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Feel the Fear . . . and Do It Anyway
4.01
really liked it
A girlfriend in grad school gave me this book, shortly before we parted ways, in fact. It was a real eye-opener to me that I lived much of my life hov ...more
Jan 1991
Jun 04, 2008
 
Where I'm Calling From: New and Selected Stories
4.42
it was amazing
Miles Davis once said, when asked why he played such minimalist, modal melodies when his contemporaries were going for the more fevered, manic sound o ...more
Jan 2004
Jun 03, 2008
 
No Need for Speed: A Beginner's Guide to the Joy of Running
3.96
really liked it
Any book that makes me feel good for my 11 minute mile pace is worthy of at least four stars right out of the gate.

John Bingham, who writes monthly co
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Jan 2003
Jun 04, 2008
 
Fortunate Son: My Life, My Music
3.80
liked it
I think I would've liked the book better if I had read it instead of opting to listen to the audiobook. I was excited to hear Fogerty himself share hi ...more
Oct 11, 2015
Aug 17, 2015
 
Don't Eat This Book
3.69
really liked it
Supersize Me is one of my favorite documentaries, and I watch it every so often as a reminder to veer away from those dangerous yet alluring drive-thr ...more
Jan 2006
Jun 03, 2008
 
The Soul of a Butterfly
4.14
really liked it
Muhammad Ali has been one of my favorite athletes since I was a kid, drawn to his brash personality as much as his prowess in the ring. So, when I was ...more
Feb 2008
Jul 02, 2008
 
Bossypants
3.94
it was amazing
This is one of the funniest books I've encountered in a long, long time. Tina talks about her upbringing, her days at Second City, SNL, and 30 Rock, a ...more
Dec 04, 2014
Aug 09, 2014
 
Silence: The Power of Quiet in a World Full of Noise
4.27
really liked it
Is it oddly ironic that I opted to listen to an audiobook recording of a book titled "Silence: The Power of Quiet in a World Full of Noise"? Regardles ...more
not set
Dec 24, 2015
 
Mandela's Way: Lessons on Life, Love, and Courage
4.04
really liked it
An inspiring read. The book presents a much more complex man than we might imagine when we see his glowing countenance in photos and on newsreels. He ...more
Oct 09, 2010
Sep 14, 2010
 
Life Reimagined: The Science, Art, and Opportunity of Midlife
3.86
it was amazing
This was truly the right book at the right time, saying all the right things. Hagerty has thought (and researched) thoroughly about midlife, approachi ...more
Apr 18, 2016
Mar 27, 2016
 
The Poets' Corner: The One-and-Only Poetry Book for the Whole Family
4.21
it was amazing
I'm not sure there are adequate superlatives to describe this treasure. John Lithgow talks us through the lives and works of fifty of history's greate ...more
Sep 07, 2014
Aug 10, 2013
 
Taking the Leap: Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears
4.28
it was amazing
I would say my only complaint about Pema's book is that it's too short, but at 100 pages, it's not. There are pearls of wisdom on every page, and this ...more
Feb 20, 2011
Feb 16, 2011
 
The Proud Highway: Saga of a Desperate Southern Gentleman, 1955-1967
4.13
it was amazing
This may be my favorite Hunter Thompson book. It's a collection of letters (he saved carbons of everything he ever wrote) from a young writer, not yet ...more
Jun 2000
Jun 03, 2008
 
Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief
4.02
really liked it
Intriguing, horrifying, and bordering on unbelievable in regard to what this "religion" manages to get away with. The last time I felt this way was wh ...more
Jan 06, 2016
Nov 21, 2015
 
A Year to Live: How to Live This Year as If It Were Your Last
3.93
really liked it
I dearly love the concept that propels this book. Stephen Levine and his wife spent decades providing grief counseling to concentration camp survivors ...more
Jan 28, 2016
Dec 23, 2013
 
That Bird Has My Wings: The Autobiography of an Innocent Man on Death Row
4.10
really liked it
This is a fascinating story of a man who never really had a chance at growing up to live in freedom. Not to excuse his crimes, but it helps one unders ...more
Jan 2016
Nov 21, 2015
 
Homeward Bound: The Life of Paul Simon
3.39
really liked it
Like many gifted artists, Paul Simon seems driven by a mix of ego and insecurities. The core example of this dichotomy is his lifelong relationship wi ...more
Jan 2017
Dec 26, 2016
 
The Buddha Is Still Teaching: Contemporary Buddhist Wisdom
4.17
really liked it
A terrific collection of quotes, thoughts, parables, koans, and lessons from a variety of Buddhist teachers: The XIV Dalai Lama, Thich Nhat Hanh, Pema ...more
May 29, 2017
May 29, 2017
 
Naked Pictures of Famous People
3.59
really liked it
A very funny book and, along with Steve Martin's "Pure Drivel" and Chris Buckley's "Wry Martinis", my impetus to write my first (quite sloppy) collect ...more
Jan 1999
Jun 07, 2008
 
Trouble Boys: The True Story of the Replacements
4.53
really liked it
A detailed account of the 'Mats, warts and all. A lot of excess and self-sabotage, which is hard to read about, but a lot of great music, which was a ...more
Mar 28, 2016
Mar 18, 2016
 
The Fire Next Time
4.44
it was amazing
Having just seen the searing "I Am Not Your Negro", I feel I have a lot of catching up to do on Mr. Baldwin's writings. I'll simply say that Baldwin's ...more
Feb 25, 2017
Aug 26, 2016
 
Wanderlust: A Modern Yogi's Guide to Discovering Your Best Self
4.26
it was amazing
This is a really wonderful book, from the design to the content. It's full of powerful images, quotes, exercises, and essays about yoga, meditation, f ...more
Feb 17, 2016
Oct 24, 2015
 
Nice Job!: The Guide to Cool, Odd, Risky, and Gruesome Ways to Make a Living
2.78
liked it
This book was a lot of fun. Short 2-3 page synopsis of jobs from Harlem Globetrotter opponent to Prize Patrol for Publisher's Clearing House, beekeepe ...more
Jan 2007
Jul 30, 2008
 
Bruce Springsteen and the Promise of Rock 'n' Roll
3.56
really liked it
Well researched and a nice companion piece to the more authoritative (and Bruce-approved, warts and all) bio by Peter Ames Carlin. Most impressively, ...more
Jan 23, 2014
Jan 24, 2014
 
Goodnight Bush
4.03
it was amazing
OK, I read this, in its brief entirety at the bookstore. It's priceless. Satire at the level of "The Daily Show". Great illustrations, smart reference ...more
Aug 08, 2008
Aug 08, 2008
 
The Dylanologists: Adventures in the Land of Bob
3.78
liked it
An evenhanded look at Dylan obsessives, from those who follow him on tour to those who have devoted their lives to unraveling his many mysteries.

My f
...more
Jul 18, 2014
Jul 18, 2014
 
Going Om: Real-Life Stories On and Off the Yoga Mat
3.62
really liked it
Like most collections featuring multiple essays by a variety of writers, there's something here for everyone (at least, those who appreciate and pract ...more
Nov 04, 2015
Nov 04, 2015
 
The Holy or the Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley, and the Unlikely Ascent of "Hallelujah"
3.62
liked it
Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" is one of a handful of modern day songs that has a history worthy of a 200 page book. The painstaking toil Cohen put into ...more
Sep 07, 2015
Sep 07, 2015
 
RealLivePreacher.com
4.30
it was amazing
Any ordained minister who drops the "F" bomb and admits that, on many days, he's as much an atheist as he is a believer, is my kind of guy.

This book w
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not set
Jun 07, 2008
 
Corn Flakes with John Lennon: And Other Tales from a Rock 'n' Roll Life
3.93
really liked it
This is a pretty remarkable collection of essays and stories from a music critic who has befriended Dylan, Cash, Springsteen, and U2 over the years. H ...more
Nov 27, 2014
Nov 24, 2014
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