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Smile When You're Lying: Confessions of a Rogue Travel Writer
Insights into the life of a travel writer. The real reason they travel, someone is paying them. One of my favorite bits was about the fallacy of taxi...more
Jul 29, 2009
Jul 28, 2009
Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void
I have never thought so much about every detail of the human machine and its fraility, while simultaneously laughing so hard.
Feb 10, 2011
Jul 21, 2010
Camping With The Prince And Other Tales Of Science In Africa
This book combines many of my favorite topics, and in a digestible essay format.
Jan 1990
Sep 25, 2008
Unearthing Atlantis: An Archaeological Odyssey
I don't know what to think of Pellegrino. Some of his ideas are very interesting, and he is a vivid and entertaining thinker and writer. However, I ha...more
Jan 1992
Jan 19, 2009
The Harmless People
As well as being an amazing folklorist/fantasy writer, Thomas's book on the San is one of the best I've ever read about the Kalahari and its life and...more
Jan 1991
Jan 19, 2009
Last Breath: Cautionary Tales from the Limits of Human Endurance
This book is filled with fascinating details about drowning, being smothered in avalanches, hypothermia etc. Goes well with any Into the Wild type rea...more
Jan 2001
Jan 19, 2009
Pecked to Death By Ducks
This collection of worst trip ever essays, is inspirational in its theme, what not to do.
Jan 1993
Feb 01, 2009
Don't Sleep, There are Snakes: Life and Language in the Amazonian Jungle
So far I've seen a great quote, something along the lines of "This book is about the lessons I've learned. Someone else would have learned different l...more
Oct 29, 2009
Oct 26, 2009
Assassination Vacation
This book combined many of my favorite topics in one convenient hand held place. Reluctant travel, sarcastic political insight, trivia/history of the...more
Jan 2004
Jul 18, 2008
Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex
Rarely have I laughed so hard, while learning so much. I think I might be in love with the footnotes. I can't wait to hear her speak, or read her othe...more
Apr 23, 2009
Jun 01, 2008
The Martian
I think I am in love with Mark Watney, and his "I must do it" attitude. Who wouldn't want the best engineer, botanist and D&D player on the entire...more
Jun 13, 2014
Jun 13, 2014
Volcano Cowboys: The Rocky Evolution of a Dangerous Science
My husband is entranced by volcanoes and earthquakes, so I often buy him books on the subject. This one I think he read. It also works as a travel boo...more
Jan 2000
Jan 19, 2009
Sand in My Bra and Other Misadventures: Funny Women Write from the Road
Some of the selections were funny. But if I liked them, I thought they were too short, and if I didn't like them, they were wordy.
May 10, 2010
Apr 07, 2010
The Hot Zone
This was overdone like a bodice ripper, except more gruesome. could not be put down. Riveting and fast paced.
Jan 1998
Aug 25, 2008
The Black Nile: One Man's Amazing Journey Through Peace and War on the World's Longest River
Several things struck me about this book. Firstly, the author's companion made several telling comments about why things don't change in Africa. Highl...more
Sep 18, 2010
Aug 29, 2010
The Climb: Tragic Ambitions on Everest
I read this after Into Thin Air, it was good to get a different perspective.
Jan 1995
Aug 21, 2008
I felt bait and switched by the review I read of this book at my local bookstore. I felt like I was promised a book about two women on a road trip, on...more
Jun 07, 2014
Jun 07, 2014
American Shaolin
I love armchair traveling almost as much as real traveling, and it is slightly more practical. I picked this book up, because I had read Iron and Silk...more
May 17, 2009
May 06, 2009
Travel Writing
This was one of those books I would never have glanced at, sitting on the racks of the store. But a friend found a used copy, and read a few pages; re...more
Jul 13, 2010
Jul 08, 2010
Murder in Mesopotamia (Hercule Poirot, #14)
Murder in Mesopotamia, Murder on the Nile, Murder on the Orient Express, They Came to Baghdad, and the Autobiography of Agatha Christie, are probably...more
Jan 1984
Sep 04, 2009
Heat: An Amateur's Adventures as Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta-Maker, and Apprentice to a Dante-Quoting Butcher in Tuscany
I enjoyed this book as much as I am capable of enjoying a book which extolls the romance of animal butchery and the disgusting things that happen in p...more
Oct 24, 2009
Aug 28, 2008
Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier
If you want to bake an apple pie on Mars
You must first understand the stars.
Tyson inspires spirit, mind and heart
Making me wish I could re-start.

I wou...more
Aug 19, 2013
Aug 08, 2013
Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide
The numbers in this book, regarding how little money it would take to make a difference are depressing. The idea that more money is spent on pet food...more
Jul 04, 2010
Jun 03, 2010
Chimpanzee Travels: On and Off the Road in Africa
This book, unlike any other book I've ever read, made me wish I'd stayed in Africa, made my way to Gombe and spent the rest of my life working with my...more
Mar 26, 2010
Mar 22, 2010
The Bookseller of Kabul
This book was eye opening about the daily life of women in Afghanistan. The author's choice to follow one family and expose the lives of each of them...more
Jan 03, 2010
Dec 31, 2009
Twenty Chickens for a Saddle: The Story of an African Childhood
I loved her stories of growing up in Botswana. The heartbreaking truth of AIDS in Africa that formed a backdrop for her families experiences made it c...more
May 06, 2009
May 02, 2009
The Road to Samarcand: An Adventure
Not nearly as engaging as his other works. However, I think this would make an excellent novel for middle school and high school readers. Dogs, yetis,...more
Dec 03, 2008
Nov 30, 2008
Unfamiliar Fishes
Sarah Vowell is one of my favorite nerds. I learned a story about why Samuel Morse invented the telegraph, and a lot about hula, and why plate lunches...more
Dec 05, 2011
Nov 29, 2011
Hold Me Tight and Tango Me Home
A history of tango, a personal heartbreak, the pleasures of following a well-led dance...Now I want to tango, visit New York and Argentina, and immers...more
Jul 2010
Jun 30, 2010
The Ramen King and I: How the Inventor of Instant Noodles Fixed My Love Life
This was different than I expected. I thought it would be a funny account of history and travel with ramen as the unifying theme. Instead it was a fun...more
Oct 03, 2010
Oct 02, 2010
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