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Bernstein: A Biography
3.10
did not like it
From my thesis proposal:

In addition to Burton’s work, the long-standing staple biography on Bernstein has been that of Joan Peyser. Whether in the ori
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Jan 2009
Jul 20, 2009
 
Leonard Bernstein: A Life
3.70
really liked it
Merle Secrest’s 1994 Leonard Bernstein also complements Burton’s and Myer’s biographies. Like Burton’s, this biography includes extensive citations, h ...more
not set
Jun 03, 2009
 
The New Jew: An Unexpected Conversion
3.47
liked it
I enjoyed hearing Sally Friedes (a native of my home state who spoke in Milwaukee) talk as much (if not more) than I enjoyed her book. I'm glad someon ...more
Jun 2009
Jun 24, 2009
 
Tradition in a Rootless World: Women Turn to Orthodox Judaism
3.61
really liked it
Although a bit dated, the scholar in me appreciates the footnotes and the intense respect to scholarly detail.
Apr 20, 2010
Mar 05, 2010
 
Leonard Bernstein
4.27
it was amazing
[From my Master of Music thesis proposal:]

As a twentieth-century composer living both in the academic world and the public eye, Bernstein was the subj
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Feb 2009
Jun 03, 2009
 
You've Come a Long Way, Baby: Women, Politics, and Popular Culture
3.33
liked it
After hearing Lilly Goren speak at The Tool Shed in Milwaukee, I was captivated by her book and the task it tackled. While I didn't enjoy all of the c ...more
Aug 03, 2009
Jul 20, 2009
 
The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible
3.76
it was amazing
This book was hilarious!
Aug 2010
Jul 28, 2010
 
Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife
3.58
it was amazing
I love Mary Roach's writing style! Reading Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife is watching Discovery Channel. I just can't change the channel -- and ...more
Feb 16, 2010
Oct 15, 2009
 
Mitzvah Girls: Bringing Up the Next Generation of Hasidic Jews in Brooklyn
3.87
really liked it
The anthropologist/ethnologist in me loved this well written AND WELL DOCUMENTED study. The author really remains neutral in her observations but pair ...more
May 28, 2010
Apr 20, 2010
 
The Unanswered Question: Six Talks at Harvard (The Charles Eliot Norton Lectures)
4.47
it was amazing
Such an eloquent speaker and man! A must read for music lovers and musicians!
not set
Jun 03, 2009
 
Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex
3.83
it was amazing
Laugh out loud! One of the best books I've ever read!!!!
Aug 06, 2009
Jul 10, 2009
 
Hey Natalie Jean: Advice, Musings, and Inspiration on Marriage, Motherhood, and Style
3.48
it was ok
None
not set
Dec 26, 2015
 
Jewish Literacy: The Most Important Things to Know about the Jewish Religion, Its People, and Its History
4.30
it was amazing
None
Oct 2010
Oct 03, 2010
 
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
3.79
it was amazing
None
Aug 24, 2015
Dec 26, 2015
 
The Sabbath World: Glimpses of a Different Order of Time
3.53
it was amazing
None
May 03, 2010
May 03, 2010
 
Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War
3.94
None
not set
Feb 08, 2016
 
Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube: Chasing Fear and Finding Home in the Great White North
3.74
None
not set
Jul 21, 2016
 
Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life
3.97
None
not set
Jul 22, 2017
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