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Body of Truth: How Science, History, and Culture Drive Our Obsession with Weight--and What We Can Do about It
4.09
it was amazing
For the record: (1) I'm not really into self-help books. But I am into sound investigative journalism and thoughtful, elegant writing about the issues ...more
Jun 02, 2015
Jun 02, 2015
 
The Gluten Lie: And Other Myths About What You Eat
3.52
it was amazing
Fascinating. Well written. Science-based. Highly entertaining. And a completely different perspective on diet fads and fantasies. Most refreshing. Pre ...more
May 28, 2015
May 25, 2015
 
My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey
3.86
it was ok
Oh, gag. Yes, really. I'm glad the author used her stroke to find nirvana, but honestly, stroke just ain't this pretty.

The first half of this book, mo
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Mar 11, 2011
Mar 12, 2011
 
Grit: Passion, Perseverance, and the Science of Success
4.06
really liked it
Thomas Edison said that success is 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration. And remember Malcolm Gladwell’s 10,000-hour rule? Angela Duckworth this calls ...more
May 22, 2016
May 18, 2016
 
The Magic of Reality: How We Know What's Really True
4.03
liked it
Great book: clear and accessible (not sure of the best age group, though). Kids are naturally curious and fascinated by how the world works. They're a ...more
Nov 11, 2011
Oct 30, 2011
 
Am I Alone Here?: Notes on Living to Read and Reading to Live
3.86
liked it
I have mixed feelings about this book and, while reading, was alternately captivated and irritated. I’m always interested in reading lives, why we rea ...more
Nov 14, 2016
Nov 14, 2016
 
The Year of Reading Dangerously: How Fifty Great Books Saved My Life
3.33
did not like it
Great title! Even if it doesn’t really fit the content. It’s pretty hard to find anything dangerous here. I didn’t expect literary criticism, but did ...more
Jun 06, 2015
May 23, 2015
 
My Ántonia
3.77
it was amazing
It’s hard to believe, but . . . I majored in English, followed up with a Masters degree in English, and have been a lifelong, voracious reader — but h ...more
Jan 08, 2018
Jan 04, 2018
Jan 03, 2018
 
Life on Mars
4.08
it was ok
Will have to come back to this one. I know it's been highly lauded, but . . . It didn't do it for me. Though there were a few poems I really liked. Co ...more
Nov 15, 2011
Nov 12, 2011
 
Eventide (Plainsong, #2)
4.18
it was amazing
I opened the book and fell in. Totally. Didn't ever want to come up for air. I just want to stay in this world, with these characters for a long time.
Mar 07, 2016
Mar 06, 2016
 
Books for Living
3.84
really liked it
Like so many of my Goodreads friends and fellow Booktopians, I love books about books. And this one is no exception. This collection of Schwalbe’s tho ...more
Mar 08, 2017
Mar 06, 2017
 
The Great Gatsby
3.90
it was amazing
I'd not read The Great Gatsby for a very long time. I'm sorry I waited so long to read it again. It strikes me much differently now than it did when I ...more
Feb 09, 2015
Feb 09, 2015
 
Our Souls at Night
3.95
it was amazing
A truly beautiful book, a small glittering gem: simple prose, spare elegance, a tender and moving story. It’s hard to write a review without tearing u ...more
Jun 18, 2015
May 30, 2015
 
Spring Chicken: Stay Young Forever (or Die Trying)
3.97
it was amazing
This is a really delightful book — one of the most engaging science books I've read. Author Bill Gifford provides an up-to-date survey of our dual que ...more
May 11, 2015
May 06, 2015
 
Seating Arrangements
3.02
really liked it
Social comedy — or satire — WASPY, old money, upper-class New England family — loves, losses, longings. It all takes place on the Thursday, Friday, an ...more
Jul 31, 2016
Jul 28, 2016
 
To Capture What We Cannot Keep
3.53
liked it
To Capture What We Cannot Keep

Impossible-to-remember title! (Authors, don’t do that!) Impossible to put down, though (at least for me). I must admit,
...more
Dec 02, 2016
Dec 01, 2016
 
Rules of Civility
4.01
really liked it
I was thoroughly charmed by this book — the characters and, perhaps especially, the setting — jazz age New York City. I found the writing accomplished ...more
Feb 26, 2017
Jul 20, 2016
 
Longbourn
3.62
really liked it
Oh, I just loved this one and gobbled it up so fast that I now want to return to savor some of the really lovely passages. (The only reason it took me ...more
Dec 18, 2015
Dec 19, 2015
 
The Cartographer of No Man's Land
3.72
it was amazing
This is an accomplished and beautifully written novel, quality historical fiction with memorable characters, passion, devastation, and beauty. The cha ...more
Feb 10, 2014
Feb 06, 2014
 
Horoscopes for the Dead
4.04
liked it
On page 27. I took a nap and, when I woke, noticed that I'd been dreaming in Billy-speak. . . .


There are several good poems here. Much to admire for s
...more
Jun 24, 2011
Jun 23, 2011
 
Rabbit Cake
4.00
it was ok
Didn't care for this one. I just don't take to child narrators.

Hmmm.... 72% of reviewers on Amazon give this 5 stars. So I guess it's just me. I like
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Jul 15, 2017
Jul 15, 2017
 
The Atomic Weight of Love
3.89
it was amazing
I loved this thoroughly captivating book. Could not put it down. I’m astounded that this is a debut novel by someone who has spent her career as a law ...more
Dec 29, 2016
Dec 28, 2016
 
My Life on the Road
4.08
it was amazing
I absolutely love this book! I listened to the audio, read by Debra Winger. At first I was disappointed to find that Steinem doesn’t read the whole th ...more
Feb 19, 2016
Feb 05, 2016
 
Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading
3.50
really liked it
I really enjoyed this book! Especially having just read the Andy Miller’s terribly disappointing My Year of Reading Dangerously. Unlike Miller, Nina S ...more
Jun 11, 2015
Jun 09, 2015
 
Pereira Maintains
4.09
it was amazing
I love this book and can't stopl thinking about it — mainly about the character, Pereira, I suppose, but also about narrative style. The prose is spar ...more
Sep 15, 2014
Sep 15, 2014
 
Breath Control
4.56
it was amazing
Breath Control by Maryann CorbettBreath Control
I've been following Maryann Corbett's writing for years now -- in numerous journals as well as in online poetry workshops -—and I'm del
...more
Mar 24, 2012
Mar 24, 2012
 
Consciousness: Confessions of a Romantic Reductionist
4.06
really liked it
I liked it very much. Some of it was very entertaining. In a few places, I just felt lost. An excellent discussion of free will, however, and that's a ...more
Oct 14, 2012
Oct 09, 2012
 
Devotion: A Memoir
3.80
liked it
I read this because I’d just finished Shapiro’s Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage and wanted more, but this wasn’t really it. I should have known from ...more
Oct 2017
Oct 02, 2017
 
Between the World and Me
4.40
it was amazing
As another reviewer here (Lexi) put it: Holy shit this book. I know that Toni Morrison called it "required reading," and it really is. In the footstep ...more
Jul 28, 2015
Jul 28, 2015
 
Gratitude
4.14
really liked it
I'm very sad that Oliver Sacks is no longer alive, but he is still very much part of this world. These are uplifting essays. His was a life that was l ...more
Jan 08, 2016
Jan 08, 2016
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