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The Other Boleyn Girl (The Tudor Court, #2)
If this hadn't been my next book club book, I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have picked this up. But that's the beauty of book club - reading books I would...more
May 2008
Apr 13, 2008
The Art of Racing in the Rain
The conceit of the novel is that the story is narrated by the protagonist's dog, Enzo, - and it works beautifully. Stein manages to imbue his narrator...more
Jan 2010
Jan 18, 2010
The Unending Mystery: A Journey Through Labyrinths and Mazes
Nifty history of labyrinths and mazes (and the differences between them). That some version of labyrinths have been constructed by humans, for so long...more
Aug 2011
Aug 08, 2011
How to Read Literature Like a Professor: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines
Regardless of the endeavor, be it playing an instrument, engaging in some physical activity, or practicing some sort of art or craft, its usually good...more
May 03, 2008
Apr 27, 2008
The Spiritual Anatomy of Emotion: How Feelings Link the Brain, the Body, and the Sixth Sense
For the sake of full disclosure, I must report that the principal author is a friend of mine.

The Spiritual Anatomy of Emotion is a scientific explora...more
Dec 2009
Nov 22, 2009
The Simpsons and Philosophy: The D'oh! of Homer
The Simpsons and Philosophy is the second in a now lengthy series of volumes of essays centered around various icons of popular culture. I've also rea...more
May 2009
Aug 21, 2007
Suite Française
I rarely give up on books before I've finished them. But I have this time. While it seems as if everyone else has simply loved this book, I confess I...more
Jun 2008
Aug 21, 2007
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
I'm almost at a loss for words. Or rather, just not sure how to approach saying anything about this book. Diaz has written a book which tells intensel...more
Mar 2010
Feb 08, 2010
The Seville Communion
Actually, I'd give this a solid 3 1/2 stars, if I could. A clever, engaging. literate whodunit revolving around a hacker breaking into the Pope's comp...more
Feb 2010
Aug 28, 2007
The Prisoner of Heaven (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books, #3)
I adored his first book but was so disappointed in second, that I was frankly nervous about reading this third book. Still didn't love it as much as t...more
May 2014
Jul 14, 2014
From Scratch: Inside the Food Network
I watch enough of the Food Network that I couldn't resist. The early development is kind of interesting and it's certainly got some fun, gossipy tidbi...more
not set
Dec 08, 2013
The Interpretation of Murder (Freud, #1)
Really fun period murder mystery. Set in NY in 1909, The Interpretation of Murder interweaves the arrival of Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung in the US jus...more
May 2009
Aug 21, 2007
A Path with Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life
I liked this book, even though it wasn't quite what I was expecting. The book was much more about meditation, per se, than the broader commentary on l...more
Oct 2007
Aug 28, 2007
Annie Freeman's Fabulous Traveling Funeral
Yes, I know this book is overly sentimental and it goes on too long. The epilogue is mostly superfluous. But I don't care. It still touched me deeply...more
Nov 2007
Sep 02, 2007
The Flavor Bible: The Essential Guide to Culinary Creativity, Based on the Wisdom of America's Most Imaginative Chefs
Terrifically comprehesive reference work! Organized by ingredient, each entry provides a long list of complementary foods and flavors, with the most t...more
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Apr 21, 2010
The Spiritual Tourist: A Personal Odyssey Through the Outer Reaches of Belief
The Spiritual Tourist is a chronicle of a journalist's personal journey into Eastern mysticism/spirituality. Brown consciously recounts his story with...more
not set
Sep 20, 2008
The Fourth Bear (Nursery Crime, #2)
The Fourth Bear is the second installment in the Jack Spratt Nursery Crime series, by Jasper Fforde, author of the Thursday Next series. While the fir...more
Apr 2008
Aug 28, 2007
The City of Dreaming Books (Zamonien, #4)
Engaging and fun fantasy for those of us for whom reading and books have always been a world unto their own.
Oct 2013
Dec 08, 2013
Empire Rising
Gritty portrait of NY immigrant experience (mainly Irish) and NY politics in the era of Tammany Hall, featuring the construction of the Empire State B...more
May 2014
Apr 17, 2014
Service Included: Four-Star Secrets of an Eavesdropping Waiter
Quick entertaining memoir of a high-end restaurant server. Provides a glimpse into the world of high-end cuisine and restaurant management. Having rea...more
May 2011
Feb 05, 2011
Stradivari's Genius: Five Violins, One Cello, and Three Centuries of Enduring Perfection
I picked up this book after seeing in on a friend's Goodreads list. It sounded really interesting and I was right.

Tony Faber examines the artistry of...more
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May 26, 2008
The Book of Dead Philosophers
Entertaining, quick, survey of a couple thousand centuries of philosophy as told by short vignettes about the life, but mostly the death, of the philo...more
Jun 2011
Apr 24, 2010
Costa Rica: A Traveler's Literary Companion
A series of short stories written by Costa Rican authors. Like any collection of short stories or essays by different authors, some stories were bette...more
Jul 2008
May 26, 2008
It took me a good third of the way into this book to be convinced it deserved the praise its gotten. But Shteyngart eventually sucked me into his jumb...more
not set
Aug 21, 2007
Shades of Grey (Shades of Grey, #1)
Truth be told, I abandoned this book. I love the Thursday Next series and liked the Nursery Crimes book, so I was prepared to love this. I didn't. Not...more
Feb 05, 2011
Feb 08, 2010
The Pun Also Rises: How the Humble Pun Revolutionized Language, Changed History, and Made Wordplay More Than Some Antics
A really fun exploration of puns and their place in history, culture and language. The best part is that the author puns shamelessly (and quite clever...more
Aug 2012
Jun 29, 2012
Heat: An Amateur's Adventures as Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta-Maker, and Apprentice to a Dante-Quoting Butcher in Tuscany
A fast, fun read. Heat is a delicious blend of humorous memoir of a culinary life-adventure and philosphical disquisition on the nature of food and pl...more
Mar 06, 2008
Jan 03, 2008
The Blood of Flowers
I was ready to dismiss The Blood of Flowers as a modern day work of pulp fiction set in an exotic locale. Diverting and engaging, but insubstantial. U...more
Jan 2008
Dec 27, 2007
Monkeys Are Made of Chocolate: Exotic and Unseen Costa Rica
A set of essays from a naturalist who runs a nature preserve in Costa Rica. Lots of interesting information about the flora and fauna of Costa Rica, b...more
Jul 2008
May 26, 2008
John Adams
Another masterful work of David McCullough. Comprehensive and lushly detailed, this biography of John Adams provides the reader with an intensely pers...more
Feb 2011
Apr 24, 2010