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The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice
4.06
liked it
Mother Teresa is probably the last person I'd expect to be the target of an angry expose.

In this short volume, Christopher Hitchens includes the follo
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Jul 03, 2010
 
The Collapse of Parenting: How We Hurt Our Kids When We Treat Them Like Grown-Ups
4.23
it was amazing
It's always a tough call for me to give a book five stars. I'm afraid of overselling something and then disappointing people (although my critical rev ...more
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Jan 23, 2016
 
Off-Topic: The Story of an Internet Revolt
4.30
really liked it
Well, I guess I've jumped on the bandwagon.

I watched the goodreads controversy swirl around me with mild curiosity and some ambivalence. I'm not a fan
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Nov 08, 2013
Nov 07, 2013
 
From Beirut to Jerusalem
4.10
really liked it
According to one cynical goodreads reviewer, From Beirut to Jerusalem offers some insight into “two sets of idiots killing each other over a piece of ...more
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Oct 27, 2009
 
Between Parent and Child
4.22
really liked it
Between Parent and Haim Ginott

Khaya: Dr. Ginott, I have so many feelings about your book. It’s hard for me to sort them all out.

Dr. Ginott: You’re con
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Oct 05, 2010
 
The Good Girls Revolt: How the Women of Newsweek Sued Their Bosses and Changed the Workplace
3.65
it was ok
Once again, I find myself in the minority.

Don't get me wrong. My dislike for this book is not a reflection of my feelings about the topic. I think it
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Sep 21, 2012
Sep 19, 2012
 
Who Stole Feminism?: How Women Have Betrayed Women
3.72
really liked it
With impressive thoroughness, Christina Hoff Sommers challenges a lot of feminist rhetoric and deconstructs the research on which many feminist claims ...more
Jun 30, 2012
Jun 27, 2012
 
The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements
3.90
really liked it
There's a certain type of goodreads troll -- the one who defends their beloved book by saying something like, "Well, if you knew the topic didn't inte ...more
May 24, 2011
May 16, 2011
 
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
4.04
really liked it
Hmmm...is it any wonder this book is so popular on goodreads?

We goodreaders' common interest in -- obsession with -- reading suggests that a dispropor
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Sep 12, 2012
Sep 02, 2012
 
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
4.04
it was amazing
I blew through this fascinating audiobook, practically manufacturing housework to do so that I'd have an excuse to plug myself in (okay, that's a bit ...more
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Jun 06, 2010
 
Lactivism: How Feminists and Fundamentalists, Hippies and Yuppies, and Physicians and Politicians Made Breastfeeding Big Business and Bad Policy
4.12
really liked it
I have four children, and there was never a question of whether I would breastfeed them. I had read about all the benefits of breastfeeding, and with ...more
Dec 19, 2015
Dec 19, 2015
 
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
4.31
it was amazing
Dear Steve,

Now that I’ve read “On Writing,” I feel like I can call you Steve, (whoops, unnecessary comma) even though I grew up with the more imperson
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Mar 17, 2010
 
Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea
4.43
it was amazing
I really want to gush and rave about how much I loved reading this book. This is one of my favorite types of books -- highly gripping non-fiction, a b ...more
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Dec 24, 2012
 
Generation Me: Why Today's Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled--and More Miserable Than Ever Before
3.58
it was amazing
I remember watching "Reality Bites" on video with some friends in college. Supposedly this was THE Generation X movie, and as someone with a 1973 birt ...more
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Mar 30, 2010
 
Saving Normal: An Insider's Revolt Against Out-Of-Control Psychiatric Diagnosis, DSM-5, Big Pharma, and the Medicalization of Ordinary Life
3.74
really liked it
It's a recurring conversation for me, in both professional and social contexts. Is it a good thing or a bad thing that we have so much diagnosis today ...more
Oct 28, 2013
Oct 24, 2013
 
How to Read Literature Like a Professor: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines
3.63
it was amazing
I loved this.

Don't get me wrong. It's not one of those books you could, or would want to, read in one sitting. It's really more of a reference book, t
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Jan 22, 2013
Jan 16, 2013
 
Three Cups of Deceit: How Greg Mortenson, Humanitarian Hero, Lost His Way
3.75
really liked it
Ouch.

I remember reading a goodreads review of Three Cups of Tea One Man's Mission to Promote Peace ... One School at a Time which criticized the book
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Jul 08, 2011
Jul 07, 2011
 
The Narcissist You Know: Defending Yourself Against Extreme Narcissists in an All-About-Me Age
3.82
liked it
Eh. Readable, and a topic I like, but vaguely disappointing in some respects.

In this book, Joseph Burgo, Ph.D. discusses a topic I'm actually quite in
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Oct 11, 2015
Oct 11, 2015
 
Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America
4.17
really liked it
I voted for two polarized reviews of this book -- one extolling its virtues, the other dismissing its arguments as simplistic. I suspect both are vali ...more
Jan 03, 2015
Dec 21, 2014
 
The Prime Ministers: An Intimate Narrative of Israeli Leadership
4.61
it was amazing
Don't get me wrong -- if you don't care much about Israel, or its history, or the personalities of some of its leaders, you probably won't want to slo ...more
Nov 27, 2011
Nov 14, 2011
 
The Nurture Assumption: Why Children Turn Out the Way They Do
4.12
really liked it
I wrestled with whether to give this book four stars or five. Despite its length and density, it was one of the most enjoyable reading experiences I’v ...more
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Oct 15, 2007
 
The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement
3.65
really liked it
If you're looking to feel good about the direction society is moving in, don't read Jean M. Twenge.

In an unsurprising follow-up to Generation Me: Why
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Jan 31, 2015
Jan 31, 2015
 
The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer
4.29
liked it
Sigh.

I really wanted to be intellectual enough for this book. I loved walking around with it, carrying it into my pediatrician's office -- see, doctor
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Oct 22, 2011
 
Power, Faith, and Fantasy: America in the Middle East: 1776 to the Present
3.95
it was amazing
Once again I find myself giving Michael Oren five stars and warning people away from his book. Five stars for a thoroughly researched and highly infor ...more
Apr 25, 2011
Apr 08, 2011
 
The Language God Talks: On Science and Religion
3.19
it was ok
Oh, man -- this is going to be a difficult review to write. I often speak half-jokingly of my deep personal love for Herman Wouk, as if it's possible ...more
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Oct 26, 2010
 
My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel
4.22
liked it
Updated review: Just took off two stars after reading this article. Shame on you, Ari Shavit.

I still think it's a great book, but there's no way I'm g
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Apr 05, 2014
Mar 21, 2014
 
Why Does He Do That?: Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men
4.47
it was amazing
Thankfully I don't have much experience working with domestic violence cases, so my five star rating may not be the same as one from an expert would b ...more
Apr 03, 2011
Feb 24, 2011
 
Becoming Un-Orthodox: Stories of Ex-Hasidic Jews
3.26
it was ok
Disappointing on many levels.

I think many people can benefit from a rigorous, scholarly analysis of why people leave Orthodox Judaism. Sociologists an
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Nov 02, 2015
Nov 02, 2015
 
Bad Mother: A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities, and Occasional Moments of Grace
3.51
really liked it
Reading this book took me back to my recent book club meeting. In a tangential conversation, my book club friends and I discussed the self-doubt we so ...more
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Aug 02, 2010
 
Getting the Love You Want: Guide for Couples
4.06
really liked it
I tend to be ambivalent when it comes to the self-help genre. It's natural for someone in my field to feel this way, and my views have also been influ ...more
Oct 02, 2011
Oct 01, 2011
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