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The Road to Little Dribbling: More Notes From a Small Island
3.70
did not like it
Basically?

Old man yells at cloud

But swap in the UK for "cloud".

I've read all of Bryson's other stuff, far as I recall. I have greatly enjoyed it. I laughed so hard at part
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Nov 26, 2015
Oct 17, 2015
 
Sub Rosa
3.89
liked it
Uhh... something about the importance of memory and having a past. And magical hookers.
not set
Dec 12, 2010
 
Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of the Stars
2.95
it was ok
Can't entirely pin down whether it was the tone/style, all the people name-dropped, or the salaciousness of it all, but the book leaves you inclined n ...more
Apr 11, 2012
Apr 11, 2012
 
Singled Out: How Two Million Women Survived Without Men After the First World War
3.78
liked it
An interesting look at the consequences of history-shaping events. In this case, due to the carnage of WWI, after there were ~2 million "Surplus Women ...more
Jan 30, 2011
Jan 10, 2011
 
Sweetland
3.88
it was amazing
This, along with Essex County (another recent read), should be added to the Canadian high school English curriculum. So quintessentially Canadian, so ...more
Jan 2016
Jan 29, 2014
 
Road Trip Rwanda: A Journey Into the New Heart of Africa
4.21
it was amazing
Absolutely fantastic. An excellent example of kintsugi (hopefully using that right). While books like Shake Hands with the Devil will rip you apart (t ...more
Oct 06, 2015
Aug 19, 2015
 
The Primal Blueprint: Reprogram Your Genes for Effortless Weight Loss, Vibrant Health, and Boundless Energy
4.06
really liked it
Take every altered eating recommendation with a grain of salt, but Sisson lays out in a lot of detail why Primal recommends nuking grains, sugar, and ...more
Mar 07, 2012
Feb 23, 2012
 
Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1)
3.67
Assigning zero stars is intentional. I read a third and couldn't take any more.

I imagine E.L. James is laughing all the way to the bank, and good on '
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Aug 14, 2012
Apr 05, 2012
 
Monoceros
3.73
liked it
Has an interesting tone that is not unfamiliar in CanLit. There's sex and death, but no incest or drowning. :)

Not a bad read, and extra poignant post-
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Jul 21, 2011
Jul 13, 2011
 
Uprooted
4.11
it was amazing
Love, love, love. Fairy tale! Magic! Beasties! Villains! Metaphors! Women with agency and swords!
Jul 2015
May 31, 2015
 
Eating Animals
4.19
really liked it
Doesn't really cover any ground you wouldn't know about if you've read Omnivore's Dilemma, seen Food Inc., etc., however, I can see it being a very un ...more
Aug 29, 2012
Aug 11, 2012
 
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
4.05
it was amazing
This story is nuts. I knew the tiniest sliver of it, but the reality boggles the mind.

A black woman is diagnosed with a particularly virulent cervica
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Jul 14, 2010
Jul 12, 2010
 
The Science of Evil: On Empathy and the Origins of Cruelty
3.78
it was amazing
This book is admittedly snack-sized, especially considering the depth and complexity of the topic, but I appreciate how approachable Baron-Cohen makes ...more
Sep 03, 2011
Jul 31, 2011
 
Children of Earth and Sky
4.12
liked it
Enjoyable enough, but his stuff is starting to feel a bit dated. Like a series you read as a teenager that wasn't quite... it when you went back years ...more
Jun 28, 2016
Jan 15, 2016
 
How To Be A Bush Pilot: A Field Guide To Getting Luckier
3.70
really liked it
As anyone can tell you, there aren't enough Os in "smooth" to describe me. Plus, y'know, I don't really spend much time seducing women...

However! This
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Mar 28, 2011
Mar 24, 2011
 
Feverborn (Fever, #8)
4.20
did not like it
It was a good indication of how bad the last one was that coming into this one, I hardly remembered a damned thing.

Though that didn't really matter si
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Jan 30, 2016
Dec 28, 2015
 
Memoirs of an Addicted Brain: A Neuroscientist Examines his Former Life on Drugs
4.00
really liked it
I have a feeling this would be a rather different read, depending on your own experiences and outlook. I have known a number of dealers and addicts an ...more
Jun 23, 2012
May 29, 2012
 
Fifteen Dogs
3.79
really liked it
I read two reviews of this before reading it, and both contained "ugly cry" warnings, so I'm the last person who should usually read such things. And ...more
May 29, 2015
May 11, 2015
 
Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things
3.87
really liked it
Hoarding has become, weirdly, kinda fashionable, largely thanks to those TV shows. This book sheds a lot of light on the psychology of hoarders and so ...more
not set
Jun 17, 2011
 
Steak: One Man's Search for the World's Tastiest Piece of Beef
3.89
it was amazing
I was a tad surprised at how fascinating I found this book. While the author goes around the world ostensibly in search of the best hunk of beef out t ...more
Apr 13, 2012
Apr 03, 2012
 
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
4.23
really liked it
I didn't really need to read a book on writing. I know how to write. I know how we get stuck and how to get unstuck, etc.

However, I came across a coup
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Feb 12, 2012
Jan 30, 2012
 
When the Body Says No: The Cost of Hidden Stress
4.29
it was amazing
A timely read for me, and really good stuff. Doesn't claim that stress is the only thing that affects our health, but illustrates scientifically and a ...more
Dec 31, 2011
Dec 28, 2011
 
Poles Apart
3.69
really liked it
I wasn't as big a fan of Terry's last one, but this was back on track for me being sweet and fun and funny.

Got to attend a reading last week where he
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Nov 04, 2015
Nov 01, 2015
 
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory
4.13
really liked it
Given my readings and taste, I'd have gone for something more in depth and detailed/longe. The history stuff alone is fascinating, and a chapter on th ...more
Oct 03, 2015
Sep 30, 2015
 
Stop Teaching Our Kids to Kill: A Call to Action Against TV, Movie & Video Game Violence
3.85
Didn't finish this one. Nothing wrong with it, just found it fairly repetitive from Grossman's other work that I've read. Sad to say, too, but it's al ...more
Dec 27, 2012
Dec 26, 2012
 
Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar
4.30
really liked it
This isn't self-help, nor is it light reading. It will kick you in the feels when you're not expecting it (including when you're not even reading). Yo ...more
not set
Dec 26, 2012
 
Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead
3.95
really liked it
In a number of ways this struck me as being a professional version of Caitlin Moran's How To Be A Woman. Not 100% of either book will apply to any one ...more
Apr 24, 2013
Jan 27, 2013
 
Back from the Dead: One Woman's Search for the Men Who Walked Off America's Death Row
3.90
liked it
Cheever's is/was a lawyer who witnessed the execution of her Death Row client, which (unsurprisingly), profoundly affected her. She became haunted by ...more
not set
Apr 14, 2011
 
Brew North: How Canadians Made Beer and Beer Made Canada
4.00
liked it
Interesting stuff, though needs an update. The newest breweries in it are Beau's and Grand River, and there's been sooooo much action since then, not ...more
May 08, 2015
Apr 30, 2015
 
Company Town
3.55
really liked it
So close to a 5, but felt it went kinda wonky and messy at the end. Still, loved how it felt like classic Gibson and Stephenson but was still fresh an ...more
Apr 26, 2017
Feb 03, 2017
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