Category Archives: Books I hated

The Story of My Teeth

Valeria Luiselli, 2015 Translated from the Spanish by Christina MacSweeney, 2015 The Story of My Teeth is a beautifully bound book told in 10 short, but disjointed chapters that unfortunately don’t make any sense or provide any meaningful insight. When I … Continue reading

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Dude, You’re Gonna Be a Dad!

John Pfeiffer, 2011 After sharing the exciting news that we were expecting with a close friend of mine who is a recent father, I was handed a copy of Dude, You’re Gonna Be a Dad! to add to the pile … Continue reading

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Annihilation

Jeff Vandermeer, 2014 A mysterious Area X exists secluded from the civilized world. Inside its known borders are a lighthouse, a camp, and an unmapped tunnel that resembles an inverted tower reaching into the depths of the earth. Other than … Continue reading

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God’s Hotel

A Doctor, A Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine Victoria Sweet, 2012 Laguna Honda Hospital is a unique part of the San Francisco healthcare system. Many of the most difficult and challenging psychosocial patients that come to … Continue reading

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The Bone People

Keri Hulme, 1983 I picked this novel up at the suggestion of my Lonely Planet New Zealand guidebook. The travel book promoted this Booker Prize winner as the quintessential introduction to New Zealand culture and art. What a mistake it was to trust the … Continue reading

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Nobody Is Every Missing

Catherine Lacey, 2014 “I wanted this moment to stay because I wanted to just walk and walk … and I wanted to just be on the way somewhere, I wanted to be on the way forever without ever getting there … Continue reading

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Wild

Cheryl Strayed, 2012 Last fall I spent three days bikingĀ alone through Oregon’s Willamette valley. I road through a day of heavy heat sandwiched between two days of torrential rain carrying little but my camp gear on my bike. Leading up … Continue reading

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