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A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire, #2)
The second book in the Song of Fire and Ice series, A Clash of Kings is very good, though not quite as satisfying as the first installment, A Game of ...more
Dec 2011
Aug 08, 2011
The Forever War
I'm really conflicted about this book, and, ultimately, not very satisfied. Haldeman has certainly created an appealing hero/anti-hero and there's lot ...more
Nov 2007
Nov 23, 2007
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
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
Dec 2009
Nov 22, 2009
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 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
Measure for Measure: A Musical History of Science
Entertaining survey history of major developments in Western science framed by a concurrent history of major developments in Western music. Brings hom ...more
Dec 2014
Jul 14, 2014
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
Lexicon: A Novel
Loved this book. What is the power of the word? We speak of words as having the power to hurt and to heal. And we contemplate our power over words, le ...more
Aug 2014
Jul 14, 2014
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
A Conspiracy of Paper (Benjamin Weaver, #1)
Entertaining historical mystery set in 18th century London on the eve of the first stock market crash, featuring a very early "private detective". The ...more
Nov 2014
Jul 14, 2014
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
The Essence of Photography: Seeing and Creativity
Having read the Art of Photography by the same author/photographer, once I saw this out, I wanted to read it. I've given it 4 starts. Really, I think ...more
Jan 2015
Dec 28, 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
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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 Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism
Well researched and presented analysis of the ramifications of Milton Freidman's economic theories being inflicted on unsuspecting masses in various p ...more
Jan 2009
Nov 09, 2008
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
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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
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
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May 26, 2008
The Bookman’s Tale
A light, entertaining, quick read mystery novel. I tend to like books about books, and this one involves antiquarian books, forgeries and the continui ...more
Dec 2014
Jul 14, 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
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