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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
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 Stay-at-Home Survival Guide: Field-Tested Strategies for Staying Smart, Sane, and Connected When You're Raising Kids at Home
Okay, "read" is an exaggeration. Skimmed would be more accurate, but I feel I gleaned the message of the book several times over in the little I did r ...more
Nov 18, 2008
Nov 18, 2008
The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry
This book was awesome. I was highly intrigued by the title, and despite a meandering beginning (what does some erudite prank have to do with psychopat ...more
Aug 10, 2011
Jun 24, 2011
Traitor to His Class: The Privileged Life and Radical Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt
This book was such a massive investment that I feel married to it. We've been together through more than one season, countless dinner preps and dishwa ...more
Apr 11, 2012
Nov 12, 2008
Islands Apart: A Year on the Edge of Civilization
The subtitle of this book was misleading. I pictured the author living alone, like a castaway, for a year. Not so. He spent a week on each of the Chan ...more
May 2011
Mar 26, 2011
Into the Wild
So, here's my take on this book. After reading all too-many pages of it, I came away with the conclusion that the story of Chris McCandless would be a ...more
Mar 2008
Jan 23, 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
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 King's Speech: How One Man Saved the British Monarchy
It was interesting to read this at the same time I was reading Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey. Both books are set in England at war time (gran ...more
Jul 22, 2012
Feb 18, 2011
The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible
Definitely a good read. I recommend it especially for anyone interested in religion or maybe just looking for some insights on the Bible (especially t ...more
Aug 25, 2008
Jul 23, 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
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
Ava's Man
An engaging and surprisingly tender look at a way of life lost to the past. Bragg writes with genuine feeling about his grandfather, Charlie Bundrum, ...more
Aug 2009
Jan 21, 2009
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
Nov 17, 2009
Jul 08, 2009
Six Wives: The Queens of Henry VIII
Dear "Six Wives" Book,

Our relationship together has been so...long. I can hardly remember a time when you weren't silently mocking me with your unread
Nov 12, 2013
Mar 19, 2013
Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us
I read the first hundred pages and skimmed the rest. This was a very interesting look at how these three ingredients affect us physically and psycholo ...more
Apr 16, 2015
Sep 26, 2013
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
Jan 12, 2009
Sep 09, 2008
Parenting Without Borders: Surprising Lessons Parents Around the World Can Teach Us
Since reading this book, I have found myself talking about it frequently. Things I learned from it and perspectives I gained have been relevant in sev ...more
Nov 02, 2014
Nov 04, 2013
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
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
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
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
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