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The Story of Ain't: America, Its Language, and the Most Controversial Dictionary Ever Published
This was kind of a slog for me - definitely one of those books where the content was interesting, but the writing left a lot to be desired. I would lo ...more
Mar 22, 2013
Oct 18, 2012
Kate: The Making of a Princess
Total trash reading. So unlike me! :-)

Everyone has their celebrity fixation, and I'll admit it: mine is the royal family.

The first half or so of the
Apr 08, 2012
Apr 08, 2012
The Woman Who Wasn't There: The True Story of an Incredible Deception
Two years after the attacks of 9/11, a survivor named Tania Head started posting to survivor's forums online. She was one of only 19 people who had be ...more
Mar 30, 2012
Mar 29, 2012
In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin
I had SUCH a sense of dread in my gut the whole time I was reading this book. Erik Larson traces Adolf Hitler's rise to power as seen through the eyes ...more
Jul 15, 2012
Jul 11, 2012
The Real Elizabeth: An Intimate Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II
Everyone's got their celebrity obsession, and I've confessed before that mine is the British royal family. On top of that, I'm definitely an Anglophil ...more
Jul 29, 2012
Jul 23, 2012
Happier at Home: Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon a Project, Read Samuel Johnson, and My Other Experiments in the Practice of Everyday Life
This last week, I decided that I was getting way too stressed out, largely about external things (like politics). So I decided that, at least temporar ...more
Aug 31, 2012
Aug 28, 2012
Mrs. Kennedy and Me: An Intimate Memoir
When I first heard about this book my initial reaction was "ugh, someone else exploiting the Kennedys" but after reading a number of positive reviews ...more
May 20, 2012
May 20, 2012
Drop Dead Healthy: One Man's Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection
I wish half-stars were an option. I think I'd give this a 3.5.

I am a big fan of A.J. Jacobs's books, but this one was not my favorite. Perhaps it's be
Jul 07, 2012
Jul 06, 2012
Thomas Jefferson's Creme Brulee: How a Founding Father and His Slave James Hemings Introduced French Cuisine to America
The fact that Thomas Jefferson introduced macaroni and cheese to America is relatively well-known -- maybe it's just the nerdy circles I travel in, bu ...more
Oct 03, 2012
Sep 17, 2012
If Walls Could Talk: An Intimate History of the Home
From the title of this book, you might expect a historical treatment of the home itself -- perhaps a book about architecture -- but it's far more than ...more
Feb 19, 2012
Feb 13, 2012
Townie: A Memoir
It's hard to separate how I felt about this book while reading it from how I feel about it as a book, if that makes any sense. I found it difficult to ...more
Feb 22, 2014
Feb 05, 2014
November 22, 1963: Witness to History
On a mission to read ALL the assassination books.
Jan 18, 2014
Jan 18, 2014
The Violinist's Thumb: And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code
There's nothing I like better than a book that takes some heavy-duty science and distills it down into language that anyone can understand. I've heard ...more
Jun 27, 2012
Jun 09, 2012
Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland's History-Making Race Around the World
4.5 stars.

When I was a child, I had a brief children's biography of Nellie Bly. While it didn't go into great detail about her life, it did talk abou
May 05, 2013
Nov 25, 2012
America, You Sexy Bitch: A Love Letter to Freedom
3.5 stars. In this book, comedian (and Democrat) Michael Ian Black and author-commentator-Republican-daughter Meghan McCain take a cross-country road ...more
Aug 27, 2012
Jul 08, 2012
Reading Jackie: Her Autobiography in Books
The idea behind this book -- that one can tell a lot about a person by the books they read (or, in this case, edit) -- was a good one, and had such pr ...more
Nov 18, 2012
Nov 11, 2012
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)
I had no idea who Mindy Kaling was. I've never seen The Office, and am pretty sure I've never seen her in anything else, either. But I got a glimpse o ...more
Jan 11, 2012
Jan 11, 2012
The Astronaut Wives Club
Four stars for content (I'm a sucker for anything about the space program); three stars (if I'm feeling generous) for the writing. Very "this happened ...more
Sep 2013
Aug 29, 2013
The Telling Room: A Tale of Love, Betrayal, Revenge, and the World's Greatest Piece of Cheese
I wanted to like this a lot more than I did. The first part is good, the ending is fine, but in the middle the author loses his way and it gets way to ...more
Jul 2014
Jun 12, 2014
The Good Girls Revolt: How the Women of Newsweek Sued their Bosses and Changed the Workplace
A fascinating, absorbing read. I picked up the galley at Book Expo America on Tuesday, started it on the bus on the way home, and finished it on Wedne ...more
Jun 06, 2012
Jun 05, 2012
Because I Said So! : The Truth Behind the Myths, Tales, and Warnings Every Generation Passes Down to Its Kids
Mythbusters + Snopes + snarky Jeopardy champion. Fun, light, easily digestible, but ultimately nothing earth-shattering. 3.5 stars.
Feb 22, 2013
Feb 22, 2013
7 Billion: How Your World Will Change
Frightening and depressing, but important topics to think about as world population grows ever higher.
Feb 21, 2012
Feb 20, 2012
Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune
I couldn't put this down. What a strange, fascinating story.
Jul 02, 2014
Jul 02, 2014
Welcome to Your Brain: Why You Lose Your Car Keys But Never Forget How To Drive and Other Puzzles of Everyday Behavior
I took a lot of neuroscience/cognitive psychology classes in college so there wasn't anything new here for me, but it's a readable, fast, chatty intro ...more
Dec 06, 2012
Nov 20, 2012
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory
Review to come!
Jun 11, 2014
Jun 09, 2014
Five Days in November
I want to give this 4.5 stars. It's not quite a 5, but 4 seems too low.

I'd read and loved Clint Hill's Mrs Kennedy and Me and this feels, in some way
Jan 15, 2014
Jan 14, 2014
Atlantic: Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms & a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories
A fascinating book. Winchester got a bit...rambly, I guess, at times, but it didn't bother me that much as it did some reviewers. I appreciated all of ...more
Mar 22, 2012
Nov 03, 2010
Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal
Delightfully disgusting, as one would expect from Mary Roach. I want to have dinner with her someday.
Nov 17, 2013
Apr 16, 2013
Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch
Nov 03, 2012
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Nov 20, 2012
Nov 20, 2012
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