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Cherry
Cherry
by Mary Karr
Edition: Paperback
Price: $12.55
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars WTF?, September 23, 2009
This review is from: Cherry (Paperback)
After reading, and loving, The Liar's Club for the second time, I thought I'd give Cherry a try. I knew the reviews weren't as favorable, but given the caliber of TLC I figured it had to be halfway decent. And the small percentage of it written in first person was. The rest of it, however, was UNREADABLE. Second person narration is a device that can work in small doses. But chapter after chapter? WHY??? I see no valid reason for this decision. Couldn't even finish this book. If I were you, I wouldn't bother starting it.


The Road to San Giovanni
The Road to San Giovanni
by Italo Calvino
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Downhill, September 12, 2009
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This collections starts off with a bang--the title essay BLEW ME AWAY. It was beautiful. Unfortunately, subsequent essays shrivled in it's shadow. I crapped out before finishing the whole book, second to last essay I think, the one about garbage. If you buy this, do yourself a favor--read it backwards. Probably the way it should have been organized in the first place. If you don't buy this book, do yourself a favor--find the title essay somewhere else.


Coming Through Slaughter
Coming Through Slaughter
by Michael Ondaatje
Edition: Paperback
Price: $11.69
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Aquired Taste, September 12, 2009
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If you're a fan of Michael Ondaatje's style (heavily poetic/lyric) you'll be a fan of this book. While it's short, it demands to be read slowly (some passages read more than once); both so that you can figure out what's going on and so that, once you do, you can appreciate it. Ondaatje succeeds in recreating a place and time that no longer exists, a testament to his research and skill. Why not five stars? It wasn't a book I couldn't put down, even though I didn't.


Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives
Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives
by David Eagleman
Edition: Hardcover
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25 of 40 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars An Hour To Kill, August 4, 2009
You buy this book based on a favorable review from the NYT, expecting a collection of vignettes that explore life after death through philosophy, science, and spiritualism. You are disappointed. First off, it is written entirely in second person, which begins to grate on your nerves 30 pages in. Secondly, the chapters are remarkably like the pot-induced discussions you had with your friends as a teenager. You decide that the book has some mildly amusing moments, and if someone had an hour to kill, say at the airport, and the book was just sitting there on the seat next to her, she could do worse things than read it. Like watch CNN.
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Fargo Rock City: A Heavy Metal Odyssey in Rural North Dakota
Fargo Rock City: A Heavy Metal Odyssey in Rural North Dakota
by Chuck Klosterman
Edition: Paperback
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Fargo Suck City, April 15, 2009
I picked this up expecting a portrait of Klosterman's youth in rural ND and how it, and he, was affected by music--I was sorely disappointed. There is no odyssey, only Klosterman's opinions of the 80's metal scene (some interesting, some annoying, and some flat out dumb). Fine for anyone between the ages of 35-45 who actually obsessed over hair bands as much as he did, but if you were born after 1975 (I was) and aren't interested in a meaningless avalanche of names and dates (I'm not) don't bother reading.


Family Bible (Sightline Books)
Family Bible (Sightline Books)
by Melissa J. Delbridge
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $21.34
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars couldn't put it down, June 4, 2008
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This is one of those books that pulls you in and continues to hold you even after the last page has been turned. I always know I've read something amazing when I'm sad to see it end. Hey Delbridge, KEEP WRITING.


Writing and Publishing Personal Essays
Writing and Publishing Personal Essays
by Sheila Bender
Edition: Paperback
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3 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars If you've never taken freshman comp, February 23, 2007
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This would be a great book for a freshman composition class, or for someone with zero experience writing. It's not a bad book, I was just looking for something more advanced. I've since learned of the existance of Phillip Lopate.


Writing the Memoir: From Truth to Art, Second Edit
Writing the Memoir: From Truth to Art, Second Edit
by Judith Barrington
Edition: Paperback
Price: $12.10
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great book!, November 2, 2006
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An invaluable tool for those who want to write memoir. This book carefully and exhaustively explores the elements and offers helpful writing prompts.


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