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Gravesend
4.29
A truly brilliant debut from a talent to watch. Boyle's prose = eloquent, his plot = masterful, his characters = vivid, his atmospherics = artfully re ...more
Dec 03, 2013
Nov 30, 2013
 
An Uncommon Man: The Life and Times of Senator Claiborne Pell
4.00
Clai was a friend of mine, as is his widow Nuala. In fact, at one point we had discussed me helping him write his autobiography. Sadly, his Parkinson' ...more
Jul 31, 2013
Jul 31, 2013
 
Fastnet, Force 10: The Deadliest Storm in the History of Modern Sailing
4.12
Riveting reading about sailing skill matched against a freak storm. Vivid writing. Sailors, in particular, will recognize what these folks were up aga ...more
May 31, 2013
May 31, 2013
 
Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth
3.77
Initially quite interesting but about about a third of the way through I got dazed/numbed by very dry prose concerning political and cultural history ...more
Aug 12, 2013
Aug 08, 2013
 
How the Irish Saved Civilization
3.79
Brilliant analysis/elegantly wrought prose.
Jan 07, 2012
Jan 08, 2012
 
The Cruise of the Snark
3.70
London was an expert sailor. The Snark, which he had specially built for what he thought would be an around the world voyage, was an ill-found vessel ...more
Jun 23, 2013
Jun 23, 2013
 
The Odessa File
4.06
Returned to this novel after a very long time. Pure entertainment. No profound message. Total relaxation and intrigue. Old Nazis up to nasty stuff in ...more
Jul 23, 2013
Jul 23, 2013
 
Helena
3.43
Eloquent and devout. Takes the scattered remnants of facts that we have regarding the life of Helena and her discovery of the True Cross, and weaves t ...more
May 24, 2013
May 25, 2013
 
The Paris Wife
3.75
I've enjoyed this novel very much, but then I am intrigued by all things Hemingway. I noted Janet Maslin's trashing of this last week in the NY Times, ...more
Mar 10, 2011
Mar 10, 2011
 
The New Hate: A History of Fear and Loathing on the Populist Right
3.52
A very important work. Traces the history of ignorance-fueled intolerance throughout American political history. Excellent. (Full Disclosure: Goldwag ...more
Nov 19, 2012
Jan 06, 2013
 
Letters of James Agee to Father Flye
4.06
Good reading for Holy Week. Agee's troubled yet nevertheless sincere faith in focus, and also his many quirks and problems of self-esteem. Variously d ...more
Mar 2013
Mar 29, 2013
 
Bob Dylan in America
3.80
Just finished this last night. Truly excellent. Puts Dylan in context of American culture. Not a true biography, per se, but rather an examination of ...more
Mar 20, 2011
Mar 21, 2011
 
Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction
4.00
A brilliant, brutal, beautiful, terrifying story not just showing a father's journey, but a family's journey, through the seemingly endless meth addic ...more
Sep 2014
Sep 01, 2014
 
The Executioner's Song
4.07
Can't believe I took so long to discover book, especially since the focus, Gary Gilmore, is Mikal Gilmore's brother. Outstanding portrait of a torment ...more
Jan 06, 2013
Jan 06, 2013
 
The Boat Who Wouldn't Float
4.03
Hilarious and, according to Mowat, all too true - and will ring painfully true with anyone (of modest means) who has ever fallen in love with an old w ...more
Sep 1999
Mar 11, 2011
 
The Grey Seas Under: The Perilous Rescue Mission of a N.A. Salvage Tug
4.16
I returned to this book after many years upon hearing the news that Farley had left us. A brilliant man, and this one of his best offerings. Highly re ...more
May 17, 2014
May 17, 2014
 
The Strange Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst
4.12
One of the great, classic sea adventures of all time, told beautifully by Ron Hall and the late Nicholas Tomalin. Also a terrific intro by Robin Knox- ...more
Dec 07, 2010
Mar 10, 2011
 
Sloop: Restoring My Family's Wooden Sailboat--An Adventure in Old-Fashioned Values
3.17
Was hoping to enjoy this tale of a man restoring his family's [great] old Herreshoff 12 1/2. But what a lot of ego and [often smug] self-centered phil ...more
Jul 02, 2013
Jul 02, 2013
 
Captain Butterfly
4.50
Amazingly good cop/crime fiction. Leuci knows NYC policing inside and out, and knows how to spin a great story. Addictive. Highly recommended.
Sep 26, 2014
Sep 26, 2014
 
The Courage for Truth: The Letters of Thomas Merton to Writers
4.54
Wonderful exchanges between Merton and other writers, including Evelyn Waugh who edited many of Merton's books for British publication. Highly recomme ...more
Feb 13, 2013
Feb 13, 2013
 
Henry Thoreau: A Life of the Mind
4.42
An intellectual biography tracing the evolution of Thoreau's thoughts, and - of course - his influences. Insightful. Important. A book I return to.
Nov 1998
Mar 21, 2011
 
Acid Christ: Ken Kesey, LSD, and the Politics of Ecstasy
2.67
The Ken Kesey I knew is not in this book. Other friends of Ken, as well as family of Ken, have expressed the same opinion.
Feb 20, 2011
Mar 11, 2011
 
Sea of Cortez: A Leisurely Journal of Travel and Research
3.83
Both science and literature of the highest order. A neglected classic ... and a precursor to the eloquence of Rachel Carson.
May 13, 2004
Mar 11, 2011
 
Acid Dreams: The CIA, LSD and the Sixties Rebellion
4.11
Packed fully of lucidly articulated detail. Spot-on description of both the facts and the meaning of acid culture.
Jun 2010
Mar 21, 2011
 
Scoop
3.87
Ever wonder where Tina Brown got the name for THE DAILY BEAST? Read SCOOP. This is Waugh at his grimly sardonic best.
Jul 08, 2013
Jul 08, 2013
 
Outliers: The Story of Success
4.06
A bit dry at times, but insightful nonetheless. The complex, often serendipitous, ecosystem in which success will out.
Feb 06, 2011
Mar 10, 2011
 
The Candy Men: The Rollicking Life & Times of the Notorious Novel Candy
4.00
The best book ever written about ... a book. And a deliciously scandalous book (Candy), at that.
Jan 12, 2011
Mar 10, 2011
 
Rachel Carson: Witness for Nature
4.24
Truly superb. A great and important life rendered in absorbing, carefully researched prose.
Oct 06, 2013
Oct 06, 2013
 
Videofreex: America's First Pirate Tv Station & The Catskills Collective That Turned It On
3.75
A neglected but fascinating slice of counterculture history, rendered eloquently by a participant.
Oct 2008
Mar 11, 2011
 
Coyote Lost at Sea (eBook)
4.05
brilliant memoir of tragic hero/legend in solo circumnavigation. fascinating.
Apr 13, 2014
Apr 13, 2014
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