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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
The doorbell rang the other day and when I answered it, there was a very slick guy in a nice suit standing there and a limousine parked at the curb. H ...more
Dec 27, 2010
Dec 02, 2010
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
I was cleaning up after the wife and I had dinner last night and there was a small amount of green beans left. There weren’t nearly enough for another ...more
Feb 24, 2011
Nov 24, 2010
In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin
Picture Principal Skinner from The Simpsons and Paris Hilton going to Nazi Germany, and you’ll have a pretty good idea of what this book is like.

I was
Aug 02, 2011
Jul 23, 2011
The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon
We’ve all been wrong on this whole rainforest issue. We don’t need to SAVE the rainforest. We need to DESTROY the rainforest. Immediately.

I knew that
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Feb 09, 2010
The Grand Design
When this book was released, I was reading a story about it on-line, and the headline said something like: “Stephen Hawking Says There Is No God”. The ...more
Dec 23, 2010
Sep 12, 2010
The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History
It’s odd how you think your opinion of a bunch of murderous assholes couldn’t sink any lower, and then you read something like this that makes you rea ...more
Feb 18, 2014
Jan 23, 2014
The Swerve: How the World Became Modern
Two thousand years ago a Roman named Lucretius wrote a poem that described a universe guided by physical laws rather than the whims of mystical deitie ...more
Sep 19, 2012
Aug 13, 2012
Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East
Maybe if more people would have listened to T.E. Lawrence after World War I then an American president wouldn’t be at the UN today speaking on the Syr ...more
Sep 24, 2013
Aug 20, 2013
There’s a chapter in this book where Tina Fey is describing the hectic week that culminated with her filming scenes of 30 Rock with Oprah Winfrey, the ...more
May 15, 2011
May 13, 2011
The Simple Solution to Rubik's Cube
Floating this one in honor of the 40th anniversary of Rubik's Cube.

Treasure of the Rubbermaids 12: Gleaming the Cube

The on-going discoveries of pricel
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Aug 28, 2011
Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void
I’m a big space geek and have spent countless hours reading or watching documentaries about manned space flight. I’ve seen a space shuttle launch and ...more
Dec 14, 2010
Aug 03, 2010
The Things They Carried
It’d be a bad idea to challenge Tim O’Brien to a round of Truth-Or-Dare because he’d find a way to pick Truth, launch into a story, recant it, then ma ...more
Jan 22, 2014
Dec 31, 2013
Having the misfortune of being a Kansas City Royals fan, I thought I’d had any interest in baseball beaten out of me by season after season of humilia ...more
Apr 23, 2012
Apr 19, 2012
One Summer: America, 1927
If you think that you had a busy summer, consider 1927:

Charles Lindbergh crossed the Atlantic and became a national hero. Babe Ruth broke his own home
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Oct 10, 2013
The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York
I don’t know why publishers feel the need to put huge subtitles on non-fiction books. Take The Poisoner’s Handbook, for example. To me, that’s a great ...more
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Feb 25, 2010
Silver Screen Fiend: Learning About Life from an Addiction to Film
(I received a free advance copy of this via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.)

Comedian and actor Patton Oswalt wrote this unflinching accoun
Dec 24, 2014
Oct 02, 2014
The Getaway Car: A Donald Westlake Nonfiction Miscellany
“No matter where he was headed, Don always drove like he was behind the wheel of the getaway car."

- Abby Adams Westlake

Apparently the late Donald West
Nov 16, 2014
May 29, 2014
Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
(Please forgive me resorting to a tired trick and leading off with a definition from the dictionary, but there is a point to it.)


1: a per
Jan 31, 2013
Nov 26, 2012
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
Mary Roach details a lot of uses for human cadavers in this book, but she missed a major one. As Weekend At Bernies taught us, you can always use the ...more
Mar 10, 2011
Mar 09, 2011
Riding Rockets: The Outrageous Tales of a Space Shuttle Astronaut
Between this book and Packing for Mars I know way more about pooping in space than I ever wanted to…..

Mike Mullane’s childhood fascination with space
Oct 27, 2014
Oct 22, 2014
Nixonland: America's Second Civil War and the Divisive Legacy of Richard Nixon 1965-72
Call us America the Schizophrenic.

How else can you explain a country that embraced a right wing philosophy after a devastating terrorist attack that l
May 07, 2011
Apr 15, 2011
The War for Late Night: When Leno Went Early and Television Went Crazy

3/21/13 - Floating this one to warn Jimmy Fallon.

A Phone Conversation in 2020

“Hello, this is Slick McGee, agent to the stars. How can I help you?”

Mar 15, 2011
Nov 02, 2010
Manhood for Amateurs
I've lost some respect for Chabon for dedicating an entire essay to why he started carrying a man-purse, or murse as he calls it. However, I still rea ...more
Oct 13, 2009
Oct 10, 2009
Marvel Comics: The Untold Story
Super-heroes have gotten darker and more violent over the years, but compared to some of the people in charge of Marvel during that time, Wolverine an ...more
Feb 16, 2013
Feb 10, 2013
The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science
There's nothing like reading a book about really smart and energetic people back in ye olden days to make you feel like a lazy piece of crap. I'm sitt ...more
Oct 27, 2009
Jul 30, 2009
The Revolution Was Televised: The Cops, Crooks, Slingers, and Slayers Who Changed TV Drama Forever
Last week I was reading the chapter about The Sopranos in which the author highly praises James Gandolfini’s performance as Tony. The next day, Galdol ...more
Jun 23, 2013
Jun 18, 2013
Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution: From The Sopranos and The Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad
Damn, could that sub-title be any longer?

This is the second book published recently that takes a look at the wave of shows that changed television sin
Jul 11, 2013
Jul 08, 2013
Too Big to Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System from Crisis — and Themselves
"The only problem with capitalism is all the capitalists.”
Herbert Hoover

There’s a school of thought out there that many, if not most, people buy into
Sep 2011
Aug 25, 2011
Goebbels: A Biography
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for this honest review.

This should teach me to pay more attention when I ask for an ARC
Sep 10, 2014
Jul 23, 2014
Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA
Attention crazy people! If you are one of those poor souls who thinks that the Central Intelligence Agency is reading your thoughts and/or manipulatin ...more
May 17, 2011
May 07, 2011
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