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The Belly of Paris (Les Rougon-Macquart, #3)
The more Zola I read the more I just simply love his stories.I am seriously contemplating reading them in French just to see what its like in the orig...more
Aug 06, 2009
Aug 05, 2009
The Know-It-All: One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World
I loved this book.Reminds me of when I was a child and would read the encyclopedia because there was nothing else in the house.Extremely funny, one of...more
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Oct 18, 2008
This is the book Dan Brown wishes he could write. I cannot believe this never became a bestseller. It has finally be re-released and I hope it gets th...more
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Jun 11, 2008
Le Morte d'Arthur, Vol. 1
In my opinion, the definitive version of the Arthurian legend.I have read 6 different ones and I always come back to this one.
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Nov 18, 2008
The Slap
Fantastic book. Definitely not for everyone as the language and sex scenes might be too much.Starts off innocently at a BBQ when one of the guests sla...more
Jan 14, 2010
Aug 17, 2009
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
While I started out not really liking this book,because of all the Spanish thrown in,I enjoyed the story itself.I then found out that the author used...more
Nov 12, 2008
Oct 27, 2008
They Play Hockey In Heaven
A Canadian fable which does for hockey what Shoeless Joe Jackson goes to Iowa does for Baseball. It gets to the heart of what hockey means to this cou...more
Jan 21, 2014
Jan 06, 2014
Poison Study (Study, #1)
I finished this book at 2:00 am. I could not put it down.I was even reading while watching the hockey game last night.Anything that can take away my a...more
Dec 03, 2008
Nov 06, 2008
Facing Athens: Encounters with the Modern City
An American immigrant returns to the city of his birth after living in New York for 20 years.While I looked forward to this book on one of my favorite...more
Nov 11, 2009
Jul 07, 2009
First off, I love it when a book's setting is in my hometown.I just find it makes it easier to get right into the book.

It's actually three separate st...more
Apr 15, 2010
Mar 19, 2010
Advice for Italian Boys
Great little book that takes us into an Italian family living
in Toronto. Niccolo , the middle son , is the central character
in the novel.The advice...more
Jun 17, 2010
Jun 06, 2010
The Angel's Game
The prequel to "The Shadow of the Wind with a couple of the same characters.A bit of a twist on the selling your soul to the devil.The characters are...more
Aug 26, 2009
Aug 23, 2009
The Secret Agent: A Simple Tale
The best thing about this book is Penguin Classics is donating half the proceeds to fight AIDS in Africa. The story itself is not bad but I found his...more
Aug 27, 2010
Aug 15, 2010
An Apple a Day
I really enjoyed reading this book.He is a local university professor (McGill in Montreal).He takes a look at many of today's food headlines and break...more
Mar 03, 2009
Feb 01, 2009
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Just an incredibly enjoyable book with fantastic characters.It so completely engrossed me that I finished it in one day.I would love to find a book cl...more
Jun 14, 2009
Jun 13, 2009
The Romanov Prophecy
A nice easy read for a weekend escape.I enjoyed this book for what it is.I like that the author researches his subject quite extensively and explains...more
Aug 17, 2009
Aug 16, 2009
The Corrections
I really didnt like this book until I was about three quarters through it.I had seriously thought about putting it down, but thankfully I did not. You...more
Oct 06, 2010
Sep 17, 2010
Pot Luck (Les Rougon-Macquart, #10)
Another wonderful chapter in the 20 volume Rougon-Macquart series of books.This one deals with the lives of the people all living in an upscale Paris...more
Aug 19, 2010
Aug 06, 2010
Worldchanging: A User's Guide for the 21st Century
A great book on how to change our ways of living, eating, shopping to a more earth-friendly style.Each chapter also lists other books and websites for...more
Oct 25, 2009
Oct 10, 2009
Going Long: The Wild Ten-Year Saga of the Renegade American Football League in the Words of Those Who Lived
An excellent history of the birth of the AFL right up until the merger with the NFL.The book is basically snippets of interviews with dozens of player...more
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Feb 26, 2011
Soccernomics: Why England Loses, Why Germany and Brazil Win, and Why the U.S., Japan, Australia, Turkey--and Even Iraq--Are Destined to Become the Kings of the World's Most Popular Sport
An economist's look into the sport of soccer/football reminiscent of what Moneyball was to baseball.The authors try to nanlyze economic stats to expla...more
Jun 26, 2010
Jun 19, 2010
Philosophy: 100 Essential Thinkers
A very good introduction to some of history's great thinkers.Although not all are philosphers (eg Einstein , Galileo..) the book foes a good job of gi...more
Feb 06, 2011
Jan 28, 2011
Fall of Giants (The Century Trilogy, #1)
The only bad thing about this book is I dont know how long we will have to wait to read parts two and three.Ken Follett has come up with a brilliant h...more
Oct 26, 2010
Sep 29, 2010
Fighting Back: The Chris Nilan Story
An in-depth look at the life of one of my idols when I was a teenager. This man has been to hell and back (drug and alcohol) , but he has has also had...more
Apr 22, 2014
Apr 19, 2014
Toujours Provence
I really need to stop reading these travel books as we spent all our money on home renovations this year and wont be going anywhere (pretty sad for a...more
Jul 15, 2009
Jun 23, 2009
A Walk in the Woods
Another in a long line of humorous travel books by this hilarious author. He tries to tackle the 2150 or so mile Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Mai...more
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May 15, 2010
The Little Prince
What a perfect book after slogging through Nietzsche. I had always wanted to read this but never did until I found a beautiful little hardcover in the...more
Oct 07, 2013
Oct 06, 2013
The Witch of Babylon
Very well researched book that is quite a page-turner.Although I enjoyed it I didnt really like her writing style.Altogether a very good
first novel an...more
Sep 13, 2011
Sep 07, 2011
Provence A-Z
A lighthearted alphabetical look at the things that make Provence so special.Makes for a great companion book to Peter Mayle's Provence series. Recomm...more
Mar 2010
Feb 21, 2010
The Great Partition: The Making of India and Pakistan
Good introduction into a historic event I really had no idea about.Quite frightening to think all this went on only 60 years ago.A good way to find ou...more
May 22, 2009
May 13, 2009
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