book reviews

“You should only read what is truly good or what is frankly bad.” - Gertrude Stein

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Catch Me If You Can, Frank Abagnale

The Eisenhorn Trilogy, Dan Abnett

The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy series, Douglas Adams

Cato, Joseph Addison

The White Tiger, Aravind Adiga

Proof of Heaven, Eben Alexander

The New Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander

Infidel, Ayaan Hirsi Ali

The Wisdom Books, Robert Alter

The Famous Victories of Henry V, Anonymous

King Leir, Anonymous

Tarlton's Jests, Anonymous

The Valla-Ljots Saga, Anonymous

Tamerlane, or, Timur the Great Amir, Ahmed Ibn Arabshah

Lady Oracle, Margaret Atwood

Life Before Man, Margaret Atwood

Oryx and Crake, Margaret Atwood







The Years of Lyndon Johnson: Passage of Power, Robert Caro

The Yiddish Policeman's Union, Michael Chabon

Washington: A Life, Ron Chernow

Father Brown Stories, G. K. Chesterton

Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, Amy Chua

The Alchemist, Paolo Coehlo

The Life and Times of Michael K., J.M. Coetzee

The Bin Ladens, Steve Coll

The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins

Overqualified, Joey Comeau

Microserfs, Douglas Copeland

State of Fear, Michael Crichton

I Drink for a Reason, David Cross








A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies

Melville: His World and Work, Andrew Delbanco

Hard Times, Charles Dickens

The Runes of the Earth, Stephen R. Donaldson

Room, Emma Donoghue

The Hound of the Baskervilles, Arthur Conan Doyle

The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle

A Stolen Life, Jaycee Dugard

The Count of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas

Fabilaux Fair and Foul, trans. John DuVal







Baudolino, Umberto Eco

Five Moral Pieces, Umberto Eco

Ezra Pound: His Meter and Poetry, T.S. Eliot








Bossypants, Tina Fey

How to Write a Sentence, Stanley Fish

Casino Royale, Ian Fleming

Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn

Freedom, Jonathan Franzen

A Million Little Pieces, James Frey








Sophie's World, Jostein Gaarder

The Use and Abuse of Literature, Majorie Garber

The Post-American Presidency, Pamela Gellar

Ocean Roads, James George

Life in a Medieval Village, Frances and Joseph Gies

Committed, Elizabeth Gilbert

What the Dog Saw, Malcolm Gladwell

The Overcoat, Nikolai Gogol

The Sword of Truth series, Terry Goodkind

Animals Make Us Human, Temple Grandin

The Quiet American, Graham Greene

The Rainmaker, John Grisham

Mud, Sweat, and Tears, Bear Grylls








Blood, Bones, and Butter: the Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef, Gabrielle Hamilton

My Horizontal Life, Chelsea Handler

Garden of Eden, Ernest Hemingway

Country Driving, Peter Hessler

The Everyday Language of White Racism, Jane Hill

Arguably, Christopher Hitchens

Mein Kampf, Adolf Hitler

Unbroken, Laura Hillenbrand

Les Miserables, Victor Hugo









Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro









The Know-It-All, A.J. Jacobs

The Year of Living Biblically, A.J. Jacobs

Fifty Shades of Grey, E.L. James

Daisy Miller, Henry James

Napoleon, Paul Johnson

Preface to Shakespeare, Samuel Johnson

The Dead, James Joyce









Thinking, Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman

The Aquariums of Pyongyang, Kang Chol-Hwan

Nigger, Randall Kennedy

The Dharma Bums, Jack Kerouac

11/22/63, Stephen King

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, Barbara Kingsolver

Taoism: the Enduring Tradition, Russell Kirkland

Out, Katsuo Kirino

Obasan, Joy Kogawa

Into the Wild, Jon Krakaeur

Under the Banner of Heaven, Jon Krakaeur

Where Men Win Glory, Jon Krakauer








Apollyon, Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins

Armageddon, Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins

Assassins, Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins

Desecration, Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins

The Indwelling, Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins

The Glorious Appearing, Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins

John's Story, Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins

Kingdom Come, Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins

Left Behind, Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins

The Mark, Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins

Nicolae, Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins

The Remnant, Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins

Soul Harvest, Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins

Tribulation Force, Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins

Stuff White People Like, Christian Lander

Sons and Lovers, D.H. Lawrence

A Grief Observed, C.S. Lewis

Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis

The Big Short, Michael Lewis

Moneyball, Michael Lewis

The Coffee Trader, David Liss

On the Nature of Things, Lucretius







1491, Charles C. Mann

Tamerlane, Jason Marozzi

The Ten Pleasures of Marriage, A. Marsh

A Dance with Dragons, George R. R. Martin

An Object of Beauty, Steve Martin

Assholes Finish First, Tucker Max

Hilarity Ensues, Tucker Max

I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell, Tucker Max

Dirty Sexy Politics, Meghan McCain

Technology: A World History, James McClellan

Bartleby the Scrivener, Herman Melville

Billy Budd, Herman Melville

Redburn, Herman Melville

Twilight, Stephanie Meyer

Railsea, China Mieville






The Last Lecture, Randy Pausch




The Romantic Manifesto, Ayn Rand
Insurgent, Veronica Roth

Midnight's Children, Salman Rushdie







Reginald, Saki

Reginald in Russia, Saki

The Chronicles of Clovis, Saki

Season of Migrations to the North, Tayeb Salih (trans. Denys Johnson-Davies)

Push, Sapphire

The Strategy of Conflict, Thomas Shelling

Cleopatra: A Life, Stacy Schiff

Fast Food Nation, Eric Schlosser

Rob Roy, Sir Walter Scott

Squirrel Meets Chipmunk, David Sedaris

Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare?, James Shapiro

The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee, Sarah Silverman

Interstellar Pig, William Sleator

River God, Wilbur Smith

A Study of Vermeer, Edward Snow

Cryptonomicon, Neal Stephenson

Reamde, Neal Stephenson

Quicksilver, The Confusion, and The System of the World, Neal Stephenson

The Help, Kathryn Stockett

The Game, Neil Strauss








Mushrooms and Toadstools in New Zealand, Marie Taylor

A Manual of Buddhism, Narada Maha Thera

Brother One Cell, Cullen Thomas

Confessions of a Sociopath, M.E. Thomas

War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy (trans. Anthony Briggs)

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain











Around the World in Eighty Days, Jules Verne

Zadig, Voltaire








A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again, David Foster Wallace

Consider the Lobster and Other Essays, David Foster Wallace

The Way of Zen, Alan Watts

The World Without Us, Alan Weisman

A Year in Korea: an American Journal, David R. Wellens

If You Ask Me, Betty White

Farmer Boy, Laura Ingalls Wilder

John Dies at the End, David Wong












Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality, Eliezer Yudkowsky