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The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language
4.05
did not like it
Given the current divide in linguistics between the Functional/Cognitive theoretical approach to language and the formalist, generative approach which ...more
not set
Nov 05, 2009
 
Genes, Peoples, and Languages
3.88
it was ok
Interesting book, very informative in terms of the genetics side of things. However, perhaps he should have stuck to genetic evolution and not gone of ...more
Feb 15, 2012
Oct 02, 2011
 
Les fous de Bassan
3.66
really liked it
J'ai adoré ce livre, principalement parce qu'il m'a donné beaucoup à quoi penser. Hébert raconte l'histoire d'une famille qui occupe un petit village ...more
Apr 2008
Jul 04, 2009
 
The Power of Babel: A Natural History of Language
3.97
liked it
This is a great book for non-linguists interested in language and how tens of thousands of dialects have developed and transformed throughout human hi ...more
May 03, 2010
Feb 04, 2010
 
Uttermost Part of the Earth
4.55
Sounds like racism and exotification (of a murdered people no less) of the worst kind.

"When the author was born in Tierra del Fuego in 1874, it was tr
...more
not set
Mar 26, 2011
 
When Character Was King: A Story of Ronald Reagan
4.24
The juxtaposition of a phrase like "when character was king" with the smiling face of the man who, about people with AIDS, said "Those who live in sin ...more
not set
Feb 04, 2010
 
Green Rage: Radical Environmentalism and the Unmaking of Civilization
3.76
really liked it
This book is great for anyone wanting to learn more about the history and philosophy of radical environmentalism, with a focus on the Earth First! mov ...more
Jan 20, 2010
Dec 11, 2009
 
The Sixth Extinction: Patterns of Life and the Future of Humankind
3.92
it was amazing
What an eye-opener! This is not just a boring book on evolutionary ecology; it is a wake-up call to ecologists, conservationists, anti-alarmist critic ...more
not set
Nov 29, 2009
 
Kaplan GRE Exam 2010: Strategies, Practice, and Review
3.08
really liked it
I highly recommend this book if you want to get a good score on the GRE. I started out with the Princeton Review book and got a miserably low score. T ...more
Oct 27, 2009
Oct 16, 2009
 
Man's Search for Meaning
4.33
really liked it
This book is split essentially into two sections: the first is Frankl's account of his experience in several concentration camps, and the second is an ...more
Nov 13, 2009
Nov 05, 2009
 
Path of the Kabbalah (Patterns of World Spirituality/Paths)
4.28
really liked it
I got yelled at in a very scary way for telling my old Hebrew school teacher (a former Israeli drill sergeant) that I was reading this... It's said yo ...more
not set
May 31, 2010
 
Road Belong Cargo: A Study Of The Cargo Movement In The Southern Madang District, New Guinea
3.91
really liked it
This book is positively amazing, it is easily the best historical account of cargo cults in northeastern New Guinea and in my opinion one of the best ...more
not set
Jul 07, 2015
 
How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less
3.70
really liked it
Thoughtful and pretty well balanced must-read, especially for progressive Jews and others who've been on a Taglit Birthright trip to Israel. Pretty im ...more
not set
Dec 21, 2011
 
The Giving Tree
4.37
really liked it
Contrary to the description of this book as it is here on goodreads, I don't think the theme of this book is unclear in any way.

I'm actually not a bi
...more
not set
Nov 06, 2009
 
Psycholinguistics: Psychology, Linguistics, and the Study of Natueal History
3.00
did not like it
What an awful waste of human energy and environmental resources. This is one of those books that will soon find, if it has not already found, itself w ...more
not set
Mar 01, 2011
 
Going Rogue: An American Life
3.28
I'm gonna read this one for shits and giggles. But mostly for shits.
not set
Nov 17, 2009
 
The World Without Us
3.79
it was amazing
This book is nothing short of a gigantic eye-opener - and a really well-written one at that. I considered myself environmentally aware, then read this ...more
Dec 02, 2009
Nov 05, 2009
 
Home Economics
4.19
really liked it
Written in the early to mid-80s, the relevance of this book of essays to America today is astounding. Berry does not fit any category in today's polit ...more
Mar 15, 2010
Dec 31, 2009
 
The Murderers Among Us
4.24
liked it
This book is both a great portrait of Simon Wiesenthal's campaign for justice for the victims of the Holocaust as well as a history of the perpetrator ...more
not set
Apr 07, 2010
 
Der fromme Tanz
3.59
it was ok
I really, REALLY wanted to like this book. It had so much promise. A young gay man from a good family running away to Berlin in the crazy 20s. I was h ...more
Jan 27, 2010
Jul 04, 2009
 
Stones from the River
4.07
liked it
I have such mixed feelings about this book. I found the basic premise fascinating and very moving- the perspective of a dwarf who is used to being "ot ...more
Nov 04, 2009
Jul 04, 2009
 
A History of Modern Palestine: One Land, Two Peoples
4.04
it was ok
I read most of this book before going on a Taglit Birthright trip to Israel, in order to get a better handle on the Palestinian historical perspective ...more
Feb 15, 2012
Dec 16, 2010
 
The Book of Life: An Illustrated History of the Evolution of Life on Earth
4.19
really liked it
Obviously, it's not possible to put everything we know about the history of the biosphere into a 250 page book, but "The Book of Life" does a good job ...more
Feb 21, 2010
Aug 20, 2009
 
A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire, #2)
4.40
it was amazing
Song of Ice and Fire is my ultimate beach read, my cure for all ailments, my substitution for good lit porn. Martin's ability to create addictively fa ...more
not set
Jul 04, 2009
 
The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason
3.93
it was ok
Disclaimer: I only got about 70 pages into this book, and then put it down.

As an agnostic~atheist, I thought I'd be cheering Harris on the whole way,
...more
not set
Dec 19, 2010
 
The Languages of Native North America
4.41
it was amazing
Interlibrary loan only gave me 2 weeks to read this hefty tome. So I only got through 370 pages. It is nevertheless a very comprehensive description o ...more
Jan 19, 2010
Oct 19, 2009
 
The Last of the Wine
4.08
it was ok
The story/plot is great, but Renault's prose is so incredibly awkward, whether it's dialogue or not. So awkward and stinted to the extent that I could ...more
not set
Jul 07, 2009
 
Cracking the GRE, 2010 Edition (Graduate School Test Preparation)
3.47
it was ok
Difficult to rate this one. I read through it and studied it cover to cover in the period of about 5 weeks. I memorized every single vocab word I didn ...more
Sep 16, 2009
Sep 11, 2009
 
When You Are Engulfed in Flames
4.04
it was ok
Total mixed feelings about this book. I've never read Sedaris before this - only heard some audio files of him, which inspired me to read him. I'm won ...more
Jul 12, 2009
Jul 04, 2009
 
Ecology, Community and Lifestyle: Outline of an Ecosophy
3.90
it was ok
From what I read about Arne Naess I was sure I was going to love this book to pieces, but I kinda wanted to *rip* it to pieces after page 30 or therea ...more
not set
Dec 18, 2009
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