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    1. I Feel Bad About My Neck: And
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    2. Snow (Vintage International)
    $8.40
    3. The Inheritance of Loss
    $13.72
    4. World War Z: An Oral History of
    $7.83
    5. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan:
    $10.17
    6. Istanbul: Memories and the City
    $16.50
    7. Suite Fran├žaise
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    8. The Worst Person in the World:
    $6.99
    9. To Kill a Mockingbird
    $11.16
    10. My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding
    $6.99
    11. Fahrenheit 451
    $10.36
    12. Don't Get Too Comfortable: The
    $6.99
    13. The Catcher in the Rye
    $17.79
    14. Fragile Things: Short Fictions
    $10.36
    15. The White Castle: A Novel (Vintage
    $16.47
    16. A Spot of Bother: A Novel
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    17. The Black Book (Vintage International)
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    18. Things Fall Apart: A Novel
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    19. On Beauty
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    20. The Guy Not Taken: Stories

    1. I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman
    by Knopf
    Hardcover (01 August, 2006)
    list price: $19.95 -- our price: $10.42
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    Isbn: 0307264556
    Sales Rank: 16
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Efron Is Real
    As a university professor originally from New York City and definitely past the "baby Boomer" stage, I still found time to read Nora's essays and thoroughly enjoyed them."Sleepless in Seattle" and "You've Got Mail," are not "Hilarious" as so many people expect, but rather poignant portrayals of real-life human dilemmas presented in a lighter voice.Nora has been the one who can capture the rare moment within the chaos of reality, and her essays in the "neck" book do just that. This was obviously not meant to be the "book of the year," but a snapshot of the woman behind the captivating novels and films.The essays allow us to see that, she too, is aging with the rest of us, and it comes on all so quickly.I plan on gifting this book for the holidays, along with Gangi's "Forget The Cures, Find The Cause," and "Crazy Salad."The combination will help to get many minds and bodies on a better track.

    2-0 out of 5 stars A disappointment
    I ran to get a copy of Nora Ephron's newest book, as I always liked her work. I'm glad I didn't spend the money, and instead got it from the library. I expected a very funny book that would be filled with wisdom and wit. Instead I found a slightly funny book that lacked originality and really had nothing to say. It would be too harsh to call it self-indulgent, but in a way it was. So she had a rent-controlled apartment that she loved, so parenting has changed,and so she has to dye her hair (often). Yawn yawn.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Women (and men) Will Love This Book
    I was one of the 5 women in Azzarella's car going to Rayna Gangi's book signing(another great book, by the way) and all of us are at least over 50.Nora, the Golden Girls, even Oprah, will love these stories. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Aging    2. American Satire And Humor    3. Form - Essays    4. Humor    5. Women's Studies - General    6. Humor / Essays   


    2. Snow (Vintage International)
    by Vintage
    Paperback (19 July, 2005)
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    Isbn: 0375706860
    Sales Rank: 57
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    3-0 out of 5 stars there are better Turkish novelists
    Pamuk's Nobel Prize caught me a little more than halfway through this book. I find it rather disappointing that the Nobel Committee picked Pamuk over a much more deserving Turkish novelist, Yashar Kemal. Even by the political criteria that often seem to be more important to the Nobel Committee than literary criteria, Kemal trumps Pamuk: instead of merely talking about historically oppressed peoples like the Kurds and Armenians, Kemal is himself a Kurd, and rather than merely having had charges brought against him as a political dissident, Kemal has actually been to prison. But much more importantly, Kemal is a much finer writer.
    5-0 out of 5 stars He is Nobel Prize Vinner...
    What can I say? He got the Nobel!
    5-0 out of 5 stars A Turkish denizen returns to his homeland after having spent years in exile in Germany.
    I thought that this book would be one that would be mediocre when I started it, but good gracious, was I mistaken! It was an exhilarating tale down which I could not put. It was so easy to connect with Ka, Ipek and the rest of the characters and to follow their lives. Pamuk's writing style just flowed and his descriptions of the people and places just filled my mind with the incentive to know more.I rarely read such interesting stories and the one featured here in "Snow" is a gem. If you only read one book this decade, then this should be it! ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Fiction    2. Fiction - General    3. General    4. Literary    5. Turkish (Language) Contemporary Fiction    6. Fiction / Literary   


    3. The Inheritance of Loss
    by Grove Press
    Paperback (28 August, 2006)
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    Isbn: 0802142818
    Sales Rank: 45
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    3-0 out of 5 stars To Be Or Not To Be, That Is The Problem.
    To Each His Own, But To Deface History in This Way.
    2-0 out of 5 stars Horrible
    After reading Inheritance of Loss, I immediately turn to read Salman Rusdie as a way of reminding myself what great Indain writing is.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Ambitious but Satisfying
    Cho Oyu, a crumbling old house in the foothills of the Himalayas is home to the main characters of Kiran Desai's Booker shortlisted The Inheritance of Loss.
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    Subjects:  1. Asian American Novel And Short Story    2. Fiction    3. Fiction - General    4. Literary    5. Popular American Fiction    6. Fiction / Literary   


    4. World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
    by Crown
    Hardcover (12 September, 2006)
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    Isbn: 0307346609
    Sales Rank: 74
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars World War Z Makes This Reader Want MORE
    Max Brooks' shamblingly good World War Z made this zombie-genre-fan want more, more, more. This "oral history" chronicles the stories of many who fought in and survived the zombie wars. If any one of their stories were expanded into a full-length novel, I would snap it up. I'm sure he's already been asked, but I must add my voice to the clamor: Please, Max Brooks, if youhave a third zombie book in you, write one that follows a protagonist from start to finish so we can go even further into the scary, creepy, wonderful world you've created.
    4-0 out of 5 stars A cut above genre
    Zombies as a genre fit overwhelmingly into a visual medium, and there have been quite a few great zombie movies, "Night of the Living Dead", "Sean of the Dead", "28 Days Later",as well as some fun zombie graphic novels, "Marvel Zombies".Zombies are simple creatures that translate well to visuals with their sole moviation of kill, eat and infect. In "World War Z" Max Brooks takes on the zombie genre in the form of an intelligent oral history from the survivors of the global epidemic. Each chapter is the story told from a different survivor and organized chronologically from the start of the infections in China, throught the rise of zombies globally, the human resistance, and eventual human triumph. How do you translate the zombie genre from their success in the visual mediums into prose form? Mr. Brooks does exceedingly well by telling the human side of the horror story.
    3-0 out of 5 stars Worthy Read for Zombie Lovers
    A fun read that has a bit of difficulty maintaining a tone. Is this serious, sometimes its very serious, at others a bit comicbooky - as the narrative of war against the undead unfolds we have some rather uneven snap shots - but the highs definitely outweigh the lows. Recommend reading for Zombie or survival fiction enthusiasts. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. American Satire And Humor    2. Fiction    3. Fiction - Men'sAdventure    4. Humor    5. Humorous    6. War    7. War & Military    8. Fiction / General   


    5. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan: A Novel
    by Random House Trade Paperbacks
    Paperback (21 February, 2006)
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    Isbn: 0812968069
    Sales Rank: 46
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Fascinating!
    I was hooked after reading only the first line!What a wonderful picture of Life in 19th Century China.Gloriously written.I've not read anything by Ms. Lee before, but I'm definitely going to explore some of her other books!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Touching and informative
    The setting of this book is 19th. century China, a time when men's and women's roles are rigidly defined by age-old customs and rules.The two main characters are Lily, the narrator, and Snow Flower, her "laotong", who are bound together by contract and by love developed through many shared experiences.They are closer than husband and wife, or parent and child and they give one another much-needed love and support in a society where they are women and therefore useless for anything other than producing sons.Lisa See reveals details about many practices of the day, including foot-binding and nu shu, a specialized "women's writing" which is used by Lily and Snow Flower to communicate.They write hearfelt messages to one another on a fan, which becomes a chronicle of their intertwined lives and their most priceless possession.This is a fascinating look at what life was like for Chinese women in the 19th. century, and on another level it is a timeless lesson on the necessary components for a successful friendship between women.I highly recommend this book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Intriguing Look into A Different World
    What I thoroughly enjoyed about Snow Flower and the Secret Fan was becoming engrossed in the time period of the novel, learning about a culture I knew little about, and coming to understand the role of women in the Chinese society of the day. The friendship between Snow Flower and Lily was very well drawn, but the relationships between all of the female characters in the book was intriguing. This novel proved to be an excellent choice for my women's book club! ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Asian American Novel And Short Story    2. China    3. Female friendship    4. Fiction    5. Fiction - General    6. Fiction - Historical    7. General    8. Historical - General    9. Popular American Fiction    10. Psychological    11. Reminiscing in old age    12. Women    13. Fiction / General   


    6. Istanbul: Memories and the City (Vintage International)
    by Vintage
    Paperback (11 July, 2006)
    list price: $14.95 -- our price: $10.17
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    Isbn: 1400033888
    Sales Rank: 182
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    1-0 out of 5 stars He doesn't deserve that Nobel.... It was a political decision!
    He doesn't deserve that Nobel.... It was a political decision!

    3-0 out of 5 stars Roller Coaster Ride

    5-0 out of 5 stars A river through time
    Pamuk spans the distances of time and memory in this novel as he searches for the meaning of the melancholy, or huzun as he calls it, of the city of Instanbul.Born into a wealthy Turkish family, Pamuk slowly watches his family's fortune dissolve in the hands of his father.He recounts his memories as his family moves from one quarter to another, interspersing personal accounts with various literary observations.Through it all we experience the uneasy balance between Islamic and Western forces that have shaped the city over the centuries.He explores through the writings of Europeans, how foreigners perceive the city, and how Turkish writers have attempted to respond to these views.Pamuk has such an elegant way of writing, with many undercurrents, like the Bosphorus which he so much loves.I particularly liked his literary chapters, like that of the four melancholy writers of Istanbul, and their attempts to forge an identity for the city.These attempts may have fallen short of their grand expectations, but the books became treasures, and helped to define modern Turkish writing.There are also his amusing observations on Flaubert, Nerval and other French writers and painters, who became absorbed in the city and to whom he felt modern Turkish writing owes a substantial debt.While Pamuk tries to escape this melancholy in his painting, ultimately finding a muse on which to hang all his hopes, he can never fully escape it, as he too becomes absorbed in this great city, which proves to be his literary release. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Biography & Autobiography    2. Biography/Autobiography    3. Description And Travel    4. Essays & Travelogues    5. Europe - Baltic States    6. Literary    7. Middle East - Turkey    8. Travel - General    9. Turkish (Language) Contemporary Fiction    10. Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs   


    7. Suite Fran├žaise
    by Knopf
    Hardcover (11 April, 2006)
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    Isbn: 1400044731
    Sales Rank: 132
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Troubling
    In STORM the Germans are an impersonal calamity, like Katrina.We see French of every class and sort scatter like ants whose anthill has just been stepped on. There's good sardonic social observation here and I'm afraid it's probably accurate.But as a reader you sit and feel rather smug at the spectacle.In DOLCE we meet the German occupiers. They are not the evil Huns we have met hundreds of times in the war movies. They have names, faces and, be it confessed, impeccable behavior.(The irony of what was in store for the author is heavy here.) But the troubling part is how naturally so many of the French in this particular village fall into the routine of collaboration.Without judging or condemning, Nemirovsky shows us how it must have happened.The scenes are so vivid here you can't help placing yourself there, and wondering if you would have been a whit more heroic. Or, for that matter, if you had been one of the Germans, would you have been much different than they? Be honest.
    5-0 out of 5 stars How it was possible
    Reading these two novellas was, for me, like standing for hours, looking at painting after painting by a great artist.For every page, every chapter was filled with amazing colorful details; the details that make up the lives of those populating these novellas--lives torn apart by the terrible earthquake that results from a defeat.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Novel of the year
    Storm in June is the best book I've read since Vikram Seth's An Equal Music.The second part of Suite Francaise is good, but Storm in June is a gem everyone will love.I didn't expect to laugh out loud with the Nazi's at the door.Happy reading.I'm wondering when Nemirovsky's earlier novels will be translated into English. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Fiction    2. Fiction - General    3. France    4. French Novel And Short Story    5. German occupation, 1940-1945    6. Historical - General    7. History    8. Literary    9. World War, 1939-1945    10. Fiction / Literary   


    8. The Worst Person in the World: And 202 Strong Contenders
    by Wiley
    Hardcover (11 September, 2006)
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    Isbn: 0470044950
    Sales Rank: 179
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars As informative and insightful as his TV show!
    Olbermann - whose journalistic work could prove him to be this century's Edward R. Murrow - has written a fine alternative to Bernie Goldberg's "100 People Who Are Screwing Up America" that's far more witty and not nearly as one-sided...for those who deride him as another lackey of the "liberal media", I suggest you take a look back @ his coverage of Lewinskygate during the Clinton administration.
    1-0 out of 5 stars Bill O'Reilly wannabe
    Give me a break. . . People you have got to be more intelligent than this.All this guy does is essentially ride Bill O'Reilly's coat tails.He's looked at what Mr. O'Reilly has done with his career, realized that he is not even CLOSE to being able to beat him at his own game, so he becomes the "anti-O'Reilly" wow - what a novel (and idiotic) concept.Keith Olbermann is a Bill O'Reilly wannabe - and can't even come close to measuring up.I thought this book was more of a typical liberal whining session.BORING and TERRIBLY PREDICTABLE!!Don't waste your money on this one. . . go check your neighbor's trash dumpster for a copy.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great book coffee table book
    While this book does not look like the typical coffee table book (no pictures) it is a great book to keep somewhere handy for those moments when you have a little time to kill.The stories are incredibly funny and enjoyable, and don't take very long to read at all.While all of them appeared on tv during Keith O's show, the ones I remembered were still funny the second time.Love his show, and love his book!
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    Subjects:  1. American Satire And Humor    2. Celebrities    3. Conduct of life    4. History & Theory - General    5. Humor    6. Miscellanea    7. Politics / Current Events    8. Topic - Political    9. United States    10. Political Science / General   


    9. To Kill a Mockingbird
    by Warner Books
    Mass Market Paperback (11 October, 1988)
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    Isbn: 0446310786
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars The classic classic... that I still don't get why it's one.
    This is another of those books that everyone tells you how wonderful and incredible it is. I read it, and... okay. It's a book. And a not-bad one at that. But is it amazing? Is it the greatest, most thought-provoking book of all times? Is it truly just overrated?
    5-0 out of 5 stars "It's a great book....."

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Classic Can Be Interesting
    Scout Finch is a girl that wants to be just like her father, even though the rest of the world wants to see her as a young lady. She worries that when she's away, Calpurnia, her cook and friend, will not have anything to do. She is also very protective of her family, especially her father Atticus.
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    Subjects:  1. Classics    2. Fathers and daughters    3. Fiction    4. Girls    5. Legal    6. Literature - Classics / Criticism    7. Literature: Classics    8. Race relations    9. Trials (Rape)    10. Fiction / Classics   


    10. My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding
    by St. Martin's Griffin
    Paperback (03 October, 2006)
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    Isbn: 0312343604
    Sales Rank: 269
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    1-0 out of 5 stars Other than Kenyon, awful compilation
    I didn't like one story in this book other than Kenyon's, and even that wasn't her best.The book was actually so bad that I resent the money I paid for it.And to add insult to injury, the other book I bought that was a compilation including Kenyon was even WORSE.Just a total waste of money.Two of the stories are written in the first person -- and come on, are you a 12 year old writing a story for composition class? -- and all of them are hokey and, to be blunt, lame.

    2-0 out of 5 stars severely disappointed
    Severely disappointed is the only way to describe my reaction to this anthology.I ran right out to buy this book because of all the positive reviews.Save your money and buy it used.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Some are silver and the others gold, but all GREAT!
    To say that I was looking forward to this book for the authors that I already know and love is an understatement.I couldn't wait to read L.A. Banks' story and Sherilyn Kenyon's.However, I have to say that I not only enjoyed the stories from the authors that I am already familiar with and love, but I enjoyed the stories from the authors who were previously unknown to me as well.What a great introduction to something new!I am definitely going to be broadening my book collection with some new authors and of course will continue on with the ones I love and know already.This was a book filled with interesting, romantic and exciting tales and I would recommend it to anyone.KUDOS to these writers for a capital accomplishment.
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    Subjects:  1. Fantasy    2. Fantasy - General    3. Fantasy - Short Stories    4. Fiction    5. Fiction - Fantasy    6. Horror tales, American    7. Occult    8. Weddings    9. Fiction / Fantasy / General   


    11. Fahrenheit 451
    by Del Rey
    Mass Market Paperback (12 August, 1987)
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    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars The politically correct shall inherit the earth
    Mr. Bradbury's prophetic work has come to pass in the politically correct world of thought controlled by political expediency and special interests.
    3-0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking, but not amazing
    What made me pick up this book in the first place was everyone's fixation on how "thought-provoking" and "different" it was. I read it, and found myself agreeing with some aspects, confused by others, and downright bored by some.
    5-0 out of 5 stars read me
    Fahrenheit 451 is a read rich with a delicious story and social commentary.Guy Montag lives in a world made ironic because of the stark contrast to the way we wish our society was today.Firemen don't keep people safe from fires, they bust into houses starting fires.Scholars and professors live on the outside of society because of their love for books, philosophy, and sociology where in our world professors are on the inside and the ignorant majority are on the outside because of their lack of interest for the said disciplines.
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    Subjects:  1. Classics    2. Literature - Classics / Criticism    3. Science Fiction    4. Science Fiction - General    5. Book burning    6. Censorship    7. Fantasy    8. Fiction    9. Fiction / Science Fiction / General    10. Science fiction, American   


    12. Don't Get Too Comfortable: The Indignities of Coach Class, The Torments of Low Thread Count, The Never- Ending Quest for Artisanal Olive Oil, and Other First World Problems
    by Broadway
    Paperback (12 September, 2006)
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    Isbn: 0767916034
    Sales Rank: 485
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    1-0 out of 5 stars You're kidding me, right?
    Not insightful, not even humorous. I am willing to admit that maybe I just don't get his writing style, whatever that might be. I hope Mr. Rakoff gets into a new line of work

    4-0 out of 5 stars Well Written, but Non-Productive
    This is some brilliant writing.It moves right along, it keeps you interested, and it has a very clear voice and strong point of view.I defintely think it's worth reading, but it's like a bucket of KFC -- delicious, satisfying, but probably bad for you.

    5-0 out of 5 stars ShoppersParadise
    If you're like a man like me, you hate to shop. But my wife is a shopaholic, that's why I've found this book to be so delightful, I didn't actually have to leave the house, to go shopping. Too bad it doesn't really count with my wife, I'm going to the mall where I'll sit on anything stationary this afternoon
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    Subjects:  1. American - General    2. American Satire And Humor    3. Essays    4. Form - Essays    5. Humor    6. Social Science    7. Sociology    8. Social Science / Essays   


    13. The Catcher in the Rye
    by Little, Brown and Company
    Mass Market Paperback (01 May, 1991)
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    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Nothing incredible
    This book rather disappointed me. It wasn't able to catch my attention, and didn't really have a point. There wasn't really a plot, and the character was a rather flat, bland young man. The writing style was interesting, certainly, but it got extremely annoying and repetitive after a while. Too many things were used again and again, which didn't help this story one bit.
    5-0 out of 5 stars American Classic
    This coming of age story should be read by everyone. However, smart young people will gain more from it than less observant (or more stupid) young people. Take the test, if you like the book, then chances are you are smart. If you didn't like the book, or you didn't read the book, then you are probably stupid.

    5-0 out of 5 stars "...incredibly attractive breakdown."
    Some people really hate this book -- I can see why you think Holden is irritating, but...it's not that he's right about things, or that you're meant to think he's right. Or that you should even BELIEVE half the things he says. He's not going to come out and say,
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    14. Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders
    by William Morrow
    Hardcover (26 September, 2006)
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    Isbn: 0060515228
    Sales Rank: 464
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Mix of the fantastic and the mundane
    Neil Gaiman weaves the threads of fairy tales, mythology and archetypes throughout his fiction, which, combined with a writing style that's simple and adorned with elegant turns of phrases, has made him one of the leading figures in fantastic fiction. "Fragile Things," his collection of short stories and poems, contains excellent stories about desire and loss, a few wonderful riffs on genre fiction, a bunch of middling stories and poems and a few bones for Gaiman completists and Tori Amos fans.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful and Entrancing
    You could probably spend hours hunting down these various stories online. Why do that when this book collects some of Neil Gaiman's best work in one easy-to-find source? Filled with award-winning shorts this book is awesome to say the least. It is worth it solely for the American God's story involving Shadow, but this book contains many more enchanting, enticing and otherwise delicious stories ready to be devoured. If you haven't read Neil's work - you should. I have yet to find an author who matches his prose style and dreamy quality of writing (no pun intended). Terribly unique as an author, Neil Gaiman continues to delight in this book. You won't be disappointed with Fragile Things.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great
    I just purchased this, so I haven't had the time to read all the stories yet.However, what I have read, was classic Neil Gaiman, by which mean, very good.Every story is amusing or disturbing, in only the way that Gaiman can write.He has an amazing imagination and a distinct voice.
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    15. The White Castle: A Novel (Vintage International)
    by Vintage
    Paperback (31 March, 1998)
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    Isbn: 0375701613
    Sales Rank: 1023
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Need to be a Turk or better to understand!!
    The book is not for everyone who lacks imagination and emphaty to understand others. It is all about two personalities in one person; the Modern Turk who is divided between two personalities; Western and Eastern. It is not about the Italian captive and his Turkish master but the legacy of Ataturk, the Turk who has two souls, who is divided between two cultures, two sides of the world. Two personalities , Italian and Turk are the same...Well, it is all about Orhan Pamuk, and his recognition of being a Turk. That is he he got the nobel prize, that is why he is the best writer of this Century. He is not writing about others but "him-selves"...

    4-0 out of 5 stars What determines a 'great' book
    One of the pleasures of reading is the ability to get inside someone else's mind.Especially interesting, for me, are the writings of someone who is from a totally different culture then mine.(The only caveat, of course, is that the translator, has the ability to reproduce the original author's intent and not supersede them with their own.An example of a 'poor' translation would be the first translations of Kafka by the Muirs.)
    4-0 out of 5 stars Early work but still good
    This one is not in the same league of Snow and My Names is Red but it is still worth the read.If for nothing else, in reading The White Castle you can see the evolution of a truly great novellist and the man who should have won the Nobel last year instead of that Pinter. ... Read more

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    16. A Spot of Bother: A Novel
    by Doubleday
    Hardcover (05 September, 2006)
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    Isbn: 0385520514
    Sales Rank: 459
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
    I loved this book.It is pee-your-pants funny, tragic, insightful, and in all other ways wonderful.Don't take my word for it, try this book out for yourself.I can't wait for Mark Haddon's next novel.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Out, damned spot
    "A Spot of Bother" certainly wasn't what I expected, not that I had any expection other than that the book would have well turned phrases and wry humor.I had read "The Curious Incident..." shortly after it was published and before it became such a success.It was an unexpected joy to read."A Spot of Bother" was not.I certainly did laugh out loud occasionally in public places as I read it, and it did keep me engaged enough to be finished in a few days, but all in all it was not a pleasant read.The spot of bother in the title is the main character's perception of what is happening to him in the midst of a complete and multi-faceted breakdown.It was like watching an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm in which one thing after another inevitably and frustratingly goes wrong in a somewhat humorous way ---except that what is going wrong here is intense depression, self-mutilation, extreme hypochondria, prescription drug overdoses---sort of serious subjects.That it all finally ends in a just peachy way is not reassuring.
    3-0 out of 5 stars Dark Farce: most bothersome
    OK, everyone seems to agree that "Curious Incident" was very, very good. There is a wider range of response to this new book, and I'm sorry to be one who can't recommend it very highly.
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    17. The Black Book (Vintage International)
    by Vintage
    Paperback (11 July, 2006)
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    Isbn: 1400078652
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    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars sleepless nights...
    In "The Black Book" the reader embarks on a quest on the streets of contemporary Istanbul, together with the main protagonist, Galip.
    2-0 out of 5 stars Turkish Existentialism
    Set in the soot covered trash strewn workaday streets of 1980s Istanbul, a man adrift without any depth of his own personality is abandoned by his wife, which rouses him to a realization about himself and a personal search that ends with him adopting someone else's identity.
    3-0 out of 5 stars A Search for Ruya or Turkey?
    In Istanbul, the lawyer Galip returns home to find that his wife Ruya has disappeared. So has Ruya's brother, the newspaper columnist Jelal Salik. What can have happened to them and are their absences connected? Galip goes in search of them: during his search he discovers more about Istanbul, about how Jelal's writings were influenced by Turkish and Islamic history and about how those writings affected people.
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    18. Things Fall Apart: A Novel
    by Anchor
    Paperback (01 September, 1994)
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    Isbn: 0385474547
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, quick read.
    Not my favorite book of all time but definitely kept my attention and was a quick enough read that I'd recommend it to anyone. Strong characterization and interesting story.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Expand your cultural horizons with this easy to read gem
    There is a profound need for Americans to read books about non-Western cultures. This is especially true for those in political leadership positions. Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe, is one such book.
    5-0 out of 5 stars A Masterful Look at the Paradoxes of Life in Africa
    This is the first African novel I ever read, and it really impressed me, in the same way that life in Africa impressed me: it is direct and without concessions, and yet it has an eternal, mythical quality.
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    19. On Beauty
    by Penguin (Non-Classics)
    Paperback (29 August, 2006)
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    Isbn: 0143037749
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Doesn't dazzle but has a great dialouge.
    On Beauty takes place in a suburb of Massachusetts and follows two families:The Belseys and The Kipps.Howard Belsey is an Art History professor at the prestigious Wellington University.His archrival Monty Kipps comes to Wellington for a year with his family as a visiting professor.Howard and Monty represent opposite ends of the spectrum:liberal and conservative, non-religious and religious, pro-Affirmative action and anti-Affirmative action and on and on.Their views are brought to life as On Beauty covers the year they share at Wellington.
    1-0 out of 5 stars Dry and Boring
    It was just that dry and boring I never really connected with any of the characters, Igave up reading about 3/4ths of the way through.

    5-0 out of 5 stars An inteligent, witty, and utterly readable masterpiece.
    Mark Twain, one of America's greatest wisecrackers, once said that you should never let schooling get in the way of your eductaion. On Beauty is, among other things, the story of a school that can't educate. It's also the tragicomic tale of the fate of the Belsey family, a hilarious satire of self-serving pretension, and a biting attack on the essential hollowness of the struggle between liberal and conservative. Zadie Smith is a considerably talented writer, and she's managed to spin quite the yarn: It's a funny, inteligent, and moving tale blessed with memorable characters, a twisting and addictive plot, instantly memorable diologue, and a genuinly heartbreaking climax. Smith uses the story of a fading college town as a springboard for an original and brilliant social commentary that embraces political rivalry as well as race, personal belief, love, class, guilt, and redemption. On Beauty is one of the finest novels of the year, and sharp, witty slice of social criticism as well as a ripping good read. ... Read more

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    20. The Guy Not Taken: Stories
    by Atria
    Hardcover (05 September, 2006)
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    Isbn: 1416535209
    Sales Rank: 746
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    2-0 out of 5 stars A real disappointment
    If these stories were by some unknown writer, they would have been boring and dull.But from Jennifer Weiner, they are a real disappointment.I can't imagine this book would have been published but for the fact that it was an automatic "sell" to Weiner fans.
    1-0 out of 5 stars Stinker!Big disappointment!Save your money!
    Her other two books were awesome so I expected the same out of this one but was sorely disappointed.I kept slogging through the short stories expecting them to be connected in some way but alas, I was wrong.The entire book is a series of short stories that go nowhere.They're not connected with at all.I'm left totally unsatisfied.
    2-0 out of 5 stars Gloomy & Boring
    Jennifer Weiner is such a good writer; if only she could get past her neuroses! Enough with divorce, enough with overweight women! Many of these stories made me uncomfortable or turned me off altogether. There was a reason why various publications rejected these stories way back when, and so should have her current publisher. Ms. Weiner needs to break from the advice of many a writing teacher, i.e., write what you know. Explore new situations, new emotions, and include some happy endings! ... Read more

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