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Return of the Native (fiction) by Thomas Hardy


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INDEPENDENT PEOPLE by Halldor Laxness (fiction) [05/2006]

ANARCHISM: A COLLECTION OF REVOLUTIONARY WRITINGS by Peter Kropotkin (non-fiction) [05/2006]

SHIP FEVER by Andrea Barrett (fiction) [05/2006]

BADDENHEIM 1939 by Aharon Appelfeld (fiction) [04/2006]

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OUR KIND by Kate Walbert (fiction) [02/2006]

THE DISPOSSESED by Ursula LeGuin (fiction) [02/2006]

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GREAT EXPECTATIONS by Charles Dickens (fiction)
Read it a long, long time ago, and it came back to me as I was rereading. [07/10/05]

THE GENIUS FACTORY by David Plotz (non-fiction)
How a California-based entrepreneur attempted to "save" the declining genetic nature of Americans with a nobel sperm bank [07/09/05]

THE BROTHERS KARAMAZOV by Fyodor Dostoevsky (fiction)
The dark story of jealousy, God, and a Russian family [06/24/05]

BOOTY NOMAD by Scott Mebus (fiction)
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HORSE HEAVEN by Jane Smiley (fiction)
A peak into the world of wealth and horse breading and racing. [05/14/05]

MY YEAR OF MEATS by Ruth Ozeki (fiction)
The story of the making of My American Wife! and a disturbing look into the beef industry in the US [05/16/05]

WAR AND PEACE by Leo Tolstoy (fiction)
Books One and Two--still have number three to go. Great characters and lots of details about Napoleon's exploits in Russia [05/10/05]

THE DATING GAME by Danielle Steele (fiction)
The worst book I've read in years. [4/15/05]

THE DA VINCE CODE by Dan Brown (fiction)
A fast, fun read [4/1/05]

READING LOLITA IN TEHRAN by Azar Nafisi (non-fiction)
I never finished--lost the book somewhere. [2/28/05]

THE ROOTS OF AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM by Charles Lockhart (non-fiction)
Unfinished and lost somewhere in Barcelona [1/31/05]

JULY'S PEOPLE by Nadine Gordimer (fiction)
The story of a fictional uprising in South Africa. Didn't care too much for the prose, but the story was good. [2/15/05]

JAR HEAD by Anthony Swofford (non-fiction)
Memoir of a marine sniper from the first Gulf war, confirming once again that I will never join the military. [02/14/05]

WHITE TEETH by Zadie Smith (fiction)
Well written and oh so clever. [01/23/05]

A fabulous collections of short stories. Loved it [01/22/05]

THE SHADOW OF THE WIND by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Lots of fun, and set in Barcelona! [01/15/05]

A first person account of Orwell's experience with the POUM militia during the Spanish Civil war. [12/29/04]

THE SPANISH LABYRINTH by Gerald Brenan (non-fiction)
The story of the Spanish Civil War told by a man who lived through it. [12/11/04]

THE FIFTH COLUMN by Ernest Hemmingway
A play by Hemmingway and four stories of the Spanish Civil war. [12/21/04]

THE BOTANY OF DESIRE by Michael Pollan (non-fiction)
"A plant's-eye view of the world." From now on I'm only eating organic produce. [12/13/04]

LIFE OF PI by Yann Martel (fiction)
A tiger and a boy out on the open sea. And a bit of somewhat tedious religious exploration. For me, once the boat set sail, the book was enthralling. [12/04]

THE SPANISH TRAGEDY by Sir Raymond Carr (non-fiction)
The amazing and very complicated story of the Spanish civil war. Mind-blowing and worth the effort it takes to keep track of all the factions and philosophies. [12/04]

>> SNOW COUNTRY by Yasunari Kawabata (fiction)
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>> A STORM OF SWORDS by George R. R. Martin (fiction)
Third in the series A Song of Ice and Fire. (I read the first two, too. I'd start at the beginning if you're going to read these, which I highly recommend) I am looking foward to the fourth. Fantasy, complete with many knights, conflicts, and winter. Up there with Tolkien and Ursula LeGuin. [11/04]

>> A CLASH OF KINGS by George R. R. Martin (fiction)
The second book in the series [11/04]

>> A GAME OF THRONES by George R. R. Martin (fiction)
Book one of the series [10/04]

>> THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER & CLAY by Michael Chabon (fiction)
I'm not a comic book fan, but I really enjoyed this novel. [10/04]

>> ORYX AND CRAKE by Margaret Atwood (fiction)
Got on the plane in San Francisco, opened the book, and didn't even realize that I'd reached New York. Perfect travel reading. [10/04]

>> DIARY by Chuck Palahniuk (fiction)
Perfect airplane reading, from the author of FIGHT CLUB [10/04]

>> BARCELONA THE GREAT ENCHANTRESS by Robert Hughes (non-fiction)
What can I say? I'm in Barcelona. Robert Hughes has some strong opinions about it. [09/04]

>> SOUL MADE FLESH by Carl Zimmer (non-fiction)
Read it for research, got totally engrossed. Great book about how our understanding of the brain has evolved over the past few thousand years. [09/04]

>> MIDDLESEX by by Jeffrey Eugenides (fiction)
The story of a hermaphrodite. The backstory was my favorite part. [08/04]

>> POISONWOOD BIBLE by Barbara Kingsolver (fiction)
Short chapters! An engaginging story set in the Congo about a family of missionaries. [07/04]

>> THE POND by Ha Jin (fiction)
Set in Communist China, the book tells the story of Shao Bin, an artist who hopes to be granted a better apartment. [07/04]

>> HOTEL DU LAC by Anita Brookner (fiction)
Booker prize winner, though I'm not sure why. [07/04]

>> PUSHCART PRIZE ANTHOLOGY (short fiction and essay)
Lots of good stuff in here. Well worth reading [07/04]

>> DROWN by Junot Diaz (short fiction)
Heard lots of hype about this collection. Some of the stories were quite good (there was one in second person that I actually liked, which is quite rare). Stories about characters from the Dominican Republic growing up in the US.[07/04]