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Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10
This book kicked glutes. It was written by a Navy seal who grew up outside Houston and briefly dated a colleague of mine. She says there's no way (fro ...more
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Aug 06, 2008
The Power of Art
If you're like me you took an art history survey in college and then maybe a Euro-pass tour including the Louvre, British Museum, etc., and walked out ...more
May 13, 2011
Jun 06, 2011
The Submission
Although I was once a New Yorker and had family members on the scene of 9/11 in NY and DC (all thankfully safe), I am not a 9/11 obsessive or fanatic ...more
Jan 30, 2012
Jan 08, 2012
Hughes is a great writer and insightful critic who has penned the ultimate biography of a city that harks back to Roman times and has been completely ...more
Jun 21, 2010
Jun 23, 2010
Nine Lives: Death and Life in New Orleans
A few years ago I suggested a book group book about cities recovering from disasters. My fellow bookies groaned. "Nooooooo! Katrina fatigue" was the c ...more
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Apr 14, 2013
Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Hap pier
This is not a Jane Jacobs acolyte book about urban design or about how density and walkability make us more virtuous, but an out of the box urban econ ...more
Aug 02, 2011
Aug 03, 2011
Triangle: The Fire That Changed America
The great garment district fire of 1911 killed 146 people in Lower Manhattan. This was the greatest workplace loss of life for decades before and 90 y ...more
Sep 23, 2009
Sep 17, 2009
Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry Into the Value of Work
This is not just a manifesto in favor of manual labor (all sorts, not just artisanry or craftsmanship) but also against the stockade of cubicles that ...more
Jan 21, 2013
Jan 03, 2013
State of Wonder
Imagine being stuck in the Amazon with an unpleasant and even dangerous group of people. You are not vacation; you are in uncharted territory on a sci ...more
Oct 09, 2012
Oct 09, 2012
Let the Great World Spin
This book interested me as I grew up in the semi-bankrupt, filthy, graffiti-stained ungentrified New York of the 1970s and that is where it's set. McC ...more
Jan 30, 2011
Feb 01, 2011
A Kiss from Maddalena
My entire Italian-American family has read this trilogy and we are head-nodding in agreement for our admiration. Castellani captures the Italian-Ameri ...more
Sep 19, 2013
Sep 26, 2013
Kingfish: The Reign of Huey P. Long
I read this book in preparation for my first trip to New Orleans. Most of what I knew about Long I gleaned from the Randy Newman album "Good Old Boys" ...more
Mar 30, 2013
Apr 02, 2013
Strength in What Remains: A Journey of Remembrance and Forgiveness
Despite the awkward title (a quote from Wordsworth) this is a great book about good and evil, even better than "Mountains beyond Mountains," although ...more
Jul 25, 2010
Jul 28, 2010
The Lower River
I rate this book highly although it is incredibly grim and depressing and has a couple of big flaws like repetiveness and occasionally implausible plo ...more
Jun 20, 2012
Jun 24, 2012
Hellhound on His Trail: The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the International Hunt for His Assassin
This is a police thriller with social significance, driven by Sides's fascination with the sometimes sordid past of his hometown, Memphis, Tennessee. ...more
Oct 31, 2011
Sep 28, 2011
Station Eleven
Imagine The Road with a back story of the characters involved and you have Station Eleven. It's also not quite as depressing as The Road. Apparently t ...more
Nov 14, 2014
Nov 12, 2014
The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon
David Grann opens his tale of searching the Amazon for El Dorado by grabbing your throat and sinking in his thumbs. Hard. Tracing the steps of the los ...more
Sep 11, 2010
Sep 08, 2010
The World Without Us
At page 100 I gave this 2 stars but it got seriously better. The section on evolution dragged but the parts on what will happen to buildings, nuclear ...more
Sep 27, 2008
Aug 24, 2008
A Man in Full
In 2007 I discovered a weathered copy of this novel on a bookshelf in a Mexican hotel and read it straight through on the long trip home. This hotly a ...more
Mar 2007
Jun 01, 2009
On the Map: A Mind-Expanding Exploration of the Way the World Looks
As is often true when books delve deep into the past (and farther from reliable source material), Garfield's book starts a bit slowly and gain momentu ...more
Oct 07, 2014
Sep 29, 2014
Chronicle of a Death Foretold
Twin brothers carve up a respected community member with pig knives. Their motive: revenge for the lost honor of their sister on the night and morning ...more
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Oct 29, 2012
Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance
Treat yourself by getting the audiobook version read by Obama. The man is a gifted writer and actor in addition to his obvious skills as an orator, ca ...more
Jan 02, 2009
Jan 02, 2009
Sound Man
The great producer/recording engineer Glyn Johns is no writer, but the book makes for genial company for those interested in the heyday of the rock er ...more
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Dec 26, 2014
A Place of My Own: The Education of an Amateur Builder
In the 1990s the author built a "writer's house" on a former farm in suburban Connecticut. The opposite of a handy-man, Pollen nonetheless decided to ...more
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Apr 24, 2012
A Hologram for the King
This is an excellent book and a breezy (but not light) summer read. The one problem is a big one: the vacant hole of the central character, Alan Clay, ...more
Jul 30, 2013
Jul 30, 2013
Killing Pablo: The Hunt for the World's Greatest Outlaw
Recently I saw the documentary film "Dirty Wars," which claimed that the US is engaged in covert anti-terrorist military operations in 75 countries. W ...more
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Aug 17, 2013
Another over-the-top satire from the author of "Thank You for Smoking." Example, during a Presidential Debate, the challenger uses his 90-second respo ...more
Jul 06, 2010
Jul 07, 2010
The Girl Who Played with Fire (Millennium, #2)
I don't need to add much to the chorus about this bestseller. Suffice to say it's almost as good as the first one. The character of Lisbeth Salander b ...more
Jun 12, 2010
Jun 23, 2010
In recent times (although not recent enough that everyone packs an iPhone), the Bigtree Family and their alligator-wrestling roadside attraction Swamp ...more
Jan 30, 2012
Jan 30, 2012
Monkeys Are Made of Chocolate: Exotic and Unseen Costa Rica
In 1991 I met Jack Ewing while in Costa Rica researching articles on the emerging ecotourism industry. In 1972, Jack and his wife Diane came to the Pa ...more
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Jun 24, 2012
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