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Jessica rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Pandora's Lunchbox by Melanie Warner
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Melanie Warner, a NYTimes contributor who lives in Boulder, CO, dives into food science to explain how processed food is really made. The book is a nice balance of the history of food science, including descriptions of some colorful personalities; de...more
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The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
The Glass Castle
by Jeannette Walls
read in July, 2012
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Jean Walls grew up in a wildly eccentric family with an alcoholic but charming father and an emotionally absent mother. Walls tells their amazing story with substantial humor and no trace of self-pity. In fact, in spite of everything she and her sibl...more
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1861 by Adam Goodheart
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This book is a bit misnamed, since it doesn’t cover all of 1861, but never mind that. Goodheart tries to put the reader back to the time when the fate of the country was unknown, when maybe a compromise could be found, or perhaps the south would be a...more
Jessica rated a book 3 of 5 stars
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
Cloud Atlas
by David Mitchell
read in June, 2013
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I bet David Mitchell had fun with this: write six novellas each in a rather different style, chop 'em up, sandwich 'em together, sprinkle in a few references tying them together. A fun puzzle for writer and reader, and I confess that I kind of enjoye...more
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City Boy by Edmund White
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I understand that Edmund White has written a series of novels based closely on his own experiences. This book is an outright memoir of his life as a young man in NYC from the early sixties through the early eighties. I enjoyed it quite a lot for seve...more
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The Most Human Human by Brian Christian
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The Loebner Prize competition is a contest held annually by the artificial intelligence community to see whether human judges can distinguish computer programs from human contestants based on five-minute online chat sessions. The program that fools t...more
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The Archimedes Codex by Reviel Netz
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Okay, this book is definitely not for everybody, but if you are into archaeological technology, ancient Greece (well, really Sicily, but Greek culture), and especially math, this is an amazing book.

In 1998, a medieval prayer book, believed to be a p...more
Jessica rated a book 3 of 5 stars
A Bittersweet Season by Jane Gross
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This book was a real slog, partly because of the topic, which is important but pretty grim, and partly because it was repetitive and the author is a bit whine-y. Still, it tackles the subject with great honesty and is worth reading if you are in the...more
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