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How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character
I so appreciate what Paul Tough does here to talk about the physical and psychological effects of growing up in poverty and around trauma, but he cons ...more
May 26, 2013
May 15, 2013
Balloon Pop Outlaw Black
this is weird and sublime and i love it and am so glad i bought it. keeping it forever
Jan 24, 2013
Jan 23, 2013
This was difficult but not in the way you might expect something 1,000+ pages to be. I was told to "stick with it," which I never found hard to do, bu ...more
Sep 22, 2011
Aug 31, 2011
The Working Poor: Invisible in America
ok so i liked this book. it is mass-market muckraking. the solutions at the end assume a market economy (which is totally safe for mass-market i guess ...more
Mar 11, 2012
Mar 04, 2012
Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions
I'm glad I read this, and I wish I had sooner. Many of her battle cries seem moot now, which is awesome, but some things really made me uncomfortable ...more
Aug 2010
Jul 20, 2010
Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness
Lots of disjointed thoughts here, collected:

They want to help the "least sophisticated" people make fewer mistakes with nudges in the right direction.
May 29, 2013
May 15, 2013
The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York
I picked this up when I wanted something relatively light to read outside on a nice day at around noon and ended up finishing it by 10 p.m.

It seemed
Jul 07, 2012
Jul 09, 2012
Super Sad True Love Story
Man, like, I read this really fast but the whole time I was thinking I wasn't sure I could finish this. Maybe this book is not for me, I don't know. A ...more
Jul 26, 2011
Jul 10, 2011
Beer School: Bottling Success at the Brooklyn Brewery
if you're interested in small business -- and, i guess, not even breweries, really, but in this specific brewery -- this is the book for you! if you a ...more
Nov 07, 2010
Nov 07, 2010
What′s the Matter with White People? Why We Long for a Golden Age That Never Was
it is not often i give up on a book. i wanted to earlier but since i'd waited so long to get it from the library i toughed it out about 80% of the way ...more
Mar 25, 2013
Aug 26, 2012
The Dispossessed (Hainish Cycle, #5)
you know what, i am glad i read this. i have a hard time with scifi/speculative fiction because i can't stop rolling my eyes real hard at their all-vo ...more
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Sep 13, 2011
Dirt: A Social History As Seen Through The Uses And Abuses Of Dirt
This book has a dry title and my copy had a cracked, aging cover that would have led me to believe it was a pretty dry 1970s social history. But this ...more
Sep 12, 2010
Sep 08, 2010
Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things
I thought there'd be more on the "meaning of things" part than half a chapter at the end. A bit disappointed with how dry it was.

And the case study o
Aug 2010
Jul 29, 2010
Uncharitable: How Restraints on Nonprofits Undermine Their Potential
Refreshing point of view, and one gaining more acceptance. Data, data, data, data, data, data, does it work? As a VISTA I totally hear the message on ...more
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Jul 13, 2010
East of Eden
I thought I hated Steinbeck in high school. I started in the wrong place. This is epic, and sad, and miserable, and great. It started me in on reading ...more
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Jul 13, 2010
The Anatomist: A True Story of Gray's Anatomy
I read this while Jake was taking a real anatomy class (no autopsy, though). It helped me feel filled-in on the science a bit, but the story was reall ...more
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Jul 13, 2010
Power and Powerlessness: Quiescence and Rebellion in an Appalachian Valley
"Rebellion, to be successful, must both confront power and overcome the accumulated effects of powerlessness."

Yeah. That.

This book doesn't solve anyt
Apr 25, 2012
Aug 10, 2011
Anatomy of a Beast: Obsession and Myth on the Trail of Bigfoot
Pitched kinda for dummies (I'm a hater I guess), but I have always loved X-Filesy stuff like this, and the people who really truly believe it. I want ...more
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Jul 13, 2010
Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith
It was fast-paced and filled with interesting facts but sometimes I felt pretty talked-down to. Which I guess is his way. Clear and readable and I'd r ...more
Apr 24, 2011
Apr 19, 2011
Johnny Got His Gun
This is the book that my dad said ruined him on books. Deeply affecting. Probably one of the things that turned me into a liberal.
Jan 1998
Jul 15, 2010
Soul on Ice
a really excellent read, especially, somehow, the love letters. (some really really problematic things in there on sex though.)
Nov 04, 2014
Nov 03, 2014
Masters of Sex: The Life and Times of William Masters and Virginia Johnson, the Couple Who Taught America How to Love
I didn't finish this. Disappointingly neither too pedantic nor pedantic enough to satisfy me. (lol?)
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Jul 13, 2010
Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex
Totally decent! Kind of gross at points! I learned a little bit about male stuff I hadn't known! Thanks!
not set
Jul 13, 2010
The Book of Dads: Essays on the Joys, Perils, and Humiliations of Fatherhood
Really sweet and insightful (as I'm not ever going to be a dad or anything). Made me call my dad.
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Jul 13, 2010
A Crack in the Edge of the World
Always fun to read about your neighborhood. And scary to read about Yellowstone explode.
not set
Jul 13, 2010
Good Germs, Bad Germs: Health and Survival in a Bacterial World
Not too dumbed down, not too dense. I really believe in the hygiene hypothesis guys ! !
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Jul 13, 2010
Alive in Necropolis
Some of this made me cringe (trying so hard!), but I finished it anyway.
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Jul 13, 2010
Only Yesterday: An Informal History of the 1920's
Reminded me of why I was a history major in the first place.
not set
Jul 13, 2010
Invasion of the Body
Pretty bland much of the time. Lots more focus on a surgeon's training and daily life than a history, which is what I sort of expected.
Jun 20, 2012
Jun 13, 2012
Ordeal by Hunger: the Story of the Donner Party
Awesome adventure story without being purple. Read this in one day!
not set
Nov 28, 2011
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