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The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life
I am more than halfway through this book. I'll republish after I've finally finished it. Thus far, The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in ...more
Jan 2005
May 07, 2008
Mastering the Art of French Cooking
Having read through the forward and some of the pre-recipe chapters, I've determined that I like the writing style. Having made a couple of the recipe ...more
Apr 03, 2012
Mar 06, 2012
Russia Under the Bolshevik Regime
Another author who clearly knows the subject matter! A great scholarly overview of the early years of Communism in Bolshevik Russia.
Jan 1997
Jan 03, 2008
Slaves in the Family
This book by Edward Ball took me a week or so to read. Though some parts are a little dry, the subject matter is very compelling. Growing up, Ball kne ...more
Aug 2005
Jan 04, 2008
The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century
To be truthful, I only got about halfway with the book. I agree with both of the reviews I recommended. After awhile, Friedman's cheerleading for the ...more
Oct 17, 2009
Feb 08, 2008
Baby and Child Care
This is a book that I read the sections I need when I want to know, rather than reading cover to cover. Unlike some guides, it's arranged topically ra ...more
Aug 16, 2010
Oct 24, 2008
The Story of Art
The Story of Art by Ernst Hans Gombrich is a readable overview of the history of world art. As is the case with many introductory art history texts, t ...more
Apr 2006
Jan 14, 2008
My Wars Are Laid Away in Books: The Life of Emily Dickinson
This book is a biography of Emily Dickinson. A very thorough biography. That being said, if you're interested in the growth of prominent literary figu ...more
Jun 2005
Jan 03, 2008
The Name of the Rose
Fantastic book! I am a little disappointed with myself that I haven't read more of his work. This is probably because the next thing I tried to tackle ...more
Jan 1993
Jan 30, 2009
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West
I know this is a mini-series documentary now, but this book by Dee Brown is very powerful in its own right. It took me a long time to finish less beca ...more
Aug 2007
Jan 02, 2008
The Historian
I just started reading Elizabeth Kostova's new book, The Historian. So far (40 pages in), this book is excellent & written in the tradition of Dra ...more
Jun 2005
Dec 27, 2007
Very well drawn. I can't stand graphic novels/comics that are poorly drawn & pumped out just to make a buck! The story itself is really sad - both ...more
Apr 13, 2009
Mar 16, 2009
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6)
I finally read it! The latest installment in the series by J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince is an asset to the series. I found t ...more
May 2006
Dec 26, 2007
Inkspell (Inkworld, #2)
Back for another children's book! Inkspell is Cornelia Funke's sequel to her book Inkheart. Overall, I found Inkheart more enjoyable in its entirety, ...more
Feb 2006
Jan 04, 2008
Christmas Stories
Unbeknownst to much of the American population, Charles Dickens wrote several other stories that take place around the Christmas and New Year's holida ...more
Dec 2005
Jan 04, 2008
1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up
To be truthful, I just kind of skimmed, but the reviews are good and there's a wide variety of work here that while not a complete picture of children ...more
Feb 08, 2010
Jan 20, 2010
Rodale's Ultimate Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening: The Indispensable Green Resource for Every Gardener
This is a terrific reference for the home gardener with at least a little bit on just about everything you'd want to know. I plan to pick up a copy fo ...more
Apr 13, 2012
Mar 13, 2012
The Book Thief
Spectacular. A little dark for young readers, but totally appropriate for middle school on up. I would say this is right up there with The Diary of An ...more
Sep 10, 2010
Aug 07, 2010
Thomas the Tank Engine Story Collection (Thomas & Friends)
I read the first two sections of the book and the last one. I figure I'll have a chance to catch up on the rest once Seth is a little older. :D
Feb 27, 2010
Feb 25, 2010
An Instance of the Fingerpost
This book is fantastic - if you make it to the 3rd part. The first two parts are two separate retellings of the same events by 2 different participant ...more
Jan 2005
Apr 30, 2008
Favorite Folktales from Around the World (Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library)
Broad collection of folk and fairy tales from all over the world. Many have similarities to the more famous collections by Perrault & Grimm, but n ...more
May 25, 2010
Jul 23, 2008
Dragon Rider
Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke is a great children's book. Orphans, cranky fair folk, dragons, adventure - what more do you want in a children's story ...more
Dec 2005
May 07, 2008
My prejudice against this book is probably due to the fact that the teacher in high school who taught this particular book had done an extensive paper ...more
Jan 1992
Apr 30, 2008
The Red Pyramid (Kane Chronicles, #1)
It took me a little while to get into the characters, since they weren't Percy Jackson. (sigh!) BUT, after the story got going, it's very interesting. ...more
Oct 12, 2010
Jul 28, 2010
A History of Fascism, 1914-1945
He was my professor for the European History between the World Wars class I took as an undergrad. Dr. Payne knows his stuff (and was a very interestin ...more
Jan 1997
Jan 03, 2008
The Way to Cook
I learned that no one can call him/herself civilized unless they know the proper way to eat a fish that still has its head on (like a trout, for examp ...more
Mar 2007
Dec 28, 2007
Inkdeath (Inkworld, #3)
As I started out, I didn't think I'd like the book as well as the other 2 in the series, but by the end I was won-over again. :)
Oct 19, 2009
May 29, 2008
Pretty Little Mistakes: A Do-Over Novel
It was amusing to read a grown-up Choose Your Own Adventure story. Most of the endings are very silly. :D
Mar 02, 2008
Feb 08, 2008
In Front of Your Nose: 1945-1950 (The Collected Essays, Journalism & Letters, Vol. 4)
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Jul 08, 2013
A Life in Secrets: Vera Atkins and the Missing Agents of WWII.
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Jan 04, 2008
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