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The Introvert Advantage: How to Thrive in an Extrovert World
3.88
liked it
The two things I heard most in my youth: "Where did you get that red hair?" (which always struck me as wildly dumb, and/or inappropriate. what if I wa ...more
not set
Jul 22, 2007
 
Dirty Plotte # 1 (Second Printing)
4.42
it was amazing
Rather than list all dozen or whatever Dirty Plottes, I will list the first in this BRILLIANT series. Drawn in wonderful dirty vibrant detail by Julie ...more
not set
May 29, 2007
 
The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible
3.76
liked it
This is a riot so far - it's great to read something about the bible that is written by someone as secular as myself. I often find that my curiousity ...more
not set
Oct 17, 2007
 
Woman: An Intimate Geography
4.15
it was amazing
AMAZING. Natalie Angier combines lyricism, wit, humor, feminism and science to create a very readable and insightful compendium on all things wicked a ...more
Jan 2000
May 25, 2007
 
Stiffed: The Betrayal of the American Man
3.86
liked it
I LOVED the premise of this book, HATED the girth. If I could have finished it, I'm sure I would have ended up 10 times smarter. Oh well.
Jan 2003
May 25, 2007
 
Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women
3.97
really liked it
Word.
Jan 2000
May 25, 2007
 
The Death and Life of Great American Cities
4.31
really liked it
I recommended the Modern Library Series printing because it has a really nice forward that gives an uninitiated Jacobs reader some background as to wh ...more
Jan 2006
May 25, 2007
 
The Art of Cuisine: The Inventive Cooking of Toulouse-Lautrec
4.33
it was amazing
Gorgeous, perfect, totally impractical cookbook. In the culinary notes:
"This book was written in an age when recipe books were exciting but rather imp
...more
not set
Aug 27, 2007
 
Journalistas: 100 Years of the Best Writing and Reporting by Women Journalists
3.93
it was amazing
An excerpt from an Emma Goldman piece included in this inspiring collection of trail blazing female journalists:

"At this most critical moment it becom
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Jan 2006
May 25, 2007
 
Caramba!: A Tale Told in Turns of the Card
3.84
it was amazing
I picked this book for the cover! When I saw it sitting on the 'recommended reads' shelf at my public library a few years ago, it was like love at fir ...more
Jan 2004
May 25, 2007
 
Parenting Beyond Belief: On Raising Ethical, Caring Kids Without Religion
4.06
it was amazing
A friend of mine was saying how she believed all children to be inherently spiritual. I won't exactly argue that, but what I believe to be more true i ...more
not set
Jun 09, 2008
 
Plenty: Vibrant Vegetable Recipes from London's Ottolenghi
4.32
it was amazing
In the world of "food porn", the carnivores dominate. I am so pleased to find this sumptuous tome devoted to vegetables that boasts just as many decad ...more
not set
Jun 18, 2012
 
Oz: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
4.08
it was amazing
I ran across this at the library today and fell in love with the illustrations. Oz was my Hogwarts way back when, and I still adore the mix of fantasy ...more
not set
Mar 25, 2013
 
Moongirl: The Collector's Edition Book and DVD Gift Set
4.44
it was amazing
Illustrations are absolutely gorgeous: dark and dreamy with lots of dramatic illumination and cute big-eyed characters. It's like Caravaggio meets Tim ...more
not set
Dec 26, 2007
 
Joseph Cornell: Master of Dreams
4.15
it was amazing
Joseph Cornell (from what little I know of him) was an eccentric loner in Queens who created meticulous gorgeous assemblage pieces that evoked magic, ...more
Jan 2003
May 26, 2007
 
Mystics, Mavericks, and Merrymakers: An Intimate Journey Among Hasidic Girls
3.81
really liked it
Before I moved to nyc, I had a very vague and miscontrued perseption of Hasidim. While I lived in Williamsburg, a neighborhood on the cusp of a large ...more
Jan 2006
May 26, 2007
 
Olive's Pirate Party
3.56
really liked it
CUTE story about a swashbuckling little maven named...Olive! She's about to have a birthday party, and wants to impress her pals (who doesn't?!) so th ...more
Mar 2007
Jun 05, 2007
 
The Woman That Never Evolved
4.13
really liked it
I'm so spoiled by Natalie Angier. Hrdy's writing isn't at all the saucy romp that Angier's is, but it is due to scientists like Hrdy that Angier is ab ...more
Jul 2007
May 26, 2007
 
Cowboy & Octopus
3.70
it was amazing
The Knock Knock chapter is especially wonderful and hilarious.
not set
Jul 12, 2012
 
Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
3.90
liked it
This smallish sized book certainly packs a punch. I was thrilled to be able to finish it in a couple of days, but the ideas presented by Gladwell will ...more
Jun 2007
Jun 01, 2007
 
What Is the What
4.16
it was amazing
At first I was hesitant to read What is the What, but once I began it was exceedingly difficult to stop.
Genocide is not necessarily something that I
...more
Apr 2007
May 25, 2007
 
Water for Elephants
4.07
liked it
This was fun, I read it in a couple of days, loved the seedy circus theme and the fact that she did her research. However I was not taken with the hum ...more
not set
Aug 23, 2007
 
The Kite Runner
4.26
it was ok
This was another hesitant read for me...modern tales involving pointless mass slaughter and displacement depress me to the core. Anyhow, once I starte ...more
Mar 2007
May 25, 2007
 
The Canon: A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science
3.67
it was amazing
Another witty, brilliant, and wry take on the magical mysteries of science. I'm only 1/4 of the way through, and have a shiny new respect and comprehe ...more
May 2007
May 25, 2007
 
Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East
4.13
really liked it
Extremely disciplined, focused, well referenced, and HEFTY!

I can't say that I enjoyed this book particularly, but definitely learned that my pedestri
...more
Jul 2007
Jun 19, 2007
 
Passionate Nomad: The Life of Freya Stark
3.98
liked it
I loved the narration of her journeys, but was dissapointed that so many of her travels were riddled with preoccupation of pressure to find the right ...more
Jul 2007
Jun 01, 2007
 
Taxi!: A Social History of the New York City Cabdriver
3.33
liked it
Even after living in nyc for years and taking cabs or carservices on a regular basis, I still have a romanticized notion of the cabdriver. This book o ...more
not set
Jun 24, 2007
 
Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx
4.24
really liked it
I was up until 3am last night finishing this book, it's one of those...
The amount of detail provided, from the day to day minutia to the life-changing
...more
Jun 2007
May 26, 2007
 
The Mother Trip: Hip Mama's Guide to Staying Sane in the Chaos of Motherhood
3.92
really liked it
Ah, the first book on parenting I ever read! I went through the text-book 5 stages of reacting to accidental pregnancy: Disbelief, elation, panic, pan ...more
not set
May 26, 2007
 
Collected Works: Wise Blood / A Good Man is Hard to Find / The Violent Bear it Away / Everything that Rises Must Converge / Essays and Letters
4.51
really liked it
I can't believe it took me 29 years to finally read Flannery O'Connor. Maybe reading her during the festive winter holidays wasn't the greatest choice ...more
Dec 2006
May 26, 2007
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