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Sh*t My Dad Says
Let's see. Is there any doubt at all in anyone's mind what the following words mean: sh*t, F*ck, G*d da*n, m*therf*cker, etc. Especially people who cl ...more
May 27, 2010
May 27, 2010
The Fountainhead
**spoiler alert** I had not really paid much attention to Ayn Rand, darling of the conservatives (very surprisingly, actually) until I began reading h ...more
Jan 1997
Jan 03, 2009
As Nature Made Him: The Boy Who Was Raised as a Girl
This book will make you very angry; that a child could be so maltreated by an "expert," who clearly was in need of help himself, but who was so intent ...more
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Nov 14, 2008
The Help
This book has a kazillion ratings and reviews so I doubt there is little I can add. I found the story and dialog to be quite believable. As someone wh ...more
Sep 17, 2011
Sep 13, 2009
At Home: A Short History of Private Life
Bryson brings us another fascinating tome filled with delightful trivia and anecdotes in this history of housing in Britain.

The “hall” as we know it
Nov 28, 2011
Nov 28, 2011
The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic - and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World
Cholera is a nasty little bug. Once ingested, it forms colonies on the intestinal wall, begins to reproduce with ferocious speed, and proceeds to tric ...more
Mar 25, 2010
Jan 14, 2009
The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion
"This book is about why it’s so hard for us to get along. We are indeed all stuck here for a while, so let’s at least do what we can to understand why ...more
Sep 17, 2012
Sep 04, 2012
Neither Here nor There: Travels in Europe
Bryson writes hysterical travel books. In this one he sets out to re-create a backpacking trip of Europe he made during the seventies when he was twen ...more
Jan 2001
Nov 13, 2008
The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
Update 5/23/2010 Terrific piece by Michael Pollan in the NYRB June 10, 2010, "The Food Movement, Rising" in which he reviews five books: Everything I ...more
Apr 2010
Feb 07, 2010
The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life
minor editing 3/10/10

One would hope that decisions are made based on solid evidence and a modicum of rational thought. Often that is not the case, how
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Dec 28, 2008
The Confession
The problem with reading clubs is that occasionally someone suggests a dud and one feels forced to finish the book out of courtesy to the other partic ...more
Jan 04, 2013
Jan 04, 2013
King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa
The Belgian Congo, as Zaire and now the Democratic Republic of the Congo, were formerly called was the creation of King Leopold of Belgium who despera ...more
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Jan 31, 2009
Lying About Hitler: History, Holocaust, and the David Irving Trial
Deborah Lipstadt wrote a book in 1993 entitled Denying the Holocaust The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory. It was an examination of the roots and a ...more
Nov 27, 2009
Feb 14, 2009
Julian the Apostate was emperor of Rome from 361-363 CE and the nephew of Constantine. Raised in a strict Christian environment (although of the Arian ...more
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Nov 13, 2008
Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith
Good grief. At the time of this posting there are almost 70,000 ratings and baskets of reviews. So why another one? Good question.

Predictably, if you
Jun 30, 2013
Jun 30, 2013
Three Cups of Deceit: How Greg Mortenson, Humanitarian Hero, Lost His Way
Having enjoyed Krakauer’s work in the past, I picked up this Kindle single on spec. Turns out to be quite a read. Krakauer was an emotional and financ ...more
Jun 02, 2012
Jun 02, 2012
Bright-Sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America
Read the reviews by Trevor ( and Lena ( They are better, but I could ...more
May 04, 2011
Nov 15, 2009
In a Dark Wood Wandering: A Novel of the Middle Ages
Many years ago I went through a stage when I read every historical novel I could get my hands on, from Gone With The Wind through all of Cecilia Holla ...more
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Dec 03, 2008
Assassination Vacation
This is a book my wife and I listened to as we drive to doctor appointments, visited children, etc., so it took us a while to get through it completel ...more
Mar 11, 2009
Jan 21, 2009
Eating Animals
Addendum 2/11/10 at bottom, edited to remove some grammatical errors 5/20/10

For Feb reading club. This NYTimes science article should help heat things
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Dec 25, 2009
Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army

Addendum 8/6/09: Erik Prince accused of murder.

I had no idea the depth of antagonism toward the Clinton elect
May 18, 2009
Nov 13, 2008
Cockpit Confidential: Everything You Need to Know about Air Travel: Questions, Answers, & Reflections
I have been reading Patrick Smith's blog on Salon for several years. He's a professional airline pilot and always brings sense and rational thinking t ...more
Jun 30, 2013
Jun 30, 2013
The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11
Well, I finally found my notes and got this review finished - long overdue.

For all the energy, lives and treasure we have devoted to Iraq and Afghanis
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Jan 11, 2009
Fashionable Nonsense: Postmodern Intellectuals' Abuse of Science
In 1996, Alan Sokal submitted an article to Social Text entitled "Transgressing the Boundaries: Toward a Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravit ...more
Jan 2000
Nov 14, 2008
The Cold Cold Ground (Detective Sean Duffy, #1)
We had the very good fortune a couple of years ago to meet and visit with a Goodreads friend in Ireland ( My ...more
Nov 28, 2012
Nov 28, 2012
George, Nicholas and Wilhelm: Three Royal Cousins and the Road to World War I
OK, I haven't read this book -- I will -- but I was pissed after reading a review. Here's part of a review that demonstrates why I often hate reviews ...more
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Mar 23, 2010
Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President
Does anyone really care about James Garfield? You will after reading this book. Were it not for the Emperor of Brazil would Alexander Bell have been r ...more
Mar 17, 2013
Jan 07, 2013
When Jesus Became God: The Struggle to Define Christianity during the Last Days of Rome
Read this with The Subversion of Christianity by Jacques Ellul. Rubenstein describes the battle between the Arians and the Athanasians, a dispute fina ...more
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Nov 13, 2008
Dark Summit: The True Story of Everest's Most Controversial Season
Well, finally getting around to making a few notes about this book which I read at the same time as a bunch of other Everest-summiting books. All are ...more
Feb 24, 2009
Dec 28, 2008
A Beautiful Mind
"'How could you,' Mackey asked, 'how could you, a mathematician, a man devoted to reason and logical proof. . . how could you believe that extra terre ...more
Jan 2007
Nov 12, 2008
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