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The Enchanted Ring: The Untold Story Of Penicillin
3.00
liked it
This ended up being more of a memoir than I had expected. Sheehan was the chemist who came up with the synthetic route, and this is very much his stor ...more
Jun 27, 2013
Apr 22, 2011
 
Willy Brandt, 1913-1992: Visionär und Realist
4.50
it was amazing
After nearly three months I finished the Willy Brandt biography, and I'm quite proud of this accomplishment. That is, the accomplishment of finishing ...more
Oct 14, 2014
Jul 16, 2014
 
Celtic Fairy Tales
3.90
really liked it
Should any one decide to read this book from 1892 I recommend reading the notes either before or concurrently, instead of after like I did. It's inter ...more
Jun 09, 2010
Jun 11, 2010
 
Almost French: Love and a New Life in Paris
3.68
liked it
I emigrated in 2007 to Germany, and I read this after I had been here less than a year. Though the cultures are really quite different her description ...more
May 14, 2008
Jun 12, 2011
 
Fibromyalgie: Heilung Ist Möglich ; Alles Über Entstehung, Diagnose, Schulmedizinische Therapien ; Schmerzfrei Durch Neue Behandlungsformen
0.00
I don't know how to rate this book. It's about magical surgery to cure fibromyalgia by removing a glassy substance from certain acupuncture points. On ...more
Feb 06, 2011
Feb 04, 2011
 
Cherry Ames, Dude Ranch Nurse
3.62
did not like it
I honestly can't remember why I liked Cherry to start. This book is painfully misogynistic and anti-academia. A real artifact, and an uncomfortable on ...more
not set
Jun 01, 2010
 
The Know-it-All: One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World
3.77
did not like it
I stopped midway through "K", when I realized it was unhealthy to continue to read a book only to grit my teeth at every pop culture reference.

I was
...more
Oct 04, 2015
Sep 14, 2015
 
How to be German in 50 easy steps: A guide from Apfelsaftschorle to Tschüss (Beck'sche Reihe)
4.00
it was amazing
It is short- very short, it only took me a bit over an hour to get through- but funny. It ignores the obvious stereotypes while hitting on many of the ...more
Apr 2016
Apr 01, 2016
 
A First Book of Fairy Tales
4.07
really liked it
My 2, almost 3 year old likes this book. The individual tales are short, and simple for really young kids. I'll be switching to another fairy tale col ...more
Jan 12, 2016
Sep 30, 2015
 
84 Charing Cross Road
4.22
it was amazing
I give 5 stars to the 84 Charing Cross Road book. The second half of this edition has The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street- that I would give 2.5 stars, r ...more
Jul 19, 2017
Jul 14, 2017
 
Everything Is Broken: A Tale of Catastrophe in Burma
3.79
really liked it
What a dreadful disaster. In addition to covering Cyclone Nargis, Ms. Larkin (not her real name) talks about the history of Burma, the monk's uprising ...more
Dec 27, 2010
Dec 26, 2010
 
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
3.95
did not like it
I felt this book could have been a lot better written by a biologist or mythographer. There were too many things that needed to be better thought thro ...more
Sep 27, 2011
Sep 27, 2011
 
How to Read a Balance Sheet: The Bottom Line on What You Need to Know about Cash Flow, Assets, Debt, Equity, Profit...and How It all Comes Together (Business Skills and Development)
3.97
it was ok
This book was a good starting place, but it wasn't really that illustrative. In trying to be easy to understand it was a bit too simplistic, at least ...more
Jan 17, 2012
Jan 15, 2012
 
The Hearing Trumpet
4.12
it was amazing
I can't recommend this book enough! It's written from the point of view of a senile old woman in a care facility filled with other old, senile women. ...more
Jan 19, 2011
Dec 30, 2010
 
What to Expect When You're Expecting
3.75
liked it
Partially informative, partially prudish. I don't understand how a book about pregnancy and labor can be so timid when talking about bodies and bodily ...more
Nov 03, 2012
Oct 29, 2012
 
The Enchantress of Florence
3.57
it was ok
I didn't like this book, but the writing was interesting enough (especially his use of alliteration - it was some of the most delicate, effective usag ...more
Jun 16, 2011
May 23, 2011
 
The Perfect Heresy: The Revolutionary Life and Spectacular Death of the Medieval Cathars
3.92
did not like it
The Cathars are a fascinating subject that, going in, I didn't even know existed. However, this book is just not written in a way that sustained my in ...more
Jun 10, 2011
Jun 23, 2010
 
Cat's Cradle
4.18
it was amazing
I want to record my immediate response:
Having just finished The Canterbury Tales (a book that took me months to finish and that I didn't like) I was s
...more
May 08, 2013
May 02, 2013
 
The Great Sea: A Human History of the Mediterranean
3.86
really liked it
The snippet that convinced me to buy this book said "If you are looking for one history book to read this summer, this is it". I suppose they meant th ...more
Aug 12, 2012
Jul 25, 2012
 
One Day
3.76
liked it
I'm rarely so interested in such unpleasant, boring, judgmental, drunk people. I could barely put this book down and I've stayed up far too late finis ...more
Sep 07, 2015
Sep 05, 2015
 
What the Dog Saw and Other Adventures
3.82
really liked it
I didn't want to like this book - I just don't like the New Yorker - and I only read it because my bookshelf is full and I'm trying to read some of th ...more
Apr 11, 2016
Apr 03, 2016
 
The Survivor
4.14
liked it
I found this book on one of my dad's bookshelves and read it when I was about 10. I loved it, especially the part when they escape from the submarine, ...more
not set
Sep 27, 2010
 
Cruel Justice (Ben Kincaid, #5)
3.99
did not like it
This book is filled less with characters as with caricatures. The poor black people talk like poor black people, and even the black doctor speaks a bi ...more
Mar 29, 2011
Mar 28, 2011
 
Wir Haben Wieder Aufgebaut Frauen Der Stunde Null Erzählen
4.75
it was amazing
This was one of the hardest books I've ever read. The first chapter was read one page every few days because it was so upsetting that I needed days to ...more
Apr 23, 2015
Mar 19, 2015
 
A Confusion of Princes
3.74
it was amazing
The problem with science fiction (and fantasy) is that often the numbers are unbelievable. An empire with 17 million systems? Seems unlikely. (The fan ...more
Aug 29, 2012
Aug 28, 2012
 
1984
4.14
it was amazing
I've read this book a couple of times - it always alarms me, and gets the "Oranges and Lemons" song stuck in my head. It was apparently supposed to be ...more
not set
Jun 01, 2010
 
The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements
3.90
did not like it
An oddly Ameri-centric book. It was very chatty (for example, the word "sigh" in italics) and simplified to the point of confusion. If someone is read ...more
Jul 26, 2012
Jul 26, 2012
 
Wishful Drinking
3.70
really liked it
I had already known that Carrie Fisher was a great writer and one of the greatest script doctors, but I was surprised how much I enjoyed this book. Od ...more
Jul 20, 2017
Jul 19, 2017
 
The Time Between
4.05
really liked it
A very good romance (but not bodice ripper) novel. It was good enough that I'd strongly recommend it to a woman looking for a light summer-vacation bo ...more
Apr 19, 2016
Apr 17, 2016
 
The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible
3.76
liked it
I could not stand or finish The Know It All. I only started reading The Year of Living Biblically because I had purchased the A.J. Jacobs Omnibus as e ...more
Jan 16, 2016
Aug 03, 2010
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