Archive for the ‘Setting: New York’ Category

30. “The Know-it-all,” AJ Jacobs

October 12, 2011 Leave a comment

Subtitle is: One Man’s Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World
Page count: 371
Page total: 9,876


25. “The Magicians,” Lev Grossman

August 23, 2011 1 comment

Think “Chronicals of Narnia” with cynicism and self-hatred instead of Christianity.

Page count: 402
Page total: 7,618

24. “Bossypants,” Tina Fey

August 10, 2011 Leave a comment

I read this book in a few hours, which is something I have not been able to do for a while. Somewhere in the middle, I fell asleep and had a dream wherein Tina Fey was instructing me on how to get a dozen doughnuts and keep them all to myself. (The recommended technique was to transport said doughnuts by car to a second location that also sells doughnuts. And then to eat the doughnuts in your car. Turns out Tina Fey can’t drive. Otherwise, I think it is suitably Liz Lemonish.

Page count: 276
Page total: 7,196

6. “Dumbfounded,” Matt Rothschild

December 9, 2010 Leave a comment

A series of memoirs of a fat, rich, red-headed, cross-dressing gay Jew. I didn’t expect to like it, but his grandmother is badass, and half-way through it started to become pretty poignant.

Page count: 203
Page total: 1,544

64. “The Great Gatsby,” F. Scott Fitzgerald

September 25, 2010 Leave a comment

My class read this book in high school. Here’s what I remember: there’s a guy named Gatsby who has a big house and big parties. There’s something about an egg. It’s very dusty and there might be a dog. Someone gets hit by a car. I think she was fat and named Myrtle and maybe someone was having an affair with her.

In retrospect, I might not be as great at absorbing books from context as I thought.

Page count: 180

63. “Drag King Dreams,” Leslie Feinberg

September 24, 2010 Leave a comment

I’m behind on reviews due to computer issues, so here’s a quick one:

I don’t know how Leslie Feinberg understands my life so well and manages to speak to me in exactly the terms I need to hear every single time I read hir. I saw this at the library and picked it up, promptly forgetting about it. A few days later, I had my first class on White anti-racism and social justice work and I can tell it’s going to be one of the hardest classes I’ve ever had. I can’t talk about race without talking about gender and sex and sexuality and disability and size and all of these big triggers. I was completely beside myself for a few days. With my computer broken, I picked up this book. It was exactly what I needed.

Page count: 302
Total pages: 18,029

60. “Plaguemaker,” Tim Downs

August 24, 2010 Leave a comment

FBI agent Donovan must work with a mysterious British informant to stop a bioterrorism event of unprecedented scale from occurring during the New York City Fourth of July fireworks.

This isn’t the sort of book I usually read. I was sort of embarrassed whenever a co-worker asked what I was reading– and they did it a lot more than usual with this book. And then they wanted to talk about it. And I just wanted to read my book, not speak to them, and not feel like I had to defend the fact that I was reading fluff.

As far as fluff goes, this was pretty decent. There’s a fair mix of science, and the Christian elements (which earned it a full page of reviews from sites like were important to the plot but not too preachy. I’m reading another Tim Downs book now.

I’d say it’s a B-/C+. Better than average, but not my usual taste. If you like this sort of book– thriller with a “ripped from the headlines” premise, you’ll likely rate it higher.

Page count: 391
Page total: 16,489