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Wow, I wish my boss would read this book.

The most comforting part for me (and my overflowing inbox) was when the authors said "while email has speede...more
Aug 2007
Aug 31, 2007
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle CD: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle CD
I'm glad they accomplished what they set out to do and I think there were some good messages interspersed throughout about how practical and beneficia...more
Jan 05, 2011
Dec 09, 2010
'Aza Beast': Attacking the Roots of War, A Bosnian War Journal
Remind me to write something later about "impartiality" in peace & justice work.

The next to last chapter, p.376-382, is where he finally reveals h...more
Jun 13, 2011
Oct 19, 2008
Letting Go of God
There was some good stuff in here about appreciating the wonder that is creation IN ABSENCE of a miraculous / divine creator.

The actual process of "l...more
Mar 2011
Mar 01, 2011
The Sunday Philosophy Club (The Isabel Dalhousie Novels, #1)
I told my boss I hate fiction. He lent me this and described the writing as charming. I'm on p.23 and I hate it already*. Great.

*("from the gods" x4...more
not set
Sep 26, 2011
One Perfect Day: The Selling of the American Wedding
It was mostly about how weddings became a $161 billion industry (annually) and the different ways consumerist culture has evolved to fleece people who...more
Jun 2007
Jun 14, 2007
The Death and Life of Great American Cities
She makes some really interesting and relevant points, despite how dated some of the examples might be (does it really matter whether it's a current e...more
Oct 2007
Jun 10, 2007
Power Vs Force: The Hidden Determinants of Human Behavior
Any parts regarding numbers / kinesiology can, in my opinion, be immediately disregarded, but there are some interesting themes to consider about how...more
Jul 07, 2011
Feb 28, 2011
The Metamorphosis
I enjoyed the story. What an easy sort of outcast feeling to sympathize with, as I lie here, with my family engaged in productive life around me.

I did...more
Jun 30, 2008
Jun 29, 2008
The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
Interested by the way he links together several different anecdotes/studies to come out with his own idea. Also how I could immediately apply some of...more
Mar 12, 2008
Mar 14, 2008
The Heartless Stone: A Journey Through the World of Diamonds, Deceit, and Desire
Very interesting and long, about the diamond industry, different chapters loosely based on the different nations impacted. A little too much about how...more
Jan 2007
Jun 04, 2007
Milk Eggs Vodka: Grocery Lists Lost and Found
More nitpicky about spelling and grammar than I felt necessary (can you believe it?) and poked fun in a way that felt a little too mean to be funny, s...more
Sep 03, 2011
Jun 23, 2011
In Her Shoes
Effing ridiculous. Terrible, simplistic writing style. Totally one-dimensional characters. I can't believe I read the whole thing.

There were a couple...more
Mar 09, 2008
Mar 14, 2008
The Jungle
I can't believe I just read the censored version!!

The most amazing, wonderful book I have ever read.

It's not an easy read, if you can't bear to deal...more
Jun 22, 2008
Jun 22, 2008
True North: A Memoir
A continuation of "The Road from Coorain" -- the author transitions fully into adulthood and describes her path, making a career and a life for hersel...more
Mar 2007
Jun 04, 2007
Design for the Other 90%
Skimmed it. Sister ordered it on inter-library loan.

Interesting stuff to consider. Somewhat technical but I suppose it would make fascinating reading...more
Jan 28, 2009
Jan 28, 2009
I Am America (And So Can You!)
Very funny except for the parts with the loud sports fan. The guests weren't that great; I ended up wishing Stephen had just done all the voices himse...more
Dec 29, 2007
Mar 26, 2008
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values
Got bored, couldn't finish it, despite repeated attempts. Took it back to my little sister's bookshelf, from whence it came. I feel kind of like I fai...more
May 2007
Jun 07, 2007
The Gift of Fear: Survival Signals That Protect Us From Violence
Already read it when I needed to hear a message about (not) "letting him down gently" and used it to stop communicating with a persistent caller. List...more
Oct 08, 2009
Oct 06, 2009
Far from the Madding Gerund: And Other Dispatches from Language Log
Good in small doses. I enjoyed contemplating what constitutes "proper" use of language, and possibly having something to back up some of my suspicions...more
Oct 2006
Jun 04, 2007
The Rules: Time-Tested Secrets for Capturing the Heart of Mr. Right
(having a life of your own, practicing self-restraint/delayed gratification, presentation/putting your best foot forward, and not chasing after/smothe...more
Jun 27, 2009
Jun 27, 2009
The Conscience of a Liberal
Everyone should read this book, particularly people that have something to do with public policy!

Not having guaranteed health insurance for middle cl...more
Jan 13, 2009
Oct 29, 2008
He Died With A Felafel In His Hand
A quick read; fun. Not just for Australians. Made me really glad I don't have to interview for housemates. Lots of cautionary tales about how gross sh...more
Jun 2007
Jun 24, 2007
The Road from Coorain
The author, and her family (and the many outback families like hers, as well, I'm sure), lead a really interesting life. Kind of sad-to-bittersweet, b...more
Mar 2007
Jun 04, 2007
Reefer Madness: Sex, Drugs, and Cheap Labor in the American Black Market
I liked the strawberry chapter... I thought I already wrote a review here? The tax evasion obsession detracted substantially from the porn discussion.
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Jun 27, 2011
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
Terrible fiction. A lot of the author patting herself on the back for being 'creative' enough to come up with the title "Ya-Ya Sisterhood". Ugh.
Jun 16, 2002
Mar 14, 2008
Reality Bites Back: The Troubling Truth About Guilty Pleasure TV
Pretty good, really shifted my perspective. It's hard to watch TV the same way, and I'm grateful for the added awareness.
Apr 20, 2012
Dec 22, 2011
Letter to a Christian Nation
Gave a copy to my dad for Christmas. Wish I were brave enough to give it to all my relatives.
Dec 2006
Jun 04, 2007
Heat: An Amateur's Adventures as Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta-Maker, and Apprentice to a Dante-Quoting Butcher in Tuscany
Kind of fictiony, but a page-turner.
Oct 2006
Jun 04, 2007
Me Talk Pretty One Day
It was funny, I laughed out loud.
Jul 13, 2008
Jul 13, 2008
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