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Drawing Out The Dragons: A Meditation on Art, Destiny, and the Power of Choice
4.62
Everyone has an amazing story. However, not every amazing story is inspiring. I don't quite recall how I discovered James A. Owen, but I do known that ...more
Mar 31, 2011
Mar 31, 2011
 
32
The Barbizon Diaries: A Meditation on Will, Purpose, and the Value Of Stories
4.87
An amazing and inspiring look at how even your darkest days can provide the power you need to make it to the next day.
not set
May 09, 2012
 
72
Assassination Vacation
3.99
I had the opportunity to see Sarah Vowell in Cedar Rapids as a part of the Outloud! Author Series sponsored by the Metro Library Network. I was famili ...more
Jun 27, 2014
Jan 03, 2015
 
31
Voyagers of the Titanic: Passengers, Sailors, Shipbuilders, Aristocrats, and the Worlds They Came From
3.70
I have been fascinated by the Titanic since I was a kid and they sent back the first pictures from the submarine that discovered its final resting pla ...more
Apr 29, 2012
Apr 29, 2012
 
30
The Story of the Titanic As Told by Its Survivors
4.12
I have been fascinated with the Titanic since I was in first or second grade. I was really excited join the book club at the local library and read th ...more
Apr 15, 2012
Apr 02, 2012
 
2
The Real Wizard of Oz: The Life and Times of L. Frank Baum
3.52
I don't often ready biographies, but I have had a lifelong love affair with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and after finally seeing Wicked on stage, I had ...more
Nov 18, 2009
Nov 04, 2009
 
25
The End of Illness
3.45
About once or twice a year, I read a non-fiction book. I should probably read more non-fiction as a way of continuing my education, but I really strug ...more
Jan 03, 2014
Feb 12, 2012
 
66
Running Away to Home: Our Family's Journey to Croatia in Search of Who We Are, Where We Came From, and What Really Matters
3.92
This year the Linn Area Reads program chose Running Away to Home: Our Family's Journey to Croatia in Search of Who We Are, Where We Came from and Wha ...more
Feb 15, 2014
Feb 14, 2014
 
35
The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements
3.88
An entertaining look at the periodic table and the discovery of the elements that make it up. A bit over my head at times, but an enjoyable diversion ...more
Dec 2012
Nov 30, 2012
 
22
The Kennedy Detail: JFK's Secret Service Agents Break Their Silence
4.13
An excellent account of the Kennedy Assassination and the men who were tasked at protecting him and his family. Clint Hill's 60 Minutes Interview, tha ...more
Dec 25, 2011
Dec 14, 2011
 
37
The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable
3.95
Based on my current role at work I found this book had fewer applicable concepts for me compared to Death by Meeting.
Nov 26, 2012
Nov 30, 2012
 
18
Homer's Odyssey: A Fearless Feline Tale, or How I Learned about Love and Life with a Blind Wonder Cat
4.16
An easy to read, heart-warming novel about a girl trying to make it in the real world and the cat that taught her how to do it.
Sep 13, 2011
Sep 12, 2011
 
28
The Sweet Life in Paris: Delicious Adventures in the World's Most Glorious - and Perplexing - City
3.85
My love affair of wanting to live in Paris is no longer a vivid dream. However, I wouldn't mind visiting.
Mar 03, 2012
Feb 27, 2012
 
16
Top Chef the Cookbook
3.58
A great summary of the first 3 seasons of Top Chef. Entertaining profiles and overviews of the judges and the chef-testants. Not necessarily a cookboo ...more
Sep 10, 2011
Sep 10, 2011
 
12
Admit One
2.94
I'm officially giving up on this book. When I read the synopsis I was excited about the book. However, once I started reading it, I was disappointed. ...more
not set
Jun 11, 2011
 
73
We Don't Need Roads: The Making of the Back to the Future Trilogy
4.27
Great Scott! A review for this book is coming in June.
Apr 29, 2015
Apr 29, 2015
 
45
Ratio: The Simple Codes Behind the Craft of Everyday Cooking
4.08
While the theory behind the ratios is intriguing, I found it difficult to imagine keeping this book in my kitchen for reference. As a home cook, I fin ...more
not set
Sep 26, 2010
 
24
The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie
3.46
A excellent memoir about trying to capture your childhood again.
Jan 21, 2012
Dec 28, 2011
 
8
Two Is Enough: A Couple's Guide to Living Childless by Choice
3.75
An excelllent book for anyone considering the choice to remain childless. Though the book gets a bit repetative, it reaffirmed the choice my husband a ...more
May 02, 2011
Apr 08, 2011
 
6
Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
3.98
I really enjoyed this memoir. It's straight shooting and a little raunchy, but if you've seen Bourdain on No Reservations, you know what to expect fro ...more
Mar 23, 2011
Mar 25, 2011
 
33
StrengthsFinder 2.0
3.90
Due to the nature of this book, you do not necessarily read it front to back. Based on the results of the survey/quiz, you only read the portions of t ...more
not set
Sep 25, 2012
 
3
Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why
3.89
A pretty dense, slightly repetitive non-fiction novel about how transcribing/translating the Bible has changed it over the centuries.
May 2010
Mar 20, 2010
 
42
Chicks Unravel Time: Women Journey Through Every Season of Doctor Who
3.90
Probably a better read if you have seen more of episodes of Doctor Who prior to the recent reboot. Towards the end, I skipped many of the essays about ...more
Apr 08, 2013
Dec 27, 2012
 
49
Bossypants
3.93
Some really funny laugh outloud moments. Just a collection of moments from Tina's life growing up and the early days of SNL and 30 Rock rather than a ...more
May 05, 2013
Oct 20, 2011
 
11
The Eighty-Dollar Champion: Snowman, The Horse That Inspired a Nation
4.11
A very well written biography about a horse and its rider that beat impossible odds. I will admit the ending made me cry.
Dec 12, 2011
May 01, 2011
 
19
Cleopatra: A Life
3.61
I decided to give up on this book shortly after I started it. I wasn't a fan of the writing style.
not set
Feb 19, 2011
 
14
Breakthrough!: How the 10 Greatest Discoveries in Medicine Saved Millions and Changed Our View of the World
3.52
After a few discoveries the book lost my interest and became boring and repetitive.
Oct 15, 2011
Aug 23, 2011
 
27
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America
3.97
If only the history books in school were as engaging and enticing as this!
Mar 13, 2012
Feb 27, 2012
 
50
After Visiting Friends: A Son's Story
3.69
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Feb 15, 2013
 
20
The Secret Holocaust Diaries: The Untold Story of Nonna Bannister
3.82
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Dec 12, 2011
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