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The Architecture of Happiness
3.81
A nod to my brother for introducing this book to me. De Botton completely disbunks the notion I'd adopted (from whom? where?) that good architecture i ...more
Jun 26, 2009
Apr 22, 2009
 
The Pie and Pastry Bible
4.19
Sometimes Rose is a little too thorough with her recipes. While pastry is certainly involves science, there is an element of instinct that comes from ...more
not set
Apr 02, 2008
 
The Craftsman
3.82
So happy to find a book that articulates the layered significance of the craftsman throughout history, and the many ways an individual crafts work in ...more
Jun 23, 2008
Apr 07, 2008
 
The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-Than-Human World
4.24
Wow. David Abrams covers enormous ground, delving into philosophy, cultural anthropology, the environment, phenomenology, and spirituality. I read thi ...more
Jan 2000
Feb 01, 2008
 
Body Learning: An Introduction to the Alexander Technique
3.95
We hold our life's history in our bodies. Physical trauma, stress, bad habits all contribute to our posture, breathing, and ultimately our well-being. ...more
Jan 2006
Feb 07, 2008
 
The Arctic: an anthology of the finest writing on the Arctic and the Antarctic (The ends of the earth, #1)
3.95
Pure escapism without turning my brain to jelly. These explorers were the first extreme sportsmen, hauling hundreds of pounds of gear over a vast, fro ...more
Apr 04, 2008
Mar 15, 2008
 
Shantyboat: A River Way of Life
4.12
Harlan Hubbard lived the life I wish I could've lived. At age 40 he built a boat of driftwood and set out with his wife to travel the Mississippi Rive ...more
Jan 1994
Feb 24, 2008
 
A Natural History of Love
3.83
Love seems the perfect topic for a writer like Diane Ackerman to tackle -- her writing is frilly, juicy, bursting with enthusiasm for her subject. Bes ...more
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Mar 28, 2008
 
My Other Life
3.75
I've had my face stuck in natural science, history and memoir for so long that I've practically forgotten about fiction. Why have I never read Paul Th ...more
May 24, 2008
May 13, 2008
 
Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation
3.93
Michael Pollan is on the verge of overexposure, but that may not be a bad thing. This book lives up to the best of his work, and then some. Using the ...more
Oct 06, 2013
Oct 06, 2013
 
The Winter of Our Discontent
3.98
Beware the perils of the American Dream . . .
Jan 1990
Mar 04, 2008
 
The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science
4.20
Interesting to read reviews which state neuroplasticity as "controversial" or "theoretical". The use of Brunstromm's Movement and other neuro-developm ...more
Oct 06, 2013
Dec 25, 2011
 
As Eve Said to the Serpent: On Landscape, Gender, and Art
4.05
". . . if environmental problems are really cultural problems -- about the nature of our desires and our perceptions -- then a crucial territory to ex ...more
Jun 23, 2008
Apr 04, 2008
 
The Unknown Craftsman: A Japanese Insight Into Beauty
4.61
Soetsu Yanagi is considered the father of the Japanese craft movement (I didn't know there was one!) In the early part of the last century, Yanagi was ...more
Feb 29, 2008
Feb 18, 2008
 
The Life of the Skies: Birding at the End of Nature
3.74
Birding serves as the framework for a much larger question that nags the author in this book: How do we maintain our connection to the natural world - ...more
not set
Mar 09, 2008
 
Raven's Exile: A Season on the Green River
4.32
I read this book in SLC before I moved to southern Utah. I wanted to educate myself about the part of the country I'd dropped myself into -- so radica ...more
not set
May 30, 2008
 
King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa
4.13
Troubling enough to read what imperialistic greed run amok can do to a land and its people a century ago; even more troubling is how the brutality con ...more
Jan 1999
Feb 20, 2008
 
The Gift: Imagination and the Erotic Life of Property
4.03
This is a book about the cycle set in motion by gift-giving as it relates to the economy, art, relationships, and life. Using proverbs, folk tales and ...more
Feb 29, 2008
Feb 08, 2008
 
Has Modernism Failed?
3.94
How does an artist stay true to his vision and keep a roof over his head without selling his soul?
". . . everything depends on the quality of the ind
...more
Feb 12, 2008
Feb 02, 2008
 
What is the What
4.15
I saw the movie "The Lost Boys of Sudan" and I've spoken with a few members of the rather large Sudanese community here in Portland. "Guns", "tigers", ...more
Jan 2007
Apr 04, 2008
 
The Devil's Backbone: The Story of the Natchez Trace
3.25
A surprisingly well-written and detailed account of the outlaw past of the Natchez Trace. I grew up near the Trace, so near in fact that my brothers a ...more
Jun 23, 2008
Jun 03, 2008
 
Spoon River Anthology
4.00
A collection of prose poems written as epitaphs in the voices of the deceased. Like distilled folk tales, they have a dusty world-gone-by feel, like r ...more
Jan 2000
Feb 21, 2008
 
The Thinking Body
4.28
I'm reading this in conjunction with my anatomy & physiology class. The book is an important companion to a clinical approach to the subject. Todd ...more
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Aug 21, 2008
 
Food: A Culinary History from Antiquity to the Present (European Perspectives)
3.95
Where Harold McGee details the science of cooking and food, Flandrin traverses the cultural history of food in similar encyclopedic fashion. The groun ...more
not set
Feb 17, 2008
 
The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time
4.15
This book follows the extensive research of two scientist on the Galapagos Islands as they track generations of finches, discovering that adaptability ...more
Jan 1999
Feb 21, 2008
 
Lee Bailey's Country Desserts
4.86
My folks gave me this when I was looking to add some simple sweets to a bakery I'd just opened. This is a humble little book, with refreshingly simple ...more
not set
Apr 02, 2008
 
Giovanni's Room
4.18
This book has about as much cheer as "Midnight Cowboy" -- but it's equally as brilliant. A gay expatriate in Paris in the 50's struggles with his sexu ...more
Jan 1996
Feb 18, 2008
 
Gee's Bend: The Women and Their Quilts
4.56
After reading a book on wabi-sabi, I realized that the women of Gee's Bend embodied their quilts with this Japanese philosophical aesthetic, without e ...more
Jan 2002
Feb 07, 2008
 
Why I Live at the P.O. and Other Stories
4.27
I had to get five years and fifteen hundred miles away from my home town to fully appreciate to Welty's writing. This story is quintessential Welty, q ...more
Jan 1990
Feb 07, 2008
 
What Are People For?
4.23
For more than twenty years, Berry has been writing about the growing disconnectedness of people to their community, the land, and ultimately to our hi ...more
not set
Feb 13, 2008
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