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Emotional Intelligence 2.0
3.76

If you want it to be, this book can be a quick 250 pages of helpful tips. It will probably be more useful, though, read over a few days or even a few
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Aug 06, 2013
Aug 06, 2013
 
The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming
4.40
So much of the time it feels like Nouwen is writing about my life as much as his own. So far, this is yet another example.

Beautiful book that for me n
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Jul 2008
Mar 16, 2008
 
A River Runs Through It, and Other Stories
4.14
"A River Runs Through It" is one of the best written stories I've ever read. Nearly a third of its 105 pages are spent describing fly fishing outings ...more
Oct 09, 2010
Oct 03, 2010
 
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream
4.08

I'm fairly certain that I haven't re-read this since it was one of a trio of books that marked a major transition in my life in May of 1998. Of the ot
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Mar 24, 2015
Mar 24, 2015
 
Holy the Firm
4.23
Just yesterday someone told me that Annie Dillard has said this is one of her least favorite books. Regardless, her self-standards are exceptionally h ...more
Feb 15, 2011
Feb 15, 2011
 
Black Boy
3.98
I chose to read Black Boy specifically as a follow up to Gone With the Wind. In GWtW, I noticed in spots the narrator revealed a certain attitude, a p ...more
Nov 02, 2012
Oct 25, 2012
 
The Selfless Way of Christ: Downward Mobility and the Spiritual Life
4.56
Picked this one up at exactly the right time in my life. Read over half of it before getting over my silly aversion to marking up a nice hardback copy ...more
Feb 2008
Mar 05, 2008
 
While the Kettle's On
4.75

Fite Johnson’s first published collection of poems is divided into five thematic sections, and the title of each section seems a perfect fit. I partic
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Mar 29, 2015
Mar 27, 2015
 
Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
4.31
After putting Catching Fire down, I find myself walking around thinking about it, not about the plot itself but about the spirit of the story, the ide ...more
Oct 28, 2012
Oct 26, 2012
 
A Visit from the Goon Squad
3.63

I really got into this one. Winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize, Egan’s novel nonetheless avoids the somewhat overly affected intellectual tone toward w
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Aug 06, 2014
Aug 07, 2014
 
Jesus Wants to Save Christians: A Manifesto for the Church in Exile
3.78

Jesus Wants to Save Christians is a well-chosen, provoking title which accurately hints at its central focus, which is that in many ways the church—an
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Mar 09, 2014
Dec 13, 2013
 
The Great Gatsby
3.85
This time I read The Great Gatsby aloud with a couple of friends in anticipation of the latest movie adaptation of Fitzgerald's novel. One would think ...more
May 09, 2013
Jun 20, 2013
 
About a Boy
3.79
Even though Nick Hornby is one of my favorite authors, most of his books do not make my best books list. What I do like about Hornby is that his books ...more
Jan 14, 2012
Jan 15, 2012
 
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Oz, #1)
3.96
Touted for its innovative tale-telling for children (particularly its American viewpoint), WWoO is now a testament to the evolution of children's lite ...more
Mar 18, 2008
Mar 03, 2008
 
Fantasyland: A Season on Baseball's Lunatic Fringe
3.91

To enjoy this read, it helps if one likes fantasy baseball, but being a fan of baseball is enough. Walker tracks the 2004 MLB season through his eyes
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Apr 04, 2014
Mar 18, 2014
 
Fair Ball: A Fan's Case for Baseball
3.60
Costas' book is mostly an analysis of the economic and structural organization of MLB, what's wrong with it and how it might be fixed.

The focus is on
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Feb 26, 2012
Mar 01, 2012
 
11/22/63
4.25
The label of storyteller seems to be more fitting for King than that of novelist. There's something about the stories King tells and the way he tells ...more
Jun 30, 2012
Jun 30, 2012
 
The Red Pony
3.41
Steinbeck never disappoints.
Still, I was a little less enraptured with The Red Pony than I usually am when I pick up a Steinbeck novel I've never rea
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Apr 10, 2011
Apr 11, 2011
 
The Eastern Stars: How Baseball Changed the Dominican Town of San Pedro de Macoris
3.00

While the topic interests me, the writing did not.

A lot of history of the Dominican Republic here, which is fine and could be quite interesting, but
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Aug 21, 2013
Aug 20, 2013
 
Franny and Zooey
3.98
Well, I've chosen not to give this the five stars I did when I read it a year and a half or so ago, but the difference is trivial. Again, I became imm ...more
Jan 24, 2011
Jan 22, 2011
 
Who Was Jesus?
3.73
I heard an interview with Reza Aslan recently regarding his new book, Zealot: the Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth. The interview piqued my interes ...more
Jul 23, 2013
Jul 21, 2013
 
Watch With Me
4.32
The New York Times writes that Berry’s stories “are filled with gentle humor,” and I’d like to expand on this. When Berry exposes the failures or faul ...more
May 11, 2011
May 09, 2011
 
Bo Knows Bo
3.83

I had been a fan of the Royals for almost a decade when they selected Bo Jackson in the 1986 draft. I remember one of my best friends bringing a sport
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May 12, 2014
May 12, 2014
 
The Illumination
3.37
I’ll categorize this novel into the genre of speculative, spiritual fiction. Brockmeier presents an alternate world in which each person’s physical pa ...more
Jun 17, 2012
Jun 13, 2012
 
A Christmas Carol
3.99

This year as Christmas neared and then arrived, on several occasions I found it difficult to initiate a “Merry Christmas” or a “Happy Holidays” and fo
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Dec 27, 2014
Dec 25, 2014
 
Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt
4.06

From the introduction:

“I’d thought it strange, after the financial crisis, in which Goldman had played such an important role, that the only Goldman
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May 02, 2014
Apr 29, 2014
 
The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game
4.14
Seldom have I been as entertained by non-fiction as I have been by the two Michael Lewis books I’ve read, Moneyball and now The Blind Side. Lewis is e ...more
Feb 13, 2012
Feb 10, 2012
 
My Life on the Run: The Wit, Wisdom, and Insights of a Road Racing Icon
3.90
I should start by confessing that I may search for years without finding a book on running that measures up to McDougall’s Born to Run.

While I enjoye
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Feb 21, 2011
Feb 18, 2011
 
A Summons to Memphis
3.65
Reasons to be interested: Pulitzer Prize winner (1987), southern fiction, Memphis/Nashville, family relationships (father/son/siblings), memories of f ...more
Apr 26, 2011
Apr 23, 2011
 
The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland
4.05


The Day the World Came to Town traces the experiences of a number of passengers who were stranded in Newfoundland for several days after their planes
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Jan 15, 2015
Jan 11, 2015
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