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Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace ... One School at a Time
3.63
With all of the controversy surrounding aid and international development, Three Cups of Tea offers a refreshing story about Greg Mortenson, who wants...more
Jun 2009
Jul 07, 2009
 
What is the What
4.15
Though I still haven't figured out exactly what the What is, this book opened my eyes to just how screwed up Southern Sudan is. I mean, I kind of alre...more
not set
Jun 17, 2009
 
The End of Poverty
3.64
While I received a lot of negative feedback about this book before I read it, I learned a lot from it. Yes, the author is a bit arrogant and he does p...more
Apr 2009
Apr 17, 2009
 
People of the Book
3.96
More like a collection of short stories this book was a breezy read as far as time investments go, but a heavy read as far as content. Warning: some o...more
Jul 14, 2014
Jul 14, 2014
 
Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer
3.98
At the risk of being labelled an over-zealous five-star giver I had to do it for this book because I loved it like a fat kid loves cake (probably an i...more
Jul 24, 2011
Jul 24, 2011
 
Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight
3.94
This book was a quick and easy read, but intense and emotional enough to keep the reader thinking about the story long after the last page has been re...more
Mar 2009
Apr 17, 2009
 
A Fine Balance
4.32
Absolutely amazing story which I can proudly say I co-read out loud, which is no small feat for a 500+ page book. It is extremely enlightening about t...more
Sep 2009
Dec 11, 2009
 
Atlas Shrugged
3.66
I would have given this book five stars, but I took away one for length. Ayn Rand made her point extremely well through the story and her characters,...more
Sep 2009
Dec 11, 2009
 
A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail
4.05
This book was hilariously funny, though his anecdotes did fail to hold my attention after a while. However, this book resonated with me as I have rece...more
Dec 2012
Dec 07, 2012
 
Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation
3.91
Possibly I rated this book higher than someone who is not studying food for a living...but at any rate, this was a great book and very easy to read/ge...more
Feb 28, 2014
Feb 28, 2014
 
Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation
3.84
After reading this book I'm scared to use an apostrophe appropriately because I feel it will look wrong to others. If that's not a sign of this book's...more
Jun 27, 2010
Jun 27, 2010
 
The World is Fat: The Fads, Trends, Policies, and Products That Are Fatteningthe Human Race
3.02
This short, easy read was a great overview of the many causes that are causing many humans to become overweight/obese. It was also a great historical...more
Dec 02, 2010
Dec 02, 2010
 
Why Calories Count: From Science to Politics
3.80
I hate to say this, as I love Marion Nestle, but this book was pretty dry. I didn't learn much, however the information was laid out in a clear and un...more
Jan 08, 2013
May 22, 2012
 
We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families
4.33
While in Rwanda I visited the hills of Kibeho, mentioned in this book as the place where the Virgin Mary had a habit of appearing to local visionaries...more
Mar 2009
Feb 23, 2009
 
Into the Wild
3.89
This book reads like a series of magazine articles, which is no surprise since that is what Jon Krakauer spends a lot of time writing. For once I actu...more
Aug 2009
Dec 11, 2009
 
King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa
4.14
Though it was hard to dredge through the dry parts, it was worth it to read an expository account of just what exactly happened when King Leopold plun...more
Sep 2009
Dec 11, 2009
 
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
3.98
Whew! Finally done! I did learn some interesting things about the spread of microbes and why certain innovations historically have take off while some...more
Dec 21, 2009
Dec 11, 2009
 
Bill Bryson's African Diary
3.35
Basically an extended blog of Bill Bryson’s trip to visit his friends organization (CARE International) in Kenya. What the book lacks in depth, it mak...more
Aug 2009
Dec 11, 2009
 
The Kite Runner
4.21
Guilt from the past exerts a strong pressure on behavior in the future, the pressure of course being dependent on the severity of the guilt. The main...more
Jun 2009
Jun 17, 2009
 
The Mysteries of Pittsburgh
3.62
I'm sort of sad that I didn't like this book that much, since The Amazing Adventures of Cavalier and Clay was so good. I just feel like I didn't relat...more
Jan 15, 2014
Jan 15, 2014
 
A Thousand Splendid Suns
4.30
Heart-wrenching story about two women who find themselves essentially imprisoned by their oppressive, Taliban-supporting husband. The story made me re...more
Aug 2009
Dec 11, 2009
 
A Confederacy of Dunces
3.87
Hilarious story of a Dwight Shrute-esque man named Ignatius J. Reilly who lives at home with his disapproving but doting mother. Ignatius’ educated mi...more
Aug 2009
Dec 11, 2009
 
The Thing Around Your Neck
4.07
Excellent tales of educated Nigerians bursting out onto the American scene. My favorite, and perhaps the most powerful is the last story called The H...more
Jul 26, 2010
Jun 27, 2010
 
Diet for a Small Planet
3.95
This book was excellent, but frustrating in the fact that a lot of the issues she wrote about 40 years ago are still problematic today. When I was rea...more
Dec 19, 2013
Apr 25, 2013
 
The Value of Nothing: How to Reshape Market Society and Redefine Democracy
3.74
Gave me a new perspective on how capitalism should operate. I love the way this guy thinks, since I've read the book, I've seen him speak twice and he...more
Oct 2011
Dec 07, 2011
 
The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century
3.61
Great book, very eye-opening, but a bit hard to slog through at times. I especially liked the part where he imagines the future where we are very ener...more
Apr 25, 2013
Feb 09, 2012
 
The Lacuna
3.72
Surprisingly, this book was unremarkable. I say surprisingly because I have ravenously read all of Kingsolver's other books, sometimes literally finis...more
Jun 27, 2010
Dec 11, 2009
 
Body Surfing
3.29
Don't read this book.
Sep 2009
Dec 11, 2009
 
On the Road
3.66
Jack Kerouac may be a cultural icon through his co-founding of the beatnik movement, but the beatnik movement described in spontaneous prose does noth...more
Aug 2009
Jul 07, 2009
 
Emma's War
3.80
I loved this book! Not only did I learn a lot about the wars and famines that have plagues Sudan for years, the story was kind of an inside look at ex...more
Oct 2008
Oct 05, 2008
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