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Naked in Dangerous Places: The Chronicles of a Hungry, Scared, Lost, Homesick, but Otherwise Perfectly Happy Traveler
3.23
liked it
Interesting look at the life of a TV travel-show host. And a wimpy, reluctant one at that. Cash Peters is pretty funny, but I don't think this was the ...more
May 06, 2009
Apr 29, 2009
 
Poseidon's Steed: The Story of Seahorses, from Myth to Reality
3.62
liked it
An interesting exploration of what seahorses are, where they live, and how humans have thought about them over the centuries. The author brings a pass ...more
Sep 16, 2009
Sep 17, 2009
 
The Vesuvius Club (Lucifer Box, #1)
3.61
really liked it
Lucifer Box. Libertine, frustrated portraitist, spy. From turn-of-the-century London to the volcanoes of Italy, this is a saucy, hilarious tale of bet ...more
Mar 06, 2009
Mar 07, 2009
 
The Seventh at St. Andrews: How Scotsman David McLay Kidd and His Ragtag Band Built theFirst New Course onGolf's Holy Soil in Nearly a Century
3.86
liked it
Yep, another golf book. Sorry to be predictable, but I like to keep up on "the literature." Anyway, I noticed The Seventh at St. Andrews on the shelf ...more
Nov 15, 2007
May 09, 2008
 
Eiffel's Tower and the World's Fair where Buffalo Bill Beguiled Paris, the Artists Quarreled, and Thomas Edison Became a Count
3.77
liked it
This is a very readable account of the 1889 World's Fair in Paris - focusing quite a bit on the building of the Eiffel Tower, but including many diver ...more
May 12, 2009
May 12, 2009
 
The Tourist (The Tourist, #1)
3.77
really liked it
Bit of a departure for me here, I'm not much of a fiction reader, and when I am, it's usually an author I've read before. Glad I took a chance on this ...more
Feb 2009
Jan 07, 2009
 
Merde Happens
3.47
really liked it
I didn't have great expectations for this one - I'd read Stephen Clarke's previous two books in the set and enjoyed them, but this plot just seemed to ...more
Jun 2008
May 28, 2008
 
Dreaming in Code: Two Dozen Programmers, Three Years, 4,732 Bugs, and One Quest for Transcendent Software
3.69
really liked it
Dreaming in Code is two things: It's the story of the development of an open-source program called Chandler, through many iterations and troubles, and ...more
Aug 15, 2009
Jul 29, 2009
 
Armada
3.50
really liked it
I keep reading that this is just a bunch of adolescent wish-fulfillment, and I can't really argue with that. But it knows that's what it is, and does ...more
Aug 15, 2015
Aug 15, 2015
 
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)
4.12
really liked it
I picked up "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" because I'd read a few reviews, it sounded interesting, and the Swedish author angle made it kind of exo ...more
Oct 2008
Sep 29, 2008
 
Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (Dirk Gently, #1)
3.97
I have a hard time rereading the Hitchhiker's Guide books - the first one seems really funny, then they kind of taper off for me. Rereading Dirk Gentl ...more
Jun 13, 2007
Feb 21, 2008
 
The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials, #3)
4.08
liked it
Took me a little while to finish this series up; seem to have been too busy to read there for awhile. Not that The Amber Spyglass didn't keep my atten ...more
Jun 13, 2007
May 09, 2008
 
The Downhill Lie: A Hacker's Return to a Ruinous Sport
3.46
liked it
I'm not a Carl Hiaasen reader, generally (I think I've read one of his books) but when I say this come in as an advance reader copy, I thought I'd giv ...more
Apr 2008
Apr 28, 2008
 
The Spiders of Allah: Travels of an Unbeliever on the Frontline of Holy War
3.80
liked it
This isn't the kind of book I normally read, but it caught my eye so I gave it a shot. James Hider was the Times UK Middle East station chief, and he ...more
Aug 26, 2009
Aug 21, 2009
 
Chemistry for Beginners
3.50
really liked it
Absolutely charming geek love. A romantically clueless sexual dysfunction researcher meets his match in a new test subject. Hilarious, poignant, and e ...more
Sep 05, 2009
Sep 06, 2009
 
C'est la Vie: An American Woman Begins a New Life in Paris and--Voila!--Becomes Almost French
3.47
liked it
This would have been an absolutely wonderful book... If I was a 50 year old woman. As it was, I read it to glean the little details about life in Fran ...more
Jun 02, 2008
Jun 01, 2008
 
Hold the Enlightenment
3.82
liked it
A fairly fun collection of travel essays from Tim Cahill, ranging from his home in Montana to Australia to South Africa to Turkey. Interesting, but di ...more
Aug 2009
Aug 11, 2009
 
Spiced: A Pastry Chef's True Stories of Trials by Fire, After-Hours Exploits, and What Really Goes on in the Kitchen
3.32
really liked it
Spiced is a great memoir of working through various kitchens, catering gigs and food styling jobs, and becoming a respected pastry chef. Jurgensen pep ...more
May 07, 2009
Apr 29, 2009
 
Bowl of Cherries
3.27
Well - that was a crazy read! I saw this one go by at work and got sucked in by the line in the blurb that read "ninety-year old debut novelist." Then ...more
Nov 29, 2007
May 09, 2008
 
Confessions of an Eco-Sinner: Tracking Down the Sources of My Stuff
3.71
really liked it
At first glance, I wasn't sure if I was going to like Confessions of an Eco-sinner - the writing looked a little dry, and I thought I might have just ...more
Oct 28, 2008
Oct 21, 2008
 
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (The Wicked Years, #1)
3.52
really liked it
This was the second book that I read while traveling to Anchorage and back last week. I wish I had been a little more familiar with the fictional worl ...more
Jul 05, 2007
May 09, 2008
 
Ant Farm and Other Desperate Situations
3.87
really liked it
Heard about this one from the library cartoon Unshelved. Very quick read, it's a series of short sketches that illustrate the absurdities of life. Som ...more
Apr 06, 2009
Apr 01, 2009
 
Britten and Brülightly
3.68
liked it
A really interesting graphic novel - poignant, absurd, deep, at times silly. Very noir-ey feel - the handwriting used for the main character's thought ...more
May 15, 2009
May 15, 2009
 
I, Lucifer
3.63
really liked it
Not sure what to say about this one. It was one of those that I started, but didn't think I'd finish, then I didn't have anything else on hand, so I f ...more
Mar 04, 2007
May 09, 2008
 
The Case for Pluto: How a Little Planet Made a Big Difference
3.88
really liked it
A very readable and accessible book about the discovery of the smaller planets, and the controversy that's surrounded the recent reclassification of t ...more
Nov 24, 2009
Nov 19, 2009
 
Steal the Menu: A Memoir of Forty Years in Food
2.77
liked it
Interesting deep cut into the history of (mostly) American fine dining. The New York ego and overwrought vocabulary were a little much for me, though.
Jul 14, 2013
Jul 14, 2013
 
Fanatic: Ten Things All Sports Fans Should Do Before They Die
3.54
liked it
So I'm not generally a big reader of sports books (other than golf, obviously) but this one caught my eye: Fanatic: Ten Things All Sports Fans Should ...more
Sep 18, 2007
May 09, 2008
 
The Lathe of Heaven
4.10
liked it
Classic sci-fi from Ursula LeGuin - with her particular voice. A mind-bending tale of the power of dreams, that'ss held up very well since it's writin ...more
Dec 31, 2009
Dec 30, 2009
 
B Is for Beer
3.37
Totally Tom Robbins, but in a silly, cute way. Probably not readable for under 10 year olds, and would raise some questions (which is probably the poi ...more
Jun 03, 2009
Jun 03, 2009
 
Service Included: Four-Star Secrets of an Eavesdropping Waiter
3.42
really liked it
I don't remember where it was, now, that I heard about Service Included, but I know that the minute that I did, I put it on hold at the library. Came ...more
Oct 07, 2007
May 09, 2008
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