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My First Summer in the Sierra
4.11
really liked it
Listen to Bach, Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 – this is how you will feel while reading John Muir. Exhilarated. Joyous. Passionate. Alive.

This book is ne
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May 11, 2011
May 11, 2011
 
Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City
3.59
liked it
“What happened here?”

I say that a lot.

For a person who likes decay and ruin, New Mexico is an entropy-enthusiasts wet dream. My hobby is exploring gho
...more
Nov 15, 2009
Nov 15, 2009
 
The Art of Peace
4.25
really liked it
A page a day spiritual affirmations like:

"Eight forces sustain creation:
Movement and stillness,
Solidification and fluidity,
Extension and contraction,
U
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Oct 26, 2016
Oct 26, 2016
 
The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon
3.86
really liked it
This author was on the Colbert show a few nights ago. Even though Steven wouldn’t give the poor guy a chance to talk, the story seemed right up my all ...more
Apr 12, 2009
Mar 28, 2009
 
Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War
4.08
liked it
Robert Lee Hodge is the Marlon Brando of Confederate reenactors. He can swell his belly, fall to the ground, hand curled, cheeks puffed out, mouth con ...more
Jan 19, 2009
Jan 19, 2009
 
House of Rain: Tracking a Vanished Civilization Across the American Southwest
4.17
really liked it
Put your tongue forcefully into the side of your cheek and keep it there while you read this book—just to remind yourself most of what you are reading ...more
Jun 23, 2009
Jun 23, 2009
 
The Wordy Shipmates
3.66
really liked it
We don’t have a problem yet Sarah. But I am working on one. I am finding myself reading entire novels in-between your chapters. We’re still lovers—but ...more
Nov 15, 2009
Oct 08, 2009
 
The Book of General Ignorance
3.79
liked it
What's the tallest mountain in the world? Think you know right, Mount Everest, at 29,029 feet? Nope, it is Mauna Kea. Though it is a modest 13,799 abo ...more
Jan 17, 2010
Jan 17, 2010
 
1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus
4.01
liked it
Glyptodonts, caliche and zoonotic. Sounds like a law firm hell doesn’t it? Alas, it is only some of the terms Charles Mann digs up discussing pre-Colu ...more
Mar 03, 2009
Mar 03, 2009
 
The Histories
3.97
really liked it
“Only YOU would go around carrying a copy of Herodotus.”

What did my friend Richard Halverson mean by ‘only YOU?’

Doesn’t everyone find the big H. inte
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Apr 14, 2011
Apr 14, 2011
 
Leisureville: Adventures in America's Retirement Utopias
3.48
it was ok
Once upon a time in a far off land where senior citizens are required to drive like turtles in the passing lane and early bird specials begin at 3:30 ...more
Apr 21, 2009
Apr 21, 2009
 
1776
4.06
really liked it
The musical was better!

No, I’m kidding (although I am one of 23 people on this planet to actually likes the B’way show. No excuse for the other plane
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Jan 21, 2009
Jan 21, 2009
 
A Walk Across America
4.02
did not like it
Chronicle of a 1973-1975 walk from New York to New Orleans. For the entire trip (west), you have to buy the sequel. Check your local library or buy fr ...more
Mar 30, 2011
Mar 30, 2011
 
The Cello Suites
3.98
liked it
This is a wonderful book. Not definitive in any way -- but pleasurable as a good guilty read.

Bach's Cello Suites are perhaps the most intriguing piece
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Apr 09, 2011
Apr 09, 2011
 
High Noon in Lincoln: Violence on the Western Frontier
4.17
really liked it
Here is the thing about the Lincoln County Wars. Not one single pulp novel or movie seems to have been able to accurately portray what actually happen ...more
Jun 16, 2009
not set
Jun 16, 2009
 
Chariots of The Gods
3.48
it was ok
Come on. Admit you read it however long ago when it was on every bookshelf in the Western Hemisphere. Then you paw-pawed it. Yet you secretly hoped so ...more
Sep 20, 2010
Sep 20, 2010
 
The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914
4.12
really liked it
1850 is my favorite year. What? You don’t have a favorite year? Sure you do. It is the one you picked during the late night drunken college game of ‘W ...more
Apr 21, 2009
Apr 21, 2009
 
Basilica: The Splendor and the Scandal: Building St. Peter's
3.98
it was ok
Very similar to ‘Brunelleschi’s Dome’ this is an account of building St. Peter’s. Broader is scope (the whole building not just the dome—and it is muc ...more
Aug 02, 2009
Jun 05, 2009
 
Isaac's Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History
4.05
liked it
The Isaac in question is Isaac Cline, a Galveston meteorologist at the turn of the last century who lacked the tools and wherewithal to predict one of ...more
Jan 2008
Feb 02, 2009
 
Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America
3.61
did not like it
Steal this book! The author deserves no royalties. She is condescending, patronizing and proselytizing to the converted. Of course it is hard to make ...more
Feb 08, 2009
Feb 08, 2009
 
The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap
4.20
really liked it
Since 1991, serious violent crime in the United States has dropped by 40%. In the same period, the US prison population has more than doubled to more ...more
Dec 03, 2014
Dec 03, 2014
 
Griftopia: Bubble Machines, Vampire Squids, and the Long Con That Is Breaking America
4.15
really liked it
This clarifies how our country has been hijacked over the past 20 years. While most Americans prefer to keep their head in the sand and continue to wa ...more
May 21, 2014
May 18, 2014
 
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania
4.08
liked it
Don’t get mad at me. Before posting this, I skimmed a few ‘Dead Wake’ reviews, and as expected, most were a love fest for the author and his writing. ...more
Jul 13, 2016
Jul 11, 2016
 
Apocalypse 2012: A Scientific Investigation into Civilization's End
3.30
it was ok
Lets talk synergy. I accidently happen to be reading this book in conjunction with “Decipher” which also mixes up Mayan myth and 2012. Oh, but there’s ...more
Jan 13, 2009
Jan 12, 2009
 
The Soul of a Horse: Life Lessons from the Herd
4.25
it was ok
Oh, Joe.

You made your point in the first dozen pages. Then you beat it to death. You may be kind to equines but you are brutal on homo sapiens.
I know
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Sep 15, 2009
Sep 05, 2009
 
In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto
4.07
really liked it
The author sums it up in the first sentence: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”

And then, like he says, the game is up and he has to somehow keep
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Sep 05, 2009
Aug 23, 2009
 
Molto Agitato: The Mayhem Behind the Music at the Metropolitan Opera
3.62
it was ok
There's not much dirt on the people involved, but enough to keep your interest.

What really makes this a fun read, though, is the inside info you won'
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Apr 09, 2011
Apr 09, 2011
 
Canyon de Chelly: Its People and Rock Art
4.43
really liked it
Hands down, this is the best book on the canyon so far. It is not comprehensive, by any means, nor is it empirical. It is a simple straightforward his ...more
Jan 2008
Jan 26, 2009
 
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values
3.77
really liked it
My third reading. Still wonderful. Still insightful. Still worth your time.
Apr 29, 2017
Apr 29, 2017
 
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
3.92
it was ok
There is a detachment in the writing style that is unengaged. Once you adjust to this punctuated attitude towards the characters, it is easier to abso ...more
Jun 29, 2008
Nov 30, 2008
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