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First Aid for the USMLE Step 1: A Student-To-Student Guide
Ok, I'm not recommending any of you read this book, but I spent ~12 hours/day, 7 days/week for 6 weeks memorizing it, so I felt it deserved a shout ou ...more
Jun 15, 2011
Jun 25, 2011
The First Patient
I've been flying so much lately that I've had an unusually large amount of time to read. But, traveling a lot also means less time to stay organized a ...more
Mar 23, 2009
Mar 23, 2009
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
This is some of the best writing I've read on the sentence/paragraph level. I wasn't particularly concerned with where things were going plotwise at f ...more
Jun 21, 2011
Jun 22, 2011
The Four Loves
I hadn't read any CS Lewis in years, and I remember not being especially impressed the first time I read this book; it didn't seem to have a cohesive ...more
Nov 26, 2011
Nov 26, 2011
Yes Please
I love Amy Poehler -- as Leslie Knope, for being an awesome feminist and a positive role model/leader for young women and just a hilarious comedian. T ...more
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May 28, 2015
The Lost Continent: Travels in Small Town America
This book is infuriating me. Bryson is being a jerk toward Iowa and pretty much everywhere else in the US, as far as I can tell. He's relating the sto ...more
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Jun 25, 2011
Remember Me?
I grabbed this from an airport bookshop prior to a poorly planned trip from Baltimore to Nebraska, and it was perfect. I've never read any of the Shop ...more
Dec 05, 2008
Dec 09, 2008
New Moon (Twilight, #2)
This is the least action packed of the first three Twilight books (haven't read the 4th yet)-- as in Bella mopes around being sad throughout most of i ...more
Dec 19, 2009
Dec 23, 2009
Twilight (Twilight, #1)
I'd heard that the writing in these books was dreadful, so I hadn't rushed out to read them. But after having a copy practically forced on me by a fri ...more
Dec 17, 2009
Dec 23, 2009
Through Rushing Water
WOW. I loved this book so much! This is a story for historians, advocates, everyday people making the world more just, one student or construction pro ...more
Jan 2012
Nov 23, 2012
Emperor of the Air
Variety among short stories seems difficult to come by in anthologies like this one, which puzzles me, since I assumed part of the reason you'd write ...more
Jun 25, 2011
Jun 25, 2011
Tina Fey is great.
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May 28, 2015
The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right
Gawande presents examples of how straightforward checklists can prevent errors and improve outcomes in various fields (medicine, aviation, finance). T ...more
Jun 02, 2013
May 19, 2013
Baltimore Noir
Good set of short mystery stories centered around Baltimore and written by local authors. I think Baltimore, with its murder rate, and of course, bein ...more
Dec 23, 2009
Dec 23, 2009
Cutting for Stone
I loved all the medical stuff in this book -- clearly written by a doctor. Verghese fictionalizes several medical developments; it's interesting to th ...more
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Mar 21, 2011
Baltimore Blues (Tess Monaghan #1)
I really like the Laura Lippman (author) Tess Monaghan (protagonist) stories. I think this is at least 40% because she writes them about Baltimore, an ...more
Dec 20, 2009
Dec 23, 2009
Bel Canto
I probably just missed the point, but I was underwhelmed by this book. The writing was good, I have absolutely no complaints about it, but it also was ...more
Jan 13, 2009
Dec 09, 2008
Reading Comics
Since this book's subtitle is "How graphic novels work and what they mean," I had rather hoped Reading Comics would help me get more out of our book c ...more
Mar 06, 2009
Jan 30, 2009
A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail
Not as hilarious as I'm a Stranger Here Myself but still funny, equally difficult to put down, and more educational. Self-deprecating, first-person, n ...more
Feb 19, 2009
Jan 30, 2009
Fahrenheit 451
I actually listened to this as book on CD, read by Bradbury himself, and I hadn't ever read it before, shockingly! A simple and timeless message about ...more
Jan 2012
Nov 23, 2012
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves to read. Shaffer and Barrows tell the story through letters and telegrams, to and from the main chara ...more
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Mar 06, 2009
Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules
I had a long drive a few weeks ago and grabbed a stack of books on CD from the library-- I've really been enjoying my time in the car ever since! This ...more
Feb 11, 2009
Feb 16, 2009
Mount Misery
This is the sequel to The House of God: The Classic Novel of Life and Death in an American Hospital (the classic medical intern novel). It's dense, so ...more
Feb 04, 2012
Nov 26, 2011
Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance
WOW. My mom and I listened to this on the first day of a looong drive from Baltimore to Omaha. What an incredible story. I had hardly known any of thi ...more
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Jun 15, 2009
The Fountainhead
Yeah, yeah, I know I shouldn't like this, given my age/career choices/political leanings/whatnot, but Rand's a genius. Obviously she should've let a g ...more
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Oct 24, 2011
Give Us Your Best and Brightest: The Global Hunt for Talent and Its Impact on the Developing World
I read most of this for a weekly discussion group/class, but probably won't finish it. Everyone has stories and theories about brain drain, but there' ...more
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Apr 06, 2009
Basket Case
This was good light reading (I literally read it on a beach). There's some nice satire of Florida culture going on, which I appreciated, and also some ...more
May 22, 2010
May 23, 2010
Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
I'm tempted to copy-and-paste Lindsey's review of Fun Home here, since it is so well written and coincides well with my appraisal of this book. Fun Ho ...more
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Jan 15, 2009
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America
Erik Larson has three things going for him here: 1.) Interesting topics, 2.) Resourceful and meticulous research skills, and 3.) Rampant adoration for ...more
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Dec 04, 2008
The New Birth Order Book: Why You Are the Way You Are
Not only is this book fun to read and also quite funny, but it's also pretty darn helpful in gaining greater understanding of how personalities can be ...more
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Jul 10, 2008
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