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+ Angle of Repose - Wallace Stegner
+ The Hero With a Thousand Faces
+ An Incomplete Education: 3,684 Things You Should Have Learned but Probably Didn't (1995 edition)
+ Six-Gun Snow White
+ Edgar A. Poe: Mournful and Never-ending Remembrance
+ War with the Newts
+ Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All
+ Essays - Wallace Shawn
+ Game Time: A Baseball Companion
+ God Is Not Great - How Religion Poisons Everything
+ Buster Keaton Remembered
+ Diary of Samuel Pepys, vol. 3
+ Woody Guthrie: A Life
+ Love, Poverty, and War
+ The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family
+ The New Biographical Dictionary of Film
+ A Single Man
+ The Amber Spyglass
- Blues City: A Walk in Oakland - 06/20/15
By Ishmael Reed

Starts & ends as a walking tour of Oakland, gets waylaid in the middle by a lot of angry monologging about the harm that Jerry Brown was causing the Town at that point in time (circa 2002-2003) and the author's thoughts on the Iraq war, and labor issues (among other disparate topics.) I appreciated many of Reed's viewpoints, tho I am likely symptomatic of the type of Oakland gentrification he is so frustrated with. Perhaps it's this latter aspect of my self that grew impatient with the number of words dedicated to the author's unhappiness with the direction in which he felt Oakland was moving and really, it often seemed, his frustration with the world in general. Ultimately I picked up this book because I wanted to learn about the history of this amazing city, and I felt too much time was spent by the author venting his feelings. *However* it's also this sense of the author's personal passion and growing ties to the city that give this book a unique feeling of life and energy - so while I would have appreciated a bit more in the way of factual information, I'm glad Reed wrote this book in a way that hopefully felt most true to his vision.

+ Middlesex
+ Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid On Earth
+ Happy Trails!
+ Regarding the Pain of Others
+ 102 Minutes: The Unold Story of the Fight to Survive inside the Twin Towers
+ The Stately Homo: A Celebration of the Life of Quentin Crisp
+ Sontag & Kael: Opposites Attract Me
+ Brideshead Revisited
+ Dark Lover - The Life & Death of Rudolph Valentino
+ Wisecracker: The Life and Times of William Haines, Hollywood's First Openly Gay Star
+ America (The Book)
+ Mother Tongue: English and how it got that way
+ Cages
+ How We Die
+ Deep in a Dream: The Long Night of Chet Baker
+ James And The Giant Peach
+ Sleepwalking in Paradise
+ A Clash of Kings
+ God's Problem: How the Bible Fails to Answer Our Most Important Question - Why We Suffer
+ On Immunity: An Inoculation
+ You're Wearing That?: Understanding Mothers and Daughters in Conversation
+ Fasting for Renewal of Life
+ Wings and the Child: Or the Building of Magic Cities
+ Yes, It's Hot in Here: Adventures in the Weird, Woolly World of Sports Mascots
+ Dr. Tatania's Sex Advice to all Creation
+ Measuring the World - Daniel Kehlmann
+ The DC Comics Action Figure Archive
+ Elegant Eating: Four hundred years of dining in style
+ The Corrections
+ Watchmen
+ Moab Is My Washpot
+ The Subtle Knife
+ Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
+ On a Pale Horse
+ Fatland
+ Mutants
+ Keith Carter Photographs: Twenty-Five Years
+ The Tipping Point
+ The Aran Islands
+ The Golden Compass
+ Scribble, Scribble, Scribble: Writing on Politics, Ice Cream, Churchill, and my Mother
+ Sun in the Blood of the Cat
+ I Put a Spell on You: The Autobiography of Nina Simone
+ The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
+ Behind the Green Curtain True Crime Stories from Mendocino County
+ Nice Guys Finish Last
+ Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
+ Superman: Red Son
+ Dude, Where's My Country?
+ Language Visible
+ Push
+ Dreamtoons
+ Photobooth: A Biography
+ Savage Love
+ Stray Bullets, vol. 2
+ Holidays on Ice
+ The Postman Always Rings Twice
+ Stupid White Men
+ Lullaby
+ Shutterbabe
+ How to Spot a Bastard by His Star Sign
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Books in this list were read either all the way thru, or to the point where I couldn't stand them anymore. THEN ranked according to reader's enjoyment. Tho at this point the ratings really hold no water.

total: 80 in 5132 days
busiest month: January 2004
median ranked entry: You're Wearing That?: Understanding Mothers and Daughters in Conversation

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