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The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right
4.02
liked it
My having read - and enjoyed - a 200-page book about using checklists suggests that I'm a cocktail party nightmare, but I found this to be very much a ...more
Dec 07, 2010
Dec 08, 2010
 
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
4.48
it was amazing
This book pretty much blew me away. I'd have finished it a lot more quickly if it weren't for the fact that every time I picked it up, it gave me a co ...more
May 23, 2012
May 25, 2012
 
Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream: A Day in the Life of Your Body
3.59
really liked it
Last night, I ate too much, drank too much beer, and fell asleep too early. So I woke up at about three in the morning, feeling overheated, awake, and ...more
Jun 10, 2009
Jun 17, 2009
 
True Enough: Learning to Live in a Post-Fact Society
3.71
really liked it
This was my election 2008 attempt-to-escape-the-news read. And it served its purpose well. It covers an awful lot of ground, but its main point is thi ...more
Nov 09, 2008
Nov 10, 2008
 
Round Ireland with a Fridge
3.78
liked it
This guy's funny. But ridiculous.

It reminds me of my travels from when I was in college, when much of the excitement was a direct result of me and my
...more
Jun 15, 2008
Jul 18, 2008
 
Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America
3.60
liked it
"Nickel and Dimed" amounts to a good account of living a back-breaking existence while doing unskilled work. It offers a ground-up view of what it's l ...more
Aug 03, 2008
Aug 05, 2008
 
A Planet of Viruses
3.97
really liked it
I liked reading this book, and I think so did many retroviruses I carry.

I've read a lot of Zimmer's blogs and magazine articles, and I've even seen hi
...more
Feb 21, 2012
Feb 22, 2012
 
Empire Falls
3.91
really liked it
I really, really like Russo. It's easy to plow through -- 480 pages gone in nothing flat, but the characters nonetheless come to life. For my sake, it ...more
Jun 09, 2008
Jun 09, 2008
 
Morality for Beautiful Girls (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, #3)
3.97
really liked it
I am not an authority on detective stories. I've read a little Sherlock Holmes, but I've only seen Agatha Christie through the eyes of the BBC. But wh ...more
Sep 06, 2010
Sep 22, 2010
 
Gödel's Proof
4.14
really liked it
I don't read much math these days, so when I do read it, it's a little like climbing a steep wall following a winter of sitting in front of a computer ...more
May 25, 2009
May 25, 2009
 
Endless Forms Most Beautiful: The New Science of Evo Devo and the Making of the Animal Kingdom
4.04
liked it
First of all, I should clarify that I'm no scientist. But I do have an egghead mentality, and I've read plenty on evolution. What I hadn't read was mu ...more
Jul 20, 2008
Jul 20, 2008
 
Jesus, Interrupted: Revealing the Hidden Contradictions in the Bible & Why We Don't Know About Them
3.93
really liked it
I generally avoid the religion section of the bookstore, not for lack of interest but because of a general fear of accidentally picking something up t ...more
Nov 03, 2009
Nov 03, 2009
 
Outcasts United: A Refugee Team, an American Town
3.81
really liked it
If Disney got its hands on this would, the script would look a lot like a true-story Bad News Bears or Mighty Ducks or Major League. Rag-tag Bunch of ...more
Feb 17, 2010
Feb 18, 2010
 
Big Data Baseball: Math, Miracles, and the End of a 20-Year Losing Streak
4.05
really liked it
At first blush, this is a baseball book about the 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates. Small Market Team Overcomes the Odds, Enjoys First Winning Season in 21 Yea ...more
Sep 13, 2015
Sep 14, 2015
 
The  Slave Ship: A Human History
4.04
really liked it
It's a little hard to love a book whose main objective is to painstakingly detail the extent of human cruelty and terror in the slave trade, especiall ...more
Jan 03, 2009
Jan 03, 2009
 
The Rice Mother
4.07
liked it
In short, this book is gut-wrenching. Truly a tough read, the telling of a family's dreadful prophecy and its lengthy unfolding over multiple generati ...more
Dec 30, 2014
Dec 30, 2014
 
Pound Foolish: Exposing the Dark Side of the Personal Finance Industry
3.68
really liked it
This is a smart book. But first and foremost, let's get one thing out of the way. Olen isn't going to tell you where to invest your money.

The point of
...more
Apr 24, 2013
Apr 25, 2013
 
The Annotated Huckleberry Finn: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer's Comrade)
3.80
it was amazing
This annotated version of Huck Finn probably triples the size of the book, which is why I spent the better part of three months inching my way through ...more
Nov 25, 2014
Nov 25, 2014
 
The Eastern Stars: How Baseball Changed the Dominican Town of San Pedro de Macoris
3.06
liked it
This book badly needed to be written. May it please be put on library shelves, replacing dull histories of the Yankees, Red Sox, and Brooklyn Dodgers. ...more
Sep 22, 2010
Sep 22, 2010
 
Blood at the Root: A Racial Cleansing in America
4.25
it was amazing
This book tells the frightful history of race relations in Forsyth County, Georgia, a county whose white population successfully expelled its blacks i ...more
Oct 20, 2016
Oct 20, 2016
 
The Ghosts of Berlin: Confronting German History in the Urban Landscape
4.05
really liked it
This book offers pretty much everything you want in a walking tour of a city (history and architecture, anecdotes and themes), apart from the thousand ...more
Sep 27, 2009
Oct 01, 2009
 
Emma (The Austen Project, #3)
3.06
liked it
I can imagine how this book might elicit mixed feelings from lovers of either Jane Austen or Alexander McCall Smith. The idea of rewriting a classic s ...more
Sep 30, 2015
Dec 10, 2015
 
War Comes to Long An: Revolutionary Conflict  in a Vietnamese Province
3.62
liked it
Long winded, sometimes meandering, and ending with a rather whimpering conclusion, this book reads like the dense dissertation it is, meant more to be ...more
Oct 05, 2010
Oct 05, 2010
 
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace ... One School at a Time
3.64
really liked it
This is the designated One Book San Diego for 2008 (http://www.sandiego.gov/public-librar...), as promoted by the city's library system, mayor, and pu ...more
Oct 18, 2008
Oct 20, 2008
 
Espresso Tales (44 Scotland Street, #2)
3.87
really liked it
There is a lot more resolution in this second Scotland Street book than there was in the first. Of course, there are (as of today) eight more in the s ...more
Jul 19, 2015
Jul 19, 2015
 
Go Set a Watchman
3.31
liked it
I wouldn't argue against the idea that Go Set a Watchman is one of the greatest money-grabs in publishing history. And it may very well soil forever p ...more
Aug 02, 2015
Aug 03, 2015
 
44 Scotland Street (44 Scotland Street, #1)
3.61
really liked it
Like many, my first exposure to McCall Smith was through his No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, but the Scotland Street books felt familiar from t ...more
Jun 19, 2015
Jul 19, 2015
 
The Making of Heroes: How the 1943 Black Phillies Broke Baseball's Color Line
4.00
really liked it
The premise of this book is a wonderful conjecture -- what might have happened if Bill Veeck had been able to fully integrate baseball during World Wa ...more
Dec 16, 2014
Dec 16, 2014
 
Thunderstruck
3.66
liked it
Anyone who has read newspapers from the Gilded or Edwardian eras knows the frequently sensational tone that was the norm. For this book, Larsen intert ...more
Jun 2016
Jun 08, 2016
 
Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant
3.82
really liked it
I was at a party recently where there were about 20 guests, and someone decided to start a story-writing game. Starting with a blank pad of paper, the ...more
Jan 25, 2016
Feb 12, 2016
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