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The Philosopher and the Wolf: Lessons from the Wild on Love, Death, and Happiness
4.11
This is not a conventionally nice book -- the author can be a crank carrying around a hypertrophied male ego like a sack of bad gas -- nor is it a sen ...more
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Apr 22, 2009
 
The Sea Inside
3.77
A fine piece of nonfiction wherein the author discovers that he is homeless. Perhaps we all are. A book of grief for lost worlds, lost creatures, and ...more
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Jun 03, 2014
 
The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science
3.97
Holmes, author of a magisterial two volume biography of Coleridge, probably knows more about the Romantic Poets and their circle than anyone alive, kn ...more
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Jul 18, 2009
 
The Storyteller
3.69
A somewhat uncomfortable and multilayered take on anthropology and the search for identity in the modern world. A sad book because history has subsume ...more
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Aug 23, 2013
 
Spent: Sex, Evolution, and Consumer Behavior
3.78
White cover with clever photo, single word title, copycat publishing. A frustrating combination of screed (deriding conspicuous consumption), analysis ...more
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Jun 19, 2009
 
Adam's Task: Calling Animals by Name
3.97
Hearne was a marvelous poet, an amateur philosopher, and -- on the evidence of this book -- a superb animal trainer. It belongs on that short shelf of ...more
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Apr 19, 2009
 
The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America
4.07
This is reporting at its highest level, informed, open-hearted, with an unerring ear for the way real people behave and talk. The book sparks rage and ...more
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Jan 15, 2014
 
The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot
4.11
The Old Ways is a lyrical paean to local knowledge of place, as exemplified by the people to whom Macfarlane refers, from the poet Edward Thomas to th ...more
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Jun 17, 2014
 
Stalemate
4.24
Meras is a Lithuanian Jew, born in 1934, who lived through the horrors of the Nazi Occupation, went to school after the war, and began to write. He wa ...more
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Aug 04, 2010
 
Anatomy of Injustice: A Murder Case Gone Wrong
4.05
I read it in two nights. It blew me away. ANATOMY OF INJUSTICE is about the murder of an elderly white woman in Greenwood, South Carolina in 1982. The ...more
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Feb 10, 2012
 
The Crime of Sheila McGough
3.46
Janet Malcolm is a Didion-esque journalist of the first order; her dropping the pretext of objectivity and inserting herself into the narrative gives ...more
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Jan 13, 2013
 
A Death in Vienna (Liebermann Papers, #1)
3.68
A leisurely murder mystery set in fin-de-siecle Vienna, with the likes of Freud and Mahler making walk-ons. It is too long and the solution to the mur ...more
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Feb 12, 2009
 
Collision Low Crossers: A Year Inside the Turbulent World of NFL Football
3.92
Nick Dawidoff is one helluva journalist whose books on Moe Berg and country music are brilliant, accessible, and humane. I liked this one as well but ...more
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Jan 15, 2014
 
The Zookeeper's Wife
3.48
Ackerman uses Antonina's diary and other first-hand documents to craft a novelistic account of an important and inspiring Holocaust story: how the kee ...more
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Apr 19, 2009
 
Canada
3.48
Even for one used to Ford's beautifully modulated prose and languid pacing, CANADA seems overwritten and excessively slow. The high points -- the afte ...more
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Feb 10, 2012
 
Iphigenia in Forest Hills: Anatomy of a Murder Trial
3.58
Janet Malcolm seems a bit of a monomaniac whose continuing dissection of the American justice system in this oddly titled book -- well-written, sharpl ...more
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Jan 27, 2013
 
Lost Japan
3.87
A very cleanly written and organized introduction to many of the 'lost' arts and traditional cultural sites of modern Japan, written in the early 1990 ...more
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Jan 13, 2013
 
Lecturing Birds on Flying: How Financial Practice Differs from Theory
3.03
A very useful companion volume to Nassim Taleb's BLACK SWAN, this book goes into great detail concerning the pitfalls of the market's over-reliance on ...more
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Jul 18, 2009
 
Turing's Cathedral: The Origins of the Digital Universe
3.51
A disappointment, mainly due to a lack of coherent organization. Dyson assembles a great deal of information, anecdote, and explanation -- some of it ...more
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Aug 22, 2012
 
Confessions of an Original Sinner
4.24
This book was recommended to me by a exceedingly sharp and curmudgeonly bookseller in DC with whom I share a number of enthusiasms. I am grateful to h ...more
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Feb 22, 2009
 
21:37
3.45
Read the ebook version - a crappy botch-job, the text itself difficult to parse. A sinking sensation whilst reading the book -- trying to lasso the wa ...more
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Aug 23, 2013
 
The Solace of Open Spaces
4.14
A series of interlocking personal essays on living and ranching in Wyoming. The book has the twin virtues of brevity (it's only 131 pages long) and cl ...more
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Aug 06, 2009
 
Wrong About Japan
3.13
The fine novelist Peter Carey and his son go to Japan. A short, vivid look at cultural misunderstandings across nationalities and generations. Also a ...more
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Feb 09, 2013
 
We the Animals
3.59
An auspicious, if slight, debut. Torres is extremely talented -- he writes with vigor and passion -- but the novel feels a bit premature, the material ...more
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Feb 10, 2012
 
Stet: An Editor's Life
3.91
A clean, crisp, engaging memoir by a superb editor whose instinct and skills are on full display in the book she has written. One of the best books ab ...more
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Aug 23, 2013
 
A Visit to Don Otavio
4.02
A Mexican travelogue. Bedford, who died three years ago at 94, was an aristocrat in the best sense of the word. Her prose is delicious, her eye is kee ...more
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Aug 06, 2009
 
The Bridge at the End of the World
3.84
A survey of the environmental crisis we find ourselves in, followed by a plea for changing the 'in-capitalism-growth-is-everything' paradigm which has ...more
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May 07, 2009
 
Boggs: A Comedy of Values
4.16
Weschler is an unusually sympathetic journalist whose work always delights. Here he profiles J. S. G. Boggs, an artist who uses his hand-drawn currenc ...more
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Mar 13, 2009
 
Castle
3.09
A psychological thriller with a tendency toward implausibility and silliness, but oddly affecting nonetheless. Lennon has created a narrative voice fo ...more
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Aug 04, 2010
 
The Last Novel
4.13
Deadpan.
A brilliant cut-and-paste job.
The whole is more than the sum of its parts.
Can be read in any direction, but it 'works' linearly.
Of a piece wit
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Nov 19, 2008
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