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Feel the Fear . . . and Do It Anyway
3.98
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
4.43
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
 
Don't Eat This Book
3.69
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
3.96
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
 
Mandela's Way: Lessons on Life, Love, and Courage
4.03
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
 
No Need for Speed: A Beginner's Guide to the Joy of Running
3.92
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...more
Jan 2003
Jun 04, 2008
 
Naked Pictures of Famous People
3.56
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
 
Bruce Springsteen and the Promise of Rock 'n' Roll
3.45
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
 
I Never Had It Made
3.81
Jackie tells his story the same way he played the game - with integrity, pride, and heart. You learn firsthand the challenges he faced growing up, in...more
May 08, 2011
Apr 24, 2011
 
Taking the Leap: Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears
4.23
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
 
Catch a Fire: The Life of Bob Marley
4.07
A much more comprehensive read than I was expecting, delving into Jamaican culture, the Rastafarian faith, and the roots and evolution of reggae music...more
Jun 13, 2011
Jun 15, 2011
 
Crossroads: The Life and Afterlife of Blues Legend Robert Johnson
3.69
The liner notes to the Robert Johnson box set which came out in the 1980's were so exhaustive and complete, there's not a whole lot for this very earn...more
Jul 07, 2014
Jul 01, 2014
 
Freak Nation: A Field Guide to 101 of the Most Odd, Extreme, and Outrageous American Subcultures
3.11
This is more of a reference book than a page-turner, with short overviews of a variety of subcultures.

From the folks you see at DragonCon (Trekkies, F...more
Apr 24, 2011
Mar 26, 2011
 
The Hour I First Believed
3.75
Weighing in at 750 pages, I knew this book would have a Dickensian quality to it, with subplots emerging as the tale progressed. The main story is pai...more
Jan 2009
Nov 21, 2008
 
Lit
3.82
I loved having Mary Karr read this to me (audiobook). Her voice captures the wit and sorrow that balance "Lit" beautifully. Alcoholism, depression, an...more
Oct 16, 2010
Aug 28, 2010
 
In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto
4.05
OK, like many books on nutrition/health, I skimmed more than read page-for-page, but I gleaned enough to have an appreciation for Pollan's thesis, whi...more
Aug 2008
Jul 01, 2008
 
The Baseball Codes: Beanballs, Sign Stealing, and Bench-Clearing Brawls: The Unwritten Rules of America's Pastime
3.70
I learned a lot about the unspoken rules of Major League Baseball from this book. You might think of "The Code" as hallowed etiquette understood among...more
Mar 18, 2011
Mar 03, 2011
 
The Dylanologists: Adventures in the Land of Bob
4.05
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
 
Gospel According to Bruce Springsteen: Rock and Redemption, from Asbury Park to Magic
3.51
This was a good book, though the need to turn all things pop culture into spiritual journeys grows a tad old (The Gospel According to the Sopranos and...more
Oct 17, 2008
Jul 06, 2008
 
And Here's the Kicker: Conversations with 21 Top Humor Writers on their Craft and the Industry
4.07
This is a must read for anyone who fancies themselves a comedy writer, or is just intrigued by the notion and process of creating comedy. Mike Sacks i...more
Mar 17, 2011
Sep 02, 2010
 
Across the Wire: Life and Hard Times on the Mexican Border
4.12
While not quite as compelling as Urrea's later "The Devil's Highway", this is still gripping writing. At his best, Mr. Urrea feels like non-fiction's...more
Jun 2011
Mar 04, 2011
 
Deer Hunting with Jesus: Dispatches from America's Class War
3.80
When NPR correspondent Joe Bageant moved back to Winchester, Virginia after being away for decades, he felt the true breadth of the chasm that exists...more
Aug 2008
Jul 28, 2008
 
Palm Sunday: An Autobiographical Collage
3.74
Reading Vonnegut is such a joyous experience, especially his autobiographical sketches, where you feel as if the man is just sitting with you, casuall...more
Jul 2008
Jun 03, 2008
 
Everyman
3.51
I've had a hard time entering Philip Roth's world, having abandoned "Sabbath's Theater" and "The Human Stain" in the past, though I still hope to revi...more
Jul 2008
Jul 12, 2008
 
Why Is God Laughing?: The Path to Joy and Spiritual Optimism
3.48
The answer to the question, "Why is God Laughing?" might very well be, "He's doing something more entertaining than reading this book."

Sorry to slam D...more
Sep 06, 2008
Aug 20, 2008
 
Truth and Consequences: Special Comments on the Bush Administration's War on American Values
3.84
I confess, I more or less skimmed through this, rather than giving it a conscious read. I like Olberman and am glad that he's out there to balance the...more
Jun 2008
Jul 02, 2008
 
The Last Lecture
4.22
I'd waited quite a while for this book, as the library's wait list was months long. I've always been quasi-obsessed with that span of time between whe...more
Oct 18, 2008
Jun 05, 2008
 
The Road
3.94
Like many folks, I first became aware of Cormac McCarthy when the Coen Brothers adapted his "No Country For Old Men" into an Oscar winning film. So, w...more
Jul 2008
Jul 06, 2008
 
No Country for Old Men
4.09
After reading "The Road", I decided to read more McCarthy, starting with the inspiration for 2007's Best Picture. A bit odd to read the book after see...more
Aug 20, 2008
Aug 05, 2008
 
Devil's Highway
3.97
From Veracruz to certain death, 26 Mexican men try to find their way to a new life in America. Fourteen of them - dubbed "The Yuma 14" - never made it...more
Sep 12, 2010
Aug 22, 2010
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