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Paulo Coelho. by Fernando Morais
3.95
An illuminating book about an author who I only discovered recently, ironically at about the same age as he was when he wrote his first major book, Th...more
May 27, 2011
May 13, 2011
 
Color: A Natural History of the Palette
3.74
This is an adventure story, a history of colors told by a woman who traveled the world to see for herself how paint and dye colors were made. Firstly...more
Apr 03, 2011
Mar 04, 2011
 
Joan Mitchell: Lady Painter
3.87
I bought this book at the MoMA in New York, where sadly there were no Joan Mitchell paintings on display. I asked at the information desk. "Joni Mitch...more
Jul 03, 2011
Jun 05, 2011
 
W.B. Yeats: A New Biography
4.14
W.B.Yeats is my favorite poet and I had read a biography of him before, but I didn't really take it in at the time (I was young, foolish and lazy). I...more
Apr 17, 2011
Apr 09, 2011
 
Giacometti: A Biography
4.21
Fascinating biography of one of the 20th century's great artists. Before this year I didn't know much about Giacometti, other than that he's one of th...more
Jul 18, 2011
Jul 03, 2011
 
Wild Boy: My Life in Duran Duran
3.57
Duran Duran was my favorite band in my boyhood. They got famous around 1981-82, when I was about 10 years old. At that time in my school there were 3...more
Dec 21, 2008
Dec 19, 2008
 
The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires
4.03
Excellent history of "information empires," from telephone monopolies, to radio and TV imperialists, to Google vs. Apple. Well argued book, ultimately...more
Jan 25, 2014
Jan 13, 2014
 
Miracles Of Life: Shanghai To Shepperton: An Autobiography
3.96
JG Ballard is one of my favorite fiction writers. I read Crash and several of his other highly imaginative works when I was younger. Crash is my favor...more
Feb 06, 2009
Feb 06, 2009
 
Baudelaire
4.00
This biography of one of poetry's modern masters, Charles Baudelaire, was an interesting read for me because I didn't know much about his background....more
Jul 26, 2009
Jul 26, 2009
 
The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company That is Connecting the World
3.83
I came away from this book more informed about Facebook and more impressed with its CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Although in many ways it's like a hagiography...more
Dec 31, 2010
Dec 25, 2010
 
Adventures Of An Irish Bookman
5.00
Tremendous book, published in 1952 by one M. J. MacManus. I bought a first edition copy last month from Cathach Books in Dublin.

I'd not heard of M. J...more
Mar 11, 2013
Mar 04, 2013
 
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
3.73
I first learned about Murakami, a contemporary Japanese author, from an Alex Iskold post on ReadWriteWeb. While I found the first Murakami book I read...more
Nov 23, 2008
Nov 15, 2008
 
Modigliani: A Life
3.75
I bought this book at SFMOMA and have been devouring it since then. Modigliani was my favorite artist before I read this and he's even more so now. Th...more
Mar 27, 2011
Mar 21, 2011
 
Outliers: The Story of Success
4.06
Fascinating book, changed the way I think about success. The central thesis is that success isn't something that happens to an individual in a vacuum....more
Nov 30, 2008
Nov 22, 2008
 
Every Day Tao: Self-Help in the Here & Now
3.91
I bought this book in Christchurch last weekend, from an independent bookstore called Scorpio Books which had recently moved to the suburb of Riccarto...more
May 28, 2011
May 19, 2011
 
A Fine Disregard: What Makes Modern Art Modern
4.50
One of the best books about understanding and appreciating art that I have yet read. This is the second of Kirk Varnedoe's books on modern art that I'...more
Aug 21, 2011
Aug 07, 2011
 
Back to Blood
3.19
Tom Wolfe's latest novel, 'Back to Blood', comes 8 years after 'I Am Charlotte Simmons'. The latter novel was a luridly inside account of the U.S. col...more
Nov 03, 2012
Oct 17, 2012
 
Bowie: A Biography
3.65
I've read a few bios of Bowie and I always find them fascinating. Bowie is famous for re-inventing himself constantly and this bio does a good job of...more
Sep 06, 2010
Aug 27, 2010
 
The Man Who Owns the News: Inside the Secret World of Rupert Murdoch
2.99
I enjoyed this book and it was certainly the best bio I've read of Rupert Murdoch (there aren't too many of them and the last one I tried was a hatche...more
Jan 25, 2009
Dec 27, 2008
 
Freedom
3.68
I joined a book club to read more modern literature and I'm very glad I got to read 'Freedom' by Jonathan Franzen (albeit I was late to start it and d...more
Nov 17, 2010
Oct 17, 2010
 
American Terroir: Savoring the Flavors of Our Woods, Waters, and Fields
3.94
Informative, enjoyable book about great food that gets its unique flavors from the environment it comes from. Terroir is a term borrowed from the wine...more
Feb 06, 2012
Jan 05, 2012
 
Ulysses
3.72
Re-reading an old University favourite. I visited Dublin earlier this year, so hopefully has even more resonance now.
not set
Apr 18, 2013
 
In Search of Gauguin
4.00
An exotic biography, which intersperses Gauguin's story with the story of the author's quest to re-trace Gauguin's journey from France to Tahiti. At f...more
Jul 28, 2013
Jul 16, 2013
 
The Velvet Underground Peeled
3.05
I've read every book about the Velvets there is and this one is mostly just an updated version of the story I'm already well familiar with. It only go...more
Feb 25, 2011
Feb 13, 2011
 
Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us
3.95
Very well researched and a compelling read. The only quibble I have is that these days fats (other than the bad ones like trans fat) are considered to...more
Jun 2013
May 22, 2013
 
Watch You Bleed: The Saga of Guns N' Roses
3.67
Guns n' Roses was one of the seminal bands of my era. They were most popular in the final years of high school for me, when Appetite for Destruction h...more
Oct 09, 2008
Oct 02, 2008
 
Shakey: Neil Young's Biography
4.04
Just finished Shakey, after reading it over a few weeks at night (post blogging, so around 10ish) and in the weekends (particularly on a Sunday, where...more
Jul 04, 2008
Jun 28, 2008
 
Veronika Decides to Die
3.69
2nd in the Coelho trilogy I'm reading, this one is about how an awareness of death makes you more aware of life and living it madly. I enjoyed it. Som...more
not set
May 07, 2011
 
The Pike: Gabriele D'Annunzio, Poet, Seducer and Preacher of War
3.93
I can see why this book won the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction in 2013. It was exhaustively researched and exquisitely written, mimicking the lu...more
Feb 14, 2014
Jan 25, 2014
 
The Alchemist
3.75
I read this over a few days and it resonated strongly with me. The theme is like many other self-help books, however the poetry and soul of this Brazi...more
May 02, 2011
Apr 28, 2011
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