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Dan Dan said: " Fascinating so far. And more surprisingly, it could even make this "Collapse" (Jared Diamond) fan optimistic about humanity. Jury's still out. We'll see. "

 

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The Better Angels of Our Nature by Steven Pinker
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Fascinating so far. And more surprisingly, it could even make this "Collapse" (Jared Diamond) fan optimistic about humanity. Jury's still out. We'll see.
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Elsewhere by Richard Russo
Elsewhere
by Richard Russo (Goodreads Author)
read in December, 2012
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Russo's prose is apparently shaped like my neural circuitry: it goes right in. Reading him is like breathing. I could see why some might get a little weary of the constant discussion of his relationship with his mother. That said, I love the way the ...more
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Lost At Sea by Jon Ronson
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What a strange, absorbing collection of nonfiction stories. A couple of the two dozen are less than mindblowing, but the vast majority are exceptional (many of them disturbing, by the way). Ronson has a unique way of presenting a story, not to mentio ...more
A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore
" I KNEW you'd appreciate. Glad you enjoyed. "Coyote Blue" and "Lamb" are good, too. "
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A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore
A Dirty Job (Grim Reaper, #1)
by Christopher Moore (Goodreads Author)
read in November, 2012
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I came out of "Goodreads retirement" just to give this book a high rating. FOR WHAT IT INTENDS, it's just about perfect. Very well done. Right off the bat you know the author isn't trying to write "The Grapes of Wrath." I picked it up because I wante ...more
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Losing Graceland by Micah Nathan
Losing Graceland: A Novel
by Micah Nathan (Goodreads Author)
read in March, 2011
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"Losing Graceland" is like other great art in that it works on many levels. On the one hand, it's simply a great read. While reading it, I hadn't slept more than four hours straight in about a year, and even so, it kept me up at night. The story is t ...more
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Stones Into Schools by Greg Mortenson
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It's not quite the book that "Three Cups of Tea" is (I gave that a 5), but it's good, and important, and a great read.
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Anthill by Edward O. Wilson
Anthill
by Edward O. Wilson
read in March, 2011
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A smooth, easy read with some important big-picture themes by a man who writes beautifully about nature. If I had my harshest critic hat on, and was judging the work objectively and purely as a novel, I might give it a lower rating, but I admit, I'm ...more
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Betraying Spinoza by Rebecca Goldstein
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If you care about freedom of thought, or about history, or about the history of freedom of thought, or about the original source of much of our Founding Fathers' thinking, you have to read this book.
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A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller Jr.
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Like good chocolate, or porter: deep, dark, satisfying. Faith vs. science, rise and fall of civilizations, and enough dark humor to keep twisted readers (myself included) laughing between the horrors. A classic for a reason.
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