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Nomi has commented on (4) products.

Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War by Karl Marlantes
Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War

Nomi, January 2, 2011

This book changed how I viewed The War (in Vietnam), war (in general), soldiers and soldiering, loyalty, and friendship. That's a lot of changes for one book to accomplish. Brilliant writing and storytelling. This book is extraordinary.
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The Given Day: A Novel by Dennis Lehane
The Given Day: A Novel

Nomi, January 2, 2010

One of the best books I have ever read - it has everything -- The Wobblies (Industrial Workers of the World), Babe Ruth, Irish cops and intense racism -- everything about this book is intense. I didn't ever want it to end.
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Eiffel's Tower: And the World's Fair Where Buffalo Bill Beguiled Paris, the Artists Quarreled, and Thomas Edison Became a Count by Jill Jonnes
Eiffel's Tower: And the World's Fair Where Buffalo Bill Beguiled Paris, the Artists Quarreled, and Thomas Edison Became a Count

Nomi, December 26, 2009

I read this book before leaving for a trip to Paris last month. It contained an amazing amount of information about engineering, the art world, the exposition. We took it with us to read parts of it while we were there. It gave a lot of insight to the fantastic structure. Enjoyed this book thoroughly although it didn't have the gripping storyline of Devil in the White City. Highly recommended.
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39 Years of Short-Term Memory Loss: The Early Days of SNL from Someone Who Was There by Tom Davis
39 Years of Short-Term Memory Loss: The Early Days of SNL from Someone Who Was There

Nomi, December 22, 2009

I am waiting to read something honest about this memoir. I am listening to it read by Davis and I very much enjoy his re-creations of old SNL routines which are imprinted on my memory. But I am shocked that nothing is being said about the inclusion of the constant, boring recapping of his outrageous and irresponsible drug use. I assume that he ultimately seeks some kind of help and that his proclivities broke up Franken and Davis, but jeez. He talks about how acid is the best way to stay awake for a cross country drive. He recalls dropping acid about a thousand times in this book, of course, with no ill effects. He tells with amusement all the famous people felled at a party by joints laced with angel dust. First -- I don't care about everytime he tripped, or got high, or had sex with a succession of incredibly gorgeous women. Those sections, which make up most of the book, are inane. He is not an interesting person, or at least he hasn't portrayed himself as one -- so other than the back stage, off stage, and on stage memories of SNL - the show, and the truly interesting characters associated with it(Lorne Michaels, Belushi, Gilda, Andy Kaufman, and on and on), why are we supposed to care that he spent several decades bombed out of his mind on one drug or another and destroyed many relationships and most likely his career. I've heard that he has cancer, and I wish him well. I imagine he needed the money so he wrote this book. I also wonder how Senator Al Franken feels about his own wanton past publicized through Davis's book. It would have been nice of Davis to consider Al's career and not include quite so many unnecessary details about Franken's drug use. But I get the feeling that Tom Davis has only ever thought about one person -- Tom Davis.
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