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In the Land of Believers: An Outsider's Extraordinary Journey into the Heart of the Evangelical Church
3.47
really liked it
First, I want to say that, though I have little first hand knowledge of the evangelical scene, Falwell's church probably wasn't the best place to find ...more
May 10, 2011
May 04, 2011
 
10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works--A True Story
3.92
liked it
I had not heard of the author, a television personality, before starting this book. The first part, regarding his early life and career, really wasn't ...more
May 08, 2014
Apr 25, 2014
 
Desperately Seeking Paradise: Journeys of a Sceptical Muslim
3.85
it was ok
One of the more disappointing reads I can recall. At first there was promise that Sardar has a sense of humor, along with indications of travel throug ...more
May 03, 2011
Apr 27, 2011
 
A Game of Hide and Seek
3.77
liked it
My big problem here is that I don't think I understood the ending, which would make a difference, but here goes ...

I didn't find this a love story at
...more
Apr 22, 2013
Feb 28, 2012
 
Coming Clean
3.93
really liked it
I listened to the audiobook, finding myself neutral as to whether there should've been a professional narrator hired instead of the author reading the ...more
Dec 03, 2013
Nov 30, 2013
 
The Truth About Trump
3.50
really liked it
Obvious that the author did his best to present an objective, evenhanded portrait of the subject. However, Trump's paranoia and narcissism trump all. ...more
Aug 06, 2016
Jul 29, 2016
 
Tune in Tokyo: The Gaijin Diaries
3.44
liked it
I had seen this book mentioned on Andrew Sullivan's blog a while ago, forgotten about it, and then recently saw it on my library's New Books shelf, so ...more
Feb 07, 2017
Apr 29, 2012
not set
Apr 25, 2012
 
Charlotte Au Chocolat: Memories of a Restaurant Girlhood
3.20
really liked it
Many memoirists engage in name dropping. To her credit, Charlotte Silver does not (except for a couple of references to Julia Child, who lived nearby, ...more
Sep 07, 2012
Sep 07, 2012
 
To the River
3.81
really liked it
My library permits a maximum of two three-week renewals beyond the initial loan period. I've finished the book today with a few days left of the nine ...more
Oct 02, 2016
Aug 24, 2016
 
Empire Antarctica: Ice, Silence & Emperor Penguins
3.98
really liked it
I'm a huge fan of travel narrative ... except for polar regions - frankly, the idea bores the stuffing out of me. However, one of my GR friends really ...more
Aug 31, 2015
Aug 15, 2015
 
A Time of Gifts
4.06
liked it
I wish it weren't so, but I have to say I was mildly disappointed by the book. Part of the problem has to do with the audio narrator's somewhat dramat ...more
Jul 10, 2015
Jul 05, 2015
 
Looking for Transwonderland: Travels in Nigeria
3.73
really liked it
Author (who's first name is pronounced "gnaw") travels through several regions of Nigeria in an attempt to determine how much she fits in there, havin ...more
Dec 21, 2013
Dec 10, 2013
 
Dark Dawn over Steep House (The Gower Street Detective, #5)
4.05
liked it
Sometimes a writer appears to pay attention to reader criticisms, as in this case. The previous book in this series had been so flawed by over the top ...more
Jul 27, 2017
Jul 25, 2017
 
Korea: A Walk Through the Land of Miracles
3.49
did not like it
I liked Outposts and Fracture Zone; Korea, however, was the end of line for me. Winchester makes a repeated point of how popular he is among South Kor ...more
not set
Aug 28, 2007
 
Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need to Know About Global Politics
4.24
it was amazing
As a reader with degrees in International Affairs and International Business, I found the information a perfect balance of being neither superficial n ...more
May 17, 2018
May 06, 2018
 
The Trip to Echo Spring: On Writers and Drinking
3.67
really liked it
A confession: I wasn't interested in the work of all but one of the writers profiled (Tennessee Williams). However, I got the book from the library pr ...more
Jun 07, 2016
May 27, 2016
 
The Ringtone and the Drum: Travels in the World's Poorest Countries
4.08
really liked it
I was quite interested to learn of their firsthand experiences traveling through these little-reported-on areas. However, I did end up skimming throug ...more
Mar 12, 2018
Feb 12, 2018
 
The Book Case (John Corey, #0.5)
3.70
really liked it
I took a copy of this book as one of my 3 selections for free kindle singles via IHG hotel status this past quarter.

It wasn't until after I had starte
...more
Aug 03, 2017
Aug 04, 2017
 
London Orbital
3.67
liked it
First of all: the author is brilliant. The bon mots fly faster dust motes in a tornado; to fully apprec iate them, the reader needs a *very* strong gr ...more
Aug 2007
Aug 19, 2007
 
The Last Supper: A Summer in Italy
3.31
really liked it
I had read Cusk's novel Outline, which I liked, so decided to try her nonfiction - what a great idea! Normally, a book about a British family in Italy ...more
Jul 02, 2016
Jun 17, 2016
 
The Door
4.06
really liked it
One could say that this story is a battle of wills between the nameless protagonist, and the old woman Emerence, but that really doesn't do their rela ...more
Nov 11, 2015
Oct 22, 2015
 
Traversa: A Solo Walk Across Africa, from the Skeleton Coast to the Indian Ocean
3.77
it was amazing
Incredible story of trekking from Namibia's Atlantic Coast to the Indian Ocean (ending up at Zanzibar). Although the author's attacked by neither man ...more
Apr 25, 2008
Apr 12, 2008
 
One-Two, Kill A Few: A Casey Fremont Mystery
3.40
did not like it
I was given a promotional copy in exchange for my honest review, so here it is ... in a nutshell, this is "revenge fantasy" material for bitter women. ...more
Jun 29, 2016
Jun 30, 2016
 
The Children
3.60
liked it
I should've trusted my instincts and abandoned this one when I realized the characters were unlikeable, and the plot a bit far-fetched. Really 2.5 sta ...more
Dec 12, 2016
Dec 04, 2016
 
The Penguin Lessons
4.03
really liked it
A great book for picking up and putting down, as I did when I read it at breakfast during a recent trip to Iceland; I'm not at my most sociable first ...more
Aug 18, 2017
Aug 01, 2017
 
Medicus
3.72
really liked it
A while back, I tried to get into the much-acclaimed Marcus Didius Falco series, and just couldn't. So, when I saw this book on sale as an Audible Dai ...more
Feb 26, 2017
Feb 22, 2017
 
The Exiled
3.78
liked it
First of all, this one is really Anna Fekete 2.5 rather than 3.0 in the series; it can be read as a stand-alone. The only Finnish connection consists ...more
May 23, 2017
May 14, 2017
 
The Sea, the Sea
3.91
really liked it
Took me quite a while to get through this 500 page book, which worked well in pieces with several logical pause points. I'm not in the mood to write a ...more
May 15, 2017
Apr 22, 2017
 
Jackdaw Cake: An Autobiography
4.24
really liked it
I had read Lewis' travel narrative books a while back, so decided to try this memoir.

Title refers to being sent to live with his aunts in Wales as a
...more
Oct 19, 2017
Oct 10, 2017
 
Lucia on Holiday
3.54
it was ok
I was willing to give this one three stars, as a nice try at continuing the series, until the end.

I'm going to do a brief summary (not exactly a re-h
...more
Nov 21, 2016
Oct 22, 2016
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