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The Castrato and His Wife
3.33
really liked it
This turned out to be an enjoyable read. Calling this book not a biography but a “microhistory,” the author provides a fascinating glimpse of what was ...more
Aug 2011
Apr 06, 2013
 
101
The Heart of Understanding: Commentaries on the Prajnaparamita Heart Sutra
4.38
really liked it
It's possible to read this slim book in one hour, but not to assimilate it. Tich Nhat Hanh does his best to simplify the heart sutra for western reade ...more
Feb 12, 2015
Feb 12, 2015
 
54
Maus I: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History (Maus, #1)
4.34
it was amazing
Harrowing & heartwarming. It blends the comic-book format brilliantly with a subject that is neither funny nor superficial. It speaks volumes abou ...more
Jun 24, 2015
Feb 03, 2012
 
98
The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas
3.78
it was amazing
Astounding read. Juxtaposes two men - victim and victimizer - who uphold different ideas of what it means to be a "true" American. Brilliant, profound ...more
Jul 06, 2014
Jun 13, 2014
 
8
A Sense of Where You Are: Bill Bradley at Princeton
4.08
it was amazing
Sure did like this book about Bill Bradley who played at Princeton while I was growing up there. I never saw him play, and I didn't even read this til ...more
not set
Apr 23, 2012
 
5
A Civil Action
3.95
it was amazing
Outstanding book, heartbreaking case. Jonathan Harr does an amazing job of untangling all the legal threads that tied up this civil action for years w ...more
not set
Apr 17, 2012
 
32
Footsteps: Adventures of a Romantic Biographer
4.18
it was amazing
I adored this book! Richard Holmes literally follows in the footsteps of writers he is writing biographies of to try to feel, see, experience what may ...more
Jan 1997
Feb 20, 2012
 
38
The New New Thing: A Silicon Valley Story
3.73
really liked it
What I enjoyed about this book is Michael Lewis, the way he writes, and the stories he chooses to tell. This one is about a complex man who is way ahe ...more
Jan 1999
Jul 03, 2012
 
7
Zen in the Art of Archery
4.04
it was amazing
Picture a determined German who goes to Japan to learn archery from a zen master. So much more than a sports book. It reveals a zen way of thinking th ...more
not set
Apr 23, 2012
 
1
Encounters with the Archdruid
4.19
it was amazing
Anything John McPhee writes is made interesting by the level of detail he builds into the narrative. In this case, it's the central figure of the head ...more
Jan 2011
Feb 03, 2012
 
9
Wild Thoughts from Wild Places
3.98
really liked it
David Quammen is such a good writer that he makes almost any topic enjoyable. This collection ranges over a lot of territory, but all of it contains h ...more
Jan 2011
Apr 29, 2012
 
39
Creating Affluence: The A-to-Z Steps to a Richer Life
3.91
liked it
This is such a slim little book that it's easy to dismiss his writing here as trivial, yet upon further re-reading, I've decided there's much to be gl ...more
Jan 2010
Jul 20, 2012
 
6
Levels of the Game
4.22
it was amazing
Terrific analysis of a tennis match between Arthur Ashe and his opponent Clark Graebner at Forest Hills in 1968. Love the way their contrasting styles ...more
not set
Apr 18, 2012
 
37
Scribble Scribble
3.71
really liked it
I read this collection of essays on the media some time ago, yet remember enjoying it. She's good with a quip. It's easy to see how she went on to wri ...more
Jan 1978
Jul 03, 2012
 
50
Lost in the Taiga: One Russian Family's Fifty-Year Struggle for Survival and Religious Freedom in the Siberian Wilderness
3.95
it was amazing
Amazing survival story about a family still hiding out in Siberia from Peter the Great, completely unaware of the modern world. Very interesting and w ...more
Jan 1998
Aug 16, 2012
 
33
Eat, Pray, Love
3.52
it was ok
I enjoyed parts of this book--what's not to like about traveling, eating, praying, etc.--but couldn't make myself stick with it all the way to the end ...more
Jan 2010
Feb 03, 2012
 
102
The Hedgehog and the Fox: An Essay on Tolstoy's View of History
4.12
it was amazing
Dostoyevsky (fox) v. Tolstoy (hedgehog). Sir Isaiah refereeing the match-up, in a literary manner of speaking. Knocked me out, anyway. :)
Nov 21, 1977
Nov 21, 2015
 
51
The Snow Leopard
4.12
it was amazing
Terrific account of an expedition Peter Matthiessen took in the Himalayas to try to spot the rare and elusive snow leopard.
Jan 1978
Aug 22, 2012
 
40
The Interpretation of Dreams
3.83
it was amazing
Powerful, however disreputably Freud has fallen out of favour these days. His interpretation of dreams is fascinating reading.
Jan 1974
Jul 20, 2012
 
41
Totem and Taboo
3.83
liked it
Had to read this for an anthropology course but found it extremely insightful in exploring cross-cultural incest taboos.
Jan 1975
Jul 20, 2012
 
2
Praying for Sheetrock
3.93
it was amazing
A superb example of great storytelling within a fact-based narrative. Memorable place & the people who inhabit it.
Jan 1998
Feb 03, 2012
 
68
Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq's Green Zone
4.02
it was amazing
Fantastic. Riveting look at how we bungled it in Iraq. Highly recommend this, especially in light of spreading Mideast fury against US
Sep 15, 2012
Sep 09, 2012
 
70
Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
3.90
had to return it to the library - maybe will have time later to finish it
Oct 16, 2012
Oct 12, 2012
 
43
On the Road
3.64
it was amazing
I'm rating this 5 stars since it was so far ahead of its time. I read 'On the Road' ages ago and admired it for the kinetic energy of the prose more t ...more
Jun 23, 2015
Jul 20, 2012
 
3
The Soul of a New Machine
4.10
it was amazing
Fabulous. Loved the way he pries under the hood of what makes a computer engineer tick. Doubt much has changed since the first PCs came out and people ...more
not set
Feb 26, 2012
 
34
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption
4.38
it was amazing
Such an amazing story. Glad I read it but I have to say I found it hard going in places. Very disturbing. And uplifting at the end. Great testament to ...more
Feb 20, 2012
Feb 03, 2012
 
22
Undaunted Courage: The Pioneering First Mission to Explore America's Wild Frontier
4.22
it was ok
I liked the portrait of the two men who pushed west but found a lot of the coverage of their trip tedious. Thank god for Sakajawea.
not set
Feb 03, 2012
 
4
Liar's Poker
4.16
really liked it
Great read. He has the golden touch--not high finance, but high art--in everything he writes.
not set
Feb 26, 2012
 
42
The Minds of Billy Milligan
4.26
it was amazing
A remarkable portrait of a man with multiple personalities (24?). Harrowing and penetrating study.
Jan 1981
Jul 20, 2012
 
103
Chronicles: Volume One
3.98
it was amazing
"A song is like a dream, and you try to make it come true." - Bob Dylan
Dec 24, 2016
Oct 30, 2016
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