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The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
The Alchemist
by Paulo Coelho (Goodreads Author)
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I found the following review on Amazon and I could not express it better:

"Contrived. Pretentious. Juvenile. That's just the introduction, in which the author discusses his amazement at the popularity this book has gained. It is equally astonishing fo...more
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The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
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This splendid book that meets the hype as a fast and compelling read about modern India, and how caste still rules in the outsourcing business. Not a epic like Shantarum, but more to the point of what really goes on now in India today.

I asked my Ind...more
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Gentlemen of the Road by Michael Chabon
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I've tried Michael Chabon's books before, "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay" and "The Yiddish Policeman's Union", and couldn't finish them. These books started well, to my taste, and then fell apart 2/3rds the way through. The guy needs...more
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Unscientific America by Chris C. Mooney
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Disappointing book. Discusses why Americans dislike science and scientists today in a decent historical analysis, but then loses way in suggestions how to improve the situation. The historical and social reasons presented may or may not be correct, b...more
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River Town by Peter Hessler
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Peter Hessler's second book on China, in this case, when he lived and taught English along the Yangtze River a bit upstream of where Three Gorges Dam was built. He describes village life along the river that will soon disappear as the flooding begins...more
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Oracle Bones by Peter Hessler
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Peter Hessler captures China well in this true account of living there and teaching English in the 1980s. Oracle bones, buried bones with unknown Chinese script on them, focus the book, as a metaphor for what China consists of socially for westerners...more
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Soul Mountain by Gao Xingjian
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This book, by a noble prize winner, started wonderfully but then ended in chapters that flipped back and forth in time to the point I got lost. The premise, based on the author's life, consists of a man who doctors tell will dies shortly of cancer, a...more
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The Devil's Teeth by Susan Casey
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This cool book I saw at the library--the title says it all.

A reporter develops an obsession with great white sharks and spends time in the Farallon Islands off of Sand Francisco. I never knew this, but the largest of the Great Whites come here every...more
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Dancing Wu Li Masters by Gary Zukav
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Well, I read this book at the advice of Jeff Sneider who recommended it highly. I agree. This book, while difficult in places, does lead me to question my view of reality, which has been purely Newtonian (read the book to understand). I'd rate this b...more
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