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Thinking, Fast and Slow
4.02
I've long wondered about the "rational man" of economic theory and have wondered if there was some kind of drug I could take that would enable me to b ...more
Feb 07, 2012
Feb 07, 2012
 
How Music Works
3.96
Byrne gives us his take on music in a style that is very pleasant, straightforward, and conversational. He comes across as someone whose wide-ranging, ...more
Dec 20, 2012
Dec 20, 2012
 
Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything
3.81
You have to love a book written by someone who, fresh from winning the U.S. Memory Championship, takes mass transit home because he’s forgotten that h ...more
May 14, 2011
May 16, 2011
 
Moving the Mountain: Beyond Ground Zero to a New Vision of Islam in America
3.92
Last summer I read the Qu'ran for the first time. While reading, I kept having this thought: "Muhammad was asserting radical, universal monotheism as ...more
Oct 29, 2012
Oct 29, 2012
 
Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design
4.25
When I carry a book's ideas around in my head and, day after day, look at my surroundings through the eyes of those ideas, that's when I have to think ...more
Feb 09, 2014
Feb 14, 2014
 
Denying History: Who Says the Holocaust Never Happened & Why Do They Say It?
4.04
I read this book on the heels of assisting with a Holocaust remembrance program at my library. Before the program I'd gotten geared up for what I'd sa ...more
Apr 27, 2012
Apr 27, 2012
 
The Price of Civilization: Reawakening American Virtue and Prosperity
3.83
"I like to pay taxes," said Oliver Wendell Holmes. "With them I buy civilization." Economist Sachs (Earth Institute, Columbia) says the U.S. badly nee ...more
Mar 24, 2012
Mar 21, 2012
 
1775: A Good Year for Revolution
3.39
What does a revolution make? Not just a Declaration of Independence. So says author Kevin Phillips in providing this comprehensive look at how the ing ...more
Jan 14, 2013
Jan 14, 2013
 
Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth
3.77
Centuries of iconography have conditioned us to imagine Jesus as a fair-skinned, straight-haired man of irenic disposition. It is a difficult thing to ...more
Feb 07, 2014
Feb 07, 2014
 
Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think
4.06
The future according to our popular novelists is almost always dystopian. Peter Diamandis encourages us to imagine otherwise, based on the potential o ...more
May 16, 2012
May 02, 2012
 
Rich Dad's Conspiracy of the Rich: The 8 New Rules of Money
3.97
Too bad a minus star isn't available. I've been curious about the "rich dad" brand for a while, so I borrowed this from the library. It's one page of ...more
Dec 16, 2014
Dec 16, 2014
 
Goldengrove
3.27
There were lots of good things about this book, in which (mostly) a 13-14 year old girl has to come to grips with the loss of her older sister and the ...more
not set
Jun 18, 2008
 
Hood's Tennessee Campaign: The Desperate Venture of a Desperate Man
4.67
Yet-to-be-published review for Tennessee Librarian:

Published as an entry in The History Press Sesquicentennial Series, this volume provides a solid ac
...more
Sep 25, 2014
Sep 25, 2014
 
Practical Wisdom: The Right Way To Do the Right Thing
3.55
I know I shouldn’t purloin dust-cover blurbs for a book review. Of course they exist to puff the book: “irresistible book, one that every politician, ...more
Feb 08, 2011
Feb 09, 2011
 
Marshall McLuhan: You Know Nothing of My Work!
3.88
[review by Maf, Marilyn Monroe’s Maltese mutt]

alliteration: m, mm’smm. see? i mean, hear? oh, but that’s not all: the subject of the review is a book
...more
Feb 18, 2011
Feb 19, 2011
 
The Price of Inequality: How Today's Divided Society Endangers Our Future
3.99
Stiglitz delivers a clearly-written and compelling analysis of the current economic and political situation in the United States. Undoubtedly much of ...more
Sep 07, 2012
Sep 07, 2012
 
This Machine Kills Secrets: How WikiLeakers, Cypherpunks, and Hacktivists Aim to Free the World's Information
4.03
I picked up this book expecting to be defeated by techno-geek speak, but Greenberg had me riveted from the very start with his parallel retelling, in ...more
Feb 22, 2013
Feb 22, 2013
 
Battle Hymns: The Power and Popularity of Music in the Civil War
4.25
(as reviewed for Tennessee Librarian)

If music has charms that can soothe savagery, as Congreve wrote, this book amply testifies that music also has a
...more
Sep 06, 2012
Sep 06, 2012
 
Imagine: How Creativity Works
3.73
Because it would be a shame if all I remembered from this book is that murderer Gary Gilmore's last words ("Let's do it") inspired the Nike slogan, I ...more
Apr 21, 2012
Apr 23, 2012
 
The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future (Or, Don't Trust Anyone Under 30)
3.10
The author visited my library last night and for the most part delivered the main messages from this book:

1. 24/7 digital connectivity (a.k.a. social
...more
Mar 28, 2011
Mar 29, 2011
 
The Hemlock Cup: Socrates, Athens and the Search for the Good Life
3.85
If the ancient Athens of your imagination is a collection of white marble buildings and dead white males in white togas, you owe it to yourself to rea ...more
Mar 09, 2011
Mar 13, 2011
 
The Shoemaker's Wife
3.95
I live/work not too far from Big Stone Gap, VA, which is of course the town that made Trigiani's reputation. Ms. Trigiani has visited my library on a ...more
May 21, 2012
May 21, 2012
 
The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion
4.03
Yet another book on the two-track mind--like Kahnemann in "Thinking Fast and Slow," Haidt presents a bifurcated model of human brain function. Kahnema ...more
Oct 05, 2012
Oct 05, 2012
 
The First 20 Minutes: Surprising Science Reveals How We Can: Exercise Better, Train Smarter, Live Longer
3.85
The title makes it sound like the kind of ad you'll see on google or facebook (or even goodreads?), the kind that begs you to click through so you can ...more
May 25, 2012
May 25, 2012
 
Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World
4.08
All my life I have been told by "religious" people that religion is necessary for morality. I have never believed this, mostly because my own parents ...more
Jun 08, 2012
Jun 08, 2012
 
The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo
3.95
As an occasional student of French history--particularly of the revolutionary and Napoleonic periods--I was vaguely aware that Alexandre Dumas, who ga ...more
Nov 06, 2012
Nov 06, 2012
 
The Good Psychologist
3.39
This is one of those novels that teaches you something. And no surprise, really, since the main character teaches a psychology class at a (community?) ...more
Feb 2011
Feb 09, 2011
 
Sarah's Key
4.11
This is a well-constructed story of Holocaust horror and remembrance. It begins with two narrators telling their stories in alternation: one a Jewish ...more
Jul 16, 2013
Jul 22, 2013
 
How We Do Harm: A Doctor Breaks Ranks About Being Sick in America
4.14
Sometimes books line up in unpredictable ways. I just finished Kahneman's "Thinking Fast and Slow," which discusses how our native thinking is heavily ...more
Feb 17, 2012
Feb 17, 2012
 
The Life and Opinions of Maf the Dog, and of His Friend Marilyn Monroe
2.77
Mafia Honey--Maf for short--is a Maltese dog who has the distinction of being acquired by Frank Sinatra from Natalie Woods's mother and given to Maril ...more
Feb 17, 2011
Feb 18, 2011
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