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Mozart in the Jungle: Sex, Drugs, and Classical Music
Memoir of a freelance classical oboist in New York with sections on how classical music worked in the US in the last 50 years or so. If I had ever reg...more
Jan 23, 2009
Jan 23, 2009
The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic--and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World
This is a story of the two men who proved that cholera was waterborne and shut down the Broad Street pump that caused the London epidemic in the 1850s...more
Nov 06, 2009
Sep 02, 2010
The Angel's Game (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books, #2)
I read this when it first came out, about a year ago - it's the prequel to the Shadow of the Wind, my favorite book - but was so eager to see what hap...more
Jun 2010
Sep 02, 2010
The Case of the Missing Books (Mobile Library Mystery #1)
I had a hard time getting into this. It's about a hapless Jewish librarian from London who goes to a village in Ireland only to find out that the libr...more
Jul 21, 2009
Sep 02, 2010
The Big Necessity: The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why It Matters
I. Loved. This. Book. I know it doesn't sound super awesome to most people, but I've been interested in sanitation infrastructure since I was doing re...more
Mar 08, 2010
Sep 02, 2010
Around the World in 80 Days: Companion to the Pbs Series (Best of the BBC)
FANTASTIC. I can't get over how much fun this was to listen to. And I'm glad I was listening, because I think I would have skimmed over a lot of parts...more
Jan 27, 2010
Sep 02, 2010
I ended up reading this all in one day, partially because it was a pretty quick read and partially because I stayed up until 2 to finish it. I can't g...more
May 24, 2010
Sep 02, 2010
Fall of a Kingdom (The Farsala Trilogy, #1)
This was kind of a generic YA fantasy book, the first of a trilogy. I'm not sure whether I'll bother reading the others. It wasn't especially enthrall...more
Feb 02, 2010
Sep 02, 2010
Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables, #1)
Arielle was taking me through her bookshelf, and when I mentioned I hadn't read it (though I had watched Anne of Avonlea on the Disney Channel), the c...more
Jan 08, 2010
Sep 02, 2010
The Blade Itself
I requested this because it was on a list I'd made a couple of years ago, and it sounded like YA fantasy (which I was in the mood for after Gang Leade...more
Jun 24, 2010
Sep 02, 2010
Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith
Blair recommended this one to me a year or two ago. It's nonfiction about Mormon Fundamentalism by the guy who wrote Into the Wild. Excellent read. He...more
Mar 29, 2010
Sep 02, 2010
This one was a little more painful, but also a little more interesting. I could definitely identify with Lee (I didn't fit in in high school either),...more
Apr 28, 2009
Sep 03, 2010
Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise
Loved it. Carolyn's train was 3 hours late on Friday, so I ended up reading the whole book in one day. It was fantastic. Easy read, I giggled out loud...more
Apr 12, 2010
Sep 02, 2010
The City of Ember (Book of Ember, #1)
This was the audio book I listened to on my way to and from home. The ending annoyed me, and the first half wasn't awesome, but I found myself cheerin...more
Aug 24, 2009
Sep 02, 2010
The Island of Lost Maps: A True Story of Cartographic Crime
This took me forever. The book had three interwoven parts: anecdotes on the history of cartography, a story about a notorious map thief, and the write...more
Sep 21, 2009
Sep 02, 2010
Lords of the Horizons: A History of the Ottoman Empire
This was a history of the Ottoman Empire. I had a hard time getting into it because the writing was incredibly flowery (e.g. "lo! the battle was lost....more
May 20, 2010
Sep 02, 2010
Stargirl (Stargirl, #1)
I remember reading Maniac Magee (McGee?) in middle school mostly because it took place in my home town - partially across the street from my middle sc...more
Dec 2009
Sep 02, 2010
Her Royal Spyness (Her Royal Spyness Mysteries, #1)
When Arielle told me about this book, I was pretty sure I was never going to be able to bring myself to seek out a book called Her Royal Spyness, no m...more
Jan 13, 2009
Jan 22, 2009
Portfolios of the Poor: How the World's Poor Live on $2 a Day
I happened upon this on the library's new books rack. Most financial studies of the poor in developing countries focus on income or one-time assets, b...more
Nov 08, 2010
Nov 08, 2010
Kushiel's Chosen (Phèdre's Trilogy, #2)
This was the sequel to Kushiel's Dart, and I actually liked it better. For one, it was a little less graphic, which was not an entirely bad thing. But...more
Jul 15, 2010
Sep 02, 2010
The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard #1)
I think Kelly recommended this to me months ago, and I stuck it on the end of my request list and just read it. George R. R. Martin endorsed it as stu...more
Aug 02, 2010
Sep 02, 2010
Unseen Academicals (Discworld, #37)
This one was about soccer and the modeling industry, and also a little bit about racism. The best part was after the wizards played their first game o...more
Dec 15, 2009
Sep 02, 2010
The Jungle
I know this was a really revolutionary book, and I'm glad to have read it. After having read it, I'm very, very glad I wasn't alive when it was writte...more
Mar 04, 2009
Sep 03, 2010
A History of the World in 10½  Chapters
Not as funny as the reviews on the cover implied, but basically enjoyable. The first chapter, narrated by a stowaway on the Ark, was actually funny, a...more
May 27, 2009
Sep 03, 2010
Royal Flush (Her Royal Spyness Mysteries, #3)
This was the third book in the series beginning with Her Royal Spyness. They're so very British (but in a laughing-at-the-stereotypes kind of way), th...more
Apr 29, 2010
Sep 02, 2010
The Arctic Incident
I grabbed another Artemis Fowl audio book for the drive this weekend and finished it as I parked at my office this morning. Utterly delightful, just l...more
Sep 08, 2009
Sep 02, 2010
The King of Attolia (The Queen's Thief, #3)
A pretty fantastic conclusion to a pretty fantastic trilogy. Read it, Dana, seriously. The vibe between the main character and his wife is a little we...more
Jun 17, 2009
Sep 03, 2010
The Inheritance of Loss
I guess the title should have been a giveaway, but I'd heard of the book and it was supposed to be pretty good. It took place in India near Nepal duri...more
Jun 08, 2010
Sep 02, 2010
The Places in Between
The geography professor I had lunch with a couple of weeks ago recommended this to me. It's about a Scottish guy who walked across Afghanistan from He...more
Aug 24, 2010
Sep 02, 2010
American Wife
I didn't realize how much it would be based on Laura Bush until I hit the last section, but it was really interesting. One thing I both like and don't...more
Jun 15, 2009
Sep 03, 2010
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