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This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate
it was ok
I understand that climate change is real; I accept that human activity is responsible; and I believe we should be doing everything we can to stop chur ...more
Mar 22, 2015
Feb 20, 2015
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
did not like it
At the core of the book, there is some useful advice for de-cluttering, which could have been conveyed in about ten pages. The rest, most of which has ...more
Jul 04, 2015
Jun 19, 2015
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
liked it
The book is on firmer ground when it's talking about controlling our own habits. It gets shakier when talking about how companies and movements manipu ...more
Mar 28, 2014
Mar 28, 2014
Everyone Is African: How Science Explodes the Myth of Race
really liked it
Most people know, I think, that humans originated in Africa, so the title of this book and its fundamental message won't be news. However, that knowle ...more
Apr 24, 2016
Mar 24, 2016
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History
it was amazing
Clear and well written, this book paints a pretty gloomy picture about the future of the planet. Oh, humans will probably survive, even if we have to ...more
Sep 25, 2014
Sep 25, 2014
Animal Liberation
really liked it
This classic makes its case in excruciating and stomach-turning detail, which of course is its intent. Piling on the data may be more persuasive than ...more
Aug 18, 2013
Aug 08, 2013
Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation
it was amazing
Michael Pollan is a wonderful, engaging writer and this is the best of his work I've read. It's all about the transformation of food, organized around ...more
Sep 10, 2016
Sep 09, 2016
Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion
really liked it
Recently, I had a brief online exchange with a former student who questioned by use of the word “spiritual” outside of a religious context. Certainly, ...more
Jan 20, 2015
Jan 15, 2015
Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier
really liked it
This isn't a book so much as a collection of Dr. Tyson's writings that somehow relate to NASA and space exploration. A reader could dip in and out of ...more
Jul 23, 2014
Jul 17, 2014
Return to Life: Extraordinary Cases of Children Who Remember Past Lives
really liked it
Tucker's previous book, Life Before Life, included more cases, so if that's what you're interested in you should start there. Here, after discussing s ...more
Feb 07, 2016
Feb 04, 2016
Food Rules: An Eater's Manual
it was amazing
This is a short book and a quick read, although I have a feeling I'll read it again. The "rules" make so much sense for healthy living and eating, and ...more
Jan 22, 2010
Jan 20, 2010
Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
really liked it
What drives you? What's your purpose? There's a lot to think about here, and it's not just about managing employees in a big company.
Sep 22, 2011
Sep 16, 2011
In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto
liked it
Pollan's good, but the best part of this book is Part III, Getting over Nutritionism, and it turns out that his latest book, the tiny "Food Rules" is ...more
Jun 12, 2010
May 22, 2010
Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens our Future
liked it
The bottom line: scientists need better PR. And, by the way, atheists should shut up because they're giving science a bad name (see "bottom line").
Apr 21, 2012
Apr 12, 2012
Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries
it was amazing
The flaws here, if any, are attributable to it being drawn from a series of columns Tyson did for Natural History. That means there is some repetition ...more
Sep 22, 2013
Aug 28, 2013
The Way of Ignorance and Other Essays
liked it
Many of these essays, adapted from talks given, are pretty dry. His philosophy shines through, though, and it's an interesting take on the world.
Aug 27, 2008
Jul 07, 2008
Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers
liked it
Stress is bad for you. There are some things you can do to reduce stress. The end.
Jan 23, 2013
Nov 30, 2012
Animals Make Us Human: Creating the Best Life for Animals
liked it
Nov 29, 2009
Nov 17, 2009
Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet
really liked it
Sep 12, 2011
Sep 12, 2011
The Language Instinct
not set
Feb 05, 2012
Fingerprints of God: The Search for the Science of Spirituality
it was ok
Feb 09, 2010
Jan 28, 2010
The Founding Fish
it was ok
Jun 23, 2008
Jun 08, 2008