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Plenty: One Man, One Woman, and a Raucous Year of Eating Locally
This was similar in many ways to Kingsolver's "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle", in that it is a year-long experiment in eating only local foods. Kingsolve ...more
Aug 09, 2008
Aug 09, 2008
Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic
My favorite quote from this book is from T.S. Eliot: "We are the hollow men. We are the stuffed men" (page 72). This hollowness or emptiness of modern ...more
Feb 26, 2009
Sep 11, 2008
The 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat-Loss, Incredible Sex, and Becoming Superhuman
Tim Ferriss is a slacker, hack, doofus. His writing style is infomercial meets Mythbuster and his theories are a pastiche cobbled together from whatev ...more
Jun 16, 2011
Jun 07, 2011
The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work
Brilliant. I have never read this author before, so had no idea what to expect. He is amazing. I had to read him slowly to take in the beautiful writi ...more
May 15, 2011
May 07, 2011
Damn Yankees: Twenty-Four Major League Writers on the World's Most Loved (and Hated) Team
For some reason, great writers and baseball are a match made in heaven. This collection contains essays ranging from Colum McCann to Frank DeFord, tho ...more
Jul 24, 2013
Jul 24, 2013
Let's Talk About Love: A Journey to the End of Taste
4 1/2 stars, no kidding, I absolutely loved this book. His attempt to understand and appreciate Celine Dion via examining taste and culture was so int ...more
Mar 23, 2010
Mar 11, 2010
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
**spoiler alert** It was an interesting read but I don't think I will recommend this book to anyone. I think it needed a much better resolution than i ...more
Jul 03, 2013
Oct 21, 2012
Who Moved My Cheese?: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life
The most offensive book ever written.

I could never get over the fact that I was being asked to compare myself with vermin. Even the presentation of th
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Jun 10, 2008
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
This book nearly lost me at hello, with no less than its celebration of Rosa Parks as the consummate introvert. I had just finished reading "The Power ...more
Jul 19, 2012
Jul 02, 2012
Bank Notes
I thought this book would be funny, because I've heard funny stories about actual notes written by bank robbers. This book is not funny, takes itself ...more
Jun 19, 2010
Jun 19, 2010
Read Right: Coaching Your Child to Excellence in Reading
I don't know. The first half was all the stuff I've heard before: read to your child, let him/her see you reading, etc. The second half was stuff no o ...more
Jul 22, 2011
Jul 18, 2011
The Complete IEP Guide
Good starting point, but no substitute for thoughtful doctors, compassionate teachers, child-centric school administrators, and other parents who have ...more
Feb 2013
Feb 03, 2013
The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2012
I thought this would be better given that it was edited by Dave Eggers. Highlights for me were writings about Occupy Wall Street, responses to a lonel ...more
Nov 10, 2012
Oct 31, 2012
Volunteer Vacations: Short-Term Adventures That Will Benefit You and Others
Looks like it's better to wait until the kids are in high school. The information in this book was organized so poorly and is probably outdated quickl ...more
Jun 17, 2009
Jun 17, 2009
The Art of Reading (Great Courses, #2198)
Listening to these CD's is like auditing a 200 level course given by a popular lecturer in a huge university auditorium. I enjoyed listening but it wa ...more
Oct 18, 2010
Sep 27, 2010
Your Money And Your Life
Your Money Or Your Life is much better; this is actually pretty laborious reading.
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Mar 08, 2012
First Marathons: Personal Encounters with the 26.2-Mile Monster
Dated. Worth looking through, maybe, but not for reading cover to cover (like I did).
Aug 03, 2009
Aug 03, 2009
This Book Is Overdue!: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All
Better title: "Vague Rambling Musings About Librarians in Changing Times."
Apr 27, 2010
Apr 23, 2010
The Temple: Where Heaven Meets Earth
I want to be Truman Madsen or, well, Anne Madsen when I grow up. I've heard them both speak with amazing insight about the temple and I'm really enjoy ...more
Dec 21, 2009
Dec 21, 2009
Making It All Work: Winning at the Game of Work and Business of Life
Helpful reading after "Getting Things Done", but skip ahead to page 209 or 216 and read from there.
Apr 18, 2010
Apr 01, 2010
Give a Little: How Your Small Donations Can Transform Our World
Recommended for anyone who gave in wake of disasters as Haiti or Katrina, but would like to know how to give more regularly to make a difference.

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Feb 02, 2010
Nov 16, 2009
Seeing in the Dark: How Backyard Stargazers Are Probing Deep Space & Guarding Earth from Interplanetary Peril
Really excellent science writing.
Jul 29, 2011
Jul 19, 2011
So Sexy So Soon: The New Sexualized Childhood, and What Parents Can Do to Protect Their Kids
This is one of those books that was preaching to the choir from page one. I don't know if I got anything out of it except have my opinions validated.
Dec 31, 2010
Dec 08, 2010
The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement
Too snarky even for me. He is funny, though.
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Jul 02, 2011
The McSweeney's Book of Politics and Musicals
It's worth going through an election just to get some great stuff like this.
Nov 13, 2012
Oct 21, 2012
A Crime So Monstrous: Face-to-Face with Modern-Day Slavery
Slavery (including the non-sexual kind) is alive and well and flourishing throughout the world. I wish this was marketed (a better cover, at least!) a ...more
Oct 06, 2008
Oct 06, 2008
Raising a Sensory Smart Child: The Definitive Handbook for Helping Your Child with SensoryIntegration Issues
This book is helpful, well-written, has a nice tone, and a great introduction to sensory integration issues. Having said that, I hated reading this bo ...more
Apr 12, 2008
Feb 21, 2008
Who Turned Out the Lights?: Your Guided Tour to the Energy Crisis
This was simplified for dummies to the point of being obnoxious, but I really appreciated it.
Aug 28, 2010
Jul 24, 2010
A Quiet Heart
I didn't like this book as much as some others like it the first time I read it. Now I read this book every year, and every year I get something great ...more
May 06, 2008
Apr 29, 2008
Bonds That Make Us Free: Healing Our Relationships, Coming to Ourselves
I've read this several times. It helps me examine my motives in making decisions and understand what I'm doing when I'm being offended. I had him for ...more
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May 25, 2008
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