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reviewed The Pillars of the Earth. August 30, 2010
PIllars of the Earth
This was one of the most annoying books I've read in several decades. The writing was clunky and cliche-ridden. The characters were (mostly) wooden and unbelievable and the dialogue was an embarrassment …
reviewed Secret Clinical Strength, Light and F.... August 25, 2010
Secret Clinical Strength, Light and Fresh
the worst thing a deodorant could do (aside from popping up and shooting you) would be not showing up at all. so as far as i can tell, it can't stop odor, can't halt perspiration, can't even make a good …
reviewed Anime Studio Debut 7. August 25, 2010
Anime Studio Debut 7
This is a cute idea but disk failed to load on either of the MacBooks in my household.
YOU are worth it: worthiness self-help inspiration
Michael Struk has created a new chapter in the literature of self-worth. Upbeat, positive and relentless, Struk has created a series of insights and exercises that could easily be at the heart of any …
Fast Track Photographer, Revised and Expanded
The essential advice in this book is excellent and undeniable: photography is as much about creating a unique experience for your customer as it is about creating images. The useful self-test could help …
The Hidden Brain: How Our Unconscious Minds Elect
There is a consistent thread that runs through The Hidden Brain. It is that there are parts of the human brain that act at a level below awareness and that these 'hidden' parts account for some otherwise …
reviewed Instant Read Pocket Thermometer. June 15, 2010
Instant Read Pocket Thermometer
this thermometer is a great value. of course, you have to calibrate it but results are consistent once you do. if you work in an environment where things tend to go missing, this is the right one for …
Scotch Precision Ultra Edge Non Stick Scissor,
for the careful collagista or craftsperson, these 8" scissors are an excellent tool. The comfortable handles are designed to be used with either hand and the blades cut smoothly and with almost no effort.  &nbs …
How to Succeed at Aging Without Really Dying
Lyla Blake Ward seems like a very nice lady. And, since she and I are both members of the Social Security Club, it would have been nice to show some solidarity.  Alas!  These essays …
reviewed Adobe Photoshop Elements 8: Maximum P.... April 22, 2010
Adobe Photoshop Elements 8: Maximum Performance:
I've only done two of the exercises in this book, but I'm already a great fan. If you've ever been frustrated by 'instructions' that assume that you already know what to do or forget to mention several …
reviewed How We Decide. March 19, 2010
How We Decide
This is a very pleasant book to read. The author is urbane and witty and he explains concepts beautifully. Unfortunately, there's nothing in the content that most of us haven't seen before-in fact some …
Frommer's Italy 2010 (Frommer's Color Complete
Italy ain't what it used to be. It has become less Italian, more international and more crowded with travelers looking for the Italy that used to be. As such, information becomes more important for the …
reviewed Au Revoir to All That: Food, Wine, an.... March 18, 2010
Au Revoir to All That: Food, Wine, and the End of
Things change. We accept that as part of life, but changing, dying archetypes attract our attention more than mere organic changes. The author, a confessed francophile, chronicles the decline of French …
reviewed The Predictioneer's Game: Using the L.... October 15, 2009
The Predictioneer's Game: Using the Logic of
i've got this magic parrot, see. he can predict the future. here, let me show you some things he's predicted:  the phillies win the world series in 2008  obama elected president  sarah …
reviewed South Beach Living Fiber Fit Bars, Mo.... October 15, 2009
South Beach Living Fiber Fit Bars, Mocha, 5-Count
no one on earth is ever likely to dream about a south beach fiber fit bar, but that's all right. this is a product for the person leaving the gym who needs to eat something now or the poor soul who's …
reviewed Allagash Brewing Company. September 05, 2009
Allagash Brewing Company
 A small brewery in Portland, Maine makes what many consider to be the finest Tripel in the world.   Opalescent and tart, it combines hints of fruit with a refined spiciness. The cork and …
Froth!: The Science of Beer
One mark of beer's cultural maturity in America is the publication of a book of witty and learned essays, a set of seven scholarly stand-up routines about malt beverages. The existence of a book like …
Culinary Improvisation: Skill Building Beyond the
This is a humane and sensible discourse on cooking. It's intended for the thoughtful student of cuisine and the ambitious culinary artist. The authors' idea is an improvement on the old idea of Master …
Angostura Orange Bitters - 4 oz Bottle
a single drop in the glass before you pour a wheat beer (belgian style) does the job much better than a slice of orange. the flavor hit is pure aromatic orange without the nasty taste of the pith.  failed …
Fodor's Amsterdam's 25 Best, 7th Edition
When you get off the plane at Schipol, this is the book you want in your pocket. Aside from the breezy overview and the tips for navigating this delightful city, the book includes a folding map that's …
reviewed Religulous (2008). March 31, 2009
Religulous (2008)
There's a lot to be said for the pure pleasure of watching pompous, hateful jerks get skewered. It's a cheap pleasure and maybe not one to be proud of, but it's great fun. Bill Maher interviews some over-the-top …
reviewed iPhone: The Missing Manual. March 07, 2009
iPhone: The Missing Manual
Some reviewers have pointed out that an iPhone user could find all this information on the web. That's both true and beside the point: This book is easily accessed, fun to read and has all those other …
reviewed Get Shorty. March 03, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
Get Shorty
Elmore Leonard knows Hollywood, but his insider's view of the movie business is the least of the appeal of this movie. John Travolta is Chili Palmer, a loan shark who comes to LA to collect a debt. The …
reviewed Taking On the System: Rules for Radic.... February 19, 2009
Taking On the System: Rules for Radical Change in
This is a somewhat entertaining and very illuminating book about social change. Its central thesis is that the old gatekeepers who controlled access to the media have lost their power and that the media …
reviewed Master Shots: 100 Advanced Camera Tec.... February 19, 2009
Master Shots: 100 Advanced Camera Techniques to
I have no intention of shooting a movie, but I was interested in this book as a way of extending my visual literacy. Quite simply, this is a great book for exposing the visual grammar that underlies the …
reviewed The God Who Wasn't There (2005). January 24, 2009
The God Who Wasn't There (2005)
Please. The opposite of Christian is not atheist. You don't have to be either an atheist or non-religious to think that Jesus never existed. Aside from the religion based on his life story, there's not …
Joe Sixpack's Philly Beer Guide: A Reporter's
It's pretty obvious that this book is indispensable to the beer-loving visitor to Philly and to the native novice. It's a quirky but thorough review of the huge beer scene in Philadelphia. But this is …
Gastropolis: Food and New York City (Arts and
The editors of this volume begin by telling us that "New Yorkers have formed relationships with food that have helped shape the identity of their great city." You might find this statement unexceptionable: …
reviewed A Revolution in Taste: The Rise of Fr.... January 08, 2009
A Revolution in Taste: The Rise of French Cuisine,
This book performs two essential functions. It establishes the roots of the modern, western gourmet preference as occurring in 17th Century France and it shows this taste to be both a minority preference …
reviewed Back To Nature Summer Berry Blend Cer.... January 08, 2009
Back To Nature Summer Berry Blend Cereal,
this cereal, in its chic recycled packaging got mixed reviews at my house. one of us was put off by the harsh taste of molasses and the hard, almost brittle texture of the flakes and dried fruit. the …
reviewed A Year of Wine: Perfect Pairings, Gre.... December 25, 2008
A Year of Wine: Perfect Pairings, Great Buys, and
Dr. Vino is a good writer and this book is a pleasure to read. What's more important is that he puts context in context. You may have had the experience of tasting a wine for the second time and being …
reviewed Lookout Mountain Lookout Sea. December 15, 2008
posted in Music Matters
Lookout Mountain Lookout Sea
There was something engagingly casual about the Silver Jews' early albums which spanned a decade of barely constructed music wrapped around solipsistic lyrics. The effect was fun, but the music was scarcely …
reviewed Outliers: The Story of Success. December 14, 2008
Outliers: The Story of Success
The difficult truth is that human success, like human failure is a result of both nature and nurture. The quality of the seed and the opportunity offered by the ground in which it is planted. For some …
reviewed The English Major: A Novel. December 02, 2008
The English Major: A Novel
This book is a vanity-the kind of thing that only an established novelist could ever get published. It's told in the first person by a sixty year-old man who sets out on the road after losing his farm …
Selected Short Stories Wm. Dean Howells
It's hard to believe that Howells was a contemporary of Mark Twain. They seem to belong to different centuries: Twain to ours and Howells to Abraham Lincoln's. Howell's voice sounds necessarily a bit …
Angels, Thieves, and Winemakers
Everybody who enjoys wine often enough and long enough ends up being something of a poet. Winedrinkers just naturally seem to connect each facet of the splendor in the glass with everything in their universe. …
Under Pressure: Cooking Sous Vide
You know the pleasure you get from standing behind the stove while the aromas of -let's say- sweating onions and garlic wrap around you? Well those great cooking smells and all of their kin come at the …
reviewed The Secret Madonna. November 25, 2008
The Secret Madonna
The Secret Madonna opens with a scene in Central Park where an unidentifiable man is found in a coma and near death. The scene itself would be a great start to a thriller, but the magic of this scene …
reviewed Flanagan's Smart Home: The 98 Essenti.... November 20, 2008
Flanagan's Smart Home: The 98 Essentials for
This is a list of 98 items that the author feels are essential to any household. Her choices are, on the whole, thoughtful and the list is extremely useful. I'll be passing this book along to my daughter, …
reviewed Asian Dining Rules: Essential Strateg.... November 16, 2008
Asian Dining Rules: Essential Strategies for
Steven Shaw's guide to Asian restaurants is a handy companion for anyone seeking to explore one of the five major Asian cuisine on offer in Europe and the US these days. It describes the specialties of …
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