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The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right
3.98
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
4.39
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
 
Round Ireland with a Fridge
3.77
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
3.58
"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
3.90
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
 
True Enough: Learning to Live in a Post-Fact Society
3.72
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
 
Jesus, Interrupted: Revealing the Hidden Contradictions in the Bible (and Why We Don't Know About Them)
3.96
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
 
Endless Forms Most Beautiful: The New Science of Evo Devo and the Making of the Animal Kingdom
4.02
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
 
Slave Ship
3.98
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
 
Gödel's Proof
4.11
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
 
The Eastern Stars: How Baseball Changed the Dominican Town of San Pedro de Macoris
3.01
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
 
Pound Foolish: Exposing the Dark Side of the Personal Finance Industry
3.66
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
 
Morality for Beautiful Girls (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency #3)
3.96
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
 
Empire Falls
3.88
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
 
Slaughterhouse-Five
4.02
A couple of chance events led me to reread Slaughterhouse-Five over the summer, and I'm grateful that I did, despite the fact that it served as a fine ...more
Aug 2014
Nov 03, 2014
 
The Annotated Huckleberry Finn
3.78
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 Rice Mother
4.06
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
 
War Comes to Long An: Revolutionary Conflict  in a Vietnamese Province
3.55
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
3.63
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
 
The Tales of Beedle the Bard
3.95
Now and then I'll go awhile without finishing a book. (I'd blame work, but the truth of the matter is that I've been watching a lot of basketball and ...more
Mar 13, 2009
Mar 15, 2009
 
The Making of Heroes: How the 1943 Black Phillies Broke Baseball's Color Line
4.00
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
 
The Aran Islands
3.78
If you go to the Aran Islands today, you find that a few thousand people live there, mostly tending B&Bs or tourist shops. The only remnant of the ...more
Jul 18, 2008
Jul 18, 2008
 
A History of the World in 6 Glasses
3.72
A highly entertaining page-turner. I found myself underlining a lot in this book.

The book's thesis itself sometimes feels a bit thin. In fact, it star
...more
Feb 21, 2015
Feb 25, 2015
 
The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism
4.36
Fascinating, overwhelming, wearisome. This book was a massive undertaking. It's the sort of book that can only come from a dissertation, or at least s ...more
Apr 02, 2015
Apr 02, 2015
 
The War of the Running Dogs: How Malaya Defeated the Communist Guerrillas 1948-1960
3.89
Two pages into this book, I was already cringing. Barber describes 1948 Malaya as "a contented paradise in which men of many skins and creeds lived in ...more
Feb 21, 2015
Mar 02, 2015
 
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter
3.80
I can't recall exactly what led me to pick up this novel, but "tale of a racially mixed friendship and two murders of white girls a generation apart i ...more
Feb 21, 2015
Feb 25, 2015
 
The Annotated Origin
3.95
For anyone with any interest in reading "On the Origin of Species", this is a great way to read it. Costa's notes increase the length of the already-p ...more
Sep 15, 2009
Sep 15, 2009
 
The Last Great Game: Duke vs. Kentucky and the 2.1 Seconds That Changed Basketball
4.29
College team sports can make for great drama. I think I learned this mostly from reading John Feinstein books over the years. Sure, you have guys who ...more
Feb 10, 2012
Feb 13, 2012
 
Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream: A Day in the Life of Your Body
3.60
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
 
The Bluest Eye
3.96
When I read many good writers I find myself thinking what a noble pursuit great writing is. Then when I read the likes of Toni Morrison I find myself ...more
Dec 22, 2009
Dec 23, 2009
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