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Think and Grow Rich
I’d wanted to read a classic self-help book, and several modern motivational speakers have credited Napoleon Hill. This book was written in the US in ...more
Dec 30, 2009
Jan 24, 2010
The Real Frank Zappa Book
I greatly enjoyed the first part of this book. Zappa’s humorous look at his early years and musical experiences is entertaining and somewhat informati ...more
Mar 13, 2009
Mar 06, 2009
Hawaii's Story by Hawaii's Queen
Required reading for visitors to the Hawaiian Islands, IMO. Written by Hawaii's last queen, a very eloquent, worldly, and loving Victorian woman. She ...more
Dec 05, 2008
Dec 12, 2008
The Mountains of California
I’d read a later edition of this collection of John Muir’s nature essays once before, while visiting the Sierras for some skiing and snowshoeing. This ...more
Jan 05, 2010
Jan 24, 2010
Write It Down, Make It Happen: Knowing What You Want And Getting It
Although I agree with the basic premise of this book--that writing down goals and aspirations can help to manifest them--I did not find the book very ...more
Sep 20, 2010
Sep 25, 2010
Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability
I had a pact with some fellow web nerds at work to read a book on usability to improve our websites. I chose this one because, like a good website, it ...more
May 15, 2009
May 10, 2009
Outermost House
When I told my sister I was reading this book on a recent trip to Cape Cod, she asked me how many times I’d read it. She remembers me purchasing this ...more
Oct 07, 2011
Jul 31, 2010
The Sea Around Us
This book launched Rachel Carson’s career as a popular science literature writer. If you have never read any of her ocean books, start with this one. ...more
Mar 21, 2009
Mar 24, 2009
It Works
This short (< 30 page) self-help volume was written in 1926 by an anonymous author who was “highly successful and widely known for his generosity a ...more
Oct 2010
Oct 18, 2010
Babayaga: A Novel of Witches in Paris
Babayaga, the wise and terrible old witch from Russian folklore, is living a low-profile life in Paris in 1959. Known as Elga, she made a long journey ...more
Dec 27, 2014
Dec 28, 2014
Co-creating at Its Best: A Conversation Between Master Teachers
This book is the transcription of a meeting that took place in 2014 between authors Wayne Dyer and Esther Hicks. Dr. Dyer has written over 40 self-hel ...more
Jan 05, 2015
Jan 06, 2015
The Dress Shop of Dreams
Do you believe that traumatic childhood incidents can suppress the ability to feel any emotion and that some people have an intuitive understanding of ...more
Feb 21, 2015
Feb 20, 2015
Weird California
This mean-spirited little collection of California oddities emphasizes cult activities, famous murderers, and hocus pocus heresay. Only the Ancient My ...more
Feb 12, 2008
Feb 15, 2009
Raroia: Happy Island of the South Seas
After landing on Raroia with the Kon-Tiki expedition, Swedish anthropologist Bengt Danielsson became enchanted with the island and its people, and acc ...more
May 07, 2014
Sep 12, 2013
Stand Facing the Stove: The Story of the Women Who Gave America The Joy of Cooking
If you think that writing and publishing this cookbook was a "piece of cake," you may find this book a shocking insight as I did. If you use "Joy of C ...more
Jan 29, 2009
Dec 26, 2008
Turtle Island
A few years after “Turtle Island” won the Pulitzer Prize in 1975, I had the pleasure of hearing Gary Snyder read from it at a fundraiser for a Santa C ...more
Mar 2014
Feb 10, 2014
Living with Joy: Keys to Personal Power and Spiritual Transformation
One of my favorite bedside readers, simple steps to finding joy in everyday life. Concepts such as joy, inner peace, self esteem, clarity, love, appre ...more
Dec 10, 2006
Feb 08, 2009
Le Mariage
This novel is about events leading up to the impending marriage of a Parisian horse-memorabilia dealer and a journalist born in America who has lived ...more
Apr 04, 2009
Mar 06, 2009
The Dharma Bums: 50th Anniversary Edition
My favorite Jack Kerouac book tells the story of a variety of men whom Kerouac meets on the path of life that are poor but happy to be who they are, o ...more
Feb 09, 2014
Aug 21, 2013
The Gentle Subversive: Rachel Carson, Silent Spring, and the Rise of the Environmental Movement
This biography of Rachel Carson focuses on her writing, beginning with pieces she wrote at age 11 for a children’s nature magazine and culminating wit ...more
Dec 30, 2010
Dec 27, 2010
Integral Yoga Hatha
This is the first yoga book that I used as a teenager way back when, and still my favorite. I had forgotten about it until recently when I wanted to d ...more
Dec 28, 2013
Dec 28, 2013
Ernest Hemingway's a Moveable Feast
Just how much of “A Moveable Feast” was, as its introduction states, compiled from documents Hemingway left in two trunks the Ritz Hotel in Paris in 1 ...more
Sep 10, 2012
Sep 02, 2012
A Pig in Provence: Good Food and Simple Pleasures in the South of France
This book has a promising beginning. I typically enjoy books with chapters that tell a story followed by a recipe from the story, in fact I often foll ...more
Apr 27, 2013
Apr 13, 2013
All the Land to Hold Us: A Novel
If you’ve ever wanted to visit western Texas, this book could well dampen your enthusiasm. Between the salty brine lakes, the bends of the Pecos River ...more
May 30, 2014
May 14, 2014
The Year of Magical Thinking: The Play
This sad and self-indulgent book shows that death happens, even in the lives of the rich and famous, and grieving is painful, even while jet-setting b ...more
May 25, 2014
May 29, 2014
Crumbles & Cobblers
Crumbles (known as crisps in the US) and cobblers are classic desserts, easy to make, endlessly adaptable to fruits on hand, and appreciated by people ...more
Jan 2012
Apr 24, 2014
Our Money, Ourselves: Redesigning Your Relationship With Money: A Self Help Guide
A good beginner’s guide to how we relate to money, this book doesn’t have the informational breadth or depth of the book from which it borrows its tit ...more
Dec 28, 2004
Apr 07, 2014
Stranger in a Strange Land
The story of a naïve innocent, born on Mars where he has lived in isolation and at peace, coming to consumption- and media-driven America. This innoce ...more
Feb 02, 2008
Mar 14, 2009
228 Interesting, Odd, Beautiful & Historic Things to See in Santa Cruz County
One mark of a good sightseeing book is that locals can find things that they didn’t know about. A longtime Santa Cruz county resident, I did find a fe ...more
Jun 18, 2014
Jun 18, 2014
My Lucky Life in and Out of Show Business
I wanted to read a light and uplifting book about a real person’s life, and this book fit the bill perfectly. Although the prose isn’t overly polished ...more
Feb 13, 2015
Feb 14, 2015
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