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The Art of Non-Conformity: Set Your Own Rules, Live the Life You Want, and Change the World
This is the worst book of its kind that I've ever read. It would take an entire book to say just how bad this book is. A few of his pieces of advice i...more
Jan 16, 2013
Jan 05, 2013
Divergent (Divergent, #1)
This book sets up a wonderful dystopia--a complete assault on my belief system. The first affront to my morality is that the family is not as importan...more
Dec 26, 2012
Dec 09, 2012
To Kill a Mockingbird
Well, it's a classic for a reason. Atticus is a great hero. Scout's unreliable narrator is charming and insightful in its innocence. Bob Ewell is such...more
Apr 23, 1979
Nov 17, 2009
The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream
Those who think they know the Democratic Party platform, or what Mr. Obama stands for via the daily interpretations of conservative commentators such...more
Jul 11, 2013
Jul 11, 2013
Little Shop of Horrors: script & lyrics
A very funny play about the cost of fame and fortune, and how people can be manipulated. I am directing this play, which we will perform on November 1...more
Sep 12, 2012
Sep 30, 2012
The Soul of Man under Socialism
Oscar Wilde is one of my favorite authors. This book is full of Wilde's humor and wit, but in a way that turns political science into political art. H...more
Apr 02, 2013
Apr 02, 2013
The End (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #13)
The humor and tragedy combined in all these books is so charming that, as you read, you are certain Snicket is going to give you a killer ending where...more
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Apr 30, 2012
The Metamorphosis
This strange little book had me wondering what Kafka was trying to do here. Was it an allegory? Was it an autobiography? Or, was he just trying to be...more
Apr 2013
Mar 29, 2013
Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy, #1)
A very well-written book about African colonization by white Christians. Achebe uses language that flows beautifully, and captures the reader immediat...more
May 04, 2012
Apr 30, 2012
In Cold Blood
An amazing book. Capote goes into exhaustive detail on the criminal psyche, attitude, and situation. It is never boring--indeed, even knowing how it e...more
Feb 23, 2013
Feb 17, 2013
As a Man Thinketh
I like books like these because they help a person take upon himself or herself responsibility for his or her thoughts and actions. I think that there...more
Feb 11, 2013
Feb 11, 2013
No Apology: The Case for American Greatness
I'm only about 1/10 of the way through this book and I find myself fundamentally in disagreement with almost everything he says. His comparison of gov...more
Jul 27, 2013
Jul 16, 2013
How to Raise a Child with a High EQ: A Parents' Guide to Emotional Intelligence
This is a good guide to help raise socially conscious children. As a high school teacher, I can tell you that the principles taught in this book are l...more
Jun 30, 2013
Jul 11, 2013
A Thomas Jefferson Education: Teaching a Generation of Leaders for the Twenty-First Century
I have read and re-read this book countless times, and the more I read it, the less I like it. Not because DeMille doesn't have good points--he does....more
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Apr 29, 2012
The Christmas Sweater
If you enjoy sappy, predictable stories written by someone with the writing skills of a pre-adolescent, you're going to love this book.
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Apr 29, 2012
Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever
Sure, you already know how it ends. But, like a car accident, or the movie TITANIC, its the telling of the story that holds your interest. The writers...more
Jul 27, 2013
Jul 16, 2013
The Monkey Wrench Gang
A little too slapstick and even silly about what I take to be a pretty serious subject. This was recommended to me by my roommate at Zion National Par...more
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May 06, 2012
My Name Is Asher Lev
I'm still reading this book, but I just had to write that Potok's description of Asher's relationship with Jacob Kahn reminds me of the days of my cla...more
Oct 02, 2013
Sep 16, 2013
Laurel Canyon: The Inside Story of Rock-and-Roll's Legendary Neighborhood
For pop-culture hounds, this book is indispensable. I mean, other than Abbey Road and Haight-Ashbury, Laurel Canyon is one of the seminal 60s and 70s...more
Sep 28, 2012
Sep 08, 2012
Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life
Just as you might expect, this book is funny. I bought WILD AND CRAZY GUY back in 1978, and have been a Steve Martin fan ever since. He explains his t...more
Jul 12, 2013
Jul 11, 2013
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide, #1)
A very funny book that not only makes fun of our self-centered Earth culture, but also lampoons the entire genre of Science Fiction. Adams creates an...more
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Apr 29, 2012
Killing Kennedy
O'Reilly does it again! As much as I disagree with him politically, this guy can WRITE! Just like in KILLING LINCOLN, the writers provide great detail...more
Mar 05, 2014
Mar 02, 2014
The Last Lecture
I hoped I would like this book. I really tried to like it. It was given to me by a very good friend, who loved it. It's about a guy whose dying. I REA...more
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Apr 29, 2012
The Lord of the Rings (The Lord of the Rings, #1-3)
What do you get when you have a professor of linguistics write a novel so he can put his languages he created in it? It doesn't sound like a winner to...more
Aug 22, 1977
Apr 29, 2012
The House of the Scorpion (Matteo Alacran, #1)
The point of view in this book is what makes it particularly interesting. There could have been any number of people who told the story, but to choose...more
Aug 22, 2012
Aug 06, 2012
Great Expectations
I became an English major because I read the Lord of the Rings when I was a teenager, and I figured if there were books this good I found on my own, s...more
Nov 19, 1984
Apr 29, 2012
The Executioner's Song
I'm a fan of true crime novels, and my interest is piqued higher for this one because I was living in Orem, Utah in 1976, when these crimes took place...more
Apr 22, 2002
Apr 29, 2012
For Richer, Not Poorer
A good book, if you can get your partner on board, which I couldn't do. Both partners need to be willing to admit past failure (a hard thing for my be...more
Jul 28, 2012
Jun 12, 2012
A Separate Peace
There are a lot of people who really love this book. I don't know why. I saw the movie, and I hated it. "Oh no," the people who really love this book...more
Nov 05, 2012
Apr 29, 2012
Saints of Sage and Saddle: Folklore Among the Mormons
I really wanted to like this book. But, I'd classify this book as anti-Mormon literature. Fife writes factual things as fiction and vice versa. There...more
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Jul 15, 2012
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