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Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
3.98
I have this awesome picture in my head in which Jared Diamond did not write this book. He instead wrote a detailed, engaging account of the history of...more
May 14, 2008
May 07, 2008
 
The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism
4.22
This was really informative, well-researched and muckraking in true Naomi Klein style. Her particular citation style is to overcite, so that there is...more
Jun 19, 2008
Jun 03, 2008
 
The Diaper-Free Baby: The Natural Toilet Training Alternative
3.75
I was interested in Elimination Communication (EC) before Ian was born, but the information I read made it seem like an all-or-nothing proposition - y...more
Jun 23, 2011
Jun 27, 2011
 
Losing Our Cool: Uncomfortable Truths About Our Air-Conditioned World (and Finding New Ways to Get Through the Summer)
3.37
Full of interesting information about the impact air-conditioning has had on development and life in the United States since its widespread implementa...more
Jun 04, 2011
Jun 06, 2011
 
Assassination Vacation
3.99
I really enjoyed this - it's equally about the history of the first three U.S. presidential assassinations (Lincoln, Garfield, and McKinley) and about...more
Aug 2007
Jun 17, 2007
 
Galileo's Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith and Love
3.70
This is a very solid biography of Galileo, with an added focus on his relationship with his eldest daughter, who spent most of her life in a Florentin...more
Sep 2007
Jun 04, 2007
 
Growing Up Digital: Rise of the Net Generation (Oracle Press Series)
3.53
Read this for an annotated bibliography I'm doing on integrating new technologies into youth services librarianship. His basic message kind of comes a...more
Jul 05, 2008
Jun 25, 2008
 
Aaron Burr: Conspiracy to Treason
3.14
Really interesting biography of Aaron Burr, with a particular focus on his alleged plots against the U.S., and his subsequent trial. Melton's prose is...more
Nov 09, 2008
Nov 03, 2008
 
The Man Who Walked Between the Towers
4.09
Tells the story of Phillipe Petit, the man who walked on a tightrope between the World Trade Center towers in 1974. Includes a couple of really awesom...more
Feb 25, 2009
Feb 25, 2009
 
God's Chinese Son: The Taiping Heavenly Kingdom of Hong Xiuquan
3.94
This is about the Taiping Rebellion - how one man encountered Christianity, through a series of sickbed visions determined he was the son of God, and...more
Jun 2007
Jun 03, 2007
 
The Wordy Shipmates
3.63
A disappointment compared to Vowell's other books - her asides and one-liners feel really stilted most of the time. Everything about Roger Williams (f...more
Jan 16, 2009
Jan 26, 2009
 
James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon
4.20
An excellent biography of a fascinating person (Alice B. Sheldon, who was alternately an African safari-goer, a debutante, a World War II soldier, a p...more
Jun 2008
Feb 11, 2008
 
The Library at Night
4.05
This is as much about personal libraries (particularly the author's own) as institutional libraries, and as much about philosophy of libraries as abou...more
Jul 20, 2008
Jul 18, 2008
 
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
4.05
Listened to it during our Christmas trip home. Sedaris is about the perfect choice for car listening - funny and episodic.
Dec 29, 2008
Jan 26, 2009
 
Ten Days in a Mad-House
3.83
Really interesting - a woman's 1887 account of how she feigned madness in order to be committed to an asylum, so she could do an investigative report...more
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May 24, 2008
 
Backpacking: One Step at a Time
3.56
Really funny; the prose is just read-out-loud awesome. A lot of the particulars on gear, etc., are out of date (I was reading the 1st edition, I can't...more
May 11, 2008
May 11, 2008
 
Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice
4.06
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Jan 2010
Jun 06, 2010
 
The Orchid Thief: A True Story of Beauty and Obsession
3.67
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Jan 25, 2008
Jan 13, 2008
 
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace ... One School at a Time
3.64
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Apr 2009
Dec 31, 2009
 
The Magician's Book: A Skeptic's Adventures in Narnia
3.79
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Aug 2009
Dec 31, 2009
 
Zeitoun
4.09
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Sep 2009
Dec 31, 2009
 
Bright-Sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America
3.67
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Oct 2009
Dec 31, 2009
 
The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care
4.23
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Nov 2009
Dec 31, 2009
 
Eating Animals
4.14
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Nov 2009
Dec 31, 2009
 
The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
4.16
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Jan 2010
Jun 06, 2010
 
The Measure of All Things: The Seven-Year Odyssey and Hidden Error That Transformed the World
3.82
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Mar 24, 2008
Feb 11, 2008
 
Letters to a Young Poet
4.35
None
Feb 2010
Jun 06, 2010
 
Princess Lessons: A Princess Diaries Book
3.49
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Feb 2010
Jun 06, 2010
 
The Hemingses of Monticello
3.82
None
Mar 2010
Jun 06, 2010
 
The Frog Scientist
3.94
None
Mar 2010
Jun 06, 2010
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