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Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea
An intriguing but highly partial glimpse into North Korea from the perspective of a very small number of defectors. Grab a copy from the library or a ...more
Jun 30, 2011
Jun 28, 2011
Stones Into Schools: Promoting Peace With Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan
Considerably less emotional than Three Cups of Tea, Stones into Schools provides a welcome update on the status of the CAI's efforts in the region. A ...more
Dec 26, 2009
Dec 29, 2009
How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization
Decent read, well-written, but not exactly true to its title. While it does touch on clubs around the world and the football culture in various countr ...more
Feb 2009
Jan 21, 2009
An Ordinary Man: An Autobiography
Excellent book. The introduction was especially powerful since I had only just finished reading The Book Thief (linking words with genocide, etc.) I f ...more
Dec 06, 2008
Dec 01, 2008
Tear Down This Wall: A City, a President, and the Speech that Ended the Cold War
While Ratnesar completely avoids the economic factors that lead to the downfall of the CCCP, he does a great job portraying the events in Reagan's pre ...more
Feb 06, 2010
Feb 03, 2010
The Invisible Wall: A Love Story That Broke Barriers
This was a really great book, but it just didn't provoke any emotions for me, which is why I only gave it three stars instead of four. The writing is ...more
Nov 30, 2008
Nov 21, 2008
The Secret (The Secret, #1)
Presents little to no original content and encourages the reader to attain a singular focus on materialism without any regard to any moral or social v ...more
Mar 25, 2012
Mar 25, 2012
The Day After the Dollar Crashes: A Survival Guide for the Rise of the New World Order
Poorly written and poorly edited. This book offers nothing more than ramblings, with few valid points and even fewer viable solutions.
Dec 26, 2011
Dec 26, 2011
Beyond the White House: Waging Peace, Fighting Disease, Building Hope
An interesting look into the humanitarian work that the Carters have done in the time since his presidency. The book, surprisingly enough, wasn't over ...more
Jan 03, 2009
Nov 01, 2007
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
Terrific material. I especially enjoyed "Six to Eight Black Men," which chronicles Sedaris's introduction to the Dutch tradition of Sinterklaas.
Jul 07, 2011
Jul 01, 2011
What Is the What
An amazing book that describes a boy's journey during the conflict in Sudan. Because it is an autobiography billed as a novel, it is sometimes a more ...more
Jul 19, 2009
Feb 15, 2009
Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap... and Others Don't
Had to read it for class. While it was certainly a great deal better than the other class text, it wasn't very well written, and it's already quite ou ...more
Nov 17, 2008
Oct 13, 2008
When You Are Engulfed in Flames
Hilariously irreverent.
Jul 14, 2010
Jul 14, 2010
What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington's Culture of Deception
Earns a 3.5 - could easily have been a 4 if it was written a bit better. Parts of it feel like they were patched together a little too hurriedly. For ...more
Aug 29, 2008
Jul 16, 2008
What the Dog Saw and Other Adventures
Considerably less dry than some of Gladwell's first two books. The format of the shorts allows you to read a complete section in a small amount of tim ...more
Oct 30, 2010
Oct 10, 2010
The Honor Code: How Moral Revolutions Happen
Similar to Malcolm Gladwell's style, but large parts of it felt extremely repetitive.
Sep 26, 2010
Sep 15, 2010
In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto
I never read The Omnivore's Dilemma, so this was my first experience with Pollan's writing. Really quite well done — he does an excellent job citing h ...more
Aug 10, 2008
Jul 16, 2008
The Last Lecture
As a computer science student prone to many of the character flaws discussed by the author, this book really hit home for me. While I don't necessaril ...more
Jul 26, 2008
Jul 16, 2008
Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life
A good insight into the role of compassion as found in all mainstream religions. This is actually a fairly short read - I just happened to be extremel ...more
Mar 24, 2011
Jan 11, 2011
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration
Very educational, but could have gone through a few more rounds of editing. Wilkerson repeats certain passages verbatim in a few instances. In any cas ...more
Oct 09, 2011
Oct 02, 2010
Outliers: The Story of Success
Fantastic book, definitely provides a fresh perspective on the many factors that contribute to an individual's success.
May 30, 2009
Jan 21, 2009
The Bookseller of Kabul
Great book, interesting to see the lives of Afghanis from the perspective of a female author.
Sep 18, 2010
Aug 19, 2009
No god but God: The Origins, Evolution and Future of Islam
Fantastic book, it should be required reading for any world religions class. Definitely a keeper.
Mar 27, 2009
Nov 01, 2007
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
Jun 12, 2010
Oct 06, 2009
Apr 23, 2010
Sep 09, 2009
The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother
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Aug 18, 2009
The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief
Jan 2008
Feb 18, 2010
Rich Dad, Poor Dad
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Apr 23, 2010
The Meaning of the Holy Qur'an English/Arabic: New Edition with Arabic Text and Revised Translation, Commentary and Newly Compiled Comprehensive Index
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May 28, 2010
Living to Tell the Tale
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Jun 09, 2009
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