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Exploring Sausalito's Paths and Walkways
3.00
This book describes the stairways and paths in Sausalito, California. For each path it gives a bit about the history, and gives walking instructions f ...more
not set
Oct 06, 2009
 
Finding Ultra: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World's Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself
3.86
I am not a fan of memoirs, and read this specifically with hope of getting a few new tips on vegan eating for athletic performance. But I was pleasant ...more
Oct 06, 2014
Oct 06, 2014
 
Your Money or Your Life: Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial Independence
4.07
Despite the silly title and the very outdated information about investing in government bonds (which may have been corrected in later editions - I rea ...more
Jan 2000
Feb 04, 2009
 
Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness
4.21
Somehow this didn't get rated when I read it. I picked this up about a year ago when I thought I might have to deal with some pain from an injury. Luc ...more
Jan 10, 2013
Mar 04, 2014
 
The Cage
3.32
This is a book that I wish I had encountered maybe 27 years ago and read again today, so that I could compare my reaction then and now. Probably when ...more
Nov 23, 2014
Nov 21, 2014
 
Carved in Sand: When Attention Fails and Memory Fades in Midlife
3.75
Those interested in an in-depth look at memory and cognitive neuroscience will likely be disappointed in this book, despite its non-self-help approach ...more
Aug 16, 2010
Aug 16, 2010
 
The Modern Utopian: Alternative Communities of the '60s and '70s
3.71
This compilation of first-hand accounts of hippie communes of the 60's and 70's stands in stark contrast to the usual nostalgic portraits of this gene ...more
Nov 13, 2014
Jul 28, 2013
 
Amy Franceschini: Victory Gardens 2007+
3.50
I'm often wary of projects that mix art and activism - quite a few I've experienced seem to emphasize either the art or the activism at the expense of ...more
not set
May 29, 2009
 
Cool Tools: A Catalog of Possibilities
4.48
Plus: Lots of fun if you are into tools and gadgets, especially if you have a wide range of interests. Recommendations were mostly right on for topics ...more
Feb 23, 2014
Nov 22, 2013
 
The Road
3.88
Three and a half stars. I hadn't been interested in reading any more hobo literature after "You Can't Win" - it just didn't seem like anything had a c ...more
Apr 18, 2011
Apr 08, 2011
 
Toolbox for Sustainable City Living: A Do-It-Ourselves Guide
3.90
If, like me, you are tired of reading books about environmental issues that detail lots of problems but offer few solutions, this book is worth checki ...more
Jan 29, 2009
Jan 26, 2009
 
Zen Architecture: The Building Process as Practice
4.15
The first part of this book was enjoyable and informative, highlighting the architect Paul Discoe's work on Zen centers such as the San Francisco Zen ...more
Aug 11, 2009
Aug 07, 2009
 
The Upstart Spring: Esalen and the Human Potential Movement: The First Twenty Years
3.86
Prior to reading this book a few years ago, I did not know much about Esalen except from the awareness of the famous massage style that came out of th ...more
Jan 2005
Mar 03, 2009
 
The Backyard Homestead: Produce All the Food You Need on Just a Quarter Acre!
4.08
The audience for this book is someone who is interested in learning more about homesteading and self-sufficiency skills, such as gardening, food prese ...more
Jul 17, 2009
Jul 06, 2009
 
How to Live Well Without Owning a Car: Save Money, Breathe Easier, and Get More Mileage Out of Life
3.60
I didn't think this book was that great overall, but its strong point is in providing convincing financial reasons for not owning a car. The title is ...more
Jan 2007
Feb 02, 2009
 
San Francisco Bay Shoreline Guide
4.00
This book describes many more interesting and less-known locations than any of the so-called "hidden" guides to the San Francisco Bay Area. It thoroug ...more
not set
Feb 11, 2009
 
Full Moon Feast: Food and the Hunger for Connection
4.13
This book looked like it might have some interesting recipes for fermented foods and new takes on traditional foods. Unfortunately the book was so off ...more
not set
Jun 30, 2009
 
The Riders
3.60
This was the first book I've read by Tim Winton. He's a good storyteller, and I would read something else by him in the future -- but not about this s ...more
Jan 31, 2010
Jan 31, 2010
 
Ed Templeton: Deformer
4.59
I almost can't believe I'm giving a 5 to a book that has a messed up youth as its theme - normally I wouldn't even pick up a book on the topic. The bo ...more
not set
Sep 23, 2010
 
Post -Car Adventuring
3.75
This is a good starting point for ideas for getting to popular outdoor destinations (Tahoe, Big Sur, Yosemite, etc.) without a car, from the San Franc ...more
May 05, 2015
May 05, 2015
 
County Fair: Portraits
4.67
This is a selection of portraits taken by a photographer who ran a portable photo booth at county fairs in California, from 1971-1980. But not the ste ...more
not set
Mar 09, 2009
 
The New Games Book
4.09
Somehow I had not run across this despite fairly wide reading about the various (mostly failed) 70's utopian and human potential experiments that aros ...more
Jun 24, 2014
Jun 24, 2014
 
The Human-Powered Home: Choosing Muscles Over Motors
3.58
This book thoroughly covers a topic that has not been written about much: powering household and garden devices with the human body. It discusses the ...more
Feb 18, 2009
Feb 03, 2009
 
The Road
3.94
I originally rated this a four, but I am still thinking about it since reading it last year and recently decided it was really a five...
Sep 09, 2008
Sep 09, 2008
 
E Clampus Vitus plaques
3.00
The plaques dedicated by the fraternal organization E Clampus Vitus (Clampers) are the key to some of the more interesting historical sites in Califor ...more
Jan 2008
Oct 06, 2009
 
Maui
4.00
I almost didn't look at this one - Lonely Planet guides seem pretty indistinguishable from the other big ones these days, but I am happy I checked it ...more
not set
Jun 26, 2009
 
Yarn Bombing: The Art of Crochet and Knit Graffiti
4.02
This is a fun book for fans of street art in addition to knitters. It does not skimp on the photos, showing many examples of knit graffiti and related ...more
May 11, 2010
Jul 30, 2009
 
A Little Piece of Earth: How to Grow Your Own Food in Small Spaces
3.34
I was pleasantly surprised by this little book, which offers a range of ideas for small space food gardening. Having read or browsed many of the food ...more
not set
Apr 13, 2010
 
Opening the Mountain: Circumabulating Mount Tamalpais, A Ritual Walk
3.88
When I see this book on the shelf it reminds me of the value of browsing the shelves of your local independent bookstore, should you be so lucky to ha ...more
not set
Jan 12, 2009
 
On a Dollar a Day: One Couple's Unlikely Adventures in Eating in America
3.24
One of many books published in the past few years about food security and food politics, this book focuses on experiments involving a couple eating on ...more
Aug 16, 2010
Aug 16, 2010
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