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The Essential Rumi
Miraculous. I learn something new every time I open this book. The image that sticks to mind if how we should try to emulate a reed flute and let God' ...more
Jan 2006
Jun 23, 2007
I never quite figured out why my highschool lit teacher made this required reading. It's something I've always wondered about. Anthem struck me as too ...more
Jan 1987
Jul 01, 2007
The Soccer War
And yet again, another book that taught me not to whine and write about how the trip was uncomfortable, the food was bad, the mosquitoes were huge, th ...more
Jan 2002
Jun 22, 2007
Without Feathers
I first read this in high school and I've been re-reading this for years--and I must say the humor is still effective. It doesn't sound dated at all. ...more
Jan 1988
Jul 08, 2007
Groucho and Me
The best autobiography ever. I agree completely with what Mrs. Calabash says on the blurbs. I wish more people would write their autobiographies this ...more
Jan 2003
Jun 22, 2007
The Catcher in the Rye
Some days I hate it, some days I'm overawed. This must be one of those over-reviewed books--and for good reason because Salinger makes Holden so palpa ...more
Jun 1989
Jul 16, 2007
The book that turned me on to poetry. Paz based this book-length poem on the Mayan calendar. Its just a refreshingly different way of viewing reality.
Jan 1999
Jul 06, 2007
Shooting the Boh: A Woman's Voyage Down the Wildest River in Borneo
I saw a copy of this book in the second-hand shelf and was instantly mesmerized by the cover photo. I don't know if its a composite but it shows a lon ...more
Jan 2006
Jul 13, 2007
Great Books: My Adventures with Homer, Rousseau, Woolf, and Other Indestructible Writers of the Western World
I was once stranded with just this book in my bag--and how I loved it. I'm familiar with Denby's work in New Yorker but I have to say that I love Anth ...more
Jan 2006
Jul 06, 2007
The Song of the Dodo: Island Biogeography in an Age of Extinctions
Wildlife biologist and author Aldrin Mallari lent me a copy of this staggering book after knowing I had read "Wild Thoughts From Wild Places." I think ...more
Jan 1999
Jun 22, 2007
Cultivating Delight: A Natural History of My Garden
Its a shame that I couldn't fully appreciate Ackerman's garden here because more than half the garden plant species she describes so beautifully aren' ...more
Jan 2005
Jun 22, 2007
Fishes Of The Philippines: A Guide To Identification Of Families
A great undertaking by Genevieve Broad who had to wake up at ungodly hours to go to the smelly fish markets around the Philippines to get photos of th ...more
Jul 2006
Jun 26, 2007
Black Spring
I had a Henry Miller phase in my youth when I devoured everything I could find written by him. What I remember from Black Spring was that Miller reall ...more
Jan 1989
Jul 01, 2007
Resistance, Rebellion and Death: Essays
Camus chose twenty-three essays to comprise this collection a year before his death. Camus is a powerful writer and has a rousing crowd-pleasing style ...more
Jan 2000
Jul 13, 2007
The Poems of Catullus
Catullus, at least in this collection, likes to style the poems as sort of letters to friends and such. There is invariably a name or names mentioned, ...more
Jan 2007
Jul 13, 2007
Permanent Midnight
Stahl is a talented, witty writer with a penchant for snappy pop-culture references that goes down well with TV viewers--no surprise as he used to wri ...more
Feb 2005
Jul 13, 2007
A Wolverine Is Eating My Leg
Irreverence is the word. The first essay about "An Ecology of Secrets" very nicely done. I find Cahill's rough-and-tumble style a wonderful foil to Ac ...more
Jan 2006
Jul 10, 2007
Philippine Birds (Delaware Museum of Natural History Monograph : No. 2)
The first comprehensive field guide to Philippine birds. Before Kennedy et al. Philippine birders lugged around this hard-bound monster of a book. The ...more
Jan 1999
Jun 22, 2007
On the Road
When I was a kid, we would sometimes visit the house of a priest-relative who had a big library of religious books, National Geographic issues (under ...more
Jan 1980
Jun 27, 2007
The Best of Outside: The First 20 Years
I don't know why the editors of Outside put up two similar compilations one almost on top of another: "Out of the Noosphere" and "The Best of Outside: ...more
Jan 2005
Jun 23, 2007
Philippine Amphibians: An Illustrated Field Guide
The Angel Alcala and Walter Brown partnership has defined the herpetological literature of the Philippines for the last century. They are the two most ...more
Jan 2006
Jun 27, 2007
The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon, #2)
I almost never read current best-sellers, but someone lent me this and so I had to read it in a huff. I don't know what to say except that I wasn't th ...more
Dec 2006
Jun 22, 2007
Pass the Butterworms: Remote Journeys Oddly Rendered
The title of one of the pieces in this collection: "Help, My Pilot Just Had a Heart Attack and I Can't Fly a Plane" pretty much sums up the typical Ca ...more
Jan 2005
Jul 13, 2007
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
Finally finished reading the book. Bitter-sweet. Kind of sad that Sam had to leave but it strikes me as very real--what other choice did the author ha ...more
Jan 2007
Jun 21, 2007
Blow-Up and Other Stories
Intricate. Cortazar's voice is so unique I can't compare it to anyone. He writes short stories that play game with perspectives and plots. I find that ...more
May 2000
Jun 22, 2007
A Guide to the Birds of the Philippines
My Bible as a birder in the Philippines. I'm giving it 5 stars because its the only comprehensive bird guide for the Philippines. However, I'm hoping ...more
not set
Jun 21, 2007
A Natural History of Love
I find that when reading this book and "Natural History of the Senses" back-to-back, this one suffers in comparison. But after re-reading this on its ...more
Jan 2007
Jul 12, 2007
Vanishing Treasures of the Philippine Rain Forest
Lawrence Heaney is a wildlife biologist who has done extensive field work in the forests of the Philippines. He is perhaps the world's foremost expert ...more
Jan 2005
Jun 22, 2007
The Rarest of the Rare: Vanishing Animals, Timeless Worlds
I have a theory that each writer has a place somewhere in the world that will make him bloom artistically if he can find that place. Just as 1930s Par ...more
Nov 2006
Jul 27, 2007
Literary Journalism
The best book about writing I've ever come across. From the get-to where the editor quotes Samuel Johnson: "The true state of every nation is the stat ...more
Jan 2006
Jul 19, 2007
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