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Fourth Uncle in the Mountain: The Remarkable Legacy of a Buddhist Itinerant Doctor in Vietnam
4.37
Ah yes a mystical book indeed. This memoir has many things I like woven into the drama of the conflicts in Vietnam. The picture painted of vietnamese ...more
Jan 11, 2009
Feb 11, 2009
 
Addicted to Danger A Memoir
3.70
I was propelled by the excitement of the first half of the book into the funk of the second. Unable to stop reading a book that far completed I drug m ...more
Aug 23, 2009
Aug 10, 2009
 
In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex
4.17
Ohhh yes, a classic indeed.
The tragic tale of the whaleship essex. The words of this book bring vivid images of the oil slicked vessels and blackened
...more
Feb 09, 2009
Feb 11, 2009
 
The West
4.12
From the first famished Spaniards who washed up on Galveston Island to the flamboyant escapades of John C. Fremont. This book has the west pretty much ...more
Dec 05, 2008
Feb 12, 2009
 
The Celestine Prophecy
3.57
This book would have been great if it were true. It is written like a autobiographical story, which at first I thought it was. Then things got fancifu ...more
Apr 2004
Apr 05, 2010
 
Cannery Row
3.99
Although I have been living in Monterey for some time I never thought of reading Steinbeck. His face can be seen on flags and cast in bronze statues a ...more
not set
Nov 10, 2009
 
Ghost Soldiers: The Epic Account of World War II's Greatest Rescue Mission
4.16
Holy crap. That was intense, I actually lost some sleep because of this book. I woke up in the middle of the night playing out the scenario in my head ...more
Oct 06, 2009
Oct 02, 2009
 
Close to the Wind
3.94
Ma Mami always said that if you want to own a boat just stand in the shower tearing up hundred dollar bills, this book sheds a little truth on that. S ...more
not set
Nov 12, 2010
 
Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust
4.43
A first hand account of a survivor of the Rwandan genocide.
Or as she refers to it the "Rwandan holocaust." Indeed it was that extreme, I had no Idea
...more
Jan 03, 2009
Feb 11, 2009
 
Five Past Midnight in Bhopal: The Epic Story of the World's Deadliest Industrial Disaster
4.09
Dominique Lapierre ad Javier Moro make a good team in this full account of the Union Carbide disaster in Bhopal. The style in which they approached th ...more
Jan 17, 2009
Feb 11, 2009
 
Man's Search for Meaning
4.32
Concentration camps, the SS and those who endured. Hmmm.. It's hard to wrap my mind around the human capacity for such insensitive cruelty, but it's t ...more
Mar 14, 2009
Mar 10, 2009
 
Stringer: A Reporter's Journey in the Congo
3.42
Compelled to do something meaningful and extraordinary the author leaves behind a promising career to become a journalist in the Congo. What is reveal ...more
not set
Jun 27, 2014
 
The Hidden Forest: The Biography of an Ecosystem
4.19
Luoma illuminates the myriad relationships pulsing in old growth ecosystems. All life, From the massive pillars of ancient trees to microscopic bacter ...more
not set
Apr 14, 2011
 
The Ethics of What We Eat: Why Our Food Choices Matter
4.06
A detailed and informative look at where our food comes from and how it is produced. At times this book lost me in figures and percentages, but overal ...more
Oct 02, 2008
Feb 08, 2009
 
The Secret History of the American Empire: Economic Hit Men, Jackals & the Truth about Global Corruption
3.84
John Perkins' revealing accounts from the inside of a corrupt corporate empire. This book is not a conspiracy theorists rantings, He was an "economic ...more
Nov 17, 2008
Feb 08, 2009
 
The Tracker
4.16
An account of Tom Brown's youth and adulthood deep in the forests, marshes and mountains of mother nature. Set mostly in the pine barrens of New Jerse ...more
Mar 09, 2008
Feb 08, 2009
 
Hero Found: The Greatest POW Escape of the Vietnam War
4.16
Beyond the military hubris which i do not care for is a clear picture of a uniquely potent individual. Raised to survive in war torn Germany Dengler d ...more
not set
May 16, 2011
 
The Translator: A Tribesman's Memoir of Darfur
3.95
A true and tragic tale of the life of Daoud Hari, a tribesman from Darfur. A clear contrast is shown between the happiness and simplicity of his child ...more
Sep 08, 2008
Feb 08, 2009
 
Tales of a Shaman's Apprentice: An Ethnobotanist Searches for New Medicines in the Rain Forest
4.18
The Amazon! A wild sounding place, where a few tribes struggle to hold on to their traditions and ancient, extensive knowledge of their environment. T ...more
Feb 13, 2005
Feb 12, 2009
 
At the Mercy of the River: An Exploration of the Last African Wilderness
3.65
Ok... to be fair I didn't finish this book, it was better that I didn't spend any more time on it though, because it was not that great of a read to b ...more
Sep 20, 2009
Aug 23, 2009
 
Pompeii
3.76
I enjoy where this book took my imagination. There were many moments where i stopped reading just to focus on how it all looked in my head. Mount Vesu ...more
Sep 25, 2009
Sep 20, 2009
 
The Forever War
4.16
The wars of the last decade have baffled me, the purpose and scope unclear. I picked this book up hoping to find definite answers, But found only chao ...more
not set
Jun 28, 2010
 
The Four Winds: A Shaman's Odyssey Into the Amazon
4.27
A book that proves the potency of ritual, and of carefully prepared mind-altering botanicals. The authors story is colorful with soothsayers, healers, ...more
not set
Mar 10, 2010
 
Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit
3.95
It has been A while since I have read this book, Yet I remember fond feelings towards it. It deals with a very large and perplexing issue, the split o ...more
Apr 20, 2005
Feb 16, 2009
 
The Autobiography of a Tibetan Monk
4.39
Seeing Tibet through the eyes of a common monk really brought things into focus. Rather than a quick flood of Chinese soldiers taking everything over ...more
Mar 28, 2010
Mar 18, 2010
 
The Thousand Mile Summer
4.14
Many times I found my imagination wandering alongside the author through his long stretches of desert solitude and the busier mountain forests. Other ...more
Jul 10, 2010
Jun 29, 2010
 
Jitterbug Perfume
4.23
The first book of Tom Robbins that I have read. I enjoy his rough almost pornographic sence of humor. If this read has done one thing it has made me p ...more
not set
Jan 19, 2010
 
Chronicles, Vol. 1
3.98
Casting light on his years in a hubris free fashion. Poetic and easy to read. I like the man's music so what can I say.
not set
Feb 20, 2011
 
Century of the Wind (Memory of Fire, #3)
4.54
A less known history of the americas. Focusing primarily on the exploitation of natives and campasinos. Told in potent prose designed to bring dramati ...more
Dec 18, 2009
Nov 20, 2009
 
Light at the Edge of the World
4.18
A magnifying glass pointed at the richness of the human soul and the tragedy of it's loss.
not set
Apr 19, 2010
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