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The Real Frank Zappa Book
liked it
I greatly enjoyed the first part of this book. Zappa’s humorous look at his early years and musical experiences is entertaining and somewhat informati ...more
Mar 13, 2009
Mar 06, 2009
Think and Grow Rich
it was ok
I’d wanted to read a classic self-help book, and several modern motivational speakers have credited Napoleon Hill. This book was written in the US in ...more
Dec 30, 2009
Jan 24, 2010
Write It Down, Make It Happen: Knowing What You Want And Getting It
it was ok
Although I agree with the basic premise of this book--that writing down goals and aspirations can help to manifest them--I did not find the book very ...more
Sep 20, 2010
Sep 25, 2010
Hawaii's Story by Hawaii's Queen
really liked it
Required reading for visitors to the Hawaiian Islands, IMO. Written by Hawaii's last queen, a very eloquent, worldly, and loving Victorian woman. She ...more
Dec 05, 2008
Dec 12, 2008
Outermost House
it was amazing
When I told my sister I was reading this book on a recent trip to Cape Cod, she asked me how many times I’d read it. She remembers me purchasing this ...more
Oct 07, 2011
Jul 31, 2010
The Relaxation Response
really liked it
Usually I’m suspicious that doctors who write popular health books are more interested in making a buck or selling a product than in helping people ge ...more
Mar 20, 2010
Mar 15, 2010
The Mountains of California
really liked it
I’d read a later edition of this collection of John Muir’s nature essays once before, while visiting the Sierras for some skiing and snowshoeing. This ...more
Jan 05, 2010
Jan 24, 2010
Living with Joy: Keys to Personal Power and Spiritual Transformation
it was amazing
One of my favorite bedside readers, simple steps to finding joy in everyday life. Concepts such as joy, inner peace, self esteem, clarity, love, appre ...more
Dec 10, 2006
Feb 08, 2009
The Sea Around Us
it was amazing
This book launched Rachel Carson’s career as a popular science literature writer. If you have never read any of her ocean books, start with this one. ...more
Mar 21, 2009
Mar 24, 2009
Babayaga: A Novel of Witches in Paris
it was amazing
Babayaga, the wise and terrible old witch from Russian folklore, is living a low-profile life in Paris in 1959. Known as Elga, she made a long journey ...more
Dec 27, 2014
Dec 28, 2014
Strong Women Stay Young
it was amazing
When rating an exercise/health building book, I ask myself several questions. Is the plan based upon scientific study? Does that study apply to someon ...more
Jan 18, 2015
Nov 27, 2014
It Works: The Original Edition: The Famous Little Red Book That Makes Your Dreams Come True
really liked it
This short (< 30 page) self-help volume was written in 1926 by an anonymous author who was “highly successful and widely known for his generosity a ...more
Oct 2010
Oct 18, 2010
Turtle Island
it was amazing
A few years after “Turtle Island” won the Pulitzer Prize in 1975, I had the pleasure of hearing Gary Snyder read from it at a fundraiser for a Santa C ...more
Mar 2014
Feb 10, 2014
The Hawaiian Archipelago: Six Months in the Sandwich Islands: Among Hawaii's Palm Groves, Coral Reefs and Volcanoes
it was amazing
This early Hawaiian travelogue is unique for several reasons. It’s a first edition, published in 1875, and the first book by an author who became a we ...more
Aug 03, 2012
May 22, 2012
Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior
really liked it
As part of my 2015 reading challenge I was to read the book at the bottom of my to-read list. I’m not sure why I wanted to read this, but it was my ve ...more
Sep 27, 2015
Sep 23, 2015
A Pig in Provence: Good Food and Simple Pleasures in the South of France
it was ok
This book has a promising beginning. I typically enjoy books with chapters that tell a story followed by a recipe from the story, in fact I often foll ...more
Apr 27, 2013
Apr 13, 2013
I am Brian Wilson: A Memoir
it was amazing
It’s said that there’s a thin line between genius and madness, and Brian Wilson’s memoir is all about walking that line. At age 74 he is clearer than ...more
Dec 31, 2016
Dec 20, 2016
Gemstones of the World
it was amazing
It’s unusual to find a gemstone reference that can be used by scientists, jewelers, collectors, and laypeople, but such is this book, complete with co ...more
Feb 07, 2015
Feb 03, 2015
Ernest Hemingway's a Moveable Feast
liked it
Just how much of “A Moveable Feast” was, as its introduction states, compiled from documents Hemingway left in two trunks the Ritz Hotel in Paris in 1 ...more
Sep 10, 2012
Sep 02, 2012
The Cat Who Could Read Backwards (Cat Who... #1)
it was amazing
Perhaps I’m being sentimental in my generous rating of 5 stars for this light and amusing mystery, the first in Braun’s “The Cat Who…” series. I picke ...more
Oct 20, 2015
Oct 18, 2015
Co-creating at Its Best: A Conversation Between Master Teachers
liked it
This book is the transcription of a meeting that took place in 2014 between authors Wayne Dyer and Esther Hicks. Dr. Dyer has written over 40 self-hel ...more
Jan 05, 2015
Jan 06, 2015
A Season of Mists
really liked it
I picked up this book under false pretenses, as the summary on the back cover is for a different book by a different author. Nevertheless, I found thi ...more
Aug 25, 2013
Aug 31, 2013
Wine of the Mystic: The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam: A Spiritual Interpretation
liked it
I bought a first edition of “Wine of the Mystic” because it’s such a beautiful book. With numerous stunning full-page color reproductions of paintings ...more
Nov 30, 2015
Nov 25, 2015
Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability
it was amazing
I had a pact with some fellow web nerds at work to read a book on usability to improve our websites. I chose this one because, like a good website, it ...more
May 15, 2009
May 10, 2009
Keep Moving: And Other Tips and Truths about Aging
really liked it
What’s not to like about stories and advice from an 89-year old comedian—especially one who is healthy and optimistic? Dick Van Dyke is a powerhouse, ...more
Apr 2016
Mar 26, 2016
Le Mariage
it was ok
This novel is about events leading up to the impending marriage of a Parisian horse-memorabilia dealer and a journalist born in America who has lived ...more
Apr 04, 2009
Mar 06, 2009
Weird California
did not like it
This mean-spirited little collection of California oddities emphasizes cult activities, famous murderers, and hocus pocus heresay. Only the Ancient My ...more
Feb 12, 2008
Feb 15, 2009
The Dog Who Came In From The Cold
really liked it
This second book of Alexander McCall Smith’s Corduroy Mansions trilogy has a bit more action and plot than the first book. The odd cast of characters ...more
Jul 16, 2016
Jul 18, 2016
Signs of Life: The Five Universal Shapes and How to Use Them
it was amazing
I bought this book at my friend’s leaving-town-to-become-a-lady-truck-driver yard sale. The gold symbols on the turquoise cover and the beautiful imag ...more
Oct 22, 2016
Oct 21, 2016
Riverside's Mission Inn (Images of America: California)
really liked it
There is no place on earth like the Mission Inn, although you’ll find similar architectural and decorative elements throughout colonial era California ...more
Aug 16, 2015
Aug 15, 2015
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