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The Leftovers
This book takes on some weighty issues but leavened with comic twists. The author plays with issues I've dealing with as I get older; my life is incre ...more
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Nov 19, 2011
How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming
Mike Brown loves the universe. He is also obsessive, modest to a fault, smart and has a wickedly dry sense of humor. This book grabbed me by my imagin ...more
Jan 25, 2011
Jan 19, 2011
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Remarkable. Flawed. A great story. I've read this book at 20 year intervals over my life and each reading affects me differently.

In the 70's I thought
Oct 16, 2009
Apr 15, 2008
The Informationist (Vanessa Michael Munroe, #1)
I think The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo has spawned a new genre of novel -- girls with abusive pasts who grow up into emotionally crippled, gender amb ...more
Apr 25, 2011
Apr 20, 2011
Freedom at Midnight
I'm leaving for India and this book was recommended to me for it's historical accuracy. I knew nothing about India, except for the movie Gandhi and so ...more
Oct 22, 2009
Sep 24, 2009
The Crying of Lot 49
Abstract. Obtuse. A hodgepodge of components that appear to be a pattern. Except the author sees a pattern in everything. I wrote a term paper on this ...more
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Apr 25, 2008
Genghis: Birth of an Empire (Conqueror, #1)
Genghis Birth of an Empire my favorite kind of book; well-researched historical fiction with a minimum of romance. The author takes pains to note wher ...more
May 31, 2011
May 11, 2011
Shantaram, an epic novel (43 hours) engrossed me, but it also makes me appreciate good editors. The story is engaging but tangled, the prose is overwr ...more
Nov 08, 2009
Sep 24, 2009
The Martian
I like the author's and narrator's tone, cheeky and black humored. I really liked the setup - Robinson Crusoe on Mars - and how the protagonist worked ...more
Aug 27, 2014
Aug 25, 2014
Rules of Civility
A dollop of Great Gatsby, a whiff of Wharton, toss in a pinch of Fitzgerald and mix it all up with the theme of the interconnectedness of it all. New ...more
Nov 03, 2012
Nov 03, 2012
The Prestige
I was mesmerized by this story about the craft of magic and the art of stagecraft in Victorian England. A fantasical thriller and a story about magic, ...more
May 10, 2011
May 07, 2011
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
I just really enjoyed it for the well-researched and stimulating discussion of HeLa cell research, medical ethics using cell samples, and insight into ...more
Jul 10, 2010
Jun 19, 2010
The Power of One (The Power of One, #1)
This coming of age book set in pre-world war II South Africa is something special. I listened to it in audible format and the narrator brings the book ...more
Feb 23, 2010
Feb 22, 2010
Hella Nation: Looking for Happy Meals in Kandahar, Rocking the Side Pipe,Wingnut's War Against the GAP, and Other Adventures with the Totally Lost Tribes of America
This dark, twisted book by Evan Wright made for irresistable and gleefully perverse reading. Wright is an award winning journalist for "Hustler," "Rol ...more
Jun 13, 2011
Jun 13, 2011
The Mosquito Coast
I didn't think I could stand Allie for the length of the book; his character's brillance didn't make up for his insuffrable nature. Theroux, telling t ...more
Jun 20, 2012
Jun 12, 2012
The Hoax

The Hoax actually turned out to be pretty interesting. The line between fiction and reality, what's real and unreal and what really happened becomes b
Mar 28, 2011
Mar 27, 2011
Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
I quibble with some of the author's suppositions (for example, the data clearly show abortions leads to fewer juvenile delinquents--I'm sure the subje ...more
Oct 23, 2009
Oct 23, 2009
I never appreciated that the engineering marvel that were the roman aqueducts - to bring a constant flow of water into cities and towns, supplying pub ...more
Sep 30, 2012
Sep 22, 2012
My Life in France
I'm not a foodie and was skeptical about this book. But the book is not about food, really, it's food as a metaphor for living with gusto. And Julia h ...more
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Nov 22, 2011
Life Itself
I really wanted Ebert's "Life Itself" to be as insightful as Pauline Kael's "I Lost it at the Movies." There were some insights into the business and ...more
Apr 28, 2013
Apr 24, 2013
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
A good yarn. Heinlein is orignal, creative and humourous. He was a product of his times though and I thought his handling of women was sterotyped and ...more
Jul 12, 2012
Jul 12, 2012
An Education: My Life Might Have Turned Out Differently if I Had Just Said No
I loved the movie An Education and was surprised to find the book told a somewhat different story, though just as interesting. Only the first half of ...more
Apr 10, 2011
Apr 09, 2011
Orange Is the New Black
The book is surprisingly light reading considering the prison circumstances. A couple of questions kept bothering me though. She was kept waiting 5 ye ...more
Apr 29, 2013
Apr 10, 2013
Conquistador: Hernán Cortés, King Montezuma, and the Last Stand of the Aztecs
I listened to this book in audible format and I'd advise people to read the book rather than listening to the audible version. The mispronunciation of ...more
Nov 21, 2014
Nov 21, 2014
The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary
This book, about the making of the Oxford English Dictionary, is so quintessentially English to me. This herculean task involved the methodical catalo ...more
Apr 26, 2010
Feb 01, 2009
The Stranger Beside Me: Ted Bundy The Shocking Inside Story
This book is unusually creepy for me as I lived and went to school where Bundy began his serial killing - the university district in Seattle. I hitchh ...more
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Jul 03, 2010
Inside Scientology: The Story of America's Most Secretive Religion
The beginning of the book sucked me right in; posing as a mildly interested prospect, the author went through Scientology's introductory spiel. Scient ...more
Oct 23, 2012
Oct 22, 2012
The Elephant to Hollywood
Michael Caine is an engaging writer and this is a good light book. I never saw Caine as standard leading man handsome - he always had "funny" hair and ...more
Apr 15, 2011
Apr 09, 2011
Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
Glib and facile, but some interesting ideas I'd like to follow up on. Especially reading others through microexpressions. I've seen savvy salespeople ...more
Oct 02, 2009
Oct 01, 2009
Little Brother (Little Brother, #1)
Little Brothers started off well and the issues raised are timely and essential--the perceived needs of security versus the individual's constitutiona ...more
Apr 28, 2011
Apr 25, 2011
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