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Quantum Gods: Creation, Chaos, and the Search for Cosmic Consciousness
This is Stenger's critique of quantum consciouness and things like the Secret. He spent a long time reviewing the science of quantum mechanics, which...more
Feb 11, 2010
Oct 18, 2009
New York
Rutherfurd is a modern day James Michener - he tells the story of a place by following families down through the centuries. Rutherfurd is British, and...more
Dec 16, 2009
Oct 25, 2009
The White Queen (The Cousins' War, #1)
I enjoyed Gregory's first book The Other Boleyn Girl, but I didn't care for this one. I found the writing sloppy. In particular, Gregory would suddenl...more
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Jan 07, 2010
God's Battalions: The Case for the Crusades
The author was very clearly biased towards Christianity, and I think his bias hurts the book overall. However, I do like the fact that he is taking on...more
Jan 2010
Oct 25, 2009
Losing My Religion: How I Lost My Faith Reporting on Religion in America - And Found Unexpected Peace
An interesting look at one man's spiritual journey. Lobdell's life was in shambles when he found religion. He started out as a evangelical, moved to a...more
Feb 13, 2010
Feb 04, 2010
Saving CeeCee Honeycutt
This was what I call grocery list fiction. The author put in everything Southern cliche she could think of, and it read like a grocery list of cliches...more
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Feb 17, 2010
Sarah's Key
Two stories that intersect. Sarah, a Jewish girl living in Paris in World War II, and Julia, an American living in Paris in 2002. Sarah's story is a h...more
Sep 20, 2009
Sep 14, 2009
Girl in a Blue Dress
A novel inspired by the life of Charles Dickens and his wife. It is the story of a cast off wife of a famous writer in 19th century London. Alfred Gib...more
Aug 26, 2009
Aug 25, 2009
The Lacuna
In the beginning, this book was slow going. I'm glad I stuck with it. I didn't really see where the book was going in the beginning. It's a portrait o...more
Jan 03, 2010
Nov 22, 2009
The Curtain: An Essay in Seven Parts
An interesting discussion about the power of novels. His metaphor is that the world presents us with a curtain displaying the way the world seems. Gre...more
May 21, 2010
May 19, 2010
The Imperfectionists
One of the best books I've read in a long time. The main character, really, is this quirky English language newspaper in Rome. The story unwinds throu...more
Jun 14, 2010
Jun 07, 2010
The Faith Instinct: How Religion Evolved and Why It Endures
The first half of this book was interesting. The author reviews the evidence for the evolution of morality and religion. He gives an interesting and b...more
Dec 02, 2009
Oct 18, 2009
Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens our Future
The title of this book is misleading. The authors didn't discuss how scientific illeteracy threatens our future much. Mostly, it was a discussion of w...more
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Sep 20, 2009
You Are Not a Gadget
The author is an insider in the computer industry - apparently he coined the term 'virtual reality.' He has some valid criticisms about how the intern...more
Mar 2010
Feb 17, 2010
The Wilderness
A Booker prize long list nominee, this book details the progression of Alzheimer's disease in the main character, Jake. His memory loss gets progressi...more
Aug 24, 2009
Aug 23, 2009
36 Arguments for the Existence of God: A Work of Fiction
This book was definitely interesting, but I'm not sure I liked it. Basically, the book is about the conflict between science/reason and religion, whic...more
Feb 23, 2010
Jan 25, 2010
The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science
This book is a history of science during the Romantic era, roughly 1775 to 1825. The author makes his point that this was a great age of scientific en...more
Feb 28, 2010
Jan 16, 2010
The Pursuit of Love & Love in a Cold Climate
Nancy Mitford was and aristocrat who grew up in the period between the World Wars, and this is what she writes about in these two related novels. The...more
Dec 02, 2009
Nov 23, 2009
Beautiful Maria of My Soul
I didn't find this book as compelling as its predecessor, The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love. Somehow, I never found Maria to be a likable character....more
Jun 11, 2010
Jun 05, 2010
Thomas Cromwell: The Rise and Fall of Henry VIII's Most Notorious Minister
I was somewhat disappointed in this biography, but I don't think it was all the author's fault. The evidence available for Cromwell's life is a bit th...more
Jan 07, 2010
Dec 03, 2009
Jane's Fame: How Jane Austen Conquered the World
A history of how an obscure writer became world famous. This book was definitely aimed at myth busting. I enjoyed that, because I have never bought th...more
Mar 21, 2010
Feb 17, 2010
God: The Failed Hypothesis: How Science Shows That God Does Not Exist
A review of all the evidence for the existence of God. A dispassionate, thoroughly researched book. Stenger does not attack believers, but calmly asse...more
Oct 20, 2009
Oct 18, 2009
The Heart of the Matter
I love Graham Greene, although this is not my favorite of his books. This is one of his Catholic novels, and I didn't think it was as good as The Powe...more
Aug 21, 2009
Aug 21, 2009
God Is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World--and Why Their Differences Matter
For anyone who doesn't remember their comparative religion class, this book is a great overview of eight of the great world religions. Very accessible...more
May 10, 2010
Apr 26, 2010
Idiot America: How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free
This is a very interesting read, and in some places, very funny (also sad). Like a lot of journalistic books, the author fails to do the promised anal...more
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Feb 17, 2010
Quiverfull: Inside the Christian Patriarchy Movement
This book explored the far right of the Christian right, the Christian patriarchy movement. These are the folks that want to keep women barefoot and p...more
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Dec 13, 2009
More: Population, Nature, and What Women Want
This book had a tendency to get off point, but it was an effective plea for women having control of their fertility. Not only do women have healthier,...more
Apr 29, 2010
Apr 25, 2010
Let the Great World Spin
This year's National Book Award winner. The central occurence in the book is the 1974 tightrope walk between the World Trade Center towers by Phillipe...more
Dec 07, 2009
Dec 02, 2009
Set in Europe after a unnamed war (obviously WWII), this is a novel about man's inhumanity to man. Compelling and sad, the novel shows how fear can mo...more
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Oct 06, 2009
Mathilda Savitch
The title character is an adolescent girl - maybe 12 or 13. A year previously, her older sister committed suicide. She's confused and grieving, but he...more
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Oct 24, 2009
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