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Here on Earth
3.68
it was ok
Recognize this story? Wealthy father brings home street urchin, sister likes him, brother not so much. Already damaged by life on the streets and expe ...more
Aug 23, 2012
Aug 20, 2012
 
The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein
3.33
it was amazing
Initially, I found it difficult to get into a "reading rhythm" with this book, but once I did, I found in completely engaging. This is a retelling of ...more
Jan 2009
May 19, 2011
 
Mind Over Back Pain
3.85
it was ok
This book was recommended to me by a few people, one a coworker whose friend refers to it as a "bible" for back-pain sufferers. I'm a little on the fe ...more
Jan 2010
May 19, 2011
 
Zelda
3.94
really liked it
Though the beginning of this book provides some strict historical information on Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, the majority of it is, of necessity, a biogra ...more
Jan 2010
May 19, 2011
 
An Anatomy of Addiction: Sigmund Freud, William Halsted, and the Miracle Drug Cocaine
3.88
liked it
I was first introduced to Sigmund Freud as a teenager, and, as most of his theories seemed to revolve around sex and inhibition (joyfully celebrated i ...more
Dec 10, 2011
Nov 30, 2011
 
Vivaldi's Virgins
3.69
it was amazing
This was a wonderful piece of historical fiction, exploring the musical, spiritual, and emotional development of one of the foundlings of the Pieta, a ...more
Jan 2010
May 19, 2011
 
John Quincy Adams: A Public Life, a Private Life
3.86
it was amazing
A good biography must be more than a summary of dates and events; the best would not only relate an individual's achievements, but also his motivating ...more
Apr 15, 2013
May 05, 2012
 
The King's Grave: The Discovery of Richard III’s Lost Burial Place and the Clues It Holds
3.77
it was ok
Richard III has a bad reputation - portrayed by the Tudors, Thomas More, and Shakespeare as a ruthless murderer, clawing his way to the top of the roy ...more
Apr 26, 2014
Apr 19, 2014
 
The Price
3.78
really liked it
In this two-act play, brothers Victor and Walter Franz, estranged for sixteen years, meet to dispose of their parents' belongings; the setting is the ...more
Jul 14, 2013
Jul 12, 2013
 
The Goose That Laid the Golden Egg: Accutane - The Truth That Had to Be Told
3.22
it was ok
I received this book for free, as a "First Read" giveaway, and though the summary seemed promising, it failed to live up to its potential. The author ...more
Jan 21, 2012
Dec 31, 2011
 
The Legend of Bagger Vance: A Novel of Golf and the Game of Life
3.83
it was ok
Golf is war. War is hell. Golf is hell? Would that the point of this novel was as simple as that transitive property! Sadly, it's not, and I was frust ...more
Feb 22, 2014
Feb 17, 2014
 
Sons and Lovers
3.61
really liked it
While it may be said that the relationship between mother and son is a special one, D.H. Lawrence suggests that it can be obsessive and crippling, wit ...more
Aug 20, 2012
Aug 13, 2012
 
Neurotica
3.29
it was ok
No review necessary. This is a fun book, not a whole lot of substance, just (un)adulterated amusement.
Jan 2010
May 19, 2011
 
House of Sand and Fog
3.83
it was ok
There are three primary characters in this book, each of whom is battling a devastating lack of self-esteem. It is the struggle to restore personal fa ...more
Mar 18, 2012
Mar 02, 2012
 
A Moveable Feast
4.04
really liked it
This posthumously published gem is a collection of vignettes in which Hemingway recounts some of his experiences in Paris. At the time, the early 1920 ...more
Dec 29, 2011
Dec 25, 2011
 
Deep Descent: Adventure and Death Diving the Andrea Doria
4.13
really liked it
The author of this book is a deep-wreck diver, a member of an elite group of enthusiasts that push their bodies, and fate, to extreme limits. Known as ...more
Jun 10, 2012
Jun 07, 2012
 
Dimiter
3.05
did not like it
The author whose most famous work dealt with the devil and possession flips to the other side, and pens a novel about the search for Christ, forgivene ...more
Oct 21, 2012
Oct 17, 2012
 
The Great Gatsby
3.89
really liked it
Those who have neither read the book nor seen the Robert Redford film are probably in the minority; it doesn't really matter, because even though you ...more
not set
Jan 2010
May 19, 2011
 
Paths of Glory
4.18
it was amazing
The action in this literary one-hit-wonder, written in 1935, takes place in the French army during World War I. An exhausted regiment is charged with ...more
May 04, 2013
Apr 30, 2013
 
The Alchemist
3.82
really liked it
There is a simple elegance to this story - a young man, a shepherd, has a dream that his treasure lies near Egypt's great Pyramids. Counselled by an " ...more
Nov 25, 2015
Jan 06, 2013
 
The DASH Diet Action Plan, Based on the National Institutes of Health Research: Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension
3.55
liked it
This author didn't "invent" the diet, but she's done a great deal to popularize it. I was curious, as it's been decreed the #1 diet in the United Stat ...more
Jan 29, 2016
Jan 30, 2016
 
Airframe
3.66
liked it
Not necessarily a wise choice for the nervous flyer, the story starts with an unexplained commercial airline accident - the plane is safely landed, bu ...more
Apr 16, 2012
Apr 13, 2012
 
Lolita
3.88
really liked it
I have mixed feelings, which doesn't deviate from my recollection of the first reading some years ago. Most have some knowledge of the famous Humbert ...more
not set
Jan 2011
May 19, 2011
 
Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance
4.19
it was amazing
This is essentially, a book on performance - what impacts it, what its consequences are, and options for improving it. Since the author is a surgeon, ...more
Jan 2010
May 19, 2011
 
Nobody's Fool
4.12
really liked it
Yet another good read by this author. His books all seem to follow a similar pattern, not only in setting, but in character personality. He addresses ...more
not set
May 19, 2011
 
1984
4.14
liked it
On one hand, this book might be viewed as an excellent science fiction novel; to see it only from that perspective would be a consequence of hindsight ...more
not set
May 19, 2011
 
The Picture of Dorian Gray
4.06
really liked it
I thought this would be a stuffy, perhaps even tedious read, but was pleasantly surprised. The story is well known, of course: exceptionally attractiv ...more
Mar 2011
May 19, 2011
 
A Rumor of War
4.13
it was amazing
Philip Caputo enlisted in the Marines in 1960, and admits to being motivated by both a desire to escape the humdrum existence of suburban Illinois and ...more
Jun 22, 2012
Jun 22, 2012
 
Descartes' Bones: A Skeletal History of the Conflict Between Faith and Reason
3.69
it was amazing
This book was fascinating. It was the author's intent to correlate the trail of Descartes skeletal remains to that of scientific development sparked b ...more
Jan 2010
May 19, 2011
 
The Catcher in the Rye
3.79
really liked it
I first read this book about 35 years ago, and did not enjoy it. I may have been too young, or too gender-oriented (and thought this was a boy's book) ...more
not set
Jan 2009
May 19, 2011
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