gave me this book to read, saying it was “excellent,” and the awards and accolades certainly imply that others felt the same way. Let me start by saying I know very little about the American Civil War excepting what I learned from Harry Turtledove. I know more …

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Jul 26

Book Review: How to Set a Fire and Why

How to Set a Fire and Why: A Novel by Jesse Ball I got this as an audiobook from the library, and the voice actor they chose was absolutely perfect for the role. Lucia has a snarky, confident tone that’s still distinctly adolescent. The plot of this book was like watching a bowling ball roll …

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