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The Moon and Sixpence
Well, Maugham does know how to write well. This book purports to be about a man driven to sacrifice all in pursuit of his Art (painting). However, loo ...more
Aug 07, 2011
Jul 16, 2011
The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression
This book is marketed as "A History", when in fact, it is a pro-right-wing set of talking points. The right/conservative wing in American politics has ...more
Jul 17, 2010
Jul 17, 2010
Shattered Faith: A Woman's Struggle to Stop the Catholic Church from Annuling Her Marriage
I read this when it first came out. It is a very moving book that (1) re-asserts the legitimacy and sanctity of her 10-year marriage and (2) exposes t ...more
Jan 1998
Jan 07, 2012
Pinched: How the Great Recession Has Narrowed Our Futures and What We Can Do About It
**spoiler alert** Not really a review, but NOTES
From the book:
p. 32 "I think a middle class life is gone forever for alot of people."
p. 33 "Since 1993
Sep 19, 2011
Sep 18, 2011
Out of Orbit: The Incredible True Story of Three Astronauts Who Were Hundreds of Miles Above Earth When They Lost Their Ride Home
3.5 stars
I was surprised when I first started reading this book. I had expected it to be more technical. Instead, alot of the book was "how does it fe
Jun 14, 2011
May 24, 2011
Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town
The first 18 pages described the perfect house for a bibliophile. Yes! Walls that have bookshelves, floor to ceiling, filled with books, in every room ...more
not set
May 08, 2011
Bet Your Bottom Dollar (Bottom Dollar Girls #1)
Conflict: p. 51 “This is about huge companies coming here with their corporate backing and their big bank accounts and knocking aside the little guys. ...more
Nov 14, 2011
Nov 09, 2011
The majority of the novel reads like a mainstream novel about a troubled psychiatrist trying to unravel the mystery behind a naked girl who was discov ...more
Jun 11, 2011
May 17, 2011
The Wreath (Kristin Lavransdatter, #1)

Very overtly Christian novel. The motivation for all the tribulation the main character undergoes was explicitly spelled out on page 68: "-- that if s
Dec 12, 2011
Sep 21, 2011
Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt
The author had an extended interview (over one hour long!) on CSPAN Book-TV about this book. (It's available online.) He was very clear and informativ ...more
Apr 25, 2014
Apr 04, 2014
The Attack
The author seeks to answer the question: why would a Palestinian woman, apparently secularized and assimilated Israel Arab, become a suicide bomber. H ...more
Sep 06, 2011
Sep 02, 2011
William and Kate: A Royal Love Story
(Awesome photos!) In the section about William's upbringing, Mr. Andersen slams Pricess Diana over and over and over again. I speculate that he had to ...more
Jan 21, 2011
Jan 15, 2011
Brilliant Blunders: From Darwin to Einstein - Colossal Mistakes by Great Scientists That Changed Our Understanding of Life and the Universe
I heard the author talk on The Daily Show, and he was interesting and amusing, so I checked the book out from the library and started reading it. I pu ...more
not set
Sep 09, 2013
As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride
I was disappointed because I expected Tales from the Making of the Princess Bride. There was a tale or two, but mostly the book read like this:

p. 6-7:
not set
Nov 10, 2014
Red Riding Hood
**spoiler alert** What a slap-dash, inconsistent novel! Not recommended.

The last chapter in the print edition is followed by a recommendation for the
Jul 14, 2011
Jul 07, 2011
I read the first 25 pages before deciding not to continue reading this one. Synners was published in 1991, and it is very dated, including items such ...more
not set
May 20, 2014
Hitler's Angel
The author, Kris Rusch, is a prolific fantasy writer, who usually publishes under the name Kristine Kathryn Kusch. This novel is a quick read.

The sto
Jan 13, 2012
Jan 09, 2012
The Natural History of Unicorns
This is the sort of book a reader will either find utterly fascinating or ridiculously trivial. Lavers asks the question: “Where did the unicorn come ...more
Dec 25, 2011
Dec 06, 2011
The Frugal Gourmet Cooks Italian: Recipes from the New and Old Worlds, Simplified for the American Kitchen
Two recipes from this book are regulars in my house, namely: polenta lasagne and minestrone soup. Other recipes are used semi-regularly. The ingredien ...more
not set
Mar 28, 2010
Playing in the Light: A Novel
There is a youtube video of a woman doing her grocery shopping. It begins in the parking lot, follows her throughout the store, "waits" with her in li ...more
Jun 07, 2014
May 09, 2014
Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1)
Lexile Score 780L
A good entry in the YA category of: teenagers with supernatural powers battling evil forces that also have supernatural powers. The c
Dec 22, 2011
Dec 14, 2011
The Tower of Beowulf
Parke Godwin stayed very close to the actual plot of the epic poem Beowulf. There's Grendel and Heorot Hall, just like the original poem. The changes ...more
Jun 14, 2011
Jun 05, 2011
Critique of Criminal Reason (Hanno Stiffeniis, #1)
From wikipedia (not my review):

Critique of Criminal Reason is an English language crime novel written by Michael Gregorio, the pseudonym of Michael G.
May 14, 2013
May 08, 2013
The Arabs: A History
Still reading.

Overall, it's a combination of history as it happened and history as modern day Arabs wish had happened. The Arabs are the noble heroes
Aug 21, 2014
Jul 20, 2014
All the Traps of Earth and Other Stories
Clifford D. Simak is an uneven writer. The best of his stories belong in any collection of “the best of science fiction”, while the majority are read ...more
Feb 06, 2012
Feb 01, 2012
Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life
It was very interesting to read Nash's view on his life in the 1960s and 1970s. He was well-connected as a contributing member of the muscial scene of ...more
Oct 06, 2013
Sep 17, 2013
The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle, #2)
too much Ronan, too much magic, not enough of our gal Blue // still planning to read #3 of series
Dec 07, 2013
Sep 27, 2013
Night Work: A Novel
One day, our protaganist wakes up in his hometown of Vienna, Austria. He quickly discovers that all living things (humans, animals, insects) are missi ...more
Mar 07, 2012
Feb 16, 2012
Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time
Intermittently interesting.
Oct 27, 2011
Sep 12, 2011
The Train of Small Mercies
The concept was good: tell stories of people waiting to see the funeral train of Robert F. Kennedy go by in 1968. The execution just didn't work. The ...more
Jan 2012
Nov 23, 2011
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