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The Forger's Spell: A True Story of Vermeer, Nazis, and the Greatest Art Hoax of the Twentieth Century
3.84
it was ok
Great topic, so it was quite disappointing to me how difficult it was to slog through the writing.
Sep 06, 2012
Sep 10, 2011
 
Pigs at the Trough: How Corporate Greed and Political Corruption Are Undermining America
3.61
liked it
I've been on this kick, reading books about the housing crisis, tax evasion amongst the wealthy, and just general skullduggery. It's been pretty depre ...more
Sep 2011
Aug 30, 2011
 
An Atheist's History of Belief: Understanding Our Most Extraordinary Invention
3.77
it was amazing
I found this book so compelling. It was clearly written and covered a fascinating topic from history.
Jul 17, 2014
Jul 19, 2014
 
Trail Fever
3.83
really liked it
Michael Lewis is currently making a big name for himself writing books about money. Moneyball, The Big Short and, most recently, Boomerang. All good s ...more
Feb 09, 2012
Jan 27, 2012
 
Out on the Wire: Uncovering the Secrets of Radio's New Masters of Story with Ira Glass
4.18
really liked it
I wasn't expecting the graphics. I won this book as a Goodreads Giveaway and waited excitedly for it to arrive. Opened it up and...it was in graphic f ...more
Dec 18, 2015
Sep 08, 2015
 
The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements
3.90
really liked it
This book is a history of the development of the periodic table of elements, stories about the discovery of those elements and the humans who pursued ...more
Feb 09, 2012
Aug 11, 2011
 
The Age Curve: How to Profit from the Coming Demographic Storm
3.86
it was amazing
I thought this book was brilliant. It makes so much sense. The only part that didn't read true was at the end, when he made some predictions, and part ...more
Mar 26, 2015
Apr 04, 2015
 
The Road Trip Pilgrim's Guide: Witchdoctors, Magic Tokens, Camping on Golf Courses, and Everything Else You Need to Know to Go on a Pilgrimage
2.88
it was ok
I'm into pilgrimages lately. Which is way this ended up on the library pile. But after a quick read, and it is a quick read, I'll give it that, I have ...more
Sep 28, 2012
Sep 28, 2012
 
The Happiness Project: Or Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun
3.57
really liked it
I loved Gretchen's approach to happiness. Not so much because I thought she was correct in her approach, but because her approach was so doggone logic ...more
not set
Aug 11, 2011
 
Curious: The Desire to Know and Why Your Future Depends On It
3.97
it was amazing
I loved this book. Informative, well-written, easy to follow but with definite content. I highly recommend.
Mar 07, 2015
Mar 07, 2015
 
Candyfreak: A Journey through the Chocolate Underbelly of America
3.77
really liked it
It is so tempting to use the words "delicious", "sweet" and even "creamy nougat filling" when describing this book. So I will resist. What I will say ...more
not set
Aug 11, 2011
 
Think Like a Freak
3.83
liked it
I like these guys. I do. But I was expecting a bit more "how to" from the title and the intro. If you've read the other books, there was much recyclin ...more
Nov 11, 2015
Oct 26, 2015
 
Letter to a Christian Nation
4.04
really liked it
Clear concise writing and well-thought out points. Preaching to the choir probably but still a fine effort.
Oct 18, 2014
Oct 14, 2014
 
SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance
3.96
really liked it
I liked it even more than the first one.
not set
Sep 26, 2011
 
The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World
3.83
it was amazing
I don't know why I started reading books about happiness. Maybe it was because I was having a really bad year and needed a little inspiration. Eric We ...more
not set
Aug 11, 2011
 
Seven Days in the Art World
3.55
liked it
Interesting. She wrote the book roughly between 2004 and 2007. I wonder what that world is like now, after 2008 and the resulting shockwaves in the wo ...more
Jul 03, 2012
Sep 10, 2011
 
A First-Rate Madness: Uncovering the Links Between Leadership and Mental Illness
3.69
it was amazing
I highly recommend this book. I loved the premise, that a bit of mental illness, instead of being a liability all the time, can sometimes lead to grea ...more
Nov 14, 2012
Aug 21, 2011
 
Them: Adventures with Extremists
3.94
really liked it
I can't for the life of me imagine what compelled Jon Ronson to write this book. So glad he did, of course, but I feared for him, I really did. It occ ...more
Nov 12, 2011
Aug 07, 2011
 
Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
4.30
did not like it
While I'm sure this book is amazing. And I have worked my way through some pretty hefty theoretical stuff, I was, quite simply, unable to make heads o ...more
Jan 03, 2012
Aug 11, 2011
 
What the Dog Saw and Other Adventures
3.82
really liked it
Malcolm occasionally gets dinged for drawing certain conclusions in a less than scientific manner. But I love, not only his writing style, but the wid ...more
Mar 23, 2012
Aug 11, 2011
 
The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine
4.26
really liked it
I picked this up, thinking I would learn more about the collapse of Wall Street. I learned a lot and it was written in a very approachable and engagin ...more
not set
Aug 11, 2011
 
Don't Get Too Comfortable: The Indignities of Coach Class, The Torments of Low Thread Count, The Never-Ending Quest for Artisanal Olive Oil, and Other First World Problems
3.71
really liked it
I rarely laugh out loud while reading. Even more elusive is the laugh so hard Glenn comes in from wherever he is to find out what the deal is. Parts o ...more
Mar 27, 2014
Aug 11, 2011
 
Marley and Me: Life and Love With the World's Worst Dog
4.12
it was ok
This is a sweet, sweet story, but dog stories make me too sad. The thing is, I had read it before that fact, once again, caught up with me. I HAVE to ...more
not set
Aug 11, 2011
 
God's Bankers: A History of Money and Power at the Vatican
3.95
liked it
Really interesting book about the Catholic church, the Vatican and the Pope. Lagged a bit towards the end but the part about World War II was an eye-o ...more
Dec 18, 2015
Sep 04, 2015
 
The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible
3.76
liked it
This guy will do just about anything to prove a point. My favorite part was the response of his wife to some of the more extreme expectations. She was ...more
Sep 18, 2011
Aug 11, 2011
 
The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable
3.88
really liked it
This guy has an ego bigger than the national debt. But he makes very complex concepts more approachable. I think he's a genius, but I wouldn't want to ...more
Oct 13, 2008
Aug 11, 2011
 
How to Avoid Making Art (or Anything Else You Enjoy)
3.63
it was ok
I've enjoyed Julia Cameron before. But the childish presentation for this book did absolutely nothing for me. Read "The Artist's Way" instead. It's wr ...more
Jan 03, 2012
Aug 07, 2011
 
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America
3.98
really liked it
This book was utterly chilling, and then sort of sweetly fascinating at the same time. Deliciously creepy in that way.
not set
Aug 07, 2011
 
Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything
3.85
liked it
I really enjoyed it. Not what I thought it was going to be, but in a good way.
Aug 24, 2014
Aug 11, 2011
 
So You've Been Publicly Shamed
3.92
it was amazing
Such a good writer. Makes me think so much more about what's going on today.
Aug 02, 2015
Feb 27, 2015
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