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Power & Civility (The Civilizing Process, Vol. 2)
Norbert Elias, Edmund F.N. Jephcott
The Tao of Travel: Enlightenments from Lives on the Road
Paul Theroux
The Romantic Movement: Sex, Shopping and the Novel
Alain de Botton
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April 2013
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reviewed: What Was She Thinking?: Notes on a Scandal, Library Edition
Personally, I prefer this translation over the much-publicized, "Oprah's Book Club" Pevear and Volokhonsky.
What Was She Thinking?: Notes on a Scandal - Zoë Heller, Nadia May
April 2013
13
reviewed: Blue Nights
Personally, I think fans of Murakami won't enjoy this book because of its apologetic nature. The first essay--the one about n...
Blue Nights - Joan Didion
April 2013
08
reviewed: The Sensualist
Anatomy, history, (dis)embodiment are some of the focus of this novel. Not quite sure whether it's interestingly nice or just...
The Sensualist - Barbara Hodgson
April 2013
06
reviewed: Mapping the Mind
If one wants to learn about the basics of neuroscience or simply how the brain works, this book serves as a good introduction...
Mapping The Mind - Rita Carter
reviewed: Everything Is Illuminated: A Novel
This is a bit difficult to read, but sooner or later, the quirky English will amuse you, and as the story goes deeper, it wil...
Everything Is Illuminated - Jonathan Safran Foer
reviewed: Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage
This book drowned in discalimers. Before it even starts, the author throws in a lengthy discalimer, which basically says "I'm...
Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage - Elizabeth Gilbert
reviewed: Abandon the Old in Tokyo
Soft and yet gritty drawings of everyday life in Japan during the 70's. The sordid reality of the characters is very tangible...
Abandon the Old in Tokyo - Yoshihiro Tatsumi, Adrian Tomine
reviewed: A Week at the Airport
This one feels very much like a commissioned book. It isn't at par with the other de Botton books, but it still has some inte...
A Week at the Airport: A Heathrow Diary - Alain de Botton
reviewed: Emerging Mind
A concise version of Ramachandran's "Phantoms in the Brain." This book is almost exactly the same. Read the other book for a ...
The Emerging Mind: Reith lectures 2003 - V.S. Ramachandran
reviewed: Habibi
While I appreciate the research that went into this book, I'm a bit ambivalent when it comes to the narrative. It's a story o...
Habibi - Craig Thompson
reviewed: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Classic Regency Romance - Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem!
Among the three (so far) Quirk classics, to me, only Pride and Zombies stands out as a, well, true classic. It alters some pa...
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies - Seth Grahame-Smith
reviewed: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls (Quirk Classics)
Though intended as a prequel to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, this is a book in itself. I like the plot twists and the fig...
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls - Steve Hockensmith
reviewed: Unaccustomed Earth
Having read both of Lahiri's books before, I think I can somehow see why this one wasn't enjoyable for me. (I didn't like "In...
Unaccustomed Earth - Jhumpa Lahiri
reviewed: THE ANGEL'S GAME
Angel's Game is a watered-down version of the magic that Zafon gave us in Shadow of the Wind. There are more witty lines, mor...
The Angel's Game - Carlos Ruiz Zafón, Lucia Graves
reviewed: The Graveyard Book
This felt more like a series of short stories about a young boy raised in the graveyard. Still, my faith in Gaiman is restore...
The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman