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Sharp Objects
3.93
did not like it
The razor blade on the front cover of the book is what one yearns for right after embarking on this read, sharp blade with which to cut every single p ...more
Aug 20, 2008
Aug 01, 2008
 
The Great Fire
3.43
it was ok
The only great thing about "The Great Fire" is its name.
This is one of those books that as you read it, you find yourself lost in thoughts about the
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Mar 2006
Apr 26, 2009
 
True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa
3.85
it was ok
3 of 8 people found the following review helpful:
What's one man's demise is another's redemption...or is it?, June 2, 2006


Michael Finkel wrote thi
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Jun 2006
Apr 26, 2009
 
Terra Incognita: Travels in Antarctica
3.86
did not like it
Once in a while a person accidentally stumbles on an especially annoying book. One written particularly because a desperate publisher made a phone cal ...more
Apr 2006
Apr 26, 2009
 
The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe Without Design
4.09
it was amazing
Dawkins is one of my top picks for the most articulate, engaging and proficient scientists I've read to date. The Blind Watchmaker turned out to be a ...more
Sep 04, 2009
Jun 23, 2009
 
Loneliness: Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection
3.88
really liked it
I just concluded reading this book. Bottom line: human beings are designed to seek meaningful (keyword here is meaningful) relationships. It's no wond ...more
Jun 22, 2009
Apr 30, 2009
 
Ghost Hunters: William James and the Search for Scientific Proof of Life After Death
3.68
really liked it
I have to admit this book excited my interests in the studies performed by the Society for Psychical Research (The SPR’s former presidents’ list reads ...more
Nov 10, 2008
Oct 25, 2008
 
Love Thy Neighbor: A Story of War
4.33
really liked it
While in 1992 I was taking my first trip to Europe, falling in love for the first time, getting my introduction to Pentecostalism and learning to live ...more
Jul 2006
Apr 26, 2009
 
Think Smart: A Neuroscientist's Prescription for Improving Your Brain's Performance
3.71
liked it
My previous exposure to Dr. Restak's work was `Mozart's Brain and the Fighter Pilot,' which to my recollection I wasn't very keen on and for those of ...more
Mar 2009
Jun 08, 2009
 
The Unfolding of Language: An Evolutionary Tour of Mankind's Greatest Invention
4.18
liked it
A couple of days ago I finished reading 'The Unfolding of Language : An Evolutionary Tour of Mankind's Greatest Invention' by Guy Deutscher. Wow, it's ...more
Mar 20, 2006
Apr 26, 2009
 
Killer Instinct
3.85
it was ok
Ever since Paranoia, Mr. Finder's work has been getting progressively worse.
Paranoia was a niche, new and exciting. The prospective of corporate espi
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Sep 2006
Apr 26, 2009
 
The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century
3.67
it was amazing
A work of monolithic proportion. Carefully researched, addressing some of the most pressing issues of the day, this book should be on the night stand ...more
Jun 2006
Aug 22, 2008
 
Storming Las Vegas: How a Cuban-Born, Soviet-Trained Commando Took Down the Strip to the Tune of Five World-Class Hotels, Three Armored Cars, and Millions of Dollars
3.79
it was amazing
What a story...one of my top picks from the non-fiction genre. Action, adventure, brutality, justice. The title tells its premise. Amazing read.
Jul 02, 2008
Jun 24, 2008
 
Waiting
3.49
it was ok
Man marries a woman out of respect for his parents. Later, man meets another woman and gets a crush on her. They both wait for 18 years (without consu ...more
Mar 2006
Apr 26, 2009
 
Timbuktu
3.67
really liked it
Are you in the mood for something sentimental? How about a book on the sadness of a dog's existence?
Paul Auster has taken a simple idea to a whole ot
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Aug 2007
Apr 26, 2009
 
Influencer: The Power to Change Anything
3.99
liked it
As part of a group that's implementing process changes in my current employer, I was excited about the opportunity to get my hands on this book. Havin ...more
Sep 2007
Apr 26, 2009
 
Consider the Lobster and Other Essays
4.25
really liked it
Do you have any idea how many lobsters die each year in order to satisfy our culinary cravings? I've no idea, but after reading the essay `Consider th ...more
Aug 2006
Jun 08, 2009
 
The King of Vodka: The Story of Pyotr Smirnov and the Upheaval of an Empire
3.61
really liked it
Linda Himelstein's biographical account of Russia's top vodka producer Pyotr Smirnov is in itself exhilarating.

The premise of the book centers on the
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Jul 14, 2009
Jun 01, 2009
 
Recovered, Not Cured: A Journey Through Schizophrenia
3.74
really liked it
I stumbled accidentally on this book. Running a search through the online database at a local library branch, the title popped up on the screen. I cro ...more
Jul 2006
Apr 26, 2009
 
What Went Wrong? The Clash Between Islam & Modernity in the Middle East
3.48
liked it
After reading `What Went Wrong? : The Clash Between Islam and Modernity in the Middle East', I was impressed with Mr. Lewis' level of detail and clari ...more
Jul 2006
Apr 26, 2009
 
Mozart's Brain and the Fighter Pilot: Unleashing Your Brain's Potential
3.58
liked it
Want to know why listening to Mozart could improve your brain? Check out this book. The author, a successful neuropsychiatrist, demonstrates (among ot ...more
Mar 2006
Apr 26, 2009
 
Judge & Jury
3.99
it was ok
*** This review contains spoilers ***

With Patterson it's either hit or miss. This one is a miss.
The story revolves around an FBI agent, a juror, a ma
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Jul 26, 2009
Jun 23, 2009
 
Present at a Hanging and Other Ghost Stories
3.58
liked it
This short collection is guaranteed to make you feel eerie in those cold, dark nights when you stayed home alone to read. But then again how else to s ...more
Mar 2007
Apr 26, 2009
 
Exposed!: Ouija, Firewalking, and Other Gibberish
2.12
it was ok
Quite disappointed not only in the content of the book, but also the structure of it. Scientific works written by US authors tend to be more explorato ...more
May 2009
Jun 08, 2009
 
Travels in the Scriptorium
3.22
really liked it
Auster always surprises me with his stories. In Timbuktu I met a dog and saw the whole story through the animal’s point of view. In Travels In The Scr ...more
not set
Jun 28, 2009
 
The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History
3.95
really liked it
Upon completion of this book, one is left with mixed feelings. Almost immediately it becomes apparent that an enormous effort went into researching an ...more
May 2006
Apr 26, 2009
 
Outliers: The Story of Success
4.12
it was amazing
How To Predict Airplane Crashes!!!

What do you know about the Power Distance Index? What about the Uncertainty Avoidance? And How about Individualism v
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Dec 24, 2008
Nov 21, 2008
 
The Shining (The Shining, #1)
4.19
really liked it
What makes a book scary? Is it a story of demons, or ghosts, or a few murders? Or is it the inexplicable madness that could taunt the mind of a reader ...more
Jul 2006
Jun 08, 2009
 
Hunger of Memory: The Education of Richard Rodriguez
3.32
really liked it
I return to this book 8 years after I read if for the first time. Within minutes I find myself recalling the Sunday brunches my parents used to prepar ...more
Jun 2006
Apr 26, 2009
 
Galileo's Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith and Love
3.75
really liked it
Truthfully, a very small portion of this book is dedicated to the life of the daughter of Galileo. Very little is known about the correspondence betwe ...more
Jun 2006
Apr 26, 2009
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