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Outlaw Journalist by William McKeen
Outlaw Journalist
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A good but flawed Hunter S. Thompson biography. On the whole, I enjoyed taking in the whole sweep of Thompson's life; however, I finished the book wanting more, feeling almost as if McKeen made sure to cover all the important stuff but could have inc ...more
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The Best American Travel Writing 2009 by Simon Winchester
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Maybe I'm a little burned out on these anthologies - this was good, but took me forever to finish as I slogged through some of the more boring pieces. The ones on the Middle East and Africa were the most engaging; in particular, Daniel Alarcon's clos ...more
Fifty Plants That Changed the Course of History by Bill Laws
" If you want the opposite of this - a serious, deep analysis of one crop's historical effects - Sidney Mintz's Sweetness and Power is worth checking ou ...more "
Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick
"The sobering, compassionate, searing, and engrossing stories of six North Koreans who manage to survive a devastating agricultural and economic collapse under an authoritarian regime, and wend their way into South Korea.

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Uncentering the Earth by William T. Vollmann
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A weird little book explaining Copernicus's life's work. I admit I skimmed through a lot of the more technical details; if you are not geometrically inclined (I'm not), it's easy to get really lost as Vollmann regales you with all kinds of fun astron ...more
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What's Liberal About the Liberal Arts? by Michael Bérubé
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I hate reading about higher education. Who wants to slog through 300 pages of academic navel-gazing?
I hate reading philosophy. So dry! I'm not going to subject myself to pages and pages of moral reasoning or epistemology.
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Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded by John Scalzi
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Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded by John Scalzi
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I got a little annoyed at the idea of buying an anthology of a hundred or so blog posts, but it says that's what this is right on the back cover, so that goof's on me, even if nobody bothered to fix an embarrassing number of typos in the conversion t ...more
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Werewolves in Their Youth by Michael Chabon
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This collection of nine short stories was a great introduction to Chabon. I didn't love all of the plots, but Chabon's imagination and amazing attention to craft made for addictive reading anyway. Chabon seems at his best when inventing Philip Roth-l ...more
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