Matthew Rochkind

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My Minesweeper Records
Beginner: 6 seconds 12/23/04
Intermediate: 35 seconds 9/14/03
Expert: 99 seconds 9/30/03

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Books I've Read
(since August, 2002)

Date Finished Title Author Theme Rating
7/3/09 Divisadero Michael Ondaatje Fiction 2.5
6/19/09 Outcasts United Warren St. John Refugee Youth Soccer Team in Georgia 3.5
6/19/09 The Best American Sports Writing 2008 William Nack (ed.) See title 3
5/25/09 Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness Thaler and Sunstein See title 4
5/11/09 The Friday Night Knitting Club Kate Jacobs Fiction 2.5
4/5/09 The Count of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas Fiction 4
3/11/09 Slam Nick Hornby Fiction 1.5
3/1/09 The Brief Wondrous LIfe of Oscar Wao Junot Diaz Fiction 2.5
12/11/08 The Quiet American Graham Greene Fiction 4
11/22/08 Absurdistan Gary Shteyngart Fiction 3.5
11/14/08 The Man of My Dreams Curtis Sittenfeld Fiction 2.75
11/7/08 Three Cups of Tea Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin Building Schools in Pakistan 4
10/26/08 The Inheritance of Loss Kiran Desai Fiction 2.5
09/16/08 Better Atul Gawande Doctorin' 3
07/25/08 A Thousand Splendid Suns Khaled Hosseini Fiction 4
07/16/08 Until I Find You John Iriving Fiction 3.25
06/29/08 Land of a Thousand Hills Rosamond halsey Carr and Ann Howard Halsey Life in Rwanda 2.5
06/18/08 Unaccustomed Earth Jhumpa Lahiri Short Stories 3
06/10/08 In Defense of Food Michael Pollan Eat Food. Not too much. Mostly plants. 4
06/01/08 The Yiddish Policemen's Union Michael Chabon Fiction 4
05/15/08 God is not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything Christopher Hitchens Take a guess 2
04/14/08 The Shadow of the Wind Carlos Ruiz Zafon Fiction 3
04/03/08 On Chesil Beach Ian McEwan Fiction 2.5
03/27/08 Special Topics in Calamity Physics Marisha Pessl Fiction 2
03/13/08 Thunderstruck Erik Larson Marconi and a Murderer 3
03/03/08 Eat, Pray, Love Elizabeth Gilbert Travel 3.5
01/31/08 The Best American Sports Writing David Maraniss (ed.) Sports Writing 3
01/26/08 What is the What Dave Eggers Fiction 3.5
01/01/08 Never Let Me Go Kazuo Ishiguro Fiction 1
12/14/07 The Omnivore's Dilemma Michael Pollan What we eat 4
12/10/07 Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Capetown Paul Theroux Travel 4
12/7/07 The Time Traveler's Wife Audrey Niffenegger Fiction 2
10/14/07 The Professor and the Madman Simon Winchester Making of the OED 3
9/6/07 The History of Love Nicole Krauss Fiction 2
8/24/07 Not on our Watch: The Mission to End Genocide in Darfur and Beyond Done Cheadle and John Prendergast Darfur 4
8/1/07 Put Out More Flags Evelyn Waugh Fiction 1
07/21/07 Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman Yvon Chouinard Autobio/Patagonia 3
07/15/07 Scoop Evelyn Waugh Fiction 3
07/10/07 Indiscretions of Archie P.G. Wodehouse Fiction 4
02/18/07 The Best American Sports Writing 2006 ed. Michael Lewis Sports 3
02/07/07 The Tender Bar JR Moehringer Growing up in a bar 3
12/31/06 Illicit: How smugglers, trafickers, and copycats are hijacking the global economy Moises Naim Illicit Trade 3
12/22/06 Goodnight Nobody Jennifer Weiner Fiction 2
12/16/06 Off the Books: The Underground Economy of the Urban Poor Sudhir Venkatesh Chicago 3
11/21/06 Back When We Were Grownups Anne Tyler Fiction 2
10/21/06 There are Jews in My House Lara Vapnyar Fiction 1
10/07/06 The Devil Wears Prada Lauren Weisberger Fiction 2.5
9/27/06 Covering Kenji Yoshino Identity/Civil rights 3.5
9/22/06 Long Walk to Freedom Nelson Mandela South Africa 4
9/14/06 Wisdom of Crowds James Surowiecki See title 2
07/20/06 White Teeth Zadie Smith Fiction 1
06/30/06 Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close Jonathan Safran Foer Fiction 3
06/23/06 Autograph Man Zadie Smith Fiction 3
06/09/06 You Shall Know our Velocity Dave Eggers Fiction 2
05/29/06 Salt: A World History Mark Kurlansky Guess 3
04/27/06 Prep Curtis Sittenfeld Fiction 3
04/19/06 Eats, Shoots and Leaves Lynn Truss Punctuation 3
04/16/06 Plan B 2.0: Rescuing a Planet Under Stress and a Civilization in Trouble Lester Brown Global environment 3
03/7/06 I am Charlotte Simmons Tom Wolfe Fiction 3
01/22/06 Prague Arthur Phillips Fiction 2
01/07/06 Confederates in the Attic Tony Horwitz The Confederacy lives on 3
12/19/05 Blink Malcolm Gladwell Instant judgment psychology 3
12/11/05 The Other Boleyn Girl Philippa Gregory Fiction 2
11/12/05 Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life Jon Lee Anderson Che 3
09/15/05 Freakonomics Steven D. Levitt; Stephen J. Dubner Daily life economics 3
07/10/05 My Brother Jamaica Kincaid Her brother, death, AIDS 3
07/04/05 Diary Chuck Palahniuk Fiction 2
06/22/05 The Pardox of Choice Barry Schwartz Maximizers and Satisficers 2
06/14/05 Nobody's Fool Richard Russo Fiction 4-
05/31/05 Tortilla Flat John Steinbeck Fiction 2
05/24/05 The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat Oliver Sacks Clinical Neurology Cases 2
05/17/05 The Devil in the White City Erik Larson Chicago World's Fair 2
05/10/05 The Moon is Down John Steinbeck Fiction 3
05/03/05 On the Take Jerome P. Kassimer Medical conflicts of interest 3
04/26/05 The Bookseller of Kabul Asne Seierstad A family in kabul 3
04/22/05 Confessions of an Economic Hit Man John Perkins Corporatocracy 3
04/11/05 To Know a Woman Amos Oz Fiction 3
04/05/05 The Shadow Lines Amitav Ghosh Fiction 2
03/26/05 The Known World Edward P. Jones Fiction 2
03/03/05 The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini Fiction 3
02/17/05 Feminism is for Everybody bell hooks white supremacist capitalist patriarchy 2
02/10/05 The Working Poor David K. Shipler The Edge of Poverty 4
02/01/05 Slim's Table Mitchell Duneier Ethnography of Urban Blacks in Chicago 3
01/28/05 Karma Cola Gita Mehta India in the hippy days 2
01/24/05 Random Family Adrian Nicole LeBlanc (ed.) A Struggling Family in NY 4
01/18/05 The Best American Sports Writing 2004 Richard Ben Cramer (ed.) Take a Guess 3
01/13/05 Atonement Ian McEwan Fiction 3
01/06/05 The Verificationist Donald Antrim Fiction 1
01/04/05 Naked in Baghdad: The Iraq War as seen by NPR's Correspondent Anne Garrels Anne Garrels Like the Title Says 3
12/31/04 Midnight's Children Salman Rushdie Fiction 3
12/11/04 Killing Pablo Mark Bowden Hunting Pablo Escobar 4
11/28/04 Fury Salman Rushdie Fiction 2
11/17/04 House of Sand and Fog Andre Dubus III Fiction 3
11/09/04 Disgrace J.M. Coetzee Fiction 3
10/15/04 Fargo Rock City Chuck Klosterman 80s Metal 3
09/29/04 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Mark Haddon Fiction 2
09/23/04 Mountains Beyond Mountains Tracy Kidder Paul Farmer/Public Health 4
09/06/04 The Lovely Bones Alice Sebold Fiction 3
08/30/04 The Namesake Jhumpa Lahiri Fiction 3
08/20/04 Reading Lolita in Tehran Azar Nafisi Books and Iran 3
07/30/04 Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly Anthony Bourdain Restaurant Biz 3
07/27/04 Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim David Sedaris Humor 2
07/25/04 My Name is Red Orhan Pamuk Fiction 2
07/09/04 Everything is Illuminated Jonathan Safran Foer Fiction 2
07/05/04 The Mystic Masseur V.S. Naipaul Fiction 2
07/03/04 Miguel Street V.S. Naipaul Fiction 2
06/21/04 My Name is Asher Lev Chaim Potok Fiction 2 "Little short of a work of genius" - NYT Book Review
06/18/04 Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science Atul Gawande Uncertainty of Medicine 3
06/14/04 The Winter of our Discontent John Steinbeck Fiction 3
06/09/04 Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right Al Franken Political Humor 3.25
06/02/04 The Da Vinci Code Dan Brown Fiction 3.25
05/26/04 Crossing to Safety Wallace Stegner Fiction 3
05/18/04 The Secret Life of Bees Sue Monk Kidd Fiction 3
05/12/04 Bengal Nights Mircea Eliade Fiction 3.5
05/08/04 Girl with a Pearl Earring Tracy Chevalier Fiction 3.25
05/05/04 From Empire to Community Amitai Etzioni International Relations 3
04/20/04 The Piano Tuner Daniel Mason Fiction 3.25
03/28/04 Middlesex Jeffrey Eugenides Fiction 3.25
03/15/04 The Best American Sports Writing 2003 Sports 2.5
02/13/04 The Best American Travel Writing 2003 Travel 2.5
01/03/04 Haroun and the Sea of Stories Salman Rushdie Fiction 1.5
12/12/03 Waiting Norman Rush Fiction 3.5
11/09/03 Under the Banner of Heaven Jon Krakauer Mormonism 3
10/20/03 Great Mambo Chicken and the Transhuman Condition Ed Regis Technology, space 3
10/07/03 Stupid White Men Michael Moore See title 2
10/04/03 The Russian Debutante's Handbook Gary Shteyngart Fiction 3.5
09/25/03 Native Speaker Change-Rae Lee Fiction 2.5
09/18/03 Tomcat in Love Tim O'Brien Fiction 3.75
09/14/03 The Cheating of America Charles Lewis, Bill Allison Tax Evasion 3
09/06/03 In Her Shoes Jennifer Weiner Fiction 3.25
08/27/03 The Alchemist Paolo Coelho Fiction 4
08/26/03 Eating in the Dark: America's Experiment with Genetically Engineered Food Kathleen Hart Bioengineered foods 3
08/22/03 East of Eden John Steinbeck Fiction 3.5
08/14/03 The Future of Freedom: Illiberal Democracy at Home and Abroad Fareed Zakaria Global Democracy Trends 3.5
08/11/03 Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert Fiction 2.25
08/08/03 Life of Pi Yann Martel Fiction 3.2
07/20/03 Drug Crazy: How We Got Into This Mess and How We Can Get Out Mike Gray U.S. Drug Policy 3.5
07/06/03 Frankenstein Mary Shelley Fiction 2.5
07/04/03 Cider House Rules John Irving Fiction 3.5
06/24/03 The Hobbit J.R.R. Tolkien Fiction 3
06/15/03 Walking the Bible Bruce Feiler Bible, History, Travel 3
06/08/03 Reefer Madness Eric Schlosser Dope, Labor, Porn 3
06/05/03 To the Grassroots with Bill Clinton Paul Root (editor) Governor Clinton 1.5
06/02/03 Family Matters Rohinton Mistry Fiction 3
05/23/03 The Human Stain Philip Roth Fiction 3.5
05/12/03 Ravelstein Saul Bellow Fiction 1.5
05/2/03 We Wish to Inform you that Tomorrow We Will be Killed with our Families: Stories from Rwanda Philip Gourevitch Rwanda 2.5
04/22/03 No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies Naomi Klein Globalization 2.5
04/21/03 A Fine Balance Rohinton Mistry Fiction The Bomb
04/05/03 Balzac and the Little Chinese Princess Dai Sijie Fiction 3
04/02/03 How to Overthrow the Government Arianna Huffington Politics 2
3/30/03 Honor Lost: Love and Death in Modern-day Jordan Norman Khouri Honor Killings 3.5
3/26/03 Confessions of a Union Buster Martin Jay Levitt Union Busting 3.5
3/24/03 Brideshead Revisited Evelyn Waugh Fiction 3.5
3/17/03 The Age of Diminished Expectations: U.S. Economic Policy in the 1990s Paul Krugman Economics 2.5
3/11/03 The News about the News Leonard Downie and Robert Kaiser Media 3
03/08/03 Paradise Toni Morrison Fiction 2
2/22/03 Coyotes Ted Conover Immigration 3.5
2/19/03 Best American Sports Writing 2002 Sports 2
2/17/03 How to Be Good Nick Hornsby Fiction 2.5
2/13/03 John Adams David McCullough Biography 4
02/10/03 The Pickup Nadine Gordimer Fiction 3
1/23/03 Best American Travel Writing 2002 Travel 3
12/22/02 Interpreter of Maladies Jhumpa Lahiri Short Stories 3
12/22/02 Crashing the Party Ralph Nader Campaign 2000 2.5
12/12/02 Tipping the Velvet Sarah Waters Fiction 2
12/4/02 From Beirut to Jerusalem Thomas Friedman Middle East 4
11/12/02 Amerika Franz Kafka Fiction 3.5
10/15/02 Bastard out of Carolina Dorothy Allison Fiction 3
9/17/02 Love and Longing in Bombay Vikram Chandra Short Story 2.5
9/17/02 Bel Canto Ann Patchett Fiction 2.5
9/11/02 Development as Freedom Amartya Sen International Development 3
Tunnel Vision Keith Lowe Fiction 1
Soros on Globalization George Soros Globalization 2
Empire Falls Richard Russo Fiction 4
Fast Food Nation Eric Schlosser Meat Industry 3
The Food Revolution John Robbins Plant-Based Diets 4
Prodigal Summer Barbara Kingsolver Fiction 4