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At Home: A Short History of Private Life
3.96
really liked it
I could talk about how funny and fascinating this book is, but it's Bill Bryson, and we all know to expect that, don't we?

I dropped a star on this one
...more
Dec 17, 2010
Aug 25, 2010
 
Driftwood from Popham Sands
4.00
This is about as local as it gets - we haven't been able to keep it in the store, but I haven't gotten any feedback on it yet.
not set
Oct 12, 2011
 
Catch Me If You Can: A California Saga of Murder, Greed, and Two Heroic Detectives
3.73
Apparently I work with a woman who is middle-distantly related to this family. Now I have to read it. :)
not set
Apr 24, 2013
 
The Physics of Baseball
3.69
(Bill Bryson references this in his sources/further reading in One Summer.)
not set
May 29, 2015
 
Yes Man
4.08
liked it
It has a great premise - for one year, Danny Wallace will say yes. To everyone. To everything. No matter the offer, he'll agree to it.

Wallace is a goo
...more
Apr 02, 2007
Jul 08, 2008
 
The American Way of Death Revisited
3.96
it was amazing
An absolutely fascinating, touching, and often funny look at the business of death in America. The scary part here is that the only things that have c ...more
Dec 17, 2006
Aug 09, 2007
 
Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void
3.93
really liked it
Mary Roach in spaaaaaaaaaaace!

Oh, she is back. Any time I sit in my car at lunch and laugh like a crazy person, that means it's a good book. Funny and
...more
not set
Jul 21, 2010
 
The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic - and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World
3.91
really liked it
A really intriguing read, both in how the epidemic (epidemics plural, actually) worked and how the emerging science of the time managed to figure out ...more
Sep 2009
Aug 18, 2008
 
Feeding the Monster: How Money, Smarts, and Nerve Took a Team to the Top
3.93
it was amazing
Interesting and well written, Mnookin follows the Boston Red Sox through their World Series season. He was given pretty much free reign behind the sce ...more
Jul 2006
Sep 20, 2007
 
The Sound of Music Companion
4.14
*grabby hands*
not set
Dec 19, 2008
 
Knuckler: My Life with Baseball's Most Confounding Pitch
3.56
TIMMY! Oh, Timmy.
not set
Mar 16, 2011
 
Sex, Lies, and Handwriting: A Top Expert Reveals the Secrets Hidden in Your Handwriting
3.99
really liked it
Really interesting, though I don't think I hold with her "your handwriting tells me everything about you", because according to her rules, I am either ...more
Mar 2007
Oct 12, 2007
 
The Teammates: A Portrait of a Friendship
3.99
it was amazing
I read this as part of a course (Literature of Baseball, and, man, talk about a course tailored to my interests), and it began my continuing love affa ...more
Sep 2004
Mar 04, 2008
 
College Girls: Bluestockings, Sex Kittens, and Co-eds, Then and Now
3.80
(On hold while my copy travels to Australia with Becca.)
not set
Mar 17, 2010
 
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
4.05
it was amazing
One of my all time favorite books. Very well written, extremely engaging, funny, touching, fascinating, and covering a wide array of issues within the ...more
Jan 2005
Jun 28, 2007
 
Cries Unheard: Why Children Kill: The Story of Mary Bell
3.88
liked it
An interesting study of a terrible crime and a look at the complex girl who was responsible - and the woman she has become.

True crime isn't a genre I
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Jan 2009
Oct 13, 2007
 
Genome: the Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters
4.02
it was amazing
This is a fascinating read. Ridley does an excellent job of keeping things interesting while still explaining what all the science means. I was in ove ...more
Apr 2006
Oct 06, 2007
 
Memory Lessons: A Doctor's Story
3.93
liked it
Oh, horribly depressing, but completely necessary. A look at what the health system holds for the aging American population by a doctor who specialize ...more
Feb 13, 2009
Jan 05, 2009
 
A Short History of Nearly Everything
4.19
it was amazing
My introduction to Bryson, and the beginning of my love affair with his sense of humor. A fascinating look at the history of science, written for thos ...more
Jun 2006
Jun 30, 2007
 
Lucy's Bones, Sacred Stones & Einstein's Brain : The Remarkable Stories Behind the Great Objects and Artifacts of History from Antiquity to The Modern Era
3.74
did not like it
Save yourself: either plan a trip to visit the artifacts you most want to see and read the plaques next to them (which will contain just as much infor ...more
Jul 28, 2013
Jun 22, 2013
 
Sex with the Queen: 900 Years of Vile Kings, Virile Lovers, and Passionate Politics
3.91
really liked it
Very interesting, lots of fun, but a little confusing. I would have organized the different stories very differently - they're grouped together by sim ...more
Jan 2006
Jun 28, 2007
 
Mrs. Kennedy: The Missing History of the Kennedy Years
4.00
liked it
Interesting, quick read. As the title implies, it's very much focused on the domestic (literally) and while the politics of the Kennedy administration ...more
Feb 12, 2015
Jul 10, 2008
 
Remember Me: A Lively Tour of the New American Way of Death
3.72
liked it
An interesting and informative read, but it fell a little flat for me because I expected it to measure up to Stiff by Mary Roach, and that wasn't fair ...more
Jan 2006
Aug 09, 2007
 
4.14
really liked it
A engaging look at the war over abortion, with stories from all sides: the doctors and nurses, the patients, the protesters, even the police. Still ti ...more
Feb 2006
Sep 20, 2007
 
Emily Post's Etiquette
4.16
it was amazing
I find etiquette - or, I guess, differing opinions on and rules of - fascinating, and Emily Post is the go-to name for etiquette. It's been updated (a ...more
Jan 2007
Oct 17, 2007
 
See How They Run: Campaign Dreams, Election Schemes, and the Race to the White House
3.92
it was amazing
An excellent introduction to the American electoral system. Funny, with great stories, wonderful illustrations, and lots of fun facts. Also gives kids ...more
Jun 10, 2008
Jun 10, 2008
 
So Good!: The Incredible Championship Season of the 2007 Red Sox
4.00
it was ok
Do I need to reiterate my love for these boys? Good pictures, some text, and more pictures. Nothing special.

But who decided on the format? It's backwa
...more
Mar 22, 2008
Mar 23, 2008
 
The Well-Dressed Ape: A Natural History of Myself
3.73
liked it
Interesting but not engrossing. Very accessible for the average reader, but provides a lot of info but few conclusions.

(I actually didn't finish the
...more
Dec 07, 2013
Oct 26, 2013
 
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America
3.98
it was amazing
Absolutely fascinating, with great tangents and fabulous side stories that gave the main storyline a much stronger context. I had trouble putting it d ...more
Jan 2006
Aug 17, 2007
 
Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them
3.77
I've decided to come back to this book, and through no fault of its own. I've only read a fraction of the books (and essays, and plays, and poems) tha ...more
not set
Aug 18, 2008
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