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The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind
4.03
Michio Kaku, a theoretical physicist with a love of science fiction and of explaining science to non-scientists as well as of physics, once again take...more
Dec 2013
Nov 13, 2013
 
The Rebellion of Miss Lucy Ann Lobdell
3.58
This is a fictionalized biography of a quite remarkable but little-known 19th-century figure, Lucy Ann Lobdell, a woman who lived most of her adult li...more
May 02, 2013
Apr 25, 2013
 
Tamsin
4.01
I remember being an adolescent girl. That seems normal enough, because I was one for several years. It's a bit scarier that Peter Beagle seems to reme...more
not set
Jan 12, 2011
 
Chaos: Making a New Science
3.97
This book, over two decades old now, is one of the great classics of science popularization. It was a blockbuster bestseller at the time, and it's sti...more
Sep 13, 2011
Sep 05, 2011
 
Evolution
3.89
**spoiler alert** In the musical 1776, Col. Thomas McKean says of General Washington's reports from the field, reporting everything that's gone wrong...more
not set
Jan 12, 2011
 
A Pedigree to Die For (Melanie Travis, #1)
3.70
School's out for the summer, and single mother and teacher Melanie Travis is not enjoying the easy summer days.

Her boyfriend has dumped her for a chor...more
Sep 18, 2013
Sep 16, 2013
 
What's a Dog For?: The Surprising History, Science, Philosophy, and Politics of Man's Best Friend
3.40
There's a lot of interesting material here, and yet in the end I am deeply frustrated with this book.

Homans gathers together in highly readable form m...more
Dec 04, 2012
Dec 01, 2012
 
Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism: The Belief System That Enables Us to Eat Some Animals and Not Others
3.93
Melanie Joy is the leading researcher in the field of carnism, a field she invented. If that sounds a tad catty, sorry, but I'm laboring under the bur...more
Apr 30, 2012
Sep 15, 2011
 
Deep Secret
4.10
The senior Magid responsible for Earth and the adjacent Koryfonic Empire (which is considerably more magic-infested than Earth) has died, and his succ...more
Jan 1999
Feb 20, 2011
 
After I Do
4.27
Lauren Spencer meets Ryan Cooper when they are nineteen and in college. They are soon deeply in love, and their relationship strengthens and deepens o...more
Jun 24, 2014
Jun 19, 2014
 
Lone Survivors: How We Came to Be the Only Humans on Earth
3.75
Where does our species come from? Who were our ancestors?

These are enduring human questions, and we are piecing the answers together out of bits of bo...more
Sep 24, 2014
Sep 15, 2014
 
Survival of the Nicest: How Altruism Made Us Human and Why It Pays to Get Along
3.79
The Experiment, ISBN 9781615190904, January 2014

"If you want to be egoist, at least be a smart egoist, and share."

So says science journalist Stefan Kl...more
Dec 17, 2013
Dec 07, 2013
 
Phoenix Rising (Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences, #1)
3.72
It's sometime in the late 1890s--late Victorian London, and Wellington Thornhill Books, Archivist for the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences is kidnappe...more
Apr 07, 2011
Mar 25, 2011
 
The Steerswoman's Road
4.24
This is an omnibus edition of The Steerswoman and The Outskirter's Secret, originally published in 1989 and 1992. They're books with the outward form...more
Jan 2003
Feb 21, 2011
 
Bellman & Black
3.01
Will Bellman is growing up in Whittingford, England, when, on his tenth birthday, playing with his cousin Charles and two other local boys, he makes a...more
Oct 24, 2013
Oct 18, 2013
 
Titan (NASA Trilogy, #2)
3.67
**spoiler alert** This is the story of a manned trip to Titan in the early years of the 21st century, from the same writer that gave us the somewhat d...more
not set
Jan 12, 2011
 
I, Walter
3.90
Audible, June 2013

We meet Walter Crofter as an old man, 67, ill and possibly dying of malaria, determined to write down the story of his life, both wh...more
Dec 23, 2013
Dec 08, 2013
 
Nest
4.03
Naomi Orenstein, a.k.a. Chirp, is eleven years old and growing up in a small town on Cape Cod in the early seventies. Her nickname comes from her love...more
Sep 14, 2014
Sep 11, 2014
 
The Cemetery Yew
3.59
Life on the Vinyard ought to be quiet, but somehow things don't work out that way. West Tisbury is home to Victoria Trumbull, 92 years old, not as phy...more
Jan 15, 2014
Jan 10, 2014
 
The Snow Child
3.92
In 1920s Alaska, Jack and Mabel, in their early fifties, are homesteading, building a new life away from the reminders of grief in their native Pennsy...more
Sep 11, 2014
Sep 04, 2014
 
The Sweetness
3.80
In the years after World War One, the older Kaninsky brothers leave their home in Riga, Latvia, and emigrate to New York. Charlie and Louie, now Kane,...more
Sep 11, 2014
Sep 03, 2014
 
The Quiet Gentleman
3.82
Gervase Frant, the new Earl of St. Erth, returns home unscathed from the Napoleonic Wars to claim his estate--somewhat to the disappointment of his st...more
Sep 04, 2014
Aug 26, 2014
 
Tea and Primroses (Legley Bay, #2)
4.34
Constance Mansfield, reclusive bestselling author, is killed suddenly, struck by a car while riding her bike from her home into the little Oregon town...more
Mar 08, 2014
Mar 05, 2014
 
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
4.03
In 1951, Henrietta Lacks, a poor, black tobacco farmer and mother of five, sought treatment for cervical cancer at Johns Hopkins. In the course of her...more
Jun 27, 2014
Jun 21, 2014
 
Delicious (Big Sky Pie #2)
3.87
Jane Wilson is enjoying her new job as pastry chef at Big Sky Pie, and life seems to be on an even keel, until she gets two unpleasant surprises.

First...more
Dec 06, 2013
Dec 05, 2013
 
Elephant Company: The Inspiring Story of an Unlikely Hero and the Animals Who Helped Him Save Lives in World War II
4.40
James Howard "Billy" Williams, twenty-three years old and recently released from military service after World War I, traveled from England to Burma to...more
Aug 10, 2014
Aug 06, 2014
 
Nation
4.02
In a world that isn't quite our own, in a place that isn't the South Pacific, a boy on the brink of manhood is on his way home from his ritual one-mon...more
Mar 20, 2014
Mar 17, 2014
 
Across the Nightingale Floor (Tales of the Otori, #1)
4.04
This is Book One of Tales of the Otori--the start of at least a trilogy. It's set in a fantasized mediaeval Japan, not overly constrained by anything...more
Jan 2003
Feb 20, 2011
 
Assassin's Apprentice (Farseer Trilogy, #1)
4.10
Fitz is the illegitimate son of the late Prince Chivalry, raised on the fringes of the court, and apprentice to the royal assassin by the secret arran...more
Jan 17, 2012
Jan 11, 2012
 
The Love Talker
3.58
This is one of the very early Elizabeth Peters books, when Barbara Michaels was still finding her way with this new voice. It's not as polished as the...more
Dec 25, 2013
Dec 23, 2013
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