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The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic - and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World
I loved all the historical material... truly fascinating to think about all the things we take for granted today that science couldn't explain at the ...more
Nov 11, 2012
Nov 07, 2012
Race Across Alaska: First Woman to Win the Iditarod Tells Her Story
yep, it's that time of year again. i never would have predicted that i'd miss alaska *most* in the winter... can't... stop... obsessing... about... do ...more
Jan 26, 2010
Jan 21, 2010
Let's Talk About Love: A Journey to the End of Taste
reading this book has absolutely changed the way i think about and listen to music. if you like music, you should read this book. but you absolutely M ...more
Jul 10, 2009
Dec 21, 2008
As Far As You Can Go Without A Passport: The View From The End Of The Road
this book was not all i had built it up to be in my head. i remember the thrilling moment when i realized tom bodett had lived in alaska--he answered ...more
Apr 11, 2009
Feb 20, 2009
My Lead Dog Was A Lesbian: Mushing Across Alaska in the Iditarod--the World's Most Grueling Race
i finished reading this book because my thirst for knowledge about the iditarod is unquenchable, but not because i particularly liked the book. o'dono ...more
Mar 09, 2010
Jan 24, 2010
Pilgrim's Wilderness: A True Story of Faith and Madness on the Alaska Frontier
A disturbing but incredibly compelling tale. Highly recommended for those interested in a beautifully written and compassionate treatment of topics in ...more
Sep 02, 2014
Sep 03, 2014
Paying For It
I did not dig this book. I'm not sure where I stand on the legalization of prostitution, but this book definitely didn't sway me to the legalization s ...more
Nov 14, 2012
Jul 04, 2011
In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin
A fascinating glimpse into the early years of the Hitler regime, and also into the olden days of the foreign service.

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May 27, 2013
Jun 04, 2013
Everybody into the Pool: True Tales
Fun, crazy Bay Area-based tales. Recommended for light reading, and for a good book to pick up when you are horrified to realize you have only read on ...more
Sep 07, 2012
Sep 08, 2012
Food Rules: An Eater's Manual
best $5 i've spent in quite some time! mildly guilt-inducing but hopefully in a good way. i want some of these on a little sign in my kitchen.
Feb 04, 2010
Feb 02, 2010
Running with Champions: A Midlife Journey on the Iditarod Trail
the perfect fuel for my iditarod obsession, which always heats up around this time of year. great account of frederic's journey from iditarod fan to v ...more
Jan 19, 2009
Jan 17, 2009
Slouching Towards Bethlehem
a wonderful book. i love reading about california. i think my favorite essay was the one about sacramento. it was funny to finish the last essay about ...more
Mar 28, 2010
Mar 16, 2010
Open: An Autobiography
Before starting this book I knew very little about tennis, and even less about Andre Agassi, but I still found this memoir to be FASCINATING. Highly r ...more
Jul 12, 2011
Jul 08, 2011
Hilarious and interesting and delightful.
Nov 09, 2013
Nov 05, 2013
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
Mindblowingly good.
Mar 31, 2014
Mar 28, 2014
Shopping for Porcupine: A Life in Arctic Alaska
I had a similar reaction to this book as to Ordinary Wolves--very interesting topics, but just sort of unfocused and not terribly well-edited. These s ...more
Nov 20, 2011
Jan 24, 2010
The Forever War
fascinating, compelling, and disturbing account of the author's many years in afghanistan and iraq. this book is not for the faint of heart. but it wa ...more
Oct 29, 2009
Sep 24, 2008
Pretty mindblowing story, and makes me realize how much I don't know about Katrina and its aftermath. This is a very personal tale about a family's ex ...more
Oct 12, 2010
Jul 19, 2010
Assassination Vacation
great, great read. really interesting to read around the time of the election, as this book is all about presidents. it was also fun to read while i w ...more
Nov 2008
Feb 03, 2008
Interesting book, once it got rolling, and I'm glad I read it. All the info about Marconi was the most rewarding--at least, from the "Stuff I'm Glad I ...more
Sep 19, 2011
Aug 04, 2011
The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism
I imagine this book would be pretty life-changing for anyone with close/personal experiences with autism. For me it was interesting, but a little repe ...more
Feb 21, 2014
Nov 05, 2013
Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
this is an utterly amazing and captivating tale. i just used a thesaurus to come up with some other words that describe this story: astounding, stagge ...more
Dec 28, 2009
Dec 26, 2009
Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
An amazing story, and a truly phenomenal accomplishment. Very glad there's an afterword that explained how the hell she managed to research and write ...more
Jan 26, 2013
Nov 12, 2012
What Is the What
some things about this book annoyed me (like the second person stuff) but it is hard to deny the power of valentino's story. very glad I read it, even ...more
Feb 22, 2011
Jan 02, 2011
Yes Please
After reading this book I want to take improv classes, hug my parents, throw my phone in the trash, and re-watch every episode of Parks & Rec.
Jan 12, 2015
Oct 31, 2014
Coming into the Country
May 2007
May 04, 2007
Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod
Mar 2007
Apr 23, 2008
The Whale and the Supercomputer: On the Northern Front of Climate Change
Jun 2006
Apr 23, 2008
The Future of Ideas: The Fate of the Commons in a Connected World
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Apr 23, 2008
Code: And Other Laws of Cyberspace
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Apr 23, 2008
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