Reading

Books: on balance, I'm for them. These are most of the ones I've read since 2007 or so. The star ratings correspond more closely to "how worth my time this felt" than "how good this is."
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December 21 Promethea, Vol. 1
Alan Moore
J.H. Williams III, Mick Gray
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December 15 Wallington's World: A Puritan Artisan in Seventeenth-Century London
Paul S. Seaver
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December 15 Patriarchalism in Pol Thought
Gordon J. Schochet
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December 12 British Autobiography In The Seventeenth Century
Paul Delany
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December 11 The Abstract: Tales of Wickedness and Sorrow
Goodloe Byron


This book is interesting at a number of levels. First, it is published and distributed for free by its author, ref:

http://www.brownpaperpublishing.com/Abstract/Abstract.html

But the book itself is strange in that it is so immersive, despite the fact that we have almost no access to what is happening outside the narrator's head. It sits somewhere between [b:Fear and Loathing|7745|Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream|Hunter S. Thompson|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1165639648s/7745.jpg|1309111] in Las Vegas, Slaughterhouse Five, and, oh, let's say.. Portrait of the Artist.

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December 07 Publics and Counterpublics
Michael Warner
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November 20 No Future: Queer Theory and the Death Drive
Lee Edelman
Michele Ainabarale
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November 15 In a Queer Time and Place: Transgender Bodies, Subcultural Lives
J. Jack Halberstam
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October 30 Ali and Nino
Kurban Said


I've finally (belatedly) finished Jason's pick for book club.

Ali and Nino is poetic, un-apologetically exotic, and (subsidiary only to those other two qualities) thought provoking in its refusal to conform to modern tropes on the relationship between East and West.

Extremely good, and worth anyone's time.

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October 30 Bodies That Matter: On the Discursive Limits of "Sex"
Judith Butler
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October 19 Disidentifications: Queers of Color and the Performance of Politics
José Esteban Muñoz
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October 16 Post Office
Charles Bukowski
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October 16 The Incredible Hulk: Planet Hulk
Greg Pak
Aaron Lopresti, Carlo Pagulayan, Juan Santacruz, Gary Frank, Takeshi Miyazawa
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October 03 Novo, Vol. 1: The Birth of Novo (Novo #1)
Michael S. Bracco
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September 30 Church and State I (Cerebus, #3)
Dave Sim
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September 20 Swamp Thing, Vol. 1: Saga of the Swamp Thing
Alan Moore
Stephen R. Bissette, John Totleben, Rick Veitch, Ramsey Campbell
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September 20 Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality
Sigmund Freud
James Strachey, Steven Marcus
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September 16 Hellboy, Vol. 2: Wake the Devil
Mike Mignola
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September 15 Fables, Vol. 2: Animal Farm
Bill Willingham
Mark Buckingham, Steve Leialoha, James Jean
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September 10 The Ultimates, Volume 1: Super-Human
Mark Millar
Bryan Hitch, Andrew Currie
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September 10 The Incredible Hulk: Prelude To Planet Hulk
Daniel Way
Juan Santacruz, Keu Cha
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September 10 The History of Sexuality, Volume 1: An Introduction
Michel Foucault
Robert Hurley
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September 10 Slow Food: The Case for Taste (Arts and Traditions of the Table)
Carlo Petrini
William McCuaig, Alice Waters


This book is worthwhile as an overview of Slow Food and what it's philosophical and practical ramifications have been in Italy and around the world. Unfortunately, at times it strays beyond the bounds of its argumentative essay format into the domain of marketing material; it becomes difficult in certain sections to know how much to trust the claims being made.

I would recommend this (after all) modestly sized, innocuous little book to anyone trying to understand what Slow Food is all about - or to develop their ideas on how the current local food movement might be expanded for the world stage.

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September 09 Preludes & Nocturnes (The Sandman, #1)
Neil Gaiman
Sam Kieth, Mike Dringenberg, Malcolm Jones III, Karen Berger
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September 02 Snow Crash
Neal Stephenson
Guy Abadia
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September 01 Watchmen
Alan Moore
Dave Gibbons, John Higgins
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August 24 The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
Michael Chabon
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August 24 In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower (In Search of Lost Time, #2)
Marcel Proust
James Grieve, Christopher Prendergast
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August 01 I Spit on Your Graves (Vernon Sullivan, #1)
Boris Vian
Vernon Sullivan
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July 29 Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
Frank Miller
Klaus Janson, Lynn Varley
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July 15 The Complete Joy of Homebrewing
Charles Papazian
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July 15 The Corrections
Jonathan Franzen
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June 29 The Annotated H.P. Lovecraft
H.P. Lovecraft
S.T. Joshi
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June 16 Swann's Way (In Search of Lost Time, #1)
Marcel Proust
Lydia Davis
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June 13 World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
Max Brooks
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June 02 The Maxx, Vol. 1
Sam Kieth
William Messner-Loebs, Dave Feiss
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May 26 Madman Volume 3
Mike Allred
Laura Allred
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May 21 Universe X, Vol. 1 (Earth X 2)
Jim Krueger
Alex Ross
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May 13 A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
Mark Twain
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May 05 Superman: Red Son
Mark Millar
Kilian Plunkett, Andrew C. Robinson, Walden Wong, Dave Johnson, Paul Mounts, Ken Lopez
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May 01 Hellboy, Vol. 1: Seed of Destruction
Mike Mignola
John Byrne
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May 01 Y: The Last Man, Vol. 8: Kimono Dragons (Y: The Last Man, #8)
Brian K. Vaughan
Pia Guerra, Goran Sudžuka, José Marzán Jr.
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April 26 Real Food: What to Eat and Why
Nina Planck
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April 25 Sin City, Vol. 2: A Dame to Kill For (Sin City, #2)
Frank Miller
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April 15 Y: The Last Man, Vol. 7: Paper Dolls (Y: The Last Man, #7)
Brian K. Vaughan
Pia Guerra, Goran Sudžuka, José Marzán Jr.
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April 02 Y: The Last Man, Vol. 5: Ring of Truth (Y: The Last Man, #5)
Brian K. Vaughan
Pia Guerra, José Marzán Jr.
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March 09 What Is the What
Dave Eggers
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March 01 Y: The Last Man, Vol. 6: Girl on Girl (Y: The Last Man, #6)
Brian K. Vaughan
Pia Guerra, Goran Sudžuka, José Marzán Jr.
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March 01 How to Be Idle
Tom Hodgkinson
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March 01 Second Foundation (Foundation #3)
Isaac Asimov
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March 01 Foundation and Empire (Foundation #2)
Isaac Asimov
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February 01 Foundation (Foundation, #1)
Isaac Asimov
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February 01 High Society (Cerebus, #2)
Dave Sim
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February 01 Y: The Last Man, Vol. 4: Safeword (Y: The Last Man, #4)
Brian K. Vaughan
Pia Guerra, Goran Parlov, José Marzán Jr.
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February 01 Concrete, Volume 3: Fragile Creature
Paul Chadwick
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February 01 A Hero of Our Time
Mikhail Lermontov
Paul Foote
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February 01 Lolita
Vladimir Nabokov
Craig Raine
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February 01 Lucky Jim
Kingsley Amis
David Lodge
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February 01 The War against Cliché: Essays and Reviews 1971-2000
Martin Amis
James Diedrick
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December 07 The Aesthetics of Comics
David Carrier


Interesting and well researched, but limited in that it wants to make comic strips representative of the entire art form, among other strangely delimiting moves.

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November 20 Bottomless Belly Button
Dash Shaw
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November 20 Black Mane
Michael V. Lariccia
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November 20 Drawn & Quarterly Showcase: Book One
Chris Oliveros
Kevin Huizenga, Nicolas Robel


I was a bit tredidatious as I cracked this thing open: after my experiences with "What is the What" and the U2 discography, I was a little concerned that the content wouldn't rise to the hype. Instead, I was confronted by humble works by both Huizenga and Robel that were both disarming and sweet. Equally legible to both nerds and others.

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November 20 The Complete Crumb Comics, Vol. 8: Featuring the Death of Fritz the Cat
Robert Crumb


Now (in contrast to Vol. 1) this is Crumb! I have an iron stomach, and even I was offended. Genre-defining art meets genre-defining egocentrism. Que brillante!

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November 20 The Complete Buddy Bradley Stories from Hate Comics, Vol. 1: Buddy Does Seattle, 1990-1994
Peter Bagge
Everett True


Beautiful, crafted artwork in the tradition of R. Crumb, complimented by self-aware social satire limited only by the occasional fit of directionlessness. Good stuff!

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October 30 The Complete Crumb Comics, Vol. 1: The Early Years of Bitter Struggle
Robert Crumb
Gary Groth, Robert Fiore, Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Marty Pahls, Marc Arsenault, Audu Paden, Coco Shinomiya, Dale Crain


So. It turns out that when the subtitle says "The Early Years of Bitter Struggle," it isn't kidding. This is a collection of neonatal comics from when Crumb was in high school. I'm not too proud to admit that I finished the whole thing, but I'm sure my interest was predicated on disturbing heights of idolatry, rather than the actual contents of the book.

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October 16 Chaotique #1
Chris Dreyer
Matt Bailey
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October 16 World War Hulk
Greg Pak
John Romita Jr., Rafa Sandoval
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May 13 The Power and the Glory
Graham Greene
John Updike
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May 12 All the Pretty Horses
Cormac McCarthy
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May 12 Howards End
E.M. Forster
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May 12 Ethan Frome
Edith Wharton
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May 12 The Mother's Recompense
Edith Wharton
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May 12 The Best American Short Stories 2004
Lorrie Moore
Katrina Kenison
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May 12 Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison
Michel Foucault
A.M. Sheridan-Smith
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May 12 Nine Stories
J.D. Salinger
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May 12 Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters & Seymour: An Introduction
J.D. Salinger
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May 12 Cat's Cradle
Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
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May 12 Slaughterhouse-Five
Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
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May 12 God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater
Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
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May 12 Girl with a Pearl Earring
Tracy Chevalier
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May 12 Cathedral
Raymond Carver
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May 12 Where I'm Calling From: New and Selected Stories
Raymond Carver
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May 12 The Painted Drum
Louise Erdrich
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May 12 Love Medicine
Louise Erdrich
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May 12 Tender is the Night
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Arnold Goldman, Richard Godden
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May 05 Continental Drift
Russell Banks
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May 05 Portrait in Sepia
Isabel Allende
Margaret Sayers Peden
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May 05 Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
John Berendt
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May 05 The Old Man and the Sea
Ernest Hemingway
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May 05 The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century
Thomas L. Friedman
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May 05 Rubicon: The Last Years of the Roman Republic
Tom Holland
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May 05 The French Lieutenant's Woman
John Fowles
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May 05 To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee
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May 05 The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Mitch Albom


This is one of the worst books I have ever read.

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May 05 Animal Farm
George Orwell
Boris Grabnar, Peter Škerl
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May 05 The Red Tent
Anita Diamant
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May 05 The Giving Tree
Shel Silverstein
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May 05 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3)
J.K. Rowling
Mary GrandPré
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May 05 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2)
J.K. Rowling
Mary GrandPré
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May 05 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)
J.K. Rowling
Mary GrandPré
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May 05 In the Lake of the Woods
Tim O'Brien
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May 05 The Toughest Indian in the World
Sherman Alexie
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May 05 Reservation Blues
Sherman Alexie
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May 05 The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven
Sherman Alexie
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May 05 Survivor
Chuck Palahniuk
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May 05 Invisible Monsters
Chuck Palahniuk
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May 05 Fight Club
Chuck Palahniuk
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May 05 A Room of One's Own
Virginia Woolf
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May 05 Mrs. Dalloway
Virginia Woolf
Maureen Howard
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May 05 Ignorance
Milan Kundera
Linda Asher
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May 05 Identity
Milan Kundera
Linda Asher
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May 05 The Book of Laughter and Forgetting
Milan Kundera
Aaron Asher, Serena Vitale
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May 05 You Must Remember This
Joyce Carol Oates
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May 05 Memories of the Ford Administration
John Updike
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May 05 Rabbit Is Rich (Rabbit Angstrom, #3)
John Updike
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May 05 Rabbit at Rest (Rabbit Angstrom #4)
John Updike
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May 05 Rabbit Redux (Rabbit Angstrom #2)
John Updike
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May 05 Rabbit, Run (Rabbit Angstrom #1)
John Updike
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March 03 Hardboiled & Hard Luck
Banana Yoshimoto
Michael Emmerich
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March 03 Women in Love
D.H. Lawrence
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March 03 American Pastoral (The American Trilogy, #1)
Philip Roth
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March 03 Bee Season
Myla Goldberg
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March 03 The Catcher in the Rye
J.D. Salinger
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March 03 The Great Gatsby
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Francis Scott Fitzgerald
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March 03 1984
George Orwell
Erich Fromm
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March 03 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Mark Twain
Guy Cardwell, John Seelye, Walter Trier
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March 03 Housekeeping
Marilynne Robinson
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March 03 The Kite Runner
Khaled Hosseini
Berliani M. Nugrahani
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March 03 Indecision
Benjamin Kunkel
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March 03 Catch-22 (Catch-22, #1)
Joseph Heller
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March 03 Heart of Darkness
Joseph Conrad
Aníbal Fernandes
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March 03 Jurassic Park (Parque Jurásico, #1)
Michael Crichton
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March 03 Anthem
Ayn Rand
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March 03 Siddhartha
Hermann Hesse
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March 03 The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Milan Kundera
Michael Henry Heim
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March 03 Speaker for the Dead (Ender’s Saga, #2)
Orson Scott Card
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March 03 Breakfast of Champions
Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
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March 03 Of Mice and Men
John Steinbeck
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March 03 The Lost World (Jurassic Park #2)
Michael Crichton
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March 03 Wuthering Heights
Emily Brontë
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March 03 Franny and Zooey
J.D. Salinger
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March 03 Neuromancer (Sprawl, #1)
William Gibson
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March 03 Velocity
Dean Koontz
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March 03 Middlesex
Jeffrey Eugenides
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March 03 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Mark Haddon
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March 03 Life of Pi
Yann Martel
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March 03 The Return of the Native
Thomas Hardy
Alexander Theroux


my favorite book.

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March 03 Far From the Madding Crowd
Thomas Hardy
Rosemarie Morgan, Shannon Russell
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March 03 For Whom the Bell Tolls
Ernest Hemingway
Mete Ergin, Mustafa Bahar
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March 03 A Farewell to Arms
Ernest Hemingway
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March 03 The Sun Also Rises
Ernest Hemingway
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March 03 N.P
Banana Yoshimoto
Ann Sherif
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March 03 Kitchen
Banana Yoshimoto
Megan Backus
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March 03 Cerebus (Cerebus, #1)
Dave Sim
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March 03 Madman Adventures Collection
Mike Allred
Philip Amara
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March 03 Y: The Last Man, Vol. 3: One Small Step (Y: The Last Man, #3)
Brian K. Vaughan
Pia Guerra, José Marzán Jr., Paul Chadwick
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March 03 Y: The Last Man, Vol. 2: Cycles (Y: The Last Man, #2)
Brian K. Vaughan
Pia Guerra, José Marzán Jr.
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March 03 Y: The Last Man, Vol. 1: Unmanned (Y: The Last Man, #1)
Brian K. Vaughan
Pia Guerra, José Marzán Jr., Jose Marzan, Goran Sudžuka
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March 03 Sin City, Vol. 1: The Hard Goodbye (Sin City, #1)
Frank Miller
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March 03 Concrete, Volume 2: Heights
Paul Chadwick
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March 03 Concrete, Volume 1: Depths
Paul Chadwick
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March 03 Amphigorey Also (Amphigorey, #3)
Edward Gorey
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March 03 Bone: The Complete Edition
Jeff Smith
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2008 total: 172