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Loved this. I don't have a lot to say about it really, other than that it's beautiful and haunting. After you get sucked into the story, also a pretty...more
May 20, 2014
May 15, 2014
Every Grain of Rice: Simple Chinese Home Cooking
I've been recommending this book even since before it came out, and overall, it's really good. The illustrations and glossary are great (some really a...more
May 29, 2012
May 29, 2012
Close to the Machine: Technophilia and Its Discontents
This was pretty enjoyable overall. I agree with Louise that the bits about her sex life were a bit irrelevant (at best), and kind of gross (at worst),...more
Aug 28, 2012
Aug 30, 2012
All Over Creation
This book started out with a few liabilities for me... the title doesn't really draw me in as much as My Year of Meats and the subject doesn't really...more
Feb 07, 2011
Feb 08, 2011
The Boy Kings: A Journey into the Heart of the Social Network
Overall, this was a quick read, and a fairly entertaining one. Definitely made me nostalgic for working at an early stage startup.

I do have some gripe...more
Jan 20, 2014
Jan 21, 2014
Do Fathers Matter?: What Science Is Telling Us About the Parent We've Overlooked
Overall, I thought it was a good review of the literature about fathers. Most of the stuff was either common-sense or studies I've heard about elsewhe...more
Jun 10, 2014
Jun 10, 2014
Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit
This was a quick read. Even having heard the author interviewed on NPR, and having some ideas of the issues with off-season tomatoes, parts of this bo...more
Jun 07, 2014
Jun 04, 2014
The Party: The Secret World of China's Communist Rulers
I had mixed feelings about the book; some of the material was interesting, but I didn't feel it was that well written - a lot of repetition, even a co...more
Jul 03, 2010
Jul 03, 2010
The Foie Gras Wars: How a 5,000-Year-Old Delicacy Inspired the World's Fiercest Food Fight
As a longtime vegetarian/near-vegan, I bought and read this book with a bit of apprehension - clearly the author was not on an anti-foie crusade, and...more
Oct 14, 2009
Oct 14, 2009
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
I liked this more than I expected from its description. Certain aspects of it really made me wince - mostly its self-conscious, sometimes trying-too-h...more
Dec 14, 2012
Dec 13, 2012
Shark's Fin and Sichuan Pepper: A Sweet-Sour Memoir of Eating in China
Overall, I enjoyed this book quite a bit. If there were a 3.5 rating, I'd give it the extra half a star. First off, I think it does a great job of exp...more
Dec 13, 2009
Dec 12, 2009
Worm: The First Digital World War
This book was Ok. I decided to read it after hearing him speak on Fresh Air. I felt like he did an Ok job of conveying technical information to a pres...more
Oct 03, 2011
Sep 30, 2011
Eating Animals
This is a really important book, and I hope fans of Omnivore's Dilemma and its ilk will read it, though I'm not sure that all of them will take away t...more
Dec 09, 2009
Dec 04, 2009
The Orphan Master's Son
I had mixed feelings about this book. Despite the research he did, and the fact that North Korea is probably appealing exactly because so little is kn...more
Jan 23, 2012
Jan 17, 2012
For Better: The Science of a Good Marriage
Overall, I really enjoyed this book - it struck me as similar in a lot of ways to "Stumbling on Happiness" by Daniel Gilbert, in that it tries to appl...more
Jul 10, 2010
Jun 28, 2010
Consider the Fork: How Technology Transforms the Way We Cook and Eat
I enjoyed some of the information in this, but did find that the subject matter was so broad that it kind of had the same problems that a book written...more
Jan 19, 2013
Jan 19, 2013
Country Driving: A Journey Through China from Farm to Factory
I think this is a good companion to his other 2 books, as well as a great companion to his wife's book Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changi...more
Feb 25, 2010
Feb 23, 2010
Escape from Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West
While more journalistic than personal / emotional, this book was well written and deeply affecting. I think the author does a great job of telling Shi...more
Oct 17, 2012
Oct 17, 2012
The Daddy Shift: How Stay-at-Home Dads, Breadwinning Moms, and Shared Parenting Are Transforming the Twenty-First-Century Family
I really enjoyed this book. I think the author does a good job of being inclusive without sounding so much like a hippie that he's going to alienate f...more
Jul 25, 2010
Jul 07, 2010
Equally Shared Parenting: Rewriting the Rules for a New Generation of Parents
I was pretty familiar with most of the ideas in this book from other things I've read and from the NYT magazine article featuring the authors, but I r...more
Nov 25, 2013
Oct 31, 2013
For All the Tea in China: How England Stole the World's Favorite Drink and Changed History
I thought this was more entertaining than the equivalent sections of The True History of Tea, which were much shorter and yet still less entertaining....more
Jul 22, 2010
Jul 07, 2010
VMware vSphere PowerCLI Reference: Automating vSphere Administration
This is the book you need if you are interested in using PowerCLI with VMware. There's a lot of good stuff in here, and there's also a bundle of sampl...more
Aug 08, 2012
Jun 10, 2012
Shanghai Girls (Shanghai Girls #1)
I really wanted to like this book, but it really didn't "ring true" to me somehow. The author's voice doesn't come across as authentic -- while she wr...more
Jul 2009
Oct 16, 2009
No-No Boy
I read this for an Asian American lit class in college, and have recently been re-reading a lot of the material from the class.

This book has its good...more
May 21, 2010
May 21, 2010
Gojiro: A Novel
I was turned on to this book in junior high when a friend's dad interviewed the author on his radio show. I read it, and liked it, but certainly there...more
Jan 1991
Oct 16, 2009
Dirt Candy: A Cookbook: Flavor-Forward Food from the Upstart New York City Vegetarian Restaurant
I enjoyed this, especially the comics portion. I can definitely relate to the 'monkey / panda' bit.

We'll see how many of the recipes I actually make....more
Dec 26, 2012
Dec 25, 2012
I Kill Giants
I found this one, like a lot of super graphics driven comics, kind of hard to read. I can't process stuff that's that much image and that little text....more
Dec 15, 2010
Dec 16, 2010
The Tender Bar
This is one of those books I started reading without any idea what it was about. Even though the book was not even remotely what I expected, I found m...more
Nov 19, 2012
Nov 18, 2012
The Beauty of Chinese Yixing Teapots & the Finer Arts of Tea Drinking
The photos are beautiful, and even though the book is quite expensive (supposedly because it was banned by the Malaysian government), it may be worth...more
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Jun 15, 2010
Stealing Buddha's Dinner
This was a re-read, but I guess I didn't rate it last time around. I really enjoyed this memoir - poignant and slightly nostalgia-inducing. I really e...more
Feb 11, 2013
Feb 11, 2013
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