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Provenance: How a Con Man and a Forger Rewrote the History of Modern Art
3.89
liked it
It's hard not to be at least curious about the subject of art forgery, and this book really satisfied that interest. This husband and wife team manage ...more
not set
Jul 23, 2014
 
Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded
3.86
it was amazing
Somehow, I've been reading a lot about geology lately and this is one of my favorite factual narratives. Winchester writes very engagingly for the lay ...more
not set
Jul 23, 2014
 
Digital Barbarism: A Writer's Manifesto
3.10
it was amazing
This is not just a writer's manifesto but a personal talisman. I would say it's brave, but I don't believe it was an act of bravery for Helprin to wri ...more
Jul 2009
Aug 05, 2009
 
Eels: An Exploration, from New Zealand to the Sargasso, of the World's Most Mysterious Fish
3.84
it was amazing
I am rather in awe of this creature. The book weaves a certain reverence around the subject matter while at the same time allowing for history, scienc ...more
not set
Feb 04, 2012
 
The Craftsman
3.81
it was amazing
This book is defining my life right now, at least from a studio perspective. No, actually, from every perspective. Thoughts on skilled hand work/craft ...more
Aug 2009
Apr 15, 2009
 
A People's History of the United States
4.07
it was amazing
A bare minimum must read supplement to everyone's high school education which, let's face it, wasn't really up to the task anyway. More intellectual b ...more
not set
Aug 19, 2009
 
The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus
4.09
liked it
Still trying to wrap my mind around how close this was to where I grew up. I've actually driven by the location numerous times. Scary!
not set
Aug 19, 2009
 
Naked
4.08
liked it
Honestly, I prefer Sedaris live. There were some pricelessly humane moments, but I have to admit that it didn't keep me riveted.
Aug 2009
Aug 19, 2009
 
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
4.18
it was amazing
How is it that I feel so tenderly toward this book?
not set
Aug 19, 2009
 
The Wauchula Woods Accord: Toward a New Understanding of Animals
3.57
it was ok
Does it count as read if I gave up? See Tyger's comment.
Aug 2009
Aug 19, 2009
 
Mailer, His Life and Times
3.54
it was ok
Thought I'd try something biographical. The arrangement of the book is as a wonderfully well organized collection of the memories of all of the people ...more
Aug 2009
Apr 15, 2009
 
From Dawn to Decadence: 500 Years of Western Cultural Life, 1500 to the Present
4.12
it was amazing
Wonderful!
Jan 2003
Aug 05, 2009
 
No One Here Gets Out Alive
3.92
did not like it
I have never been a Doors fan, but this book made me absolutely loathe Jim Morrison. I mean *loathe*! Not sure what that says, really. This was anothe ...more
Jan 1999
Aug 19, 2009
 
The Art of Looking Sideways
4.09
it was amazing
I'm always picking this one up. Go to the bookstore. Open to any page. Flip somewhere else and read that page. You'll want to bring this home. You'll ...more
not set
Apr 15, 2009
 
The Tree: A Natural History of What Trees Are, How They Live & Why They Matter
3.98
A bit biblical at times (so and so begat so and so and so on and on....) but his adoration of his subject matter shines through. A good humored accoun ...more
Sep 14, 2012
Feb 04, 2012
 
Weekends at Bellevue: Nine Years on the Night Shift at the Psych E.R.
3.43
Meh. A shoddy mea culpa buried under a lot of unnecessary and vulgar bravado. And ultimately a philosophy that I simply cannot get behind.
not set
Sep 14, 2012
 
Dear Theo: The Autobiography of Vincent Van Gogh
4.09
really liked it
Strange to feel so intimate to someone who is almost so iconic as to be invisible.
not set
Aug 19, 2009
 
The Control of Nature
4.24
it was amazing
Rapidly becoming one of my favorite writers!
Sep 14, 2012
Feb 04, 2012
 
Second Nature: A Gardener's Education
3.92
liked it
None
Jun 09, 2010
Feb 24, 2010
 
The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival
4.00
it was amazing
None
not set
Nov 18, 2010
 
The Big Oyster: History on the Half Shell
3.90
None
Sep 14, 2012
Feb 04, 2011
 
Believing is Seeing: Observations on the Mysteries of Photography
4.09
really liked it
None
not set
Feb 04, 2012
 
Invisible: A Memoir
3.76
it was amazing
None
not set
Nov 18, 2010
 
The Purloined Clinic: Selected Writings
4.15
None
not set
Nov 18, 2009
 
Euclid in the Rainforest: Discovering Universal Truth in Logic and Math
3.68
liked it
None
not set
Apr 15, 2009
 
The Moire Effect
3.45
really liked it
None
not set
Sep 14, 2012
 
Reading Lolita in Tehran
3.57
liked it
None
not set
Aug 19, 2009
 
The Lost Carving: A Journey to the Heart of Making
3.96
really liked it
None
not set
Jan 02, 2013
 
The Prince
3.77
it was amazing
None
Jan 2004
Aug 19, 2009
 
The Void
3.71
liked it
None
not set
Nov 18, 2009
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