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California
3.22
really liked it
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
4.34
it was amazing
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
 
The Orphan Master's Son
4.06
liked it
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
 
All Over Creation
3.77
liked it
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
 
Spam Nation: The Inside Story of Organized Cybercrime — from Global Epidemic to Your Front Door
3.69
really liked it
Overall, this was pretty good, 3.5 stars, but I'll round up.

I think it fell a bit into the pitfall that some non-fiction writers fall into in terms of
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Jan 24, 2015
Nov 18, 2014
 
Close to the Machine: Technophilia and Its Discontents
3.75
liked it
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
 
Worm: The First Digital World War
3.52
it was ok
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
 
The Boy Kings: A Journey into the Heart of the Social Network
3.26
liked it
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
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Jan 20, 2014
Jan 21, 2014
 
Pound Foolish: Exposing the Dark Side of the Personal Finance Industry
3.68
really liked it
This is a really great overview of the different ways that the various parts of the personal finance industry are misleading Americans or not serving ...more
May 10, 2017
Apr 13, 2017
 
Do Fathers Matter?: What Science Is Telling Us About the Parent We've Overlooked
3.48
liked it
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
 
Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl
3.88
liked it
3.5

I enjoyed this, but I really wanted to enjoy it more. It wasn't surprising to me that the book would be on the cerebral / detached side, but I stil
...more
Mar 22, 2016
Mar 14, 2016
 
Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit
3.91
really liked it
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
 
Apathy and Other Small Victories
3.83
did not like it
This was sitting around, so gave it a read.

I'm sure the author would like to think I don't appreciate his dark wit, but really, it's just not very fu
...more
Jun 18, 2017
Jun 18, 2017
 
The Foie Gras Wars: How a 5,000-Year-Old Delicacy Inspired the World's Fiercest Food Fight
3.86
really liked it
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
 
The Party: The Secret World of China's Communist Rulers
3.98
it was ok
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
 
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore (Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, #1)
3.75
really liked it
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
3.95
liked it
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
 
Eating Animals
4.18
really liked it
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
 
For Better: The Science of a Good Marriage
3.47
really liked it
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: A History of How We Cook and Eat
3.77
liked it
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
4.19
really liked it
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
3.99
liked it
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
 
Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting
3.95
really liked it
I remember when this came out, and read some snippets and some press coverage, but never got around to reading it.

I think I imagined it being a little
...more
Jan 04, 2017
Jan 04, 2017
 
Rosalie Lightning: A Graphic Memoir
4.14
really liked it
Definitely an emotional book to read, and maybe especially so as the parent of a young child. That said, it's kind of understated for most of the book ...more
Jun 15, 2016
Jun 10, 2016
 
The Daddy Shift: How Stay-at-Home Dads, Breadwinning Moms, and Shared Parenting Are Transforming the Twenty-First-Century Family
3.54
it was amazing
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
 
Do Parents Matter?: Why Japanese Babies Sleep Soundly, Mexican Siblings Don?t Fight, and American Families Should Just Relax
3.30
liked it
This was great, solid 3.5 stars at least.

As the sub-title says, this book makes a great argument against America's epidemic of over-parenting, though
...more
Feb 13, 2017
Feb 15, 2017
 
The Underground Is Massive: How Electronic Dance Music Conquered America
3.93
liked it
I enjoyed this a lot more than I expected. As someone who doesn't know Deadmau5 from Diplo, I was a bit worried by the 'EDM' in the title, but this bo ...more
Feb 13, 2017
Feb 01, 2017
 
Equally Shared Parenting: Rewriting the Rules for a New Generation of Parents
3.82
really liked it
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
3.72
liked it
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
 
Shanghai Girls (Shanghai Girls #1)
3.87
it was ok
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
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