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The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right
really liked it
Before starting, I read quite a few reviews that described it as an extended magazine entry. And I went in skeptical; I was curious how much one could ...more
May 02, 2011
Apr 25, 2011
Three Cups of Deceit: How Greg Mortenson, Humanitarian Hero, Lost His Way
liked it
I did not read Three Cups of Tea. It seemed - from a distance - like a schmaltzy look at attempting large social change. That doesn't interest me, bec ...more
Apr 21, 2011
Apr 21, 2011
Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
liked it
What frustrates me is the main premise has a contradiction that is never addressed. He begins the book with some research on monkeys that demonstrated ...more
Sep 08, 2010
Aug 30, 2010
It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership
did not like it
Colin Powell is one of those people that I once admired and currently want to admire. He went into the army, rose up the ranks to become a four-star g ...more
Aug 24, 2012
Aug 20, 2012
The Girl With Glass Feet
it was ok
I want to like it. Fault - too often the characters are unrealistic. There are several moments where I didn't believe in the characters. Falling in lo ...more
Dec 25, 2009
Dec 18, 2009
Little Bets: How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge from Small Discoveries
really liked it
Some take-aways that I appreciated:
- Ask people what they think before you have a professional looking model. Create something out of cardboard or du
Dec 06, 2011
Oct 24, 2011
Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs
liked it
I'm half way through the book. It takes all the science on early childhood development, brain research and social emotional intelligence and simplifie ...more
May 18, 2014
Jun 05, 2010
The Curse of the Good Girl: Raising Authentic Girls with Courage and Confidence
liked it
This is tough. It's easy to say -- "I'm okay with people not liking me." Or "Oh, bec. I'm not a good girl, that's why people don't like me." I know, b ...more
Jul 29, 2012
Mar 15, 2012
The Gospel of Mary Magdalene
really liked it
I was surprised by this book. The Gospel is very short, but included some very interesting things to contemplate. In a crude fashion, my take-aways in ...more
Apr 13, 2011
Mar 29, 2011
Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions
really liked it
There’s a generalization that people make that really gets me. It’s the idea that people naturally prefer or practice competition over collaboration o ...more
Feb 10, 2012
Jan 24, 2012
13 Bankers: The Wall Street Takeover and the Next Financial Meltdown
liked it
Rather than a review of 13 Bankers, I am wrestling with understanding the response to the book. It makes me feel like I’m missing something and did no ...more
Jun 24, 2012
Jun 23, 2012
In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto
liked it
‘Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.’

This seems to be my summer of food. I'm in a CSA. I ordered the large family size to push myself into preserv
Jul 18, 2013
Jul 16, 2013
it was amazing
It's a story about loneliness. The people are pretty messed up and the environment (Los Angeles) is straight up consumerism at it's worse. And despite ...more
Mar 24, 2011
Mar 23, 2011
The Knitter's Book of Yarn: The Ultimate Guide to Choosing, Using, and Enjoying Yarn
it was ok
I was seduced by the title's promise to be the ultimate guide.

Even after reading descriptions of different yarn, I didn't see how this would help me
Aug 06, 2012
Aug 06, 2012
it was amazing
If we cut a tree down, we see how the environment leaves its mark on each ring of the trunk. We can see how drought and disease stresses a tree. We do ...more
Jul 23, 2014
Jul 17, 2014
Double homicide: Boston / Sante Fe
did not like it
In my mind, I'm not sure the Boston story qualifies as a murder mystery. Plus, the motivations of the victim's mother felt way too forced. That a moth ...more
May 02, 2012
Apr 29, 2012
The Bone Lady: Life as a Forensic Anthropologist
did not like it
Manhein reports on some of her cases as a forensic anthropologist.

I was disappointed with the book. Very little detail. But more importantly - the 'so
Sep 11, 2009
Sep 11, 2009
The Adversity Advantage: Turning Everyday Struggles Into Everyday Greatness
it was ok
I liked the first part of the book. My problem was the examples or lack of examples that helped to draw out the points.

In one example, Erik Weihenmay
Jul 15, 2012
Jul 09, 2012
Blood, Bones, and Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef
really liked it
Memoirs are a funny thing. As self-recollections, they are prone to misrepresent – either intentionally or by accident. The very nature of what is inc ...more
Jul 07, 2013
Jun 19, 2013
The Old Wives' Tale
it was amazing
This book is the small details in life. Two sisters - of a mercantile family - lead very different lives. One stays in Bursley her whole life. And the ...more
Nov 16, 2011
Nov 06, 2010
The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine
really liked it
Of all the books that I read about the 2008 economic collapse, I find this one the most depressing. The Big Short looks at specific events leading up ...more
Mar 23, 2012
Sep 16, 2010
The Pleasure of My Company
really liked it
The main character is adorable. And that's the most unlikely part of this book. The main character is very generous - in a humorous sort of way - in h ...more
Oct 20, 2011
Jul 28, 2011
The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are
really liked it
I just started this book. And a couple of times, I thought - wow, I should give a copy to (fill in name). I definitely think it'll be a book to read a ...more
Mar 19, 2012
Feb 05, 2011
it was ok
I could give easily give this book one star. However, it's very well written, which kept me reading. I wanted more from the characters and plot. Both ...more
Jan 2008
Dec 22, 2007
really liked it
When I got off the plane in Ireland, I was greeted by a James Joyce quote. This really pleased me. Then I ran into quotes from Irish authors in pubs, ...more
Dec 15, 2012
Nov 04, 2012
I Don't Want to Talk About It: Overcoming the Secret Legacy of Male Depression
liked it
In both books (How Can I Get Through to You and I Don't Want to Talk About It), Terrence Real uses stories (names and important details changed to pro ...more
Apr 29, 2012
Feb 20, 2010
Obliquity: Why Our Goals Are Best Achieved Indirectly
it was ok
If you are looking for the short version, another Brit gave us the same message: No, you can't always get what you want
But if you try sometime, you ju
Aug 09, 2012
Aug 02, 2012
The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable
did not like it
Taleb says his ideas are big game changers. However, he doesn't seem to be concerned with whether or not they are clearly understood. In fact he seems ...more
Dec 31, 2010
Mar 21, 2010
Decorating Easy: Create a Simple, Comfortable Home with Pure Style
it was ok
Straightforward decorating advice.
Keep things clean and simple.
Use white to make things look spacious.

Lots of top ten tips.
Most of the DIY project
Apr 08, 2012
Apr 08, 2012
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
liked it
Definitely a page turner. The book's content is pretty heavy. The book never seriously explores what it is proposing - a reality TV show that demands ...more
Dec 15, 2010
Dec 16, 2010
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