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Guide to a Well-Behaved Parrot
As a professional parrot behavior consultant, this is one of the classics, and one I always recommend to clients.
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Jan 21, 2009
Cave Full of Ghosts: The Billy Bob Tapes
I've always admired Billy Bob Thornton as an actor. He's not your typical run-of-the-mill Hollywood star, and I like that about him, too.

This book is
Oct 20, 2013
Nov 08, 2013
Henry's Demons: Living with Schizophrenia, A Father and Son's Story
A close family member suffers from schizophrenia, so I had some personal reasons for reading this. I found it interesting and informative -- for examp ...more
Feb 23, 2011
Feb 24, 2011
The Help
I listened to this on and it was once of those books that held my attention all the way through. I thought this was going to be some hang- ...more
Jan 2009
Oct 09, 2009
True Grit
I've seen both movies; loved the newest one, not all that crazy about the first one. Why read the book at this late date? Someone on some blog or anot ...more
Feb 15, 2011
Feb 24, 2011
A Confederacy of Dunces
I read this one a long time ago, too, back when it was published. I recall it being fun but I think there was a lot of twists involved, too. Of course ...more
Jan 1979
Oct 09, 2009
A Short History of Nearly Everything
OK, since reading In a Sunburned Country I've loved nearly everything Bryson has written -- well, okay, maybe not his history of language stuff so muc ...more
Jan 2007
Oct 09, 2009
Voluntary Madness: My Year Lost and Found in the Loony Bin
A little wordy in the beginning, but the last third of the book opens up and pulls the beginning two-thirds into focus. If you or someone you know has ...more
Feb 2010
Feb 16, 2010
To Kill a Mockingbird
There are some books and movies that either change your life or put such a burnish on your ethics and views that you're never the same again. This is ...more
Jan 1964
Oct 09, 2009
My Sister's Keeper
I loved this book -- it was the first Jodi Picoult I'd read. Then I read another one of her books and discovered she's got the formula down. Which dis ...more
Jan 2008
Oct 09, 2009
How I Became a Famous Novelist
I loved this book and plan to read it again. It's the story of how Steve set out to write a best seller. He succeeds, not quite halfway through the bo ...more
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Feb 24, 2011
Drink, Play, F@#k: One Man's Search for Anything Across Ireland, Las Vegas, and Thailand
I enjoyed this book more than any book I've read in a long time. Funny story of a guy who decides to do what he's always wanted to do. Lots of discove ...more
Jul 2009
Oct 10, 2009
The Big Sleep (Philip Marlowe #1)
I've always loved the Philip Marlow series -- not so much for the hard-boiled aspect but the morality of Marlow set against the loss of morality in hi ...more
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Jan 21, 2009
Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things
Interesting case studies, with latest findings. There are hoarders in my family (mostly father's side), and I think I might understand the reasons a l ...more
Jun 19, 2010
Jun 19, 2010
Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything (Freakonomics, #1)
This is another book I liked a lot. I was afraid it would be full of dull statistics, but Levitt made the numbers fit real life instances.
Jan 2007
Oct 09, 2009
Big Trouble
I love Dave Barry and can read his columns over and over. But his novels, while interesting and well-written, never draw me back the second time.
Jan 2007
Jan 21, 2009
Carter's discussion and discovery of parrot goes far beyond a mere history -- it delves into parrot as a vital part of our mythology.
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Jan 21, 2009
Nineteen Eighty-Four (The Complete Works of George Orwell, Vol. 9)
It didn't happen, but back in its day a lot of us were convinced it would. Hmmmmm, it still could . . . or has it already begun?
Jan 1971
Oct 09, 2009
Fair and Tender Ladies
Lee Smith is one of the most original voices in contemporary literature; every novel she writes has been a joy to read.
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Jan 21, 2009
Love in the Time of Cholera
There are some books that are superb, magical, beyond whatever you think fiction is. This is one of them.
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Jan 21, 2009
Me Talk Pretty One Day
For some reason I didn't like this at all. I did try one of his later books and enjoyed it, but not this one.
Jan 2008
Oct 09, 2009
Orange Crush (Serge Storms, #3)
OK, but the humor was a bit too slapstick or contrived for my tastes. Carl Hiassen has spoiled me, I guess.
Jul 2011
Nov 09, 2011
Mrs. Darcy and the Blue-Eyed Stranger
Lee Smith can do wrong when it comes to writing. These are the usual wonderful stories she does so well.
Oct 2011
Nov 09, 2011
Miss Minimalist: Inspiration to Downsize, Declutter, and Simplify
An OK collection; nothing I didn't already know but was good to hear again anyway.
Jan 2011
Nov 09, 2011
The Exorcist
This book scared me to death back in the 70s; the movie left me with nightmares for weeks.
Jan 1973
Nov 07, 2009
The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind
Your view of religion and/or psychology isn't complete until you've read this.
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Jan 21, 2009
The Second Four Books of Poems
W.S. Merwin is the poet's poet, daring to take the language beyond its limits.
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Jan 21, 2009
What We Talk About When We Talk About Love
Raymond Carver opened up an entirely new world of fiction and style for me.
Jan 1983
Nov 07, 2009
Atlas Shrugged
Read this a hundred years ago and remember feeling both outraged and confused.
Jan 1977
Oct 09, 2009
In the Basement of the Ivory Tower: Confessions of an Accidental Academic
This is all right, but I wanted more detail about the dirty politics.
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Nov 09, 2011
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