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The Yosemite
4.12
really liked it
I think John Muir has got to be one of my top 5 favorite humans of all time. The guy was seriously one of a kind. This fact became evident within the ...more
Aug 27, 2014
Aug 23, 2014
 
The Gate
3.82
liked it
3.5 stars. This is a book with a really fascinating subject that unfortunately isn't written all that well. The author, a French academic studying Bud ...more
Oct 07, 2012
Sep 28, 2012
 
Alexander Hamilton
4.26
it was amazing
What an extraordinary life. Honestly, what's really crazy is all the nutso stuff that Hamilton did or got mixed up in that couldn't even fit into the ...more
Jun 03, 2016
Apr 19, 2016
 
Thank You for Your Service
4.16
it was amazing
I'm almost at a loss in writing this because this book completely crushed me. The subject matter (the psychological struggles of Iraq/Afghanistan sold ...more
Jul 16, 2015
Jul 10, 2015
 
Between the World and Me
4.40
really liked it
I hate it when people go around calling a book "important." Usually that book is not particularly "important" and people just want to feel like they'r ...more
Jan 18, 2016
Jan 17, 2016
 
Cigar City Mafia: A Complete History of the Tampa Underworld
3.23
it was ok
Honestly, this book is way cooler in concept than in reality. It's about the history of the mafia in Tampa, my hometown, so I was excited to learn abo ...more
May 26, 2010
May 23, 2010
 
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania
4.07
it was amazing
How have I not read anything by Erik Larson before? This book is so gripping and fascinating I couldn't put it down, and had to fight the urge to shar ...more
Oct 02, 2015
Sep 26, 2015
 
The Post-American World
3.86
liked it
i don't usually read a lot of non-fiction, especially in the political genre, but i've always been pretty into foreign policy ever since i took a cour ...more
Feb 2009
Jan 28, 2009
 
Predictably Irrational, Revised and Expanded Edition: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions
4.10
liked it
I try to read some nonfiction periodically, just because I think it's a nice change of pace, and also because sometimes it can be fun to learn about s ...more
Jan 24, 2011
Jan 20, 2011
 
The Secret Life of Lobsters: How Fishermen and Scientists Are Unraveling the Mysteries of Our Favorite Crustacean
3.97
liked it
This was a perfect book to read while studying for the bar. Not at all difficult, very quick, and super entertaining, it's a journalistic mix followin ...more
Jul 2009
Jul 12, 2009
 
Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void
3.93
really liked it
This book answers every question you never thought to ask about the human side of space exploration -- with chapters on everything from astronaut sele ...more
Mar 31, 2011
Mar 28, 2011
 
The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
4.17
really liked it
if you don't want to be forced to rethink your entire philosophy on food, don't read this book. but if you're curious about where your meals come from ...more
Mar 2008
Feb 20, 2008
 
In Search of Schrödinger's Cat: Quantum Physics and Reality
4.01
liked it
i read this on a recommendation from joe. it's an introduction to quantum physics for the layperson, and i have to say that it was a really interestin ...more
Aug 2008
Jun 21, 2008
 
Protector: A Life History of Richard Cromwell, Protector of the United Kingdom 1658-1659/60: The English Sovereign Who Served According to the Constitution Written by the People of England, Scotland, and Ireland
5.00
it was amazing
wow, my attempt to read my grandma's book was kind of a failure. i think i read a combined total of 25 pages while skimming through it. the problem wa ...more
May 2008
May 12, 2008
 
The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court
4.07
really liked it
i'd been looking forward to reading this book since it came out, and it didn't disappoint. it's an inside look at the rehnquist and roberts courts; wh ...more
Jun 21, 2008
May 20, 2008
 
Five Chiefs: A Supreme Court Memoir
3.46
really liked it
I just love that John Paul Stevens and his bow ties. This is a delightfully conversational memoir about his work advocating in front of, and later sit ...more
Jan 29, 2013
Jan 25, 2013
 
Anna and the King of Siam
3.76
liked it
I've never seen "The King & I," so I didn't have too many expectations going into this. I enjoyed it. I definitely learned more about Thai history ...more
Sep 27, 2012
Sep 19, 2012
 
In Patagonia
3.75
liked it
Read this in anticipation of our upcoming trip to Patagonia. It's kind of a strange one, just a series of picaresque narratives describing all the wei ...more
Jan 17, 2016
Jan 06, 2016
 
Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal
3.92
really liked it
This is not a textbook. It won't teach you every detail about how the digestive system works. It's just Mary Roach telling you a bunch of cool stuff s ...more
Sep 16, 2013
Sep 12, 2013
 
The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon
3.86
really liked it
Seriously fun reading. This is a non-fiction account of men throughout history who have become obsessed with finding a lost civilization in the Amazon ...more
Jun 21, 2010
Jun 18, 2010
 
The Violinist's Thumb: And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code
3.96
really liked it
This was a really entertaining and interesting look at the still-evolving field of genetics, with a focus on the colorful cast of characters who have ...more
Mar 27, 2015
Mar 12, 2015
 
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
4.04
liked it
I love reading nonfiction books about something random that teach me about an area I previously knew nothing about. This one covered cell culture, can ...more
Jul 08, 2011
Jun 28, 2011
 
The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time
4.15
really liked it
I picked this up in preparation for a trip to the Galápagos this fall, but it would be enjoyable for anyone with even a basic interest in the natural ...more
Sep 14, 2014
Sep 03, 2014
 
Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital
3.87
it was amazing
This book covers a lot of ground: exciting drama (describing what happened in a flooded hospital during Katrina), legal fights (trying to hold doctors ...more
Oct 05, 2016
Sep 21, 2016
 
Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
4.00
liked it
I'm probably the last person in America interested in food/restaurants to read this. Really entertaining (despite his rants about vegetarians being th ...more
Apr 21, 2012
Apr 18, 2012
 
Dispatches
4.23
really liked it
Crazy haunting, poetically written war memoir from the perspective of a journalist. It's less about military tactics and "what happened," more about t ...more
Sep 07, 2012
Sep 03, 2012
 
Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex
3.83
liked it
Hilarious - I definitely laughed out loud more than once - though not quite as hilarious as Packing for Mars. I guess space > sex? Also, kudos to M ...more
Nov 25, 2012
Nov 21, 2012
 
Dreamland: Adventures in the Strange Science of Sleep
3.67
liked it
I have a complicated relationship with sleep, so I'm super interested in sleep research and the fact that it's still so little understood. This was a ...more
Aug 25, 2016
Aug 21, 2016
 
Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything (Freakonomics, #1)
3.93
liked it
This book's been out in the world for so long now that I kept thinking "have I read this before?" because the studies and observations have become som ...more
Jun 14, 2014
Jun 10, 2014
 
84, Charing Cross Road
4.19
really liked it
Such a lovely and quick read, and a beautiful example of how books can bring the most unlikely people together.
Aug 24, 2015
Aug 24, 2015
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