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Leisureville: Adventures in America's Retirement Utopias
3.43
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
3.40
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
3.84
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
4.12
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
4.02
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
 
1776
4.07
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
3.79
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
3.63
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
4.17
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
3.75
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
3.93
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
3.30
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
3.87
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
4.07
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
4.01
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
3.54
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
4.00
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
4.03
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
3.40
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
 
Kon-Tiki
4.05
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
3.92
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
3.74
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
3.99
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
3.83
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
3.98
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
3.89
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
3.95
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
4.14
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
4.30
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
3.83
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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