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Library Confidential: Oddballs, Geeks, and Gangstas in the Public Library
3.13
it was ok
I finished this book in bus trips I took in the last 10 days. If previously 10 days hadn't been long enough, reading this book made it so. Every morni ...more
Oct 08, 2008
Sep 20, 2008
 
Divided in Death (In Death, #18)
4.33
really liked it
**spoiler alert** If I weren't a fan of the series, I doubt I would give 4* for this book. Such as it is, I still have to give this book props for the ...more
Sep 19, 2008
Jun 18, 2008
 
Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex
3.83
it was amazing
You gotta love Mary Roach. Her writings are humorous and the often irrelevant footnotes make you wonder if you're reading a science book. Bonk is a bo ...more
Sep 27, 2008
Sep 13, 2008
 
The Fortune Cookie Chronicles: Adventures in the World of Chinese Food
3.64
really liked it
There are more Chinese restaurants in the U.S than the number of McDonald’s, Burger Kings, and KFCs combined.

What does that tell you? I’m a Chinese; m
...more
Oct 02, 2008
Jun 19, 2008
 
The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World
3.83
it was amazing
Holland. Switzerland. Bhutan. Qatar. Iceland. Moldova. Thailand. UK. India. America. How happy are the people of these countries?

There are nearly two
...more
Oct 14, 2008
Jun 19, 2008
 
Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven
3.78
liked it
Bizzare story, but under not-so-normal circumstances of 1986 China, I supposed anything was possible. While fast-paced and I'll admit, entertaining, t ...more
Apr 02, 2011
Mar 30, 2011
 
Kitchen Chinese: A Novel About Food, Family, and Finding Yourself
3.45
it was ok
I was expecting something along the line of Fuschia Dunlop's Shark's Fin and Sichuan Pepper type of Chinese food education/fiction mashup, but instead ...more
Jun 25, 2011
Jun 25, 2011
 
Indonesia Etc.
4.19
it was amazing
One of the best pieces of travel writing I've ever read. Gives insight into the nation's ignored "natives" by way of cultural, historical and politica ...more
Aug 18, 2014
Aug 18, 2014
 
A Little Folly
3.64
it was amazing
Absolutely delightful. It captures the spirits of Georgette Heyer so much I don't even mind the rather contrived turn of events at the end.
May 19, 2011
Apr 30, 2011
 
101 Places Not to See Before You Die
3.07
did not like it
There are places you shouldn't see before you die, and you shouldn't bother reading about them either.
not set
Apr 30, 2011
 
Radio Shangri-la: What I Learned in Bhutan, the Happiest Kingdom on Earth
3.45
it was amazing
An honest personal account on the path to happiness and Bhutan. It's subjective instead of objective, and that's what makes it easy to read.
Aug 28, 2011
Aug 17, 2011
 
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
4.05
it was amazing
The funniest morbid book I've ever read. But then again, I never read any funny morbid book before. This is a book I will most definitely revisit one ...more
Jul 26, 2008
Jun 20, 2008
 
Shining Through
3.91
really liked it
I've read this twice. It's actually quite a good book that at a point I was nearly driven to frustration trying to find a way to watch the movie based ...more
not set
Jul 12, 2008
 
The Funny Thing Is...
3.62
it was ok
Some people are a lot funnier when you watch them talk or dance. I love Ellen. She's a great comedienne, but that doesn't mean her jokes are as good w ...more
Nov 08, 2008
Oct 25, 2008
 
Shark's Fin and Sichuan Pepper: A Sweet-Sour Memoir of Eating in China
3.97
it was amazing
The chapters' timeline is a bit confusing, but the tales are incredible! Not just about the cuisine, but the history, people, and culture.
Dec 19, 2010
Dec 18, 2010
 
Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation
3.87
liked it
Useful comma but also pretentious and snobbish as hell period
Sep 25, 2008
Jun 19, 2008
 
Regency Buck (Alastair, #3)
3.88
it was amazing
None
not set
Jun 18, 2008
 
The World Without Us
3.79
it was ok
None
Feb 12, 2009
Dec 18, 2008
 
The Rough Guide First-Time Around the World: A Trip Planner for the Ultimate Journey
4.01
really liked it
None
Apr 10, 2009
Mar 21, 2009
 
Designing the Obvious: A Common Sense Approach to Web Application Design
4.01
it was amazing
None
Oct 20, 2009
Sep 09, 2009
 
Transcending CSS: The Fine Art of Web Design
4.07
really liked it
None
Mar 21, 2009
Feb 12, 2009
 
Designing With Web Standards
4.11
really liked it
None
Jan 11, 2011
Dec 18, 2010
 
Loyalty in Death (In Death, #9)
4.30
liked it
None
not set
Jun 18, 2008
 
The Summons
3.68
liked it
None
not set
Jun 18, 2008
 
Charity Girl
3.52
liked it
None
not set
Jun 18, 2008
 
The Unknown Ajax
4.04
None
Jun 07, 2011
May 24, 2011
 
Faro's Daughter
3.91
it was amazing
None
not set
Jun 18, 2008
 
A Fortune-Teller Told Me: Earthbound Travels in the Far East
4.15
really liked it
None
not set
Jun 18, 2008
 
Mirror Image
3.98
really liked it
None
not set
Jun 18, 2008
 
The Naked Buddha: A Practical Guide to the Buddha's Life and Teachings
4.10
really liked it
None
not set
Jun 18, 2008
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