50 in 2009

I tend to read voraciously, but I've never set an actual goal for myself, and never really thought to do so. Then I became a flight attendant, which was short-lived because it is nowhere near as glamorous as it sounds; I spent a of time sitting in the bowels of JFK waiting for flight assignments. As much as this sucked, it certainly gave me a lot of time for focused reading. A flight attendant I roomed with mentioned that she had set a fifty-book goal for the year for herself, and knowing my tendency to blaze through several titles at a time and then ignore books altogether for what could possibly amount to months I decided I would attempt to accomplish the same. These are the fifty I got through, ranked in order from favorite to least favorite. While some might question the amount of graphic fiction in helping me to reach this goal, I say to you: some of the print in that shit is TINY.

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Greenlight Bookstore
686 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, New York 11217
(718) 246-0200
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McNally Jackson Booksellers
52 Prince Street
New York, New York 10012
(212) 274-1160
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Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
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New York, New York 10012
212-334-3324
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"Classic coming-of-age set tale in a very different time... if only Betty Smith could see Williamsburg now, I wonder what she'd say."
Betty Smith
Published by: Harper Perennial Modern Classics
Edition: Paperback (ISBN #9780061120077)


"Typical Palahniuk, for better or for worse."
32) Rant
Chuck Palahniuk
Published by: Doubleday
Edition: Hardcover (ISBN #9780385517874)


"Decent collection whose bulk could have been whittled down to "Best" by more discerning editing; pieces by Biss, Murphy, Makkai, St. John, Seaton, Grann, Galchen & Schrauwen especially shine."
Dave Eggers
Published by: Mariner Books
Edition: Paperback (ISBN #9780547241609)


"Nonsensical and irreverent and clever, though not always laugh-out-loud hilarious."
John Hodgman
Published by: Riverhead Trade
Edition: Paperback (ISBN #9781594482229)


"Somewhat depressing and a little pointless, but stellar attention to detail; will feel "real" to anyone who's worked in food service."
Stewart O'Nan
Published by: Penguin Books
Edition: Paperback (ISBN #9780143114420)


"Scattershot rundown of a mentally ill misfit's inability to act like a human being relies heavily on shock value though the writer's dry and clever wit is just enough to salvage it."
Bill Cotter
Published by: McSweeney's
Edition: Hardcover (ISBN #9781934781418)


"Loved "Ollie the Owl" but not all of this was as entertaining, and some of it was a little lit-snobby for me."
Christopher Sorrentino; Shawn Vestal; Kate Christensen
Published by: Tin House Magazine
Edition: Paperback (ISBN #9780980243642)


"A couple of gems, but mostly well-worn, repetitive territory."
Leni Zumas
Published by: Grove Press, Open City Books
Edition: Paperback (ISBN #9781890447496)


"Not half as good as The Nimrod Flipout, but then, what is?"
Etgar Keret
Published by: Toby Press
Edition: Paperback (ISBN #9781592641055)


"Klosterman's foray into fiction is not as exacting or hilarious as I'd hoped from being a long-time fan of his essays. Nothing much happens until the end, but it had some fun moments."
Chuck Klosterman
Published by: Scribner
Edition: Hardcover (ISBN #9781416544180)



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