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Graphic Design: The New Basics
I really like what this book is trying to do - move away from derivative artwork and into the raw components of composition. But I don't think it does ...more
Sep 2008
Sep 15, 2008
Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq
The first half of this book was profoundly disturbing. Stuff I already sort of half knew about the arrogance and idealist blindness of the post 9-11 B ...more
Apr 2009
Apr 21, 2009
Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling
I've come to expect a certain popular story-telling structure from best-seller non fiction, but this book takes a decidedly drier approach than I imag ...more
Jan 2004
Apr 28, 2009
The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl
This is a fantastic historical account of the dust bowl. It's full of emotional details without seeming forced. It's gripping without resorting to cli ...more
May 2008
May 06, 2008
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values
I read this book right at the end of my Senior year at St. John's, in the Spring, while backpacking through the National Forest that bordered the scho ...more
May 1994
Aug 01, 2007
Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions
This was fun. Also, this was complete fluff, full of actual and hinted-around T&A in Vegas, huge egos, and very gaudy living. It's pretty good for ...more
Oct 27, 2008
Oct 27, 2008
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life
I loved this book. Kingsolver writes with charm, humor, quick pacing, and an eye for everyday drama. After Poisonwood Bible, I'd expected a more serio ...more
Jul 2007
Jun 29, 2007
Conspiracy of Fools: A True Story
This book was a gift. I grabbed it on my way out the door to catch a flight, with low expectations, mostly because it was on a low shelf. I was pleasa ...more
Nov 2007
Nov 06, 2007
Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal
There's a point to this book, a big, fat central thesis that Schlosser reaches before he's finished the first page: The dark side of fast food is much ...more
Sep 2004
Jul 24, 2007
Starbucked: A Double Tall Tale of Caffeine, Commerce, and Culture
This is a quick, funny, casual, irreverent and not particularly insightful book. I liked the pacing, but I kept wishing that it would actually go some ...more
Jan 2008
Dec 29, 2007
Ogilvy on Advertising
A little repetitive, but a very smart, snarky look at what makes a good ad. Exceptionally easy to read (this guy was a copywriter, after all), and use ...more
Nov 2007
Nov 15, 2007
Assassination Vacation
This book was clever but a little repetitive. Sarah Vowell is brilliant in small doses, but her wit doesn't quite hold up for the duration in this boo ...more
Feb 2007
Jul 01, 2007
Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
Beautifully written biography, with a great narrative, and an enormous amount of information. I put it down with a better sense of who Lincoln was, an ...more
Apr 21, 2009
Jan 28, 2009
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America
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Aug 01, 2007
Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules
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Jul 13, 2007
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