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Leisureville: Adventures in America's Retirement Utopias
Once upon a time in a far off land where senior citizens are required to drive like turtles in the passing lane and early bird specials begin at 3:30...more
Apr 21, 2009
Apr 21, 2009
Chariots of the Gods
Come on. Admit you read it however long ago when it was on every bookshelf in the Western Hemisphere. Then you paw-pawed it. Yet you secretly hoped so...more
Sep 20, 2010
Sep 20, 2010
The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon
This author was on the Colbert show a few nights ago. Even though Steven wouldn’t give the poor guy a chance to talk, the story seemed right up my all...more
Apr 12, 2009
Mar 28, 2009
My First Summer in the Sierra
Listen to Bach, Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 – this is how you will feel while reading John Muir. Exhilarated. Joyous. Passionate. Alive.

This book is ne...more
May 11, 2011
May 11, 2011
1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus
Glyptodonts, caliche and zoonotic. Sounds like a law firm hell doesn’t it? Alas, it is only some of the terms Charles Mann digs up discussing pre-Colu...more
Mar 03, 2009
Mar 03, 2009
The musical was better!

No, I’m kidding (although I am one of 23 people on this planet to actually likes the B’way show. No excuse for the other plane...more
Jan 21, 2009
Jan 21, 2009
The World Without Us
Some people reviewed this book like they were expecting a disaster movie—almost disappointed there weren’t horrific scenes to titillate the prurient s...more
Dec 11, 2008
Jan 01, 2009
The Wordy Shipmates
We don’t have a problem yet Sarah. But I am working on one. I am finding myself reading entire novels in-between your chapters. We’re still lovers—but...more
Nov 15, 2009
Oct 08, 2009
The Soul of a Horse: Life Lessons from the Herd
Oh, Joe.

You made your point in the first dozen pages. Then you beat it to death. You may be kind to equines but you are brutal on homo sapiens.
I know...more
Sep 15, 2009
Sep 05, 2009
The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible
When a non-practicing liberal New York City Jew makes a pilgrimage to the Creationist Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky—I am definitely going along for t...more
Feb 06, 2009
Feb 06, 2009
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
There is a detachment in the writing style that is unengaged. Once you adjust to this punctuated attitude towards the characters, it is easier to abso...more
Jun 29, 2008
Nov 30, 2008
Apocalypse 2012: A Scientific Investigation into Civilization's End
Lets talk synergy. I accidently happen to be reading this book in conjunction with “Decipher” which also mixes up Mayan myth and 2012. Oh, but there’s...more
Jan 13, 2009
Jan 12, 2009
The House at Otowi Bridge: The Story of Edith Warner and Los Alamos
The one lane suspension bridge is still there a few hundred yards from the steel and concrete monster built in the 1950’s. Alas, Edith Warner’s house...more
Dec 31, 2008
Jan 17, 2009
Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War
Robert Lee Hodge is the Marlon Brando of Confederate reenactors. He can swell his belly, fall to the ground, hand curled, cheeks puffed out, mouth con...more
Jan 19, 2009
Jan 19, 2009
The Wild Trees: A Story of Passion and Daring
Any book beginning with a twenty-something taking a leak along the side of the road has my attention. I’m big on the personal freedom to express onese...more
Jan 27, 2009
Jan 26, 2009
Boldt Castle: In Search of the Lost Story
Review? See: * (below)

Not many people have castles in their front yard.
I didn’t. But I did have one up the road and out on the river. When I was a yo...more
Jan 29, 2009
Jan 29, 2009
When You Are Engulfed in Flames
David Sedaris has a boyfriend? Oh, of course he does. I should know better, he writes about him all the time. (Mental slap to the head.) Poor guy. And...more
Jan 20, 2009
Jan 20, 2009
Isaac's Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History
The Isaac in question is Isaac Cline, a Galveston meteorologist at the turn of the last century who lacked the tools and wherewithal to predict one of...more
Jan 2008
Feb 02, 2009
We Bought a Zoo: The Amazing True Story of a Young Family, a Broken Down Zoo, and the 200 Wild Animals That Change Their Lives Forever
After moving his family all over Gods half acre, Benjamin Mee finally settles in a French barn/house and set about writing some sort of “great” book....more
Nov 18, 2010
Nov 18, 2010
I am ever so glad I discovered the used booksellers at the back of the flea market. I am abounding in cheap older published books I would normally nev...more
Mar 30, 2011
Mar 30, 2011
The Great Derangement: A Terrifying True Story of War, Politics, and Religion at the Twilight of the American Empire
First, let me say, I love this guy. Humorous, intelligent, acerbic, gutsy, and a bunch of other adjectives I can’t think of right now. Whenever he app...more
Mar 04, 2011
Mar 04, 2011
Half Empty
My first acquaintance with Rakoff's work was hearing him on "This American Life" recite a hilarious take on William Carlos Williams's "This is Just to...more
Feb 06, 2011
Feb 06, 2011
Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner's Semester at America's Holiest University
From the liberal, secular halls of Brown University to the hub of Evangelical higher education and back again, it seems like an unlikely journey. Kevi...more
Feb 06, 2011
Feb 06, 2011
The Climb: Tragic Ambitions on Everest
I like extreme sports. Or rather, I like ‘watching’ extreme sports. But I have never had the desire to climb anything higher than oxygen. The people w...more
Aug 03, 2009
Aug 03, 2009
Blue Highways
William Least-Heat Moon, writes of a journey taken away from the "interstates" of the human experience. In the near-forgotten places and continental c...more
Mar 28, 2011
Mar 28, 2011
Old Glory : A Voyage Down the Mississippi
Another Brit attempts discerning the American character -- this time -- by traveling the Mississippi in an aluminum fishing boat and stopping at every...more
Mar 30, 2011
Mar 30, 2011
The Cello Suites
This is a wonderful book. Not definitive in any way -- but pleasurable as a good guilty read.

Bach's Cello Suites are perhaps the most intriguing piece...more
Apr 09, 2011
Apr 09, 2011
The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914
1850 is my favorite year. What? You don’t have a favorite year? Sure you do. It is the one you picked during the late night drunken college game of ‘W...more
Apr 21, 2009
Apr 21, 2009
The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
I have been on a Sagan jag these past few days re-reading some of my favorites.

This is one of his best.

Brace yourself for an engrossing discussion on...more
Apr 11, 2011
Apr 11, 2011
Leonardo's Incessant Last Supper
Milano, for me is La Scala. There is no other reason to visit. Although, once, on a bored afternoon, I decided to take a detour to see The Last Supper...more
Apr 09, 2011
Apr 09, 2011
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