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The Good Luck of Right Now
I have never read a book like "The Good Luck of Right Now," and that is extremely refreshing. Matthew Quick has written a strange and wonderful episto...more
May 28, 2014
May 27, 2014
Not Taco Bell Material
Oh Adam Carolla, I want to like you, but the more I get to know you, the more distasteful I find you. Some of his anecdotes were funny. I especially e...more
Aug 27, 2012
Aug 22, 2012
Griftopia: Bubble Machines, Vampire Squids, and the Long Con That Is Breaking America
This book is a MUST READ. It should be required reading for all of us. Taibbi walks the reader through the laws and loopholes that have allowed the US...more
Nov 27, 2012
Jun 21, 2012
Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking: A Memoir of Food and Longing
I loved this book! I don't know much about Russian history, and this book was a lovely tour of Russian communist and socialist history through the nat...more
Dec 16, 2013
Oct 28, 2013
Inside This Place, Not of It: Narratives from Women's Prisons
This book was a pretty terrifying and depressing read. It really struck me that if your mother made bad choices in life, you were destined to follow i...more
Aug 22, 2012
Aug 21, 2012
Worms Eat My Garbage: How to Set up and Maintain a Worm Composting System, Second Edition
I checked this book out of the library so that I could prepare for starting my own worm farm. I am expanding my gardens this year, and with Florida's...more
Feb 28, 2012
Feb 27, 2012
Organic Methods for Vegetable Gardening in Florida
Florida offers gardeners unique challenges and benefits that are not generally addressed in most gardening publications. I find myself always doing a...more
Apr 18, 2013
Apr 16, 2013
Lasagna Gardening: A New System for Great Gardens: No Digging, No Tilling, No Weeding, No Kidding!
I found Patricia Lanza’s “Lasagna Gardening” to be highly inspirational. This is a gardening method that anyone can try. It is basically sheet compost...more
Apr 12, 2013
Apr 07, 2013
The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon, #3)
**spoiler alert** There’s a mysterious symbolically-coded map to the Ancient Mysteries that is engraved on a pyramid protected by the Masons. This map...more
Oct 10, 2010
Oct 04, 2010
Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer
Farm City really made an impression on me. I found myself daydreaming about having my own urban farm. I want to know the joys of growing my own produc...more
Jan 02, 2011
Dec 27, 2010
God, No!: Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales
Judging from this 'title and the media coverage it has recently received, I was expecting this to be Penn Jillette's ATHEIST MANIFESTO. I was way off,...more
Aug 24, 2011
Aug 18, 2011
Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World
Michael Lewis’ “Boomerang” is one of the most frightening books I have ever read. Most frightening, I think, because it is all too true and happening...more
Dec 21, 2011
Dec 14, 2011
Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald

I have mixed feelings about Fowler’s “Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald”. First the pros:

The writing is very good.

The plot moves forward at a good pace....more
Jul 07, 2013
Jun 28, 2013
Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us
“Salt Sugar Fat” has ruined grocery shopping for me. I’ve never been a fan of highly processed foods. I am not one to throw Kraft Cheesy Skillets, or...more
Apr 28, 2013
Apr 19, 2013
Winter of the World (The Century Trilogy #2)
I enjoyed Winter of the world, but perhaps not quite as much as I enjoyed the first in the trilogy,"Fall of Giants". It may be because I know more abo...more
Dec 18, 2012
Dec 07, 2012
The Astronaut Wives Club
I really enjoyed this story about the Astronaut wives, though it did end up making me sad. These women were amazing. They were so focused and dedicate...more
Aug 22, 2013
Aug 11, 2013
Self-Made Man: One Woman's Journey Into Manhood and Back Again
I was a little worried that Norah Vincent's biases would color her perceptions and experiences as her male alter ego, Ned. Luckily, Vincent seemed to...more
Jul 06, 2012
Jun 26, 2012
The Night Eternal (The Strain Trilogy, #3)
I feel like the authors rushed the writing of this book. The final installation, in what started out as a truly innovative take on the conflict betwee...more
Dec 13, 2011
Nov 29, 2011
I picked up "NOS4A2" as a light diversion. I did not expect it to have much effect on me. I am not easily frightened, and honestly, this book is not t...more
Jul 28, 2013
Jul 15, 2013
Life After Death
I have been following the story of the West Memphis Three since the beginning. I was a teenager during the mid-90s Satanism scare, and I remember clea...more
Aug 13, 2013
Jul 30, 2013
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
My first impression of Neil Gaiman’s “Ocean at the End of the Lane” was that it was disappointingly small. This slim volume looks no bigger than a nov...more
Jun 25, 2013
Jun 18, 2013
Desperate Journeys, Abandoned Souls: True Stories of Castaways and Other Survivors
I was absolutely fascinated by this book; morbidly fascinated. "Desperate Journeys, Abandoned Souls" is a collection of true tales of dire straits. Ev...more
Jul 28, 2011
Jul 12, 2011
The Help
I decided to read The Help simply because it was so popular. I didn't have a lot of expectations for it. I haven't seen the movie, so I really didn't...more
May 30, 2012
May 25, 2012
Twinkie, Deconstructed: My Journey to Discover How the Ingredients Found in Processed Foods Are Grown, Mined (Yes, Mined), and Manipulated Into What America Eats
“Twinkie, Deconstructed” is a book with one, horrifying central theme: all the ingredients in a Twinkie have a single source – petroleum. The book bec...more
May 21, 2013
May 02, 2013
Outlaw Marriages: The Hidden Histories of Fifteen Extraordinary Same-Sex Couples
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“Outlaw Marriages: The Hidden Histories of Fifteen Extraordinary Same-Sex Couples” by Rodger Streitmatter caught my e...more
Mar 2013
Feb 15, 2013
Cro-Magnon: How the Ice Age Gave Birth to the First Modern Humans
Brian Fagan wrote this book in a conversational way. The way he describes the lives of the Cro-Magnons’ is very real and story-like. At times I had to...more
Sep 14, 2011
Sep 06, 2011
This is one of Stephen King's BEST works! Seriously. It's not terrifying, it's not full of monsters, and doesn't rely on the super natural. It is a so...more
Dec 2012
Nov 08, 2012
The Wordy Shipmates
I really enjoyed this short history of the Puritans. This book follows the shipmates of the Arbella and their colonization of Mas. and Rhode Island. S...more
Apr 25, 2011
Apr 19, 2011
Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy
I wasn't sure what I thought of "Twilight of the Elites" at first. The first 30-40 pages felt a little boring to me. I wasn't sure where Hayes was goi...more
Oct 08, 2012
Sep 24, 2012
The Sociopath Next Door: The Ruthless Versus the Rest of Us
I couldn't put this book down. Stout developed a narrative style to explain how Scociopaths experience the world, and how this fundamentally different...more
Jul 07, 2011
Jul 06, 2011
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