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Conform: Exposing the Truth About Schools
3.93
Here is my short review.

As a teacher, I am not at all a fan of Common Core, and Glenn Beck is a first-class, grade A jerk, who uses demagoguery and di
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Jun 05, 2014
Jun 04, 2014
 
The Art of Non-Conformity: Set Your Own Rules, Live the Life You Want, and Change the World
3.85
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
 
Brigham Young: American Moses
3.93
I liked this book mostly because it does NOT deify Brother Brigham. I get pretty tired of books that try to make modern prophets seem like perfect peo ...more
May 30, 2012
May 06, 2012
 
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
4.01
As an introvert myself, I had, for years, labored to express to the public a extrovert persona. It was exhausting, and it usually ended up with me mak ...more
Nov 19, 2014
Nov 12, 2014
 
Divergent (Divergent, #1)
4.30
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
 
A Fighting Chance
4.21
An amazing and very important book, Ms. Warren explains the banking/AIG bailout from the point of view of a Harvard Bankruptcy Law professor. She also ...more
Oct 09, 2014
Oct 01, 2014
 
To Kill a Mockingbird
4.24
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 Secret Wisdom of the Earth
4.12
There is no doubt the author has a gift for description. He uses figurative language with great skill.

But his characters are such stereotypes; they ar
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Aug 12, 2015
Aug 01, 2015
 
Breakfast of Champions
4.09
I am in the middle of re-reading this book for what must be at least the fifth time. I like it, because I agree with so much of what Vonnegut has to s ...more
not set
Apr 29, 2012
 
Watership Down
4.03
I have put off reading this for years. A book about rabbits? No thanks.

But this book isn't about rabbits. It's about vision, leadership, adversity, he
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Feb 26, 2015
Feb 07, 2015
 
Killing Kennedy
4.00
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
 
Little Shop of Horrors: Script and Lyrics
4.16
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
3.95
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 Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream
3.66
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
 
The End (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #13)
3.96
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
not set
Apr 30, 2012
 
The Metamorphosis
3.75
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)
3.57
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
4.03
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
 
Hitch-22: A Memoir
4.00
You'd have to be a rabid Hitchens fan to enjoy this clunker. The endless name-dropping causes the reader to think that Hitchens is trying to convince ...more
Mar 05, 2015
Feb 26, 2015
 
A History of the World in 10½  Chapters
3.90
In spite of its title, this book winds up being a philosophical theology of Julian Barnes. Very funny, quite irreverent at times, but profound in its ...more
Nov 2014
Oct 22, 2014
 
As a Man Thinketh
4.30
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
3.69
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
 
Bailout: An Inside Account of How Washington Abandoned Main Street While Rescuing Wall Street
3.90
This sad tale is enough to make anyone weep at the deceptions, abuses, and incompetencies when Wall Street and Washington combine to take advantage of ...more
Apr 09, 2015
Mar 26, 2015
 
How to Raise a Child with a High EQ: A Parents' Guide to Emotional Intelligence
3.69
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
4.20
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
3.78
If you enjoy sappy, predictable stories written by someone with the writing skills of a pre-adolescent, you're going to love this book.
not set
Apr 29, 2012
 
Into the Wild
3.91
Jon Krakauer is a great wordsmith. He can use his vast vocabulary to create sympathy where none should exist.

Krakauer's main subject, people who take
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May 08, 2015
Apr 22, 2015
 
Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever
4.00
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
 
Beatrice and Virgil
3.10
I really like Martel. He has a way of writing detail that inspires me. But this dude really needs to learn how to finish a story.

I'm cool with the amb
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May 15, 2015
May 09, 2015
 
The Monkey Wrench Gang (Monkey Wrench Gang, #1)
4.08
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
not set
May 06, 2012
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