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After the Music Stopped: The Financial Crisis, the Response, and the Work Ahead
Blinder is a phenomenal professor, because he can take the most dry, confusing subject (macro! *shakes fist*) and make it your favorite class by telli ...more
Sep 13, 2013
Aug 29, 2013
You Know You Love Me (Gossip Girl, #2)
Brearley was my excuse for reading the first book in this series. What am I doing reading more?

There's something irresistible about gossip, I guess. E
Feb 16, 2009
Feb 16, 2009
A Single Man
Does a lot with a minimal plot. Really moving -- the book manages to convey some really powerful ideas about grief and otherness in a very personal wa ...more
Sep 19, 2010
Sep 19, 2010
The Market for Virtue: The Potential and Limits of Corporate Social Responsibility
This is categorized as an academic textbook, but it's really a very accessible, evenhanded discussion of CSR, which is quite the hot topic right now. ...more
Sep 2007
Aug 06, 2007
Didn't love this one as much as other McEwan works, maybe because the characters are so unpleasant. I'm guessing the tight, mystery-type plotting is w ...more
Jul 2010
Aug 16, 2010
Land's End: A Walk in Provincetown
This book is a profile of a place the author really loves, and I really liked the personal anecdotes and the many tiny details. Also a nice glimpse in ...more
Apr 05, 2009
May 03, 2009
The Hard Truth About Soft Skills: Workplace Lessons Smart People Wish They'd Learned Sooner
Good, if obvious, advice delivered through overly general cheerleading. The author is a motivational speaker, and it shows (and not in a good way). I ...more
Jun 11, 2008
Jul 16, 2008
Irrational Exuberance
One of the people who has the right to say "I told you so" about the current economic crisis. It's not clear if the intended audience of this book is ...more
Mar 19, 2009
May 03, 2009
I initially thought this was a graphic novel. It's not, but the images created by the text are even more terrifying. Unbelievably creepy, creative and ...more
Mar 09, 2009
May 03, 2009
Everything Here Is the Best Thing Ever: Stories
A hipster Philip Roth? Good short stories, if a bit unnecessarily quirky and not really what I was looking for in a vacation read.
Jun 30, 2011
Jul 06, 2011
This might not have been the best choice for a quick plane read. Lots of heavy topics, but it had a sort of paint-by-numbers quality to it that kept i ...more
Aug 04, 2013
Jul 31, 2013
Where I Was From
Favorite California book so far. I love the way she weaves together family and history and culture, exploring this very strange place.
Feb 09, 2013
Feb 13, 2013
This Organic Life: Confessions of a Suburban Homesteader
If you're thinking about reading "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle," read this instead! The author has been growing her own vegetables in the Hudson Valley ...more
Jan 12, 2009
Jan 11, 2009
Supercapitalism: The Transformation of Business, Democracy, and Everyday Life
Reich might be a better writer than economist. He's not exactly breaking news here, but I found this really compelling, particularly how he frames the ...more
Jul 02, 2008
Jul 16, 2008
Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance
Didn't find this particularly profound or memorable, but it was an interesting look at the life and psyche of a doctor.
Apr 06, 2009
May 03, 2009
Going in Circles
Cute, very personal story with fun roller derby sequences. But none of the characters really rang true.
Jul 2010
Aug 16, 2010
Cape Wind: Money, Celebrity, Class, Politics, and the Battle for Our Energy Future on Nantucket Sound
The coworker who lent me this book warned that it would make me hate Ted Kennedy. He was right!
Nov 29, 2008
Dec 19, 2008
The Wordy Shipmates
Interesting and quirky (but not nearly as cutesy as Vowell's public radio stuff) historical anecdotes.
Mar 26, 2009
May 03, 2009
The Fault in Our Stars
Kids with cancer who talk like Aaron Sorkin characters. And yet, I was on board most of the way through.
Aug 22, 2012
Aug 21, 2012
Curtain Creek Farm
Cute, moving, funny stories about the lives and relationships of modern-day hippies on a commune.
Apr 13, 2009
May 03, 2009
Outliers: The Story of Success
Malcolm Gladwell is great at telling stories but terrible at drawing conclusions from them.
Oct 2009
Oct 20, 2009
Paradise Lost: California's Experience, America's Future, Updated with a New Preface
Some interesting background on the rise of the ballot initiative industry and anti-tax activism in California. Elsewhere, though, there's an odd combi ...more
Dec 07, 2012
Nov 20, 2012
The Woman Who Died a Lot (Thursday Next, #7)
Thursday Next! Still great fun, even though I missed the BookWorld in this one.
Dec 21, 2012
Dec 21, 2012
Schuyler's Monster: A Father's Journey with His Wordless Daughter
I used to read the author's blog years ago and remember reading about Schuyler and her "big box of words." It's nice to get the full story, which also ...more
Apr 21, 2009
May 03, 2009
Mission Al-Jazeera: Build a Bridge, Seek the Truth, Change the World
I picked this up after hearing Rushing interviewed on WNYC's "On the Media." His career path is just amazing - from Marine with no interest in journal ...more
Aug 2007
Aug 02, 2007
My Sister's Keeper
Oh, this book is so bad. Good mindless reading, though.
Oct 2009
Oct 20, 2009
Then We Came to the End
Well, I'm certainly not the first to compare this book to "The Office," but it really is just exactly that same brand of humor. It's painfully realist ...more
Jul 2007
Jul 14, 2007
A Home At The End Of The World
I just loved the way this was crafted.
Dec 09, 2011
Dec 10, 2011
The Ecology of Commerce: A Declaration of Sustainability
This was probably an important book at the time, but it's pretty outdated now. Although his ideas can be thought-provoking, they are not well-develope ...more
Sep 2007
Oct 03, 2007
Life After Life
The central gimmick is fantastic, and it would've completely won me over if the author hadn't also attempted to pack in a European history textbook an ...more
Jul 26, 2013
Jul 09, 2013