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In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto
Michael Pollan is absolutely on to something with his central thesis; namely, that the American diet has been taken over by "edible foodlike substance ...more
Feb 12, 2008
Jan 06, 2008
Waiter Rant: Thanks for the Tip-Confessions of a Cynical Waiter
Only marginally interesting and occasionally annoying, this is the waiter/front-of-house version of "Kitchen Confidential," only with worse writing an ...more
Apr 04, 2009
Apr 03, 2009
Don't Get Too Comfortable: The Indignities of Coach Class, The Torments of Low Thread Count, The Never-Ending Quest for Artisanal Olive Oil, and Other First World Problems
Although I enjoyed reading this book, I found it disappointing for a number of reasons. First, the contents have nothing at all to do with the title-- ...more
Nov 2007
Nov 04, 2007
Hey, Remember Fat Glenda?
I know it's totally lame that I actually spent a couple hours of my (adult) life reading this book. I had read it as a kid, and the other day I came a ...more
Feb 2009
Feb 03, 2009
Not For Tourists 2008 Guide To Washington, D.C
Do NOT, under any circumstances, buy, borrow, read, use, or consult this book. It is awful in every way. First, and most fundamentally, the book is ch ...more
Jul 06, 2008
Jun 26, 2008
Dave Barry's History of the Millennium (So Far)
A typical quick and funny Dave Barry book--these are good for those occasions when you just don't feel like using your brain as you read. This book wa ...more
Jan 26, 2008
Dec 02, 2007
Complete Cartoons of The New Yorker
This is an ENORMOUS (650 pages, about 15 pounds) book of New Yorker cartoons from the last 80 years. I don't really subscribe to or read the New Yorke ...more
Feb 2009
Feb 03, 2009
What's Your Poo Telling You?
This is a classic bathroom book, in every sense of the term. Surprisingly interesting, funny, and well-written, it never takes itself seriously but ma ...more
Dec 2007
Dec 18, 2007
Hate Mail from Cheerleaders: And Other Adventures from the Life of Reilly
Rick Reilly can certainly be entertaining and funny, but his sanctimony can get old after awhile. He is so intent on telling his readers how to feel a ...more
Jan 2009
Feb 01, 2009
Outliers: The Story of Success
This one is vintage Malcolm Gladwell: pleasant and easy to read, intriguing in its arguments and conclusions, but ultimately kind of superficial. I ha ...more
Jan 2009
Jan 02, 2009
The Best of LIFE
Amazing collection of photographs from the heyday of LIFE magazine (mid-1930s through mid-1970s). There are some real classics in here, such as the sa ...more
Feb 2009
Feb 26, 2009
Optical Illusions: The Science of Visual Perception
This is a fascinating and very entertaining book of visual illusions ranging from the whimsical to the headache-inducing. I like the way it is present ...more
Mar 28, 2009
Mar 01, 2009
Right Time, Right Place: Coming of Age with William F. Buckley Jr. and the Conservative Movement
This is a memoir of Richard Brookhiser's involvement with National Review magazine and its founder, William F. Buckley, Jr. I am a big fan of National ...more
Aug 2009
Jun 25, 2009
When You Are Engulfed in Flames
I thought I might as well read a David Sedaris book to see what all the fuss is about--he seems to be all the rage at the moment. I have to say, I'm n ...more
Feb 2009
Feb 15, 2009
Water for Elephants
This is a truly original book, and very entertaining. Sara Gruen does an excellent job of getting into her present-day 90-year-old protagonist's head ...more
Jan 13, 2009
Jan 02, 2009
Eat, Pray, Love
As a travelogue, Eat, Pray, Love is quite good. The sections on Italy and Bali (Indonesia) might cause even a dedicated homebody to catch the travel b ...more
Jan 26, 2008
Jan 06, 2008
Nanny State: How Food Fascists, Teetotaling Do-Gooders, Priggish Moralists, and Other Boneheaded Bureaucrats Are Turning America into a Nation of Children
This idea has so much potential, but Harsanyi's book is utter crap. He's an opinion columnist, and his "style" (I use the word generously) is much bet ...more
Feb 18, 2008
Feb 12, 2008
Apparently I missed something amazing about "Atonement" as most GoodReaders and Amazon reviewers seem to love it. I thought it was okay, but it...was. ...more
Mar 11, 2008
Jan 06, 2008
The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible
This charming book has a great premise--the author, a secular Jew, devotes a year of his life (to the frequent bemusement of his wife and sons) to try ...more
Jan 29, 2008
Nov 17, 2007
Laura's Album: A Remembrance Scrapbook of Laura Ingalls Wilder
As a fan of the "Little House" books (I must have read them four or five times as a kid), I really enjoyed this "scrapbook" of photographs, letters, a ...more
Sep 2008
Sep 19, 2008
Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East
I appreciate what Scott Anderson was trying to do with this parallel biography approach (T.E. Lawrence, William Yale, Aaron Aaronsohn, and Curt Prufer ...more
Oct 2014
Aug 05, 2014
The Family That Couldn't Sleep: A Medical Mystery
This is a horrifying book. It describes the destruction inflicted by prion diseases, of which Fatal Familial Insomnia (to which the title refers) is o ...more
Jun 20, 2008
Apr 26, 2008
The Fast Diet: The Simple Secret of Intermittent Fasting: Lose Weight, Stay Healthy, Live Longer
This book probably would have been fine as a medium-length article in The Atlantic magazine, with a caveat that research is ongoing. It becomes appare ...more
Apr 2014
Feb 16, 2014
In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin
It seemed like Erik Larson wasn't sure exactly what he wanted this book to be: a straight historical narrative, an action-packed page-turner, a cautio ...more
Apr 04, 2014
May 17, 2011
Shakespeare: The World as Stage
I generally enjoy Bill Bryson, but this book was uneven and seemed hastily written. It illuminated just how little is actually known about William Sha ...more
Jan 2008
Dec 02, 2007
One Man's America: The Pleasures and Provocations of Our Singular Nation
I bow to no one in my admiration of George Will. The man can write like nobody's business. He is one of very few public figures on the right who can c ...more
May 10, 2010
Jul 27, 2008
The Shepherd, the Angel, and Walter the Christmas Miracle Dog
A reasonably cute, pleasant, and immediately forgettable Christmas story told in classic Dave Barry style. It only took me about half an hour to read ...more
Mar 03, 2009
Mar 01, 2009
The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
Really interesting discussion of how Americans produce and consume food in the 21st century. The author traces the "history" of four meals: burgers an ...more
Oct 2007
Nov 04, 2007
Still Kicking: My Journey as the First Woman to Play Division I College Football
**spoiler alert** This book had so much potential. Who wouldn't be interested in the story of the first woman to play Division I college football? Unf ...more
Dec 2007
Dec 04, 2007
Innocent (Kindle County Legal Thriller, #8)
**spoiler alert** A worthy successor to "Presumed Innocent" even though there was never any chance that Turow could duplicate the pure edge-of-your-se ...more
Aug 07, 2010
May 07, 2010
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