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A Russian Diary
In trying to describe this book and the work of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya, the first thing that came to my mind was the words of poet Dyla ...more
May 09, 2010
May 30, 2010
Tilled Earth : Stories
This was a gift from a good friend from Nepal who visited us in Budapest. It was given in the hopes that it would help us to learn a bit about the lif ...more
Jul 2007
Nov 10, 2007
Gone Girl
Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl is one jawdropper of a novel -- without a doubt the best suspense novel I have ever read. The plot is inventive, the pace fi ...more
Jul 06, 2013
Dec 30, 2012
Overthrow: America's Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq
If I had to summarize my thoughts about this book into a single sentence, I would only need to say that Stephen Kinzer’s Overthrow should be required ...more
Jan 24, 2015
Nov 10, 2007
Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer
After finishing our tour of Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. in the summer of 2013, my sister and I characteristically lingered in the museum bookst ...more
Jun 12, 2014
Jul 06, 2013
Arsnick: The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in Arkansas
If you were to judge by the existing scholarship on the U.S. civil rights movement, you could be excused for thinking that not much of any interest ha ...more
Oct 10, 2011
Jul 17, 2011
Blindness (Blindness, #1)
Blindness is a thoroughly riveting tale of the social and psychological upheaval wrought when a society is struck by an unprecedented mass calamity. T ...more
Jul 23, 2011
May 04, 2011
Conquered City
Victor Serge's Conquered City is an extraordinary novel in every sense. It captures the period of one year in the Russian revolution, when the revolut ...more
May 26, 2012
Mar 20, 2012
Class Action: The Landmark Case that Changed Sexual Harassment Law
My favorite genre to read is nonfiction that is so well written you can't put it down. Sometimes it's because it races along like a novel (Arc of Just ...more
Apr 27, 2014
Apr 20, 2014
October 1964
Halberstam’s October 1964 gives readers an exhilarating ride through a pivotal season in baseball. I began the book expecting a play by play of a land ...more
Nov 06, 2010
Oct 26, 2010
Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992
American history is known for certain signature triumphs. Anna Deavere Smith's Twilight is a crucial exploration of what is arguably American culture' ...more
May 07, 2011
Apr 23, 2011
The Empowered Patient: How to Get the Right Diagnosis, Buy the Cheapest Drugs, Beat Your Insurance Company, and Get the Best Medical Care Every Time
This book is absolutely indispensable. Cohen guides the reader through the pitfalls of the US health system, and demonstrates convincingly how crucial ...more
Sep 25, 2011
Sep 03, 2011
An arresting, memorable tale, astonishingly well told. Room is the story of 5-year-old Jack,and his Ma, who live as captives of a man Jack knows only ...more
Jan 13, 2012
Jan 11, 2012
Pardon My Spanglish
Bottom line: laugh out loud funny. I can't remember the last time I laughed this much through a book. I first heard Bill Santiago on an episode of Lat ...more
Dec 11, 2011
Dec 17, 2008
The Design of Everyday Things
By now, Donald Norman's Design of Everyday Things is a classic text on what we have learned to call user-friendly design. Twenty-first century readers ...more
Dec 29, 2011
Apr 23, 2011
We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families
Very worthwhile reading. A journalistic account of the Rwandan genocide. Maybe a little lacking in academic rigor (could use footnotes!), but a thorou ...more
May 2004
Nov 10, 2007
Downtown: My Manhattan
Absolutely fantastic. Equal parts travel guide, history book, and memoir. Hamill takes his readers along on a walk uptown from the battery to Times Sq ...more
Sep 2007
Nov 10, 2007
The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer
My full review is forthcoming -- I'm behind on my reviews! -- but, here's a preview:

Astonishing. Magisterial. Easily one of the best books I have rea
Sep 02, 2012
Dec 17, 2011
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
Nov 26, 2011
Feb 28, 2011
America (The Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction
Feb 2005
Nov 10, 2007
The Mother Tongue: English and How It Got That Way
Jun 1991
Nov 10, 2007
The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes - and Why
Jun 30, 2009
Aug 07, 2008
Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America
Jun 2002
Nov 10, 2007
The Gift of Fear: and Other Survival Signals That Protect Us from Violence
Jun 1999
Nov 19, 2007
Naked Economics: Undressing the Dismal Science
Jan 2003
Nov 10, 2007
Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age
Dec 2004
Nov 10, 2007
Triangle: The Fire That Changed America
Sep 2003
Nov 10, 2007
Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal
Jun 2002
Nov 10, 2007
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