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Set This House in Order: A Romance of Souls
really liked it
I'm so angry with Matt Ruff and/or his editors. This novel could have been genius if someone, anyone, would have identified the disaster that Part Ten ...more
Aug 23, 2009
Aug 23, 2009
De eeuw van mijn vader
liked it
By watching Mak's family deal with the enormous changes the 20th century brought to the Netherlands, I understood much more about the national charact ...more
Apr 30, 2007
Jan 26, 2009
Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon
really liked it
I considered for the first time that teaching a child religion might be a form of child abuse. I learned that there might be bio-evolutionary reasons ...more
Jul 17, 2009
Jul 21, 2009
God: The Failed Hypothesis: How Science Shows That God Does Not Exist
really liked it
The debate would appear to be settled. There is no God. Now, perhaps we can all get on with the business of building as just a society we can in a wor ...more
Mar 13, 2010
Mar 13, 2010
This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession
liked it
In short, I enjoyed this book enough while I was reading it; I was glad when it was over; I hardly can remember anything about it now.

It's a bit like
Feb 10, 2012
Feb 14, 2012
The Art of SpeedReading People: How to Size People Up and Speak Their Language
liked it
This book was given to me as a gift because I'm nuts about Myers-Brigs typologies. If you think "typing" people's personalities is annoying/rotten/wro ...more
Jul 26, 2008
Jan 19, 2009
really liked it
Human beings are not nearly as reasonable as we think we are. Intuition, the failure to understand how probabilities work, and the curious phenomenon ...more
Dec 17, 2009
Dec 19, 2009
Addiction and Grace: Love and Spirituality in the Healing of Addictions
really liked it
According to Dr. May, we define ourselves by our addictions. From a spiritual perspective, addiction (which intersects with physical or psychological ...more
Oct 14, 2013
Oct 27, 2013
Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil
it was amazing
The Third Reich was one of the most confusing and destructive periods in human history, and Arendt attempts to make sense of part of it in a short, po ...more
Oct 08, 2010
Oct 08, 2010
The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution & Future of the Human Animal
it was ok
It's impossible to write a fair review of the contents of a 20+-year-old popular science book. There are more up to date, and just as easily accessibl ...more
Jan 04, 2013
Jan 04, 2013
it was ok
I didn't really enjoy reading this book. I suspect it's really only interesting as a historical document of the lectures Swami Vivekananda delivered. ...more
Jun 28, 2013
Jun 28, 2013
In the Name of Sarah Pogford
it was amazing
Well, I was kind of the first person to read this book, wasn't I? (I'm the author, of course I LOVE it.) I couldn't resist putting it on my list.
Jul 15, 2008
Jan 19, 2009
On Being Liked
it was amazing
A brief book about the danger of continuing the theological lie that gay people are actually defective heterosexuals.

Quite a bit of the book is specif
Jun 18, 2013
Jun 19, 2013
All the Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid
really liked it
I was a senior in high school about to graduate when the Gary Hart campaign for President imploded, so I probably wasn't paying close attention. Turns ...more
Dec 14, 2014
Dec 19, 2014
Ship of Theseus
liked it
Any review of Ship of Theseus will necessarily be a review of the effectiveness of the narrative convention that's used: faux marginalia and ephemera ...more
May 12, 2014
May 13, 2014
Evolution in Four Dimensions: Genetic, Epigenetic, Behavioral, and Symbolic Variation in the History of Life
it was ok
I'm not a scientist, so I feel like I don't have the background to assess the validity of the points set out in this book. However, the authors seem t ...more
Nov 23, 2009
Nov 22, 2009
All The Fun's In How You Say A Thing: An Explanation Of Meter & Versification
it was amazing
This is a book I've returned to and read a second time just for the pleasure of it. Steele presents just about everything you can imagine on how meter ...more
Apr 24, 2013
Apr 24, 2013
Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do?
really liked it
When most people hear the term "justice" they probably bring to mind "criminal justice." However, the vast majority of concerns over right and wrong a ...more
Dec 23, 2009
Dec 24, 2009
A New Voice for Israel: Fighting for the Survival of the Jewish Nation
it was amazing
Disclaimer: As a very young man, I worked with Ben-Ami as an Urban Fellow during his time with the City of New York. I bought this book because of my ...more
Dec 12, 2012
Dec 14, 2012
The Selfish Gene
liked it
This isn't really the sort of book that I can imagine falling in love with. Nonetheless, it was an interesting look at how genetic information is favo ...more
May 26, 2010
May 27, 2010
Bad Science
liked it
Goldacre has written an amusing, easily read, and slightly terrifying book about science illiteracy in popular culture. If you have an interest in hea ...more
Nov 14, 2009
Nov 15, 2009
The God Delusion
really liked it
I hesitate to post anything regarding this book because of the strong reactions provoked by any discussion of the validity of religious claims. It's j ...more
Jul 08, 2009
Jul 09, 2009
The Mysteries Of Pittsburgh
really liked it
I always used to say that The Mysteries of Pittsburgh was one of my favorite novels; yet, I had read it only once, in the summer of 1989, when I was 2 ...more
Dec 27, 2009
Dec 28, 2009
Ishmael:A Novel
it was amazing
Let’s get one thing straight: as far as novels go, Ishmael is not great. The story is basically a teacher teaching an adult pupil about “how we got to ...more
Dec 26, 2012
Dec 27, 2012
liked it
Silence is the story of several people in a small New Hampshire town mostly during one summer. The main stories are those of a young woman who runs aw ...more
May 12, 2009
May 14, 2009
The Boy in the Suitcase
liked it
A thriller? Really? I guess different things count as thrilling in different parts of the world. I'll give it "suspenseful," but I think "thriller" is ...more
Dec 2013
Dec 20, 2013
The Joy of Being Wrong: Original Sin Through Easter Eyes
did not like it
I wouldn't dare analyse the intellectual arguments of someone who learned from Jesuits. Yikes!

What I can say is that this book left me feeling sad for
May 21, 2013
May 21, 2013
Calculating God
it was ok
Let me review this book on 3 levels:

1) Narration of the audiobook. Jonathan Davis is an excellent reader. No complaints there.

2) As a work of fiction,
Jul 12, 2013
Jul 22, 2013
A People's History of Christianity: The Other Side of the Story
really liked it
An excellent history of Christianity from the perspective of people practicing the faith for the past two thousand years. Bass writes with a breadth o ...more
not set
Jan 11, 2013
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
it was amazing
It's hard to know what to say about this book. I found it emotionally exhausting, yet I could hardly put it down.

Stevenson does a great job of selecti
Dec 2014
Dec 01, 2014
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