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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
Making Sense of People: Decoding the Mysteries of Personality
Highly recommended for the armchair psychologist (A little information, they say). Anyway, I don't know how much I'll actually use the information in...more
Nov 06, 2011
Aug 27, 2011
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
Confessions of a Slacker Wife
Ah, this is a case where two stars is really the perfect rating. My feelings toward this book can be summed up with a shrug and an, "It was okay."
Aug 27, 2008
Aug 25, 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...more
Nov 17, 2009
Jul 08, 2009
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
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
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
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 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
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
A Voyage Long and Strange: Rediscovering the New World
This book is the best kind of non-fiction: it tells a story, entertains you, takes you on a journey, teaches you a thing or two, and all through the v...more
Feb 2011
Feb 03, 2011
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
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
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 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
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...more
Nov 12, 2013
Mar 19, 2013
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
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
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
1000 Best Quick and Easy Organizing Secrets
Should have been titled: "990 Super Obvious Organizing Suggestions, Plus Ten Useful Tips." Seriously, I kept interrupting my reading to repeat inane "...more
Apr 07, 2010
Mar 18, 2009
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
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
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
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
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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Aug 30, 2008
I Was Told There'd Be Cake
I think this book of essays qualifies as non-fiction chick lit. Crosley definitely has the tone of a young, hip New Yorker, who may not be your bff, b...more
Feb 08, 2011
Feb 16, 2011
Chasing the White Dog: An Amateur Outlaw's Adventures in Moonshine
I read enough of this to know I didn't want to read all of it. It was decent non-fiction writing, (not spectacular, but I've read far worse) and might...more
May 15, 2010
May 20, 2010
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