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Off-Topic: The Story of an Internet Revolt
Well, I guess I've jumped on the bandwagon.

I watched the goodreads controversy swirl around me with mild curiosity and some ambivalence. I'm not a fan
Nov 08, 2013
Nov 07, 2013
The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice
Mother Teresa is probably the last person I'd expect to be the target of an angry expose.

In this short volume, Christopher Hitchens includes the follo
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Jul 03, 2010
Who Stole Feminism?: How Women Have Betrayed Women
With impressive thoroughness, Christina Hoff Sommers challenges a lot of feminist rhetoric and deconstructs the research on which many feminist claims ...more
Jun 30, 2012
Jun 27, 2012
Generation Me: Why Today's Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled--and More Miserable Than Ever Before
I remember watching "Reality Bites" on video with some friends in college. Supposedly this was THE Generation X movie, and as someone with a 1973 birt ...more
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Mar 30, 2010
Three Cups of Deceit: How Greg Mortenson, Humanitarian Hero, Lost His Way

I remember reading a goodreads review of Three Cups of Tea One Man's Mission to Promote Peace ... One School at a Time which criticized the book
Jul 08, 2011
Jul 07, 2011
Saving Normal: An Insider's Revolt Against Out-Of-Control Psychiatric Diagnosis, DSM-5, Big Pharma, and the Medicalization of Ordinary Life
It's a recurring conversation for me, in both professional and social contexts. Is it a good thing or a bad thing that we have so much diagnosis today ...more
Oct 28, 2013
Oct 24, 2013
My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel
Updated review: Just took off two stars after reading this article. Shame on you, Ari Shavit.

I still think it's a great book, but there's no way I'm g
Apr 05, 2014
Mar 21, 2014
Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other
Hmmm. Fascinating concept. Copiously researched. Boring as all hell.

Okay, just kidding. A cheap effort to get the attention of all my on-line friends
Feb 17, 2013
Feb 11, 2013
Not Me
I’m the first to say it. The Holocaust genre is way oversaturated. When I read “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas,” I was filled with rage that this was ...more
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May 19, 2009
The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil
Be forewarned -- this is not a relaxing book on any level.

Having said that, it's pretty fantastic. How good people turn evil is a huge question, more
Aug 06, 2012
Jul 19, 2012
Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America
I voted for two polarized reviews of this book -- one extolling its virtues, the other dismissing its arguments as simplistic. I suspect both are vali ...more
Jan 03, 2015
Dec 21, 2014
Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts
Four words:

Cognitive dissonance
Confirmation bias

According to the authors, therein lies the explanation for people's unwillingness to admit mistakes, e
Dec 22, 2011
Dec 17, 2011
Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother
Disclaimer: I'm rating the book, not Amy Chua's parenting.

Which is not to say that I completely disagree with Amy's parenting philosophy and goals, at
Mar 19, 2011
Mar 19, 2011
Just Like Us: The True Story of Four Mexican Girls Coming of Age in America
In “Just Like Us,” Helen Thorpe attacks the complicated issue of illegal immigration from a variety of angles. Primarily, she focuses on the lives of ...more
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Apr 04, 2010
The Peter Principle
This was (mostly) a cute and charming read with some interesting insights into the inefficiency you often encounter among businesses and individual wo ...more
Mar 03, 2013
Mar 02, 2013
NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children
It was hard to decide on a rating for this book. NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children reminded me of a Malcolm Gladwell book in both good and bad ...more
Mar 16, 2013
Mar 13, 2013
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures
"The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down" explores the tragedy of Lia Lee, a Hmong child with epilepsy who eventually suffered severe brain damage, f ...more
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Nov 12, 2008
Strictly Kosher Reading: Popular Literature and the Condition of Contemporary Orthodoxy
I want to start this review with an aside about the author. Fear not, goodreads -- what I have to say is positive.

Years ago I applied for a research
Dec 10, 2013
Dec 02, 2013
Marriage Confidential
As I mentioned in a status update, it's very hard to look at this book objectively after reading this incisive review. But I tried, really I did.

As th
Mar 21, 2014
Mar 08, 2014
Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder
A lot of work and brilliant thinking clearly went into this book, and I regret having to assign it a lukewarm 3-star rating. But it was simply too eas ...more
May 18, 2013
May 13, 2013
Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting
For those who enjoyed Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother as an entertaining and provocative look at parenting differences, here is another book of the sa ...more
Jul 27, 2012
Jul 21, 2012
Rumspringa: To Be or Not to Be Amish
“Most Amish are satisfied with their lives; most mainstream Americans express a significant degree of dissatisfaction with theirs…But is satisfaction ...more
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May 02, 2009
Imaginary Friends
This is my fourth Alison Lurie book, and she hasn't disappointed me yet. I love her writing and her characterization, and was amazed by the intelligen ...more
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Feb 16, 2008
The Settlers: And the Struggle over the Meaning of Zionism
I should warn you that this review will probably bore you (as this book would) if you're not interested in Israeli politics and religious vs. secular ...more
Jan 16, 2012
Jan 14, 2012
The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement
If you're looking to feel good about the direction society is moving in, don't read Jean M. Twenge.

In an unsurprising follow-up to Generation Me: Why
Jan 31, 2015
Jan 31, 2015
Anger: The Misunderstood Emotion
Certainly this book spoke to me as a therapist, someone who tries to help people who are dealing with strong feelings of all sorts but frequently ange ...more
Oct 12, 2014
Sep 29, 2014
The Reluctant Fundamentalist
I liked the fact that this book managed to be both a quick and easy read and very thought-provoking at the same time. It was an interesting look at bi ...more
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Nov 08, 2007
A Return to Modesty: Discovering the Lost Virtue
Modesty – whoa, there’s a loaded topic.

Modesty is loaded for me in a particular way. As a graduate of an orthodox Jewish girls’ high school where I f
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Dec 11, 2010
Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion
Well, it didn't surprise me to learn that Sam Harris and Christopher Hitchens were buddies.

Like Hitch, Sam is a fantastic writer and brilliant thinker
Nov 15, 2014
Oct 19, 2014
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Oh. My. God.

I could just end the review here. I almost feel like reviewing this book would cheapen it, because there’s so much here and I don’t think
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May 25, 2010
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