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The Last Days of the Romanovs: Tragedy at Ekaterinburg
I just finished a book about Trotsky before reading this account of the Romanov murders, so maybe I'm just burnt out on the Russian Revolution and its ...more
Apr 13, 2010
Apr 16, 2010
The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game
I'm not sure this book deserves five stars, but it made me want to read Moneyball; I can't justify not giving full marks to a book that makes me want ...more
Jan 25, 2010
Jan 18, 2010
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game
Micheal Lewis is great at characterization; this book got me writing descriptions of acquaintances, working on my ability to capture the feel of a per ...more
Mar 08, 2010
Feb 28, 2010
The Beauty Myth
I have a hard time reading manifesto style books. I tend to find hyperbole for non-comedic purposes irritating. I'm just not very radical, I suppose. ...more
Apr 20, 2009
Apr 06, 2009
Shadow Divers
It took me a while to get into this book. I'm not really interested in naval history or wreck diving, and the introduction didn't grab me. But I'm a s ...more
Dec 31, 2008
Jan 03, 2009
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
This book was really fascinating for me. I'm a fan of popular science books like this, which relate scientific discoveries with a human interest angle ...more
Oct 2011
Feb 18, 2012
The Story of America: Essays on Origins
This book examined various documents, historical events and historical personages that have become part of our narrative of American history. Lepore e ...more
Aug 02, 2013
Jul 13, 2013
On the Map: A Mind-Expanding Exploration of the Way the World Looks
This book considered a variety of ways of looking at maps: specific historical maps, brain mapping, video game maps, different projection methods, the ...more
Aug 10, 2013
Jul 13, 2013
The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History
I found this book on a plane over a year ago and never got around to reading it until the swine flu was all over the news last month. This suddenly se ...more
Jun 08, 2009
Jul 15, 2008
Schoolgirls: Young Women, Self Esteem, and the Confidence Gap
This book was written in response to a study about self-esteem and girls in school conducted by the American Association of University Women, and I ha ...more
Apr 2008
Apr 07, 2008
From Square One: A Meditation, with Digressions, on Crosswords
This guy was pretty obnoxious. I probably wouldn't have read past the introduction if Lani hadn't recommended it. He kept making unnecessary snide rem ...more
Aug 2009
Aug 01, 2009
Michael and Natasha: The Life and Love of Michael II, the Last of the Romanov Tsars
The Romanovs are my favorite European royalty. Somehow the typical in-bred decadence of Victorian age nobility gets even more entertaining set in Russ ...more
Sep 27, 2009
Apr 06, 2009
God's Harvard, A Christian College on a Mission to Save American
Interesting, quick read. I liked the sections in which Rosin focused on the student body. I felt like she did a good job of picking kids to whom she w ...more
Apr 2008
May 25, 2008
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace ... One School at a Time
Greg Mortenson's story is remarkable; his book is less so. I expect he views it more in terms of an extended letter to potential donors to his Central ...more
Aug 06, 2008
May 25, 2008
Dr. Seuss and Mr. Geisel
I love Dr. Seuss. I can recite How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by heart. I don't understand how anyone can not love Dr. Seuss.
But if you don't, read t
Mar 31, 2008
Mar 25, 2008
This Book Is Overdue!: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All
This book was exciting; it even made me feel a little guilty about my obstinate dislike for social networking technology. It even made Second Life sou ...more
May 10, 2010
May 15, 2010
Ghost Ship: the Mysterious True Story of the Mary Celeste and Her Missing Crew
Pretty interesting incident, and I learned a bunch of creepy things about the creepy ocean. Disappearing islands? Cross "sailor" off my list of potent ...more
Jun 14, 2008
May 25, 2008
Amarcord: Marcella Remembers
I didn't quite finish this book before returning it to the library, but I doubt I'll go back to finish it, so I'm marking it "read," by which I mean a ...more
Jan 2009
Jan 03, 2009
Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
I liked the story better when Bechdel concentrated on actual events and relationships than when she analyzed them through literature, especially becau ...more
Oct 2008
Oct 19, 2008
On Literature
Some of the sections were interesting, some were kind of boring and self-involved, and some were on books I'd never heard of so I skipped them. I was ...more
Jun 20, 2008
May 25, 2008
The Great Partition: The Making of India and Pakistan
Very interesting subject, and the research was obviously thorough. Writing style not as compelling as topic, reads a bit like a thesis, especially in ...more
Apr 07, 2008
Mar 31, 2008
Mere Christianity
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Jul 16, 2008
Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time
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May 25, 2008
Thurber: A Biography
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Apr 07, 2008
Braving Home: Dispatches from the Underwater Town, the Lava-Side Inn, and Other Extreme Locales
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Jul 16, 2008
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
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Jul 16, 2008
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