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Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health
Food is indeed political. At least this is a message that I’m being hit with a lot recently. Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution on TV, a show that takes o...more
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Mar 11, 2010
Big Russ and Me: Father and Son: Lessons of Life
I thoroughly enjoyed this memoir from the late Tim Russert, about the lessons he learned from his father, Big Russ. The book goes through various aspe...more
Sep 2008
Sep 17, 2008
The Abstinence Teacher
I think what I most enjoyed about this book was simply the craft of it--backstories told within the course of the chapters, histories and motives esta...more
Dec 05, 2008
Nov 28, 2008
Texts from Bennett
I almost returned this book to the library without reading it. Nothing personal. It just happens sometimes. And as someone who just recently discovere...more
Apr 17, 2014
May 19, 2014
The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim
TTPOFMS is told from a first person perspective with shifts to other perspectives through letters, journals, etc. Max is a 48 year old loner who makes...more
Sep 2012
May 19, 2014
My Less Than Secret Life: A Diary, Fiction, Essays
Ames’ best and worst quality is his honesty. His absolute, brutal, not-afraid-to-embarrass-himself honesty. He vocalizes thoughts that most of us keep...more
Aug 2014
Aug 08, 2014
A Serial Killer in Nazi Berlin: The Chilling True Story of the S-Bahn Murderer
A relatively brief (262 pages) but fascinating true story of a not-very-well-known piece of Nazi history: the story of Paul Ogorzow, a railroad employ...more
Jun 14, 2014
Aug 09, 2014
The Amateurs
I don’t care about golf. At all. To badly paraphrase the late great George Carlin “imagine…hitting a ball. And then…HITTING IT AGAIN!” That’s pretty m...more
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Apr 14, 2014
Pocket Kings
Frank Dixon is a struggling has been writer with one quasi hit under his belt…that disappeared almost immediately after bad reviews from three promine...more
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Oct 05, 2012
The Professor of Truth
This “Philosophical Thriller’s” central theme is the inconvenience of truth, and how resentful people can be when that seeking that truth conflicts wi...more
Jan 15, 2014
Jan 15, 2014
American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House
About 350 pages and as much as you’d probably ever want to know about Andrew Jackson, this is a good historical read…not quite as good as Goodwin’s Te...more
Jun 2009
Jun 08, 2009
The Great Derangement: A Terrifying True Story of War, Politics, and Religion at the Twilight of the American Empire
The basic premise of The Great Derangement is that as Americans, we have no real leadership. We are so used to being lied to and screwed over that in...more
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Sep 02, 2009
The Universe Versus Alex Woods
At the age of ten, Alex Woods has had the random misfortune to have been struck by a meteorite, causing a lifetime of seizures. Years later, he is the...more
Dec 28, 2013
Dec 27, 2013
Since the Layoffs
This is the second Levison book I’ve read (this is his first novel). Another thoroughly enjoyable book with some themes that I recognize as ones that...more
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Feb 10, 2010
Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman
Wow. Krakauer is such an excellent writer, and he is well-suited to the task of telling of the “Odyssey of Pat Tillman,” the professional football pla...more
Dec 2009
Dec 30, 2009
Buffalo Lockjaw
This is the best book I’ve read all year. I kind of wish I’d read this in December so that this statement would carry more weight. Alas, it is only Ja...more
Jan 2010
Jan 23, 2010
With Garlic and Victory
Disclosure: Author is a long-time friend of mine, and I am familiar with many of the real-life characters upon which his material is drawn.

With Garli...more
Aug 2010
Aug 08, 2010
One of the good things about reading for pleasure (instead of, say, reading for school or because someone has a gun to your head and says “read it or...more
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Dec 04, 2009
Cleaning Up: How I Gave Up Drinking and Lived
This book is a memoir of a woman who drank for 23 years before finally giving it up on September 12, 2002. It is insightful, honest, at times opiniona...more
Jan 2009
Aug 20, 2009
Physics of the Impossible: A Scientific Exploration into the World of Phasers, Force Fields, Teleportation, and Time Travel
A good book for fans of Stephen Hawking’s “A Brief History of Time,” POTI takes several concepts from the world of science fiction and speculates on t...more
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Jul 31, 2011
Do Not Deny Me
12 short stories by Jean Thompson. I’d read The Humanity Project and found it to be entertaining and engaging enough to seek out more of Thompson’s wo...more
Jan 04, 2014
Jan 04, 2014
The End is Now
I was sold on this book from the comparison to Tom Perrotta, who is one of my favorite authors, and for the most part, this book lives up to that comp...more
Jan 2010
Jan 25, 2010
How to Rob an Armored Car
How to Rob an Armored Car
By Iain Levison

Very enjoyable book about how people on fairly low rungs of society set about a life of petty (and then not-so...more
Jan 2010
Feb 10, 2010
Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution--and How It Can Renew America
Hot, Flat, and Crowded by Thomas L. Friedman

This book alternately scares the hell out of me and gives me hope for the possibilities in innovation and...more
Aug 2009
Aug 09, 2009
The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11
A fascinating examination of the events leading up to 9-11, The Looming Tower is the result of 5 years of research and interviews. It examines the bac...more
Sep 16, 2011
Sep 16, 2011
It Feels So Good When I Stop
It feels so Good When I stop
By Joe Pernice

This book was a pleasant surprise-- a book I had never heard of (that I found accidentally while browsing th...more
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Feb 05, 2012
Bright-Sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America
Finally, a much-needed expose of the positive thinking movement--a largely self-involved and self-serving enterprise which, disturbingly, is pursued b...more
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Feb 10, 2010
Grab On to Me Tightly as if I Knew the Way
I wanted to like this book. I wanted to like it after picking it up, I wanted to like it after the first 10 pages, then the first 50, but by the first...more
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Apr 11, 2011
I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone
Very readable and entertaining book. The story is about a young girl whose mother left her at four months old to follow the music of the punk scene. T...more
Jan 05, 2009
Jan 01, 2009
The Circle
Like most people living in this century, I use social media on a fairly regular basis. But there’s always a limit. I don’t go personal very often, and...more
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Aug 25, 2014
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