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The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America
4.05
liked it
If you are interested in the historical politics surrounding land preservation and the founding of the National Parks system, I imagine this is a grea ...more
Jun 2012
Aug 08, 2012
 
Grave Secrets of Dinosaurs: Soft Tissues and Hard Science
3.47
liked it
I've been pretty out of the loop on dinosaurs for a while, and this book seemed like a cool place to jump back in. I appreciated the history of soft-t ...more
Mar 2013
Jul 11, 2013
 
The Tillamook: A Created Forest Comes of Age
3.57
it was amazing
Another book read for a project at work, but this one was a good enough reference that I bought myself a copy. Wells uses the creationa and management ...more
Apr 2013
Jul 11, 2013
 
Devices and Desires: A History of Contraceptives in America
3.90
liked it
I think I would have gotten more out of this book if Tone had gone in a coherent chronological order. However, with all of her jumping around, it was ...more
Dec 2010
Dec 08, 2010
 
Peat Smoke and Spirit
3.88
really liked it
A book I read in anticipation of a trip to Islay in Scotland. It interweaves chapters on each of the Islay whisky distilleries with chapters on the hi ...more
Aug 2010
Sep 08, 2010
 
Europe on 5 Wrong Turns a Day: One Man, Eight Countries, One Vintage Travel Guide
3.13
did not like it
How could someone possibly take such a cool idea and turn it into such a boring and frustrating story? It's just a string of squandered opportunities ...more
Aug 2012
Aug 08, 2012
 
Cure Unknown: Inside the Lyme Epidemic
4.26
really liked it
When I got an equivocal Lyme diagnosis, a friend who had gone through something similar recommended this book to me. I would in turn recommend it to a ...more
Jan 2016
Mar 23, 2016
 
The Devil's Gardens: A History of Landmines
3.67
it was ok
If you're looking for a quick overview of the major guerilla warfare conflicts since WWII, this is a great resource. I knew very little of this recent ...more
Oct 2012
Oct 29, 2012
 
The Mole People: Life in the Tunnels Beneath New York City
3.62
liked it
I am once again blown away by the efforts of a journalist to compile a story. Through the whole book, I struggled with whether I was more impressed by ...more
May 2011
May 21, 2011
 
The God Gene: How Faith Is Hardwired into Our Genes
3.47
really liked it
I've seen many discussions of why we may have evolved to believe in gods, and why religion makes sense from both an evolutionary psychology perspectiv ...more
Mar 2009
Mar 20, 2009
 
Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism
4.12
really liked it
Excellent, very personal book. Fascinating perspective on thought processes (both human and animal), from the mind of someone who does not think the w ...more
Feb 2008
Feb 05, 2008
 
The God Delusion
3.89
really liked it
Dawkins really is a wonderful writer. He is able to present complex ideas in a very conversational tone, and I have read some of his other works (sinc ...more
Dec 2010
Dec 23, 2010
 
The Big Necessity: The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why It Matters
4.00
really liked it
Yes, I am the type of person to randomly pick up a book about the history and current challenges of human sanitation. And find it cool. From my comple ...more
Jun 2013
Jul 11, 2013
 
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
4.04
liked it
From the standpoint of the quality of research and writing, this book would definitely get 5 stars. However, I'm ranking how much I personally liked i ...more
Jan 2011
Jan 10, 2011
 
Elephants on Acid: And Other Bizarre Experiments
3.78
really liked it
As a collection of classic bizarre experiments, this book holds up well. I had read about most of the included studies before, and it would have been ...more
Jul 2009
Jul 16, 2009
 
This Book Is Overdue!: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All
3.44
liked it
I'm marking this one rather conservatively. The book does a wonderful job of capturing all the enthusiasm for the field of librarianship which radiate ...more
Jun 2011
May 30, 2011
 
The Gift of Fear: And Other Survival Signals That Protect Us from Violence
4.19
really liked it
Read this one on recommendation from Maestro of Ring of Steel. A lot of very cool discussions of how humans are naturally very adept at assessing thre ...more
Oct 2006
Dec 23, 2010
 
Why We Watch: The Attractions of Violent Entertainment
3.19
liked it
The stage combatant in me wouldn't let me leave this one on the shelf. There's a lot of facts and findings thrown around, but the main conclusion is t ...more
Dec 2008
Dec 07, 2008
 
Sons of the Profits: There's No Business Like Grow Business. The Seattle Story, 1851-1901
3.50
liked it
I decided to pick this one up after taking the Underground Tour here in Seattle. I've lived here over a year, getting a firmer grasp on the local hist ...more
Feb 2013
Jul 12, 2013
 
The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie
3.47
really liked it
This was a lot of fun, especially at the start. It's been a very long time since I read the Little House books, but it's amazing how quickly flashes o ...more
Apr 2011
Feb 25, 2011
 
Epitaph for the Giants
3.00
liked it
Read this one in connection with a project at work. This one is the most detailed account of the Tillamook Burn itself that I encountered, though prov ...more
Mar 2013
Jul 11, 2013
 
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
4.00
really liked it
This was required reading for all incoming freshmen back when I started at Cornell. I don't remember a lot of the details at this point, but I do reca ...more
Jul 2001
Dec 11, 2009
 
Stuffed And Starved: Markets, Power And The Hidden Battle For The World Food System
3.94
it was ok
I read this hoping to get a better grasp of the world food system and so be able to make better personal choices when it comes to food. This was not a ...more
Dec 2011
Oct 08, 2011
 
The World Without Us
3.79
really liked it
There is a very large amount crammed into this seemingly small book; the sheer volume of information was a little overwhelming. This is sometimes a de ...more
Apr 2009
Apr 01, 2009
 
Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything
3.85
liked it
Eh, I had high expectations for this book and it didn't meet them. I get annoyed when the author inserts themselves too much into a nonfiction book, a ...more
Jan 2016
Feb 02, 2014
 
A Walk in the Woods
4.05
it was amazing
I've had this one recommended so many times, I finally caved and decided to read it before searching out the new movie. I thoroughly enjoyed Bryson's ...more
Sep 2015
Mar 23, 2016
 
The Final Forest: The Battle for the Last Great Trees of the Pacific Northwest
4.17
it was amazing
Read this right before going out the Hoh Rainforest on the Olympic peninsula, and even staying in Forks for the night. An amazing snapshot of all the ...more
Jul 2013
Jul 12, 2013
 
Geisha, a Life
3.92
it was amazing
I can't exactly articulate why I got completely sucked into this book, but I was mesmerized. Simply told, but beautiful and honest in a special way. I ...more
Sep 2016
Oct 01, 2016
 
Mirror Mirror: A History of the Human Love Affair with Reflection
3.52
liked it
While this book does cover a history of mirrors, the author seems to get merrily side-tracked by the history of the study of light in general and tele ...more
Jul 2008
Jun 26, 2008
 
The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic - and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World
3.91
really liked it
Johnson essentially uses an 1850s cholera outbreak in London as a stepping point to explore the history of both human cities and medical thought. Some ...more
May 2011
Aug 27, 2008
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