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Fourth Uncle in the Mountain: The Remarkable Legacy of a Buddhist Itinerant Doctor in Vietnam
4.35
really liked it
Ah yes a mystical book indeed. This memoir has many things I like woven into the drama of the conflicts in Vietnam. The picture painted of vietnamese ...more
Jan 11, 2009
Feb 11, 2009
 
Sacred Plant Medicine: Explorations in the Practice of Indigenous Herbalism
4.31
it was amazing
I am thankful that these and other books like it exist. This kind of knowledge has been pushed into the shadow of modern medecine and might be lost fo ...more
Aug 04, 2007
Feb 08, 2009
 
This Is an Uprising: How Nonviolent Revolt Is Shaping the Twenty-First Century
4.30
it was amazing
Important read for our current lot. So much to hit the streets and demand now-a-day and this book shows you just what has worked through analysis of p ...more
Jul 22, 2016
Jun 01, 2016
 
The Hidden Forest: The Biography of an Ecosystem
4.28
it was amazing
Luoma illuminates the myriad relationships pulsing in old growth ecosystems. All life, From the massive pillars of ancient trees to microscopic bacter ...more
not set
Apr 14, 2011
 
Addicted to Danger: A Memoir
3.75
it was ok
I was propelled by the excitement of the first half of the book into the funk of the second. Unable to stop reading a book that far completed I drug m ...more
Aug 23, 2009
Aug 10, 2009
 
The West
4.17
it was amazing
From the first famished Spaniards who washed up on Galveston Island to the flamboyant escapades of John C. Fremont. This book has the west pretty much ...more
Dec 05, 2008
Feb 12, 2009
 
The Autobiography of a Tibetan Monk
4.36
it was amazing
Seeing Tibet through the eyes of a common monk really brought things into focus. Rather than a quick flood of Chinese soldiers taking everything over ...more
Mar 28, 2010
Mar 18, 2010
 
In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex
4.16
it was amazing
Ohhh yes, a classic indeed.
The tragic tale of the whaleship essex. The words of this book bring vivid images of the oil slicked vessels and blackened
...more
Feb 09, 2009
Feb 11, 2009
 
The Celestine Prophecy: An Adventure
3.60
liked it
This book would have been great if it were true. It is written like a autobiographical story, which at first I thought it was. Then things got fancifu ...more
Apr 2004
Apr 05, 2010
 
Cannery Row
4.02
really liked it
Although I have been living in Monterey for some time I never thought of reading Steinbeck. His face can be seen on flags and cast in bronze statues a ...more
not set
Nov 10, 2009
 
On the Road
3.64
it was amazing
Hadn't picked the book up forever because I was vagabonding around and felt like it would be too cliche. I woke up one morning in a little alcove of a ...more
not set
Mar 28, 2016
 
Ghost Soldiers: The Epic Account of World War II's Greatest Rescue Mission
4.17
it was amazing
Holy crap. That was intense, I actually lost some sleep because of this book. I woke up in the middle of the night playing out the scenario in my head ...more
Oct 06, 2009
Oct 02, 2009
 
Close to the Wind: An Extraordinary Story of Triumph Over Adversity
4.00
liked it
Ma Mami always said that if you want to own a boat just stand in the shower tearing up hundred dollar bills, this book sheds a little truth on that. S ...more
not set
Nov 12, 2010
 
Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust
4.43
it was amazing
A first hand account of a survivor of the Rwandan genocide.
Or as she refers to it the "Rwandan holocaust." Indeed it was that extreme, I had no Idea
...more
Jan 03, 2009
Feb 11, 2009
 
Five Past Midnight in Bhopal: The Epic Story of the World's Deadliest Industrial Disaster
4.13
it was amazing
Dominique Lapierre ad Javier Moro make a good team in this full account of the Union Carbide disaster in Bhopal. The style in which they approached th ...more
Jan 17, 2009
Feb 11, 2009
 
Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist
3.94
really liked it
Bill McKibben is a passionate guy, somewhat self depreciating but forging a resistance against the odds nonetheless. To lighten the overall mood of en ...more
not set
Jun 01, 2016
 
To a God Unknown
3.92
it was amazing
The ancient struggle between the dogma of religion and the spirituality of the land laid bare in the raw country of old California. It is left vague w ...more
not set
Mar 28, 2016
 
Voyage of the Manteno: The Education of a Modern-Day Expeditioner
3.61
it was ok
The title of this book should be "Shitty times on crappy rafts." I can only recommend this book to people who are thinking about building a balsa raft ...more
not set
Jun 01, 2016
 
Man's Search for Meaning
4.33
really liked it
Concentration camps, the SS and those who endured. Hmmm.. It's hard to wrap my mind around the human capacity for such insensitive cruelty, but it's t ...more
Mar 14, 2009
Mar 10, 2009
 
Stringer: A Reporter's Journey in the Congo
3.43
really liked it
Compelled to do something meaningful and extraordinary the author leaves behind a promising career to become a journalist in the Congo. What is reveal ...more
not set
Jun 27, 2014
 
The Monkey Wrench Gang (Monkey Wrench Gang, #1)
4.08
it was amazing
A dangerous read for a man as passionate about conservation as I, though I don't believe I will be blowing up any heavy equipment any time soon. The S ...more
not set
Mar 28, 2016
 
The Ethics of What We Eat: Why Our Food Choices Matter
4.06
really liked it
A detailed and informative look at where our food comes from and how it is produced. At times this book lost me in figures and percentages, but overal ...more
Oct 02, 2008
Feb 08, 2009
 
Travels in Alaska
3.95
liked it
Muir and I feel the same way about nature, she's divine. I enjoyed the glimpse into the past of South East Alaska, especially as I could compare with ...more
not set
Jun 01, 2016
 
The Secret History of the American Empire: Economic Hit Men, Jackals & the Truth about Global Corruption
3.86
it was amazing
John Perkins' revealing accounts from the inside of a corrupt corporate empire. This book is not a conspiracy theorists rantings, He was an "economic ...more
Nov 17, 2008
Feb 08, 2009
 
The Tracker
4.17
really liked it
An account of Tom Brown's youth and adulthood deep in the forests, marshes and mountains of mother nature. Set mostly in the pine barrens of New Jerse ...more
Mar 09, 2008
Feb 08, 2009
 
Hero Found: The Greatest POW Escape of the Vietnam War
4.27
really liked it
Beyond the military hubris which i do not care for is a clear picture of a uniquely potent individual. Raised to survive in war torn Germany Dengler d ...more
not set
May 16, 2011
 
The Translator: A Tribesman's Memoir of Darfur
3.94
really liked it
A true and tragic tale of the life of Daoud Hari, a tribesman from Darfur. A clear contrast is shown between the happiness and simplicity of his child ...more
Sep 08, 2008
Feb 08, 2009
 
Tales of a Shaman's Apprentice: An Ethnobotanist Searches for New Medicines in the Rain Forest
4.20
really liked it
The Amazon! A wild sounding place, where a few tribes struggle to hold on to their traditions and ancient, extensive knowledge of their environment. T ...more
Feb 13, 2005
Feb 12, 2009
 
A Voyage for Madmen
4.24
it was amazing
A classic tale with a wide cast of characters, Some heroic, others desperate and crazy, in a race pitted more against themselves than each other as th ...more
not set
Jun 01, 2016
 
At the Mercy of the River: An Exploration of the Last African Wilderness
3.60
it was ok
Ok... to be fair I didn't finish this book, it was better that I didn't spend any more time on it though, because it was not that great of a read to b ...more
Sep 20, 2009
Aug 23, 2009
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