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Neither Here nor There: Travels in Europe
An easy read, entertaining for its own sake, and for the armchair tour of Europe it provides. Downsides are that it was written in 1990 (!) and he mak...more
Jun 03, 2009
Dec 05, 2008
Life and Death in Shanghai
After my second time reading this book (the first was a few years ago in college) I'm pleased to discover that it's really as powerful and moving as I...more
Mar 2008
Jan 20, 2008
You Can Get Arrested for That: 2 Guys, 25 Dumb Laws, 1 Absurd American Crime Spree
One afternoon I thought to myself, "I should go to the library and get a book to read." So, I drove to the library in my car. I took my kids with me,...more
Sep 2011
Dec 12, 2008
What is the What
This book stradles the line between fiction and non-fiction, and I applaud Eggers for doing it that way. The storytelling was great, and I'm afraid it...more
Aug 02, 2009
Oct 14, 2008
Reflections of Emma: Joseph Smith's Wife
A) It is hard to take anything written by someone named "Buddy" seriously.
B) This book was written in an odd format. The first part in supposed "Essay...more
Mar 22, 2012
Feb 03, 2012
How We Decide
Disclaimer: my review will not do this book justice, so just take my word for it that you should read it.
This book ran along the same lines as Predict...more
Nov 17, 2009
Jul 08, 2009
Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise
My reaction to this book is kind of hard to describe. I liked it, but I'm not sure why I liked it. The writing was good, but not amazing, or especiall...more
Sep 20, 2008
Sep 15, 2008
Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions
A great read. While it was far from perfect, it goes by quickly enough that the minor problems don't bother you too badly.
First of all, the story is q...more
Jan 12, 2009
Sep 09, 2008
What Your Childhood Memories Say about You: And What You Can Do about It
One and a half stars. It had a lot of potential, and from what I was able to glean in my drifting-in-and-out-of-consciousness and half-hearted skimmin...more
May 02, 2009
Dec 30, 2008
The Man Who Loved Books Too Much: The True Story of a Thief, a Detective, and a World of Literary Obsession
I lost the review I originally wrote for this, so this won't be as in-depth, but you'll get the idea. So, this book is about some guy, who I'm going t...more
Oct 26, 2010
Mar 30, 2010
Remember Me: A Lively Tour of the New American Way of Death
I found this book fascinating, and really enjoyed the way the author made a heavy topic entertaining and informative, without being overly flippant. W...more
Aug 2007
Aug 11, 2008
The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance
I found this book laugh-out-loud funny, dead-on accurate, and mildly scandalous, by turns. But its one common theme was a tragic floundering for ident...more
Jan 08, 2010
Jan 10, 2009
Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey: The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle
The whole time I was reading this I kept getting annoyed at the clumsy way in which the Countess of Carnarvon was telling the story, and I really thou...more
Jul 10, 2012
May 16, 2012
The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870-1914
Okay, seriously, my husband and I started reading this book in February. We just finished it. Seeing as the building of the Panama Canal took somethin...more
Sep 04, 2008
Feb 18, 2008
In the President's Secret Service: Behind the Scenes with Agents in the Line of Fire and the Presidents They Protect
I can't believe this author has more than one published book. It reads like a first draft, with only a very loose organization to tie together random...more
Oct 05, 2010
Jul 22, 2009
Raise a Smarter Child by Kindergarten: Raise IQ points by up to 30 points and turn on your child's smart genes Points
Definitely worth reading if you are the parent of children under the age of 5. Two things I didn't like about this book: 1) he repeated himself a lot....more
Jan 11, 2010
Jan 28, 2009
The Guinea Pig Diaries: My Life as an Experiment
I misunderstood. One little word in the subtitle would have cleared up my expectations. If he'd just said, "My life as a SOCIAL experiment" I wouldn't...more
Aug 05, 2010
Jan 08, 2010
Anguished English: An Anthology of Accidental Assaults Upon Our Language
It really isn't this book's fault that I didn't like it. If I had read it when it was first released I'm sure I would have appreciated it more. Howeve...more
Nov 18, 2008
Aug 29, 2008
Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts
Four stars for the book itself, five stars for its impact on my life. I can't think of any other secular book that I have found so broadly applicable...more
Aug 12, 2009
Feb 19, 2009
The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives
Really interesting. I really enjoyed it. Here is my favorite quote from the book, which summarizes the entire theme:
"It is easy to believe that ideas...more
Apr 22, 2009
Feb 19, 2009
Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us)
Okay, five stars is being generous, but that rating reflects how much I, personally, loved this book. Objectively it's probably more like four stars;...more
Nov 22, 2008
Jul 28, 2008
A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail
This was a fun read. It made me realize the Appalachian trail is really hard and really, really long. I probably won't be attempting it any time soon....more
May 2007
Aug 16, 2008
Richistan: A Journey Through the American Wealth Boom and the Lives of the New Rich
I only wish I had thought of this idea (and been a New York Times reporter) first. It's brilliant because it's timely (there are more millionaires and...more
Jan 2008
Jan 22, 2008
The Emperors of Chocolate: Inside the Secret World of Hershey and Mars
Phew! Finally! I've been truckin' through this one for way too long now. I was really happy to see that the last 25 pages were notes and an index, so...more
Mar 06, 2010
Oct 23, 2009
Blood and Thunder: An Epic of the American West
I actually checked this out from the library for my husband, thinking it would be the kind of (lame) thing he would like. But, I ended up reading it m...more
Apr 03, 2013
Nov 03, 2012
Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife
I expected this book to contain more debunking, based on the title. Well, I guess it did have plenty of that, but nothing you wouldn't expect. Like, I...more
Jun 09, 2009
Apr 17, 2009
Because I Said So! : The Truth Behind the Myths, Tales, and Warnings Every Generation Passes Down to Its Kids
How could you read this subtitle and not be intrigued? I mean, you KNOW your parents have been lying to you, and now finally someone is going to tell...more
Apr 03, 2013
Dec 07, 2012
The Last Lecture
3 stars, objectively. 4 stars for me because parts of it just hit home.
Unless you've been living without media contact for the past two years, you've...more
Nov 10, 2009
Aug 12, 2008
Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void
After reading Stiff I had high hopes for this one. It was very interesting, but not so much that I want to grab people and say, "You've GOT to read th...more
Jul 19, 2011
Feb 25, 2011
Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation
Oh my goodness, I can't believe I haven't reviewed this until now. This is possibly my favorite non-ficition book ever. Yes, it is a book about gramma...more
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