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Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother
I teach in a school with a large Asian population. One of my colleagues told me I HAD to read this book. Before I read it, my sense was that Amy Chua' ...more
Dec 02, 2011
Nov 27, 2011
Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant
This quotation characterizes the entire novel: "You think we're a family," Cody said, turning back. "You think we're some jolly, situation-comedy fami ...more
Jul 29, 2011
Jul 16, 2011
Go West, Young Toad: Selected Writings
This book is mediocre. I ordered it because I was charmed some years ago by Locklin's poem "The Iceberg Theory," which is one of his best. This collec ...more
Mar 22, 2011
Mar 14, 2011
Birth Day: A Pediatrician Explores the Science, the History, and the Wonder of Childbirth
This book was cool!

Did you know?

• The first well-documented, successful Cesarean was performed in 1826 in South Africa by Dr. James Barry—who managed
Dec 2011
Nov 27, 2011
Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History
This book covers the evolutionary history of breasts, the composition and functioning of the breast, the changes in the breast over the course of a wo ...more
Jul 02, 2012
Jun 25, 2012
Religious Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know--And Doesn't
First, let me say that I agree with the author’s premise: religious literacy is a necessary component of a complete education. Children should have an ...more
Jul 13, 2011
Jul 03, 2011
The Great Derangement: A Terrifying True Story of War, Politics, and Religion at the Twilight of the American Empire
Taibbi, a writer for Rolling Stone, draws on two major manifestations of the "great derangement" in the U.S.: on the right, the Christian End-Times mo ...more
Aug 18, 2011
Aug 06, 2011
H. L. Mencken on Religion
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE H.L. Mencken, and this is a great collection. His honesty, his wit, his snark (is that a noun?), his intellect, his humor--it's all ...more
Apr 25, 2012
Apr 11, 2012
On Becoming Baby Wise: Giving Your Infant the Gift of Nighttime Sleep
First, it was weird that this book started with a lecture on how the most important part of parenting is a strong marriage. Then, it was weird that th ...more
Nov 26, 2011
Nov 18, 2011
The Philosophical Baby: What Children's Minds Tell Us About Truth, Love, and the Meaning of Life
Gopnik presents some of the latest research in developmental psychology. She gives insight into what it’s like to be a baby. For example, while older ...more
Feb 23, 2012
Feb 03, 2012
The Price Of Civilization: Reawakening American Virtue And Prosperity
“The kind of unrestrained greed that is now loose in America,” writes economist Jeffrey Sachs, “is leading not to real liberty but to corporate crimin ...more
Jul 28, 2012
Jul 09, 2012
No Death, No Fear
If you’re familiar with Thich Nhat Hanh’s work, there isn’t much in here that will be new to you. A quick summary: Hanh explains that our ideas of bir ...more
Jan 16, 2012
Jan 01, 2012
The Crying of Lot 49
I had to ask myself, did I just not "get" this book? No, I read some criticism online, and it appears that I "got" everything I was supposed to get. I ...more
Jul 08, 2012
Jul 02, 2012
The Thing About Life is That One Day You'll Be Dead
This book is a both a memoir and a mishmash of random facts about living and dying, and most times the two don't hang together that well. I enjoyed th ...more
Jul 02, 2011
Jun 28, 2011
I Don't Believe in Atheists
First, I should say that I read Hedges’s Empire of Illusion and loved it. After reading it, I characterized him as smart, well-informed, and courageou ...more
Oct 21, 2011
Oct 02, 2011
C Street: The Fundamentalist Threat to American Democracy
“The fundamentalist threat to American democracy isn’t a person…it’s an idea. In its most modest shape it’s the question posed by a future air force o ...more
Nov 18, 2011
Oct 28, 2011
The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
Today it takes between seven and ten calories of fossil fuel energy to deliver one calorie of food energy to an American plate.

The typical item of foo
Jul 22, 2012
Jul 10, 2012
I don't know what to think about this book. I read the first section eagerly because I was compelled to find out more about the Born/Margot/Walker tri ...more
Nov 23, 2011
Nov 18, 2011
Idiot America: How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free
I wasn’t sure at first, but this turned out to be a good book. Pierce doesn’t really discuss how stupidity became a virtue; that is, he doesn’t so muc ...more
Feb 08, 2012
Nov 19, 2011
The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature
The Stuff of Thought will keep your attention only if you're really into language. Most of the beginning can be summed up with one statement: “What th ...more
Nov 11, 2011
Oct 28, 2011
Fat Kid Rules the World
I liked this book. Too many times authors of young adult fiction don't make their characters believable enough; it's like they're trying too hard, and ...more
Sep 08, 2011
Aug 25, 2011
The Help
I'm surprised by how much I loved this book. I don't always like the bestsellers, but this one was extremely well-done. The characters were believable ...more
Feb 22, 2011
Feb 18, 2011
The Hundred Brothers: A Novel
When I'm reading Donald Antrim, I always think, "WTF is he trying to do here?", yet I'm always engrossed enough to continue. His novels are short and ...more
Mar 2012
Feb 14, 2012
Looking for Alaska
I didn't love this, but there were some things I liked about it. I liked how Pudge's obsession with last words and his experience in religion class we ...more
May 19, 2012
Apr 25, 2012
The History of Love
Wow. Outstanding book. Usually as soon as I finish one book I pick up another one right away, but I needed to digest this one. After I finished it, I ...more
Dec 04, 2011
Nov 19, 2011
The Denial of Death
Ernest Becker won the Pulitzer in 1974 for this seminal work in modern philosophy, and in my opinion, he is most deserving. This book, more than any o ...more
Jan 2006
Jan 25, 2011
The Sweet Potato Queens' Book of Love
I see why this would be appealing to people; it just wasn't to me. I think you have to be a middle-aged Southern woman to think this is funny. So I pr ...more
Feb 12, 2013
Feb 12, 2013
Things I Want My Daughters to Know
Not a GREAT book, but I enjoyed it. Noble manages not to sentimentalize a subject that could easily be sentimentalized; instead, the writing is honest ...more
Aug 29, 2011
Aug 27, 2011
Rabbit, Run (Rabbit Angstrom, #1)
Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom, the main character, f's up every relationship in his life. I wanted to feel some sympathy for him, but after reading the enti ...more
Jul 23, 2011
Jul 16, 2011
Dark Ages America: The Final Phase of Empire
Outstanding book--although I don't agree with everything Berman says, his argument is cogent and well-supported. Extremely well-researched. And I like ...more
Aug 24, 2011
Aug 06, 2011
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