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Presto! How I Made Over 100 Pounds Disappear and Other Magical Tales
it was ok
Want dieting advice from Penn Jillette? Here's the most useful piece of advice you'll find in Presto!:

"Don't take dieting advice from a juggler."

Sep 17, 2016
Sep 15, 2016
In the Dust of This Planet: Horror of Philosophy vol. 1
really liked it
This book made my skin crawl and my mind expand. It's a dense, sometimes impenetrable work of philosophy that discusses the Unthinkable, so obviously ...more
Sep 17, 2014
Sep 11, 2014
The Real North Korea: Life and Politics in the Failed Stalinist Utopia
really liked it
At last, here is an antidote to all the media hysteria about North Korea. Andrei Lankov is one of the top experts on the subject, and as a historian, ...more
May 11, 2013
Apr 21, 2013
Holy Cow: An Indian Adventure
really liked it
I loved this book once I finished it; however, the cover, title and back cover are misleading.

I expected a humorous romp through India, but this book
Jan 27, 2010
May 03, 2011
The Conspiracy Against the Human Race
really liked it
You shouldn't read this book if you're feeling down. Heck, even if you're feeling cheerful, this book will kick your happiness in the kidney and leave ...more
Oct 24, 2014
Sep 16, 2014
Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea
it was amazing
I have a long-standing obsession with all things North Korea, and Nothing to Envy is by far the best book I've ever read on the subject. I didn't read ...more
Apr 18, 2013
Apr 11, 2013
The Book on the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are
it was amazing
I find reprehensible the affection of Goodreads reviewers for animated GIFs, but this book begs for an exception. So here goes:

The central idea in thi
Nov 29, 2012
Nov 04, 2012
Self-Editing for Fiction Writers: How to Edit Yourself Into Print
really liked it
A quick, instructive read. Although this book didn't teach me anything new per se, it explained a lot of the groundwork of solid writing and editing i ...more
Oct 21, 2012
Mar 08, 2012
Indignez-vous !
really liked it
Clocking barely below 30 pages, "Indignez-vous!" is a short, impactful political pamphlet for the times. It reads like the words of an awe-inspiring g ...more
Oct 11, 2011
Oct 11, 2011
Buddhism Plain and Simple
liked it
This is a book about the roots of Buddhism, specifically the teachings of the Buddha, purged of 2,500 years of tradition, culture, and worship that fo ...more
Nov 13, 2012
Nov 02, 2012
Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back To Health
did not like it
I started reading this book hoping it would be something else than a fad diet book. It isn't.

It makes some good points about gluten, so it wasn't a to
Feb 15, 2015
Feb 09, 2015
Starting Strength
really liked it
I picked up this book after nearly every credible Internet on fitness recommended it (including the incredibly helpful 4chan /fit/ sticky), and I can ...more
Mar 11, 2014
Mar 02, 2014
Weird Life: The Search for Life That Is Very, Very Different from Our Own
it was ok
I hate it when I really, really want to like a book, and it just doesn't let me. I should have loved this one: it's all about "weird" life that is the ...more
Mar 15, 2014
Apr 14, 2013
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
it was amazing
Let me start off this review by saying that this book is not to be taken lightly. I made the mistake of assuming it would be sort of 'pop anthropology ...more
Aug 16, 2011
May 28, 2011
War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning
it was amazing
Hedges' lucid and haunting examination of war feels like a punch to the gut. Yet it's not so much an anti-war manifesto - Hedges downright comes out i ...more
May 09, 2011
May 06, 2011
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
really liked it
This tale of a young hiker looking for herself on the Pacific Crest Trail totally sucked me in, despite the fact I had never heard of the PCT before. ...more
Jan 06, 2013
Dec 20, 2012
Logicomix: An Epic Search for Truth
liked it
I loved this graphic novel for its subject matter and its ambitions. Alas the result, while entertaining and interesting, falls a little short on both ...more
Sep 05, 2014
Sep 05, 2014
How to Win Friends and Influence People
liked it
No wonder this book is a classic. It contains tons of straight, no-nonsense advice that, when taken seriously, will make you a better person in your i ...more
Jul 17, 2012
May 08, 2012
Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation
liked it
I feel bad for giving this book only three stars, because some parts are really amazing and inspiring. But alas, not all the book is on that level, an ...more
Nov 22, 2013
Apr 09, 2013
The Writers Digest Guide to Query Letters
really liked it
You'd think there wouldn't be 200 pages worth of material to writing a query letter, but you'd be wrong. This book is straightforward, practical, and ...more
Oct 31, 2013
Oct 30, 2013
The No-Nonsense Guide to Tourism
liked it
This book makes a very important point about tourism: it has its consequences on the world, and what is often depicted as an agent for peace and inter ...more
May 09, 2009
May 03, 2011
Bottomfeeder: How to Eat Ethically in a World of Vanishing Seafood
it was amazing
Most of us by now are familiar about the inhumane and destructive aspects of industrial meat, but we tend to assume that seafood is alright, except fo ...more
Sep 05, 2009
May 03, 2011
The 4-Hour Workweek
liked it
I've read some of these "lifestyle productivity" books, and it's easy to come away from them empty-handed. Not so with 4HWW: it's really chock-full of ...more
Apr 11, 2009
May 03, 2011
Chroniques de Jérusalem
really liked it
Une autre excellente "Chronique" de Delisle. J'y ai pris d'autant plus plaisir qu'elle traite du premier pays de la série que j'ai personnellement vis ...more
Sep 08, 2014
Sep 05, 2014
Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle
it was amazing
In this poignant and eloquent essay, Chris Hedges argues that our society of spectacle is the morally-corrupt revel of a culture on the verge of colla ...more
Aug 2009
May 03, 2011
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
really liked it
Both gruesome and hilarious, "Stiff" is not, shall we say, 'lunch break material'. Mary Roach investigates the world of cadavers, from their use in an ...more
Apr 11, 2011
May 03, 2011
Mindfulness in Plain English
really liked it
I'm not experienced at meditation, so I'm not particularly qualified to comment on the quality of the advice given in this book. What I can talk about ...more
Nov 11, 2012
Nov 01, 2012
Save the Cat!: The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need
it was ok
Billed as the ultimate guide to writing commercial screenplays, Save the Cat! is definitely a divisive book. Some laud it for explaining the craft in ...more
Dec 23, 2017
Dec 03, 2017
Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screenwriting
it was amazing
Don't be thrown off by the word "screenwriting" in the title: Story is a book about Writing with a capital W. I learned a lot from this book that can ...more
Apr 22, 2015
Mar 26, 2015
Under the Black Flag: The Romance and the Reality of Life Among the Pirates
liked it
Under the Black Flag is an examination of the real-life pirates that terrorized the seas of the 17th and 18th centuries, in contrast to their romantic ...more
Dec 12, 2017
Nov 12, 2017
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