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My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey
3.82
Oh, gag. Yes, really. I'm glad the author used her stroke to find nirvana, but honestly, stroke just ain't this pretty.

The first half of this book, mo...more
Mar 11, 2011
Mar 12, 2011
 
Horoscopes for the Dead
4.02
On page 27. I took a nap and, when I woke, noticed that I'd been dreaming in Billy-speak. . . .


There are several good poems here. Much to admire for s...more
Jun 24, 2011
Jun 23, 2011
 
The Sweet Life in Paris: Delicious Adventures in the World's Most Glorious - and Perplexing - City
3.85
Très délicieux !

After 12 years of working as a pastry chef at Alice Waters’ Chez Panisse, David Lebovitz moved to Paris, where he has now lived for se...more
May 15, 2014
May 14, 2014
 
The Cartographer of No Man's Land
3.76
This is an accomplished and beautifully written novel, quality historical fiction with memorable characters, passion, devastation, and beauty. The cha...more
Feb 10, 2014
Feb 06, 2014
 
Pereira Maintains
4.05
I love this book and can't stopl thinking about it — mainly about the character, Pereira, I suppose, but also about narrative style. The prose is spar...more
Sep 15, 2014
Sep 15, 2014
 
The Haunted Bookshop
3.74
Roger Mifflin, the feisty and and devoted bookseller of Parnassus on Wheels, is back. Now settled in Brooklyn, he and Helen run The Haunted Bookshop....more
Jun 05, 2014
Jun 04, 2014
 
The Elegance of the Hedgehog
3.69
The story takes a little while to start moving. Oh, but it is definitely worth the wait. Relax into it and savor. The writing is wonderful and there's...more
May 04, 2014
Apr 30, 2014
 
Blindness (Blindness, #1)
4.02
Someone else here said it left her speechless. I'm feeling the same way. This is a phenomenal, brilliant, mesmerizing book. I need to process a bit be...more
Jul 24, 2014
Jul 20, 2014
 
Provence, 1970: M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, James Beard, and the Reinvention of American Taste
3.61
Just great! Although MFK Fisher is the central character, I most enjoyed the parts about Julia and Paul Child. The Childs seem so warm and gracious, J...more
May 2014
Apr 30, 2014
 
Life on Mars
4.04
Will have to come back to this one. I know it's been highly lauded, but . . . It didn't do it for me. Though there were a few poems I really liked. Co...more
Nov 15, 2011
Nov 12, 2011
 
The Correct Spelling and Exact Meaning
3.64
I'm just amazed at how much other people like this book. I must be in a terrible sourpuss mood.

Excerpts:

When I went home to visit my sister
in the st...more
Nov 18, 2011
Nov 09, 2011
 
The Fault in Our Stars
4.44
I don’t often read YA books, but I almost always enjoy them when I do. No exception here. And it’s not a book I’d have thought I’d like: Teenage love...more
Jun 07, 2014
Jun 09, 2014
 
Mr. Peanut
3.25
Ross is a brilliant writer. Critics keep using the word dazzling. I'll second that. Yes, there are some flaws in the logic relating to some individual...more
Jul 07, 2013
Jul 07, 2013
 
Encyclopedia of the Exquisite: An Anecdotal History of Elegant Delights
3.81
A veritable cabinet of curiosities. Anecdotes about a wide range of subjects of particular interest to the author, the exotic and the elegant, arrange...more
Mar 15, 2011
Feb 20, 2011
 
You Need to Read This: The Death of the Imperative Mode, the Rise of the American Glottal Stop, the Bizarre Popularity of "Amongst," and Other Cuckoo Things That Have Happened to theEnglish Language
3.43
It was okay. Some parts are quite entertaining. Some parts I agreed with, others I didn't. For me, it will never be okay to say "not that big of a dea...more
Aug 16, 2014
Aug 18, 2014
 
The Art Forger
3.67
Wheee... What a blast! I read the second half all in one whirlwind rush.
Apr 17, 2014
Apr 14, 2014
 
All the Light We Cannot See
4.23
Outstanding! It's edged out The Goldfinch in my list of all-time favorites. And that's saying something. More review later. . . .
Jun 15, 2014
Jun 10, 2014
 
Parnassus on Wheels
4.06
Morley was a prolific writer, having written more than 100 novels, essay collections, and poetry collections. Parnassus on Wheels was his first novel,...more
Jun 04, 2014
Jun 04, 2014
 
The Martian
4.33
Yes, it's certainly — as we keep hearing — MacGyver in space, a sort of Robinson Crusoe on Mars. The story is probably well-known by now. A manned (an...more
Jun 03, 2014
Jun 03, 2014
 
French Women Don't Get Fat
3.44
There's a lot of good basic advice here, and I wish many of my women friends would read it. However, Guiliano does sound more than a bit smug at times...more
Jul 06, 2014
Jul 06, 2014
 
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
3.81
NO SPOILERS HERE! -- A brilliant book and a wonderful read! I absolutely adore this book. It's just so smart and fresh — and fun to read. Funny and sa...more
May 11, 2014
May 14, 2014
 
Winter Stars
4.53
One of the best books of poetry I’ve read, one that often led me to put down the book and pick up a pen. The title poem, “Winter Stars,” is especially...more
Apr 28, 2014
Apr 28, 2014
 
Insanely Great: The Life and Times of Macintosh, the Computer that changed Everything
3.88
The ebook is a reissue of an older book, originally published in 1994. The author has added a couple of appendices, one of which is his essay, "In Mem...more
Jun 20, 2014
Jun 18, 2014
 
Tenth of December: Stories
3.93
No one should put much stock in my rating. This book gets 5-star reviews from hundreds of people and rave blurbs and reviews from other contemporary f...more
Apr 19, 2014
Apr 18, 2014
 
The Orphan Master's Son
4.03
Very dark and very meta. It’s brilliantly conceived and written. It deserves the Pulitzer. That said, it wasn’t easy to read. More than once, I consid...more
Feb 05, 2014
Jan 28, 2014
 
Next of Kin: What Chimpanzees Tell Us About Who We Are
4.45
TEN STARS! This is an amazing book, the engrossing story of primatologist Roger Fouts and the several chimps, including the famous Washoe, to whom he...more
Jun 27, 2014
Jun 26, 2014
 
Touching a Nerve: The Self as Brain
3.83
Excellent in both content and the style. I most enjoyed the chapters detailing the neural processes that underlie consciousness. Churchland takes issu...more
Apr 30, 2014
Apr 21, 2014
 
The People in the Trees
3.53
Little point in trying to explain why. Many strongly like and others strongly dislike this book. Brilliant writing, "richly imagined," as reviewers of...more
May 08, 2014
May 06, 2014
 
The Moon, Come to Earth: Dispatches from Lisbon
3.80
I enjoyed some of it, was bored by some of it, was not crazy about the writing style, and was annoyed by mixed or just odd metaphors at times. The par...more
Jul 20, 2014
Jul 16, 2014
 
The Magic of Reality: How We Know What's Really True
4.06
Great book: clear and accessible (not sure of the best age group, though). Kids are naturally curious and fascinated by how the world works. They're a...more
Nov 11, 2011
Oct 30, 2011
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