The Best Old Movies for Families: A Guide to Watching Together
Well-written summary of classic films that are appropriate for kids - wisely divided into age groupings and genres and with plenty of personal stories...more
Mar 11, 2013
Mar 01, 2013
Help Thanks Wow: Three Essential Prayers
As always, Lamott offers some wonderful insights into spirituality & surrender - but this thin volume seems cobbled together from other shorter pi...more
Feb 21, 2013
Feb 20, 2013
Mission to Cathay
Predictable book about the first Catholic missionary to enter mainland China... yet despite the plodding nature of the plot, it is an intriguing look...more
Dec 03, 2011
Nov 26, 2011
The Reversal (Harry Bosch, #16; Mickey Haller, #3)
I really wish that Michael Connelly would go back to writing novels without worrying about creating soap opera lives for Harry Bosch & Mickey Hall...more
Dec 17, 2010
Dec 27, 2010
The Impossible State: North Korea, Past and Future
A fascinating look at North Korea and foreign policy... written by someone with experience and even-handed objectivity when it comes to various U.S. a...more
Apr 26, 2013
May 03, 2013
I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution
A very thick oral history of the first ten years of MTV... while some of the "how did it get started?" stuff was interesting and the "hears how we sho...more
Jun 10, 2012
May 25, 2012
Asterios Polyp
Ever have one of those experiences where you want to like something more because all the "cool kids" think it's deep & meaningful & awesome? T...more
Sep 21, 2010
Sep 22, 2010
Reinventing Comics: How Imagination and Technology Are Revolutionizing an Art Form
My youngest son started reading through Scott's books (he wants to draw comics/be an artist) so I did the same... this one is much more disjointed tha...more
Nov 06, 2013
Nov 13, 2013
Safe People: How to Find Relationships That Are Good for You and Avoid Those That Aren't
Although there are moments in this book when it reads like the extended notes from a Cloud & Townsend seminar, it's a really important seminar abo...more
Jul 12, 2013
Jul 08, 2013
Everything Was Possible: The Birth of the Musical Follies
This incredibly detailed history of the Sondheim musical FOLLIES is really for musical theater fans only... but if you're part of that group, it's an...more
Mar 06, 2013
Mar 04, 2013
Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power, and the Only Hope that Matters
The first quote that pops out (actually Tim Keller quoting Alexis de Tocqueville: "the incomplete joys of this world will never satisfy the (human) he...more
Jul 08, 2010
Dec 31, 2009
Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction: Build Implements of Spitball Warfare
As a former youth minister, I'm not sure I want teenagers with access to office supplies anywhere near this book - it's a veritable Anarchist's Guide...more
Sep 28, 2010
Sep 25, 2010
Killing Floor (Jack Reacher, #1)
The first of the Jack Reacher novels... this reads like a cross between Travis McGee and Harry Bosch. (Note: that's not a bad thing: John D. MacDonald...more
Jun 05, 2009
Jun 04, 2009
Land of Lincoln: Adventures in Abe's America
Recommended by my Civil War historian friend as an excellent companion to Confederates in the Attic... he was correct. Readable, interesting - humor c...more
Nov 24, 2010
Nov 27, 2010
Red Inferno: 1945
Enjoyable alternate history look at "what if the Russians had attacked the Allies at the end of WWII?"... it's a bit gory in parts & filled with "...more
Mar 22, 2012
Mar 15, 2012
Justice League International, Vol. 1
Still one of the best 6 issue openings to a comic book ever... esp. after the debacle that the Justice League of America had become back in the mid-80...more
Jan 04, 2014
Jan 09, 2014
Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman
I really liked UNDER THE BANNER OF HEAVEN and some of the magazine articles I"ve read by the author... so I was expecting to be engrossed in this book...more
Jul 03, 2010
Jun 30, 2010
Life: World War 2: History's Greatest Conflict in Pictures
The pictures are amazing - up to the high quality you expect from Life Magazine... but the text is inadequate and sometimes glosses over historical is...more
Feb 14, 2011
Feb 12, 2011
Marvel 1985
What if Marvel super-villains showed up in the real (non-superhero) world? A great premise that eventually turns out to be a plot device lifted from t...more
Jan 24, 2014
Jan 27, 2014
Justice League of America, Vol. 2: The Lightning Saga
Mostly solid crossover with Justice League & JSA - probably works best with those who know both groups well. The Speedy/Vixen "buried" story is ve...more
Feb 11, 2014
Feb 15, 2014
Divergent (Divergent, #1)
It feels a bit like a mash-up of Harry Potter & Hunger Games... but there are enough interesting twists & turns to make me excited about readi...more
Jul 21, 2013
Jul 24, 2013
The Secret Science Alliance and the Copycat Crook
I -almost- gave this 4 stars... but it's pretty predictable, which knocked it down slightly.

That said, it's a beautifully laid-out/drawn family-frien...more
Jan 23, 2011
Jan 24, 2011
Lost At Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries
A collection of essays on the darker side of human behavior from a British reporter... humor & sarcasm are balanced with the willingness to dig in...more
Mar 09, 2013
Mar 09, 2013
Batman: The Night of the Owls
The "Court of Owls" storyline crossed over into all of the Bat-related titles... and this book collects them all together. It's the companion to Batma...more
Jul 27, 2013
Jul 28, 2013
Little Pear
Nicely written story of a naughty little boy in ancient China... a boy who should have been properly disciplined. Most of our conversations about this...more
Mar 23, 2012
Mar 24, 2012
Failures of the Presidents: from the Whiskey Rebellion and War of 1812 to the Bay of Pigs and War in Iraq
A series of short articles on a variety of presidential debacles... those 50+ years in the past seem to be relatively balanced in their coverage. More...more
Jan 25, 2009
Jan 08, 2009
When You Reach Me
Please, please don't read anything else about this book before you start - ignore the dust jacket or any review. Just read it. The author does a delig...more
Mar 07, 2010
Mar 08, 2010
The Courage of Sarah Noble
My third grader read this for homeschool - so I needed to read it to walk him through a writing assignment. It's a Newberry Honor book from the mid-19...more
Nov 09, 2009
Nov 10, 2009
Heroes: Saving Charlie
There are moments in here that capture the wistfulness & pain of the Hiro/Charlie storyline from the show - but then there are parts that clunk al...more
Apr 29, 2009
Apr 29, 2009
The Devil In Pew Number Seven
While the true story told here is both fascinating & horrifying - an ongoing assault on a pastor & his family that ends with the pastor's wife...more
Jan 24, 2014
Jan 21, 2014