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Sh*t My Dad Says
3.98
it was amazing
Let's see. Is there any doubt at all in anyone's mind what the following words mean: sh*t, F*ck, G*d da*n, m*therf*cker, etc. Especially people who cl ...more
May 27, 2010
May 27, 2010
 
The Fountainhead
3.85
really liked it
**spoiler alert** I had not really paid much attention to Ayn Rand, darling of the conservatives (very surprisingly, actually) until I began reading h ...more
Jan 1997
Jan 03, 2009
 
The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion
4.16
it was amazing
"This book is about why it’s so hard for us to get along. We are indeed all stuck here for a while, so let’s at least do what we can to understand why ...more
Sep 17, 2012
Sep 04, 2012
 
As Nature Made Him : The Boy Who Was Raised as a Girl
3.95
it was amazing
This book will make you very angry; that a child could be so maltreated by an "expert," who clearly was in need of help himself, but who was so intent ...more
not set
Nov 14, 2008
 
The Help
4.45
it was amazing
This book has a kazillion ratings and reviews so I doubt there is little I can add. I found the story and dialog to be quite believable. As someone wh ...more
Sep 17, 2011
Sep 13, 2009
 
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
Cholera is a nasty little bug. Once ingested, it forms colonies on the intestinal wall, begins to reproduce with ferocious speed, and proceeds to tric ...more
Mar 25, 2010
Jan 14, 2009
 
At Home: A Short History of Private Life
3.96
it was amazing
Bryson brings us another fascinating tome filled with delightful trivia and anecdotes in this history of housing in Britain.

The “hall” as we know it
...more
Nov 28, 2011
Nov 28, 2011
 
The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life
3.44
it was ok
minor editing 3/10/10

One would hope that decisions are made based on solid evidence and a modicum of rational thought. Often that is not the case, how
...more
not set
Dec 28, 2008
 
Neither Here nor There: Travels in Europe
3.88
it was amazing
Bryson writes hysterical travel books. In this one he sets out to re-create a backpacking trip of Europe he made during the seventies when he was twen ...more
Jan 2001
Nov 13, 2008
 
The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
4.17
really liked it
Update 5/23/2010 Terrific piece by Michael Pollan in the NYRB June 10, 2010, "The Food Movement, Rising" in which he reviews five books: Everything I ...more
Apr 2010
Feb 07, 2010
 
Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army
3.81
really liked it

Addendum 8/6/09: Erik Prince accused of murder. http://www.thenation.com/doc/20090817...

I had no idea the depth of antagonism toward the Clinton elect
...more
May 18, 2009
Nov 13, 2008
 
Julian
4.17
really liked it
Julian the Apostate was emperor of Rome from 361-363 CE and the nephew of Constantine. Raised in a strict Christian environment (although of the Arian ...more
not set
Nov 13, 2008
 
Lying About Hitler: History, Holocaust, and the David Irving Trial
4.17
really liked it
Deborah Lipstadt wrote a book in 1993 entitled Denying the Holocaust The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory. It was an examination of the roots and a ...more
Nov 27, 2009
Feb 14, 2009
 
The Confession
3.81
did not like it
The problem with reading clubs is that occasionally someone suggests a dud and one feels forced to finish the book out of courtesy to the other partic ...more
Jan 04, 2013
Jan 04, 2013
 
Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith
3.98
really liked it
Good grief. At the time of this posting there are almost 70,000 ratings and baskets of reviews. So why another one? Good question.

Predictably, if you
...more
Jun 30, 2013
Jun 30, 2013
 
King Leopold's Ghost
4.15
it was amazing
The Belgian Congo, as Zaire and now the Democratic Republic of the Congo, were formerly called was the creation of King Leopold of Belgium who despera ...more
not set
Jan 31, 2009
 
The Virtue of Selfishness: A New Concept of Egoism
3.47
really liked it
Ayn Rand was not afraid of turning conventional wisdom on its head. For millennia, one of the few ethical principles that prevailed across cultures wa ...more
Jan 2008
Apr 12, 2009
 
Twelve Sharp (Stephanie Plum, #12)
4.14
liked it
Yes, they are formulaic. Yes, they are light. Yes, they don’t challenge you. Well, so what. They’re a lot of fun. I’ve read all of the Stephanie Plum ...more
Jul 27, 2011
Jul 27, 2011
 
The Cold Cold Ground (Detective Sean Duffy, #1)
3.92
it was amazing
We had the very good fortune a couple of years ago to meet and visit with a Goodreads friend in Ireland (http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/...). My ...more
Nov 28, 2012
Nov 28, 2012
 
George, Nicholas and Wilhelm: Three Royal Cousins and the Road to World War I
3.99
OK, I haven't read this book -- I will -- but I was pissed after reading a review. Here's part of a review that demonstrates why I often hate reviews ...more
not set
Mar 23, 2010
 
The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11
4.38
really liked it
Well, I finally found my notes and got this review finished - long overdue.

For all the energy, lives and treasure we have devoted to Iraq and Afghanis
...more
not set
Jan 11, 2009
 
In a Dark Wood Wandering: A Novel of the Middle Ages
4.05
really liked it
Many years ago I went through a stage when I read every historical novel I could get my hands on, from Gone With The Wind through all of Cecilia Holla ...more
not set
Dec 03, 2008
 
Assassination Vacation
3.98
really liked it
This is a book my wife and I listened to as we drive to doctor appointments, visited children, etc., so it took us a while to get through it completel ...more
Mar 11, 2009
Jan 21, 2009
 
Eating Animals
4.18
really liked it
Addendum 2/11/10 at bottom, edited to remove some grammatical errors 5/20/10

For Feb reading club. This NYTimes science article should help heat things
...more
not set
Dec 25, 2009
 
Bright-Sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America
3.70
really liked it
Read the reviews by Trevor (http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...) and Lena (http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...) They are better, but I could ...more
May 04, 2011
Nov 15, 2009
 
Fashionable Nonsense: Postmodern Intellectuals' Abuse of Science
3.93
really liked it
In 1996, Alan Sokal submitted an article to Social Text entitled "Transgressing the Boundaries: Toward a Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravit ...more
Jan 2000
Nov 14, 2008
 
A Beautiful Mind
4.12
it was amazing
"'How could you,' Mackey asked, 'how could you, a mathematician, a man devoted to reason and logical proof. . . how could you believe that extra terre ...more
Jan 2007
Nov 12, 2008
 
Three Cups of Deceit: How Greg Mortenson, Humanitarian Hero, Lost His Way
3.75
really liked it
Having enjoyed Krakauer’s work in the past, I picked up this Kindle single on spec. Turns out to be quite a read. Krakauer was an emotional and financ ...more
Jun 02, 2012
Jun 02, 2012
 
Off-Topic: The Story of an Internet Revolt
4.30
it was amazing
Really excellent summary of events to date with data and evidence. Makes the STGRB folks look like a bunch of bad writers who couldn't tell parody and ...more
Nov 13, 2013
Nov 03, 2013
 
Cockpit Confidential: Everything You Need to Know about Air Travel: Questions, Answers, & Reflections
3.80
it was amazing
I have been reading Patrick Smith's blog on Salon for several years. He's a professional airline pilot and always brings sense and rational thinking t ...more
Jun 30, 2013
Jun 30, 2013
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