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Philosophy for Life by Jules Evans
Philosophy for Life: And Other Dangerous Situations
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This is an excellent book. It covers a broad collection of ancient Western philosophy, distilling the essential contributions of each, and points out the elements that are common to all of them. But it does so not merely as an acadmic pursuit, but be ...more
10% Happier by Dan   Harris
"I've been under a fair bit of stress lately. Nearly a year into self-employment, work has become steadier, sometimes more than steady. Although I love it, I've finally come to understand why people yearn to meditate. With my mind racing with mostl..." Read more of this review »
10% Happier by Dan   Harris
"A fun read, albeit one that gets bogged down in too many internal monologues to make it a truly great book.

Harris is a fun writer, yet I found this entire book to be strangely narcissistic. Which is ironic, as 'ego' is why he first started meditat..." Read more of this review »
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Descartes by A.C. Grayling
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This book started a little slow. A lot of historical detail about the Hapsburgs and their enemies. Too many names and dates and battlefields to remember. But it got better about a third of the way through.

Much of the beginning was devoted to Graylin
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The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
" Colleen wrote: "What was "lovely" about starvation and death? I think I read a different book."

Colleen, I just meant that the sorytelling was beautifu
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10% Happier by Dan   Harris
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Dan Harris is often funny and self-deprecating in this book, which tells of his gradual discovery of mindfulness and meditation after his life as a TV newsman started going off the rails. He had started abusing cocaine and ecstasy, and this eventuall ...more
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The Odyssey by Homer
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My knowledge of classical literature and mythology is sadly lacking. The main reason I decided to tackle The Odyssey is because I want to read Ulysses and I gather that a passing acquaintance with this work will make that experience more meaningfu..." Read more of this review »
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The Odyssey by Homer
The Odyssey
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This is one of the greatest works in Western Literature. It tells of the halting and anfractuous journey home of Odysseus, one of the greatest Greek warriors. Along with Achilles, hero of the Iliad and the greatest of Greek warriors, Odysseus is the ...more
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