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Banana: The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World
Do you ever get to the middle of a book and think to yourself, Why on earth am I reading this? I generally manage to avoid this feeling by choosing my ...more
Jan 04, 2009
Aug 21, 2008
Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's
I was expecting this memoir to be an astonishing insight into Asperger's syndrome, a glimpse into the mind of the author. Instead, what I got was a bu ...more
Jan 28, 2009
Jan 04, 2009
Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir
How can I not give this book 5 stars? This is probably the most well-written memoir I have ever encountered. It reads like the most painful of poems, ...more
Jun 11, 2009
May 07, 2009
Devil's Picnic
I have no idea how this book ended up on my queue at the library, or where I first heard about it (probably on here somehow) but I sure am glad it som ...more
Nov 26, 2008
Oct 26, 2008
American Nerd: The Story of My People
I wanted to like this book more than I actually did. Parts of it were interesting and well-written, and other parts (entire chapters, even) read like ...more
Aug 31, 2008
Jul 30, 2008
The Raw 50: 10 Amazing Breakfasts, Lunches, Dinners, Snacks, and Drinks for Your Raw Food Lifestyle
I like really Carol Alt's reasonable approach to the raw food diet. I have no interest in being entirely vegan, which this book is not, and let's face ...more
Jun 15, 2009
Jun 08, 2009
Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines
The kid who wrote this is supposedly a previously published writer of some sort, so I went into this memoir expecting something at least halfway decen ...more
Aug 26, 2009
Aug 05, 2009
Are You There Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea
I'm sort of embarrassed that I actually made it through this entire book. I've already explained my need for less intellectual works for listening to ...more
Jul 05, 2009
Jul 05, 2009
The Remedy: The Five-Week Power Plan to Detox Your System, Combat the Fat, and Rebuild Your Mind and Body
I get what this book is trying to do, but there seems to be a lot of information in here that is not backed up by any sort of science. The use of heal ...more
Dec 15, 2011
Dec 15, 2011
Sugar Blues
This book ended up being more of a history lesson rather than a science-related one, which is probably best because history doesn't change much, but s ...more
Mar 06, 2010
Feb 08, 2010
Ani's Raw Food Kitchen: Easy, Delectable Living Foods Recipes
I've been messing about in the kitchen with this book for a few days now, and I'm really liking that she's doesn't use a dehydrator very often in her ...more
Aug 08, 2009
Aug 05, 2009
Magical Thinking: True Stories
This turned out to be pretty much what I expected it to be. I wouldn't call this book "well written" but it was entertaining enough. A good choice of ...more
Jan 07, 2009
Dec 26, 2008
Meat: A Love Story
The title of this book is misleading. It really should be called Meat: A Tentative Pat on the Head because that was about the level of enthusiasm the ...more
Sep 05, 2010
Sep 04, 2010
The Night of the Gun
Oh how I love me a good addiction memoir! The drunks and junkies - those are my people, man. This one is a little different than your average sobriety ...more
Feb 22, 2009
Dec 22, 2008
Lexicon Devil: The Fast Times and Short Life of Darby Crash and The Germs
Truly fascinating and engrossing. I find it rather amusing that I went to no less than FIVE bookstores in the Oakland/Berkeley area and could not find ...more
Feb 11, 2010
Feb 11, 2010
The End of Elsewhere: Travels Among the Tourists
This is not a quick read. It is an incredibly dense book about the tourism industry, a sort of anti-tourism manifesto. The author literally does "trav ...more
Jun 18, 2009
Nov 24, 2008
Everybody Into the Pool: True Tales
I read this entire book last night. By the time I was halfway through I was already getting tired, but was so enthralled that I trudged on. It's basic ...more
Sep 11, 2008
Aug 05, 2008
When You Are Engulfed In Flames
Usually when I start reading an author with multiple works, I like to read things chronologically, because I'm particular like that. Why I chose to po ...more
Aug 26, 2010
Sep 25, 2008
Blood: An Epic History of Medicine and Commerce
I ended up skimming through a lot of this book because it was just so jam-packed with information and history. I suppose some people might find this t ...more
Feb 04, 2009
Jan 17, 2009
Dad Is Fat
Here is my synopsis of this book:

I have kids. I have a lot of kids. Did I mention that I have kids? Kids! Kids do the darnedest things. This one time,
May 27, 2013
May 26, 2013
The Polysyllabic Spree
Not exactly what I had planned for my first book of the year, but it went by so quickly. A collection of Hornby's columns from 'The Believer' in which ...more
Jan 04, 2011
Dec 31, 2010
Holidays on Ice
Some of these stories were repeats of things from other books, which was kind of disappointing . Also, though I was amused by Santaland Diaries and a ...more
Nov 30, 2008
Nov 26, 2008
The Heroin Diaries: A Year In The Life Of A Shattered Rock Star
As a woman, no, as a HUMAN I was somewhat offended by parts of this book. I mean, I understand that all this was written during a very tumultuous time ...more
May 23, 2009
Apr 25, 2009
I'm with the Band: Confessions of a Groupie
This entire thing reads like a pre-teen diary. I had to start skimming just to keep my sanity. I was expecting more insight and depth. This has neithe ...more
Oct 11, 2013
Oct 10, 2013
No Impact Man
I want to give this book 4.5 stars, knocking off a half because of some sentence structures and awkward choppy paragraphs. I usually round down, but i ...more
Oct 06, 2009
Aug 27, 2009
The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History
Note to John Barry - For the love of god, GET A BETTER EDITOR. I found parts of this book fascinating, but the majority of it was infuriating. Long, r ...more
Jun 11, 2013
Jun 02, 2013
Attempting Normal
I usually listen to audiobooks at 1.5 - 2.0 times the normal speed (hence the Audiobooks-On-Crack shelf), but I am listing to this one on NORMAL SPEED ...more
May 03, 2013
Apr 30, 2013
Killing Yourself to Live: 85% of a True Story
You know what bothers me to no end?

"But ANYWAYS..."

I swear to god the next time I hear that come out of someone's mouth I'm going to punch them in t
Mar 20, 2011
Mar 01, 2011
The Magnesium Miracle (Revised and Updated)
This didn't have much new to say that I haven't already read in various academic papers. It might be interesting for someone who is not already famili ...more
Oct 12, 2013
Oct 11, 2013
Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
That's quite an ego you've got there, for a dude with a two-star restaurant. I know that since you've become famous, you're the star of every middle-a ...more
Jan 25, 2010
Nov 15, 2009
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