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What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew: From Fox Hunting to Whist—the Facts of Daily Life in 19th-Century England
really liked it
It's not exactly everything one needs to know about nineteenth-century England, but it does a fine job at hitting upon most of the little knowledge ga ...more
Jun 13, 2008
Nov 24, 2007
Attack of the Bacon Robots! (Penny Arcade, #1)
really liked it
For those who have somehow missed the phenomenon of the webcomic Penny Arcade (at penny-arcade.com), these print compilations are as good a way as any ...more
Feb 2009
Mar 25, 2009
The Million Dollar Mermaid
liked it
This book reminds me why I don't read many autobiographies, which isn't to say that it's bad. It's actually fairly likeable. I'm a sucker for anything ...more
Sep 2007
Sep 07, 2007
The Beast of Chicago: An Account of the Life and Crimes of Herman W. Mudgett, Known to the World As H.H. Holmes
really liked it
It's hard to say which is creepier...Erik Larson's Devil in the White City juxtaposition of the Chicago's World's Fair construction with the construct ...more
not set
Feb 25, 2009
I Saw You...: Comics Inspired by Real Life Missed Connections
really liked it
I've always been intrigued by the little soap operas-in-miniature that are encapsulated in missed connections ads, and this book will help feed that m ...more
Mar 2009
Mar 17, 2009
Yes Please
liked it
I will say this: I applaud her for writing her bio on her own terms. This did not have the overly processed quality of some memoirs. I really do feel ...more
not set
Mar 09, 2015
Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers
it was ok
I had a few issues with this book to say the least.

First of all, there appears to be a disconnect with the intended audience. I picked up this book a
Jun 2014
Jun 11, 2014
How to Get More Out of Being Jewish Even If: A. You Are Not Sure You Believe in God, B. You Think Going to Synagogue Is a Waste of Time, C. You Think Keeping Kosher Is Stupid, D. You Hated Hebrew School, E. All of the Above
really liked it
Apparently, I may already be Jewish. I kid a bit, but I think that quite a bit of what Mann has to say is very similar to my own philosophies. I'm not ...more
Oct 2007
Oct 09, 2007
Don't Know Much About Anything: Everything You Need to Know but Never Learned About People, Places, Events, and More!
did not like it
True fans of trivia are bound to be disappointed with this assortment of questions and answers. For more in-depth information on similar topics (and m ...more
Aug 2008
Jul 23, 2008
Dork Whore: My Travels Through Asia as a Twenty-Year-Old Pseudo-Virgin
did not like it
So unpleasant it's hard to know where to begin...you have to think that she was trying to channel Chelsea Handler (a la My Horizontal Life a bit here, ...more
not set
Sep 07, 2008
The Intellectual Devotional Modern Culture: Revive Your Mind, Complete Your Education, and Converse Confidently with the Culturati
liked it
If anyone has read my reviews you know that I've read maaaaany variations on this theme. This particular book doesn't try to be funny or clever, just ...more
Dec 2008
Dec 02, 2008
Punk: The Whole Story
liked it
The old line "a picture is worth a thousand words" somehow feels like an understatement when the picture in question is say, a group mooning (with the ...more
May 08, 2008
Mar 05, 2008
Cherry Bomb: The Ultimate Guide to Becoming a Better Flirt, a Tougher Chick, and a Hotter Girlfriend--and to Living Life Like a Rock Star
liked it
The contributions by real life rock stars, designers and all-around cool chicks of the likes of Terri Nunn, Tori Amos Dita Von Teese and others were f ...more
Dec 23, 2008
Dec 10, 2008
Petite Anglaise
it was ok
Let's call it a 2 1/2 or a 2 3/4, perhaps? This is the story of the rise of a young Englishwoman's blog about her life with her lover (a.k.a. Mr. Frog ...more
Dec 11, 2008
Dec 10, 2008
Lawyer Boy: A Case Study on Growing Up
liked it
This book gets three stars for truth, but for entertainment value would probably only be getting two and a half. As the girlfriend of a former law sch ...more
not set
Nov 30, 2008
Miss Manners' Guide to a Surprisingly Dignified Wedding
really liked it
Miss Manners is not for the faint of heart. I say this because with her whiplash sharp wit and her intolerance for suffering fools she is always full- ...more
Jan 2013
Mar 11, 2013
Knit Fix
it was amazing
Kartus may offer awkward beginning knitters the cure for the common dropped stitch (also twisted stitch, badly crossed cable, mis-sized sweater and mo ...more
Feb 2011
Feb 06, 2011
What Einstein Told His Barber: More Scientific Answers to Everyday Questions
liked it
As another reviewer has said, in the end, this really has very little to do with Einstein, but that's okay. This book is more about the weird little p ...more
not set
Feb 21, 2013
Podcast Solutions: The Complete Guide to Podcasting
it was ok
This book comes with a CD loaded with a good selection of podcasting software, but while the CD is a great idea, a reader might be better served readi ...more
Mar 2009
Mar 25, 2009
As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride
really liked it
An enjoyable companion to the cult classic film and recommended for all fans of the film. There are no blow-you-out-of-the-water exposes or scandals l ...more
Nov 2015
Nov 12, 2015
Chuck Klosterman IV: A Decade of Curious People and Dangerous Ideas
it was amazing
When Chuck Klosterman interviews people they seem both more and less human than ever before...the closest to normal mortals than you would think they ...more
Nov 2008
Nov 20, 2008
Kiss and Tell: A Romantic Résumé, Ages 0 to 22
really liked it
MariNaomi gives us the graphic novel version of her little black book and an access pass to her checkered youth. There's something about her slightly ...more
Aug 2012
Aug 02, 2012
Why Girls Can't Throw: ...and Other Questions You Always Wanted Answered
liked it
This book gets bonus points for humor, but falls a bit short on authoritativeness. Enough of the explanations in here I've encountered elsewhere from ...more
Jul 29, 2008
Jul 23, 2008
Doctor Who: Who-ology
really liked it
I'm new to the series, and have more of an interest in Dr. Who than any concrete expertise, which was why this was the perfect book for me. Now I fina ...more
Jan 2014
Jan 08, 2014
The Book of Vice: Very Naughty Things (and How to Do Them)
really liked it
This book allows the reader to indulge but while you'll be spared a hangover afterwards, there'll still be enough of the hint of disappointment that c ...more
Jan 2008
Nov 24, 2007
Fantasyland: True Tales from America's Most Compulsive Fantasy Baseball League
really liked it
Since I myself am a former fantasy baseball GM with a pretty appalling track record, this book held a lot of appeal for me. I appreciated the tales of ...more
Jan 2008
Nov 24, 2007
In Cold Sweat: Interviews with Really Scary Musicians
it was ok
A classic example of why you should never judge a book by its cover (or at least its title), but not bad for all that, just not what I expected. For e ...more
Nov 2007
Nov 24, 2007
Practically Perfect in Every Way
liked it
Granted, there are certain areas that could have been whittled down a bit, but this book about a journalist's two year immersion in the treacherous wa ...more
Nov 2007
Nov 05, 2007
Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes
really liked it
This is one of those books that is a classic staple for a reason. Hamilton does an excellent job sorting out all the major gods' and goddesses' roles, ...more
Mar 2008
Mar 25, 2008
French By Heart: An American Family's Adventures in La Belle France
liked it
This was a light and entertaining read that follows the model of the well-meaning fish-out-of-water foreigner trying to surmount the language and cult ...more
Sep 2007
Sep 26, 2007
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