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Polio: An American Story
it was amazing
For those of us baby boomers who remember getting "booster" shots when we were little kids, this tell us why we needed them and what was going on arou ...more
Dec 08, 2013
Nov 27, 2013
Sharpe's Prey (Sharpe, #5)
really liked it
This is one in a long series about Richard Sharpe. Cornwell treats his somewhat morose deadly soldier hero as a Zelig-like action figure in Britain's ...more
Apr 11, 2010
Apr 12, 2010
Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time
really liked it
At first, I thought I was reading a book by Bill Bryson. I was reminded of A Walk In the Woods. The humorous way that Adams describes his journey alon ...more
Jul 23, 2015
Jul 14, 2015
South of Broad
liked it
Pat Conroy fans will recognize the venue, South Carolina. He brings us a set of characters that grow up together and bring a wide variety of personali ...more
Apr 24, 2010
Apr 24, 2010
After This
liked it
As we used to say long ago,"I can relate".

This is a story of a family that we meet after WWII and see through its evolution into the 1970's. Given the
Feb 12, 2010
Feb 13, 2010
Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation
it was amazing
Understanding why creative innovations happen is what this book is about. For those who read Richard Ogle's book, this add a lot to consider. One of t ...more
Apr 16, 2011
Apr 17, 2011
Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman
really liked it
And to think that people are addicted to Downton Abbey. Catherine the Great's life has everything any series would need to hold an audience. The diffe ...more
Mar 06, 2013
Mar 06, 2013
Life on the Run
really liked it
What does it really feel like when one is a professional basketball player? What happens to the body? How are the long hours and days on the road spen ...more
Jan 20, 2014
Jan 11, 2014
Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS
really liked it
As we read or listen to the news each day, some of us may wonder, "How did we get here?". The rise of ISIS , for many, is one of those events that puz ...more
Sep 25, 2016
Sep 17, 2016
Young Stalin
really liked it
It is never easy to read about the rise of a tyrant, but such books can enlighten us to the risks every society can run. While Stalin is on of the 20t ...more
Aug 19, 2009
Aug 20, 2009
The Faiths of Our Fathers: What America's Founders Really Believed
liked it
We seem to be hearing more and more that the Constitution was developed on religious principles and that the drafters wanted religion well embedded in ...more
May 20, 2010
May 21, 2010
At Home: A Short History of Private Life
really liked it
Bryson is so much fun to read. The combination of quality research, sense of irony, and humor is great. This book is chocked full of interesting histo ...more
Feb 05, 2011
Feb 06, 2011
A Visit from the Goon Squad
it was ok
I never could relate to punk rock, but I thought I could get a better feel for it by reading this book. So, I still don't get punk rock and I regret t ...more
Apr 21, 2013
Apr 15, 2013
Whistling Vivaldi: And Other Clues to How Stereotypes Affect Us
really liked it
We can all be stereotyped. And we all resent the negative versions of our stereotypes. We tend to fear confirming the negative stereotypes. And that f ...more
Sep 21, 2014
Sep 19, 2014
The Birth of the Pill: How Four Crusaders Reinvented Sex and Launched a Revolution
really liked it
This book will put some of the debate about the women's reproductive rights and support in an excellent historical context. It tells the story of four ...more
Mar 23, 2016
Mar 24, 2016
Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon
really liked it
A fascinating portrayal of one of the 20th century's most intriguing politicians. Joseph Kennedy's dream of having all four of his sons become preside ...more
Aug 27, 2016
Aug 07, 2016
In One Person
liked it
No doubt about it, John Irving can take on the challenging content. This book's central character is a bisexual who is surround by a cast of other cha ...more
Feb 15, 2013
Feb 15, 2013
Last Orders
really liked it
One of the fun parts of reading Last Orders is following the working class British dialect that all of the characters use. Beyond that, the characters ...more
Sep 18, 2009
Sep 18, 2009
By Blood
really liked it
An excellent psychological story. A neurotic man finds himself engrossed in the therapy of a woman in the office next door. So engrossed, in fact, tha ...more
Nov 27, 2013
Nov 27, 2013
Real Women, Real Leaders: Surviving and Succeeding in the Business World
liked it
Encouraging and supporting more women into leadership positions is the inspiration for this book. Hurley, a veteran leader herself, captures the profi ...more
Dec 15, 2015
Dec 19, 2015
The Publisher: Henry Luce and His American Century
really liked it
Excellent biography of one of America's most influential publishers (Time, Fortune, Sports Illustrated). Luce was one of many major publishers who saw ...more
Jun 17, 2012
Jun 18, 2012
The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder
liked it
When we go to a hospital, we believe that everybody there intends to help us get well, not kill us. But this story relates the true tale of Charles Cu ...more
Feb 21, 2014
Feb 15, 2014
A Summons to Memphis
really liked it
Reconciling with the life of a difficult parent as they age is something that can take quite a bit of doing. There are strange options, ranging from r ...more
May 19, 2012
May 19, 2012
Norwegian by Night
really liked it
Suffering deep regrets and remorse about how he raised his son, and feeling deep guilt because his son died in Vietnam and powerful resentments about ...more
Nov 04, 2015
Oct 30, 2015
The Girl on the Train
really liked it
Very good and fast "whodunnit". Rachel, an emotionally needy and struggling alcoholic English woman rides a train each day. She isn't going to work, b ...more
Jun 09, 2015
Jun 06, 2015
Perfect: Don Larsen's Miraculous World Series Game and the Men Who Made It Happen
liked it
The great Brooklyn-Yankee rivalry of the 1950s is the backdrop for the story of Don Larson's perfect game in the 1956 World Series. Paper takes us thr ...more
Aug 05, 2010
Aug 06, 2010
Silas Marner
really liked it
Somehow, I missed reading this along the way and have decided that it is about time. Another reason is the my wife's late English teacher, who haunts ...more
Nov 13, 2010
Nov 07, 2010
Mookie: Life, Baseball, and the '86 Mets
liked it
First, if you are not a Mets fan, like me, read no further. This book is strictly for us, particularly for those of us who saw and remember the '86 Me ...more
Jun 25, 2014
Jun 23, 2014
India's Century
it was ok
Having recently visited India, I was curious about seeing evidence of the sudden burst of economic force on the subcontinent. It was certainly in evid ...more
Apr 30, 2008
May 01, 2008
The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science
really liked it
This book describes how our brains are constantly adapting to conditions. Doidge links research on neuroscience to a host of phenomena that show how t ...more
Oct 2011
Sep 18, 2011
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