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Freakonomics
Freakonomics is a refreshing, thoroughly enjoyable, easy reading, fast paced, witty and cynical breath of fresh air! Levitt and Dubner offer up a series of pointed, thought provoking essays composed in …
Winter World: The Ingenuity of Animal Survival
WINTER WORLD provides an overview of the amazing evolutionary adaptations in both physiology and behaviour that the members of the animal kingdom have made to ensure their survival through bitter northern …
Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who
Dava Sobel, like Simon Winchester or Canada's Pierre Berton, has clearly mastered the art of writing history in a form that is not only informative but, perhaps more important, is also compelling …
The Ragged Mountain Portable Wilderness Anthology
Solo camping, by its very nature, attracts the type of person who is contemplative in nature and is comfortable with themselves and the solitude that solo camping engenders. Sadly that contemplative nature …
Extinction: Bad Genes or Bad Luck?
Non-fiction titles generally lend themselves to summaries a little bit more easily than non-fiction and I'd be hard pressed to beat the information the publishers have provided on the back cover. …
reviewed A Briefer History of Time. November 05, 2010
A Briefer History of Time
The title says it all and is probably the best summary of this exciting and entirely accessible popular physics book. A BRIEFER HISTORY OF TIME is both an update on and a more succinct, briefer version …
reviewed In Cold Blood. October 27, 2010
In Cold Blood
Dateline 1959, Holcomb, Kansas: Herb Clutter, a wealthy, well-respected God-fearing Methodist farmer, his wife and two children are brutally murdered in what modern police parlance would term a home invasion. …
Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in
The ability to land a spacecraft on Mars is old hat. As a matter of fact, the technology, although it was and remains prohibitively expensive, existed over thirty years ago. The real impediment, indeed, …
reviewed The Planets. September 15, 2010
The Planets
If John Lennon were alive today to read Dava Sobel's "The Planets", I've no doubt he would be pleased to call it "a magical mystery tour".      I've …
The Man Who Mapped the Arctic: The Intrepid Life
It takes considerable flair and panache to write history in a way that makes it read like a novel and not very many authors have that ability. Canada's Pierre Berton has it! Dava Sobel and Simon Winchester …
Cro-Magnon: How the Ice Age Gave Birth to the
"Cro-Magnon" may be categorized as a brief history of human pre-history, at least that portion of the world's pre-history that was peopled by what anthropologists call "modern" …
How to Shit in the Woods, Second Edition: An
To the uninitiated, the art of having a dump in the woods probably seems no more complicated than "squat, squint, squeeze and squeegee"! But, alas, as the world shrinks and the use of the world's …
Coincidences, Chaos, and All That Math Jazz:
What a wonderful motto for learning! To understand deep things simply, investigate simple things deeply. In "Coincidences, Chaos and All That Math Jazz", Burger and Starbird take that motto …
reviewed Switzerland. August 01, 2010
Switzerland
I'm not a seasoned or jaded traveler ... yet! So a comprehensive travel guide is critical to my preparation for a trip and a great way of post-filling information and details into some of the holes …
A Brief History of Infinity: The Quest to Think the Unthinkable
Perhaps I should state what I think should have been made a little more obvious. Clegg's "A Brief History of Infinity" is not a mathematics book. It is definitely a history book. In fact, …
reviewed The Great Influenza. June 09, 2010
The Great Influenza
Barry's "The Great Influenza" is the story of the influenza pandemic of 1918, the worst pandemic in history. With upper estimates of the global death toll topping an astonishing 100 million …
Work Less, Make More: Stop Working So Hard and Create the Life You Really Want!
Jennifer White's book is not for wimps and losers.       A self-help book written by one of the finest success coaches in the country, "Work Less, Make More" is an innovative …
Beyond the Body Farm: A Legendary Bone Detective Explores Murders, Mysteries, and the Revolution in Forensic Science
Tennessee's Anthropological Research Facility (ARF), made famous by its more colloquial nickname in Patricia Cornwell's novel "The Body Farm" is a world class scientific institution dedicated …
In a series of open letters to an American friend named Sam, (or to be more precise, "Uncle Sam" as a metaphorical representation of all of our friends south of our Canadian border), Pierre …
Nahanni trailhead: A year in the northern wilderness
In an eloquent bit of understatement, RM Patterson called the savage South Nahanni River "The Dangerous River". Despite this advance billing, John Moore proposed marriage to his fiancée …
A Crack in the Edge of the World: America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906
In a fashion similar to his thematic approach in "Krakatoa", Simon Winchester has chosen a specific natural disaster - the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake - as the centerpiece for a multi-course …
The Sex Lives of Cannibals
At the advanced age of 26, author Troost was struggling with the angst of an as yet undefined career path that seemed on a fast track to nowhere. So when his lovely wife, Sylvia, was given the opportunity …
reviewed Seacoasts of Canada. April 17, 2010
Seacoasts of Canada
"Canada boasts the longest coastline in the world. If it were straightened out it could wound around the equator three and a half times and there would still be a bit left over." - a fitting …
The Undercover Economist: Exposing Why the Rich Are Rich, the Poor Are Poor--and Why You Can Never B
Using Ricardo's theory of rent seeking as a jumping off point, Tim Harford's "The Undercover Economist" is an upbeat introduction to microeconomics couched in language that is accessible to …
reviewed The Most Beautiful Villages of France. April 02, 2010
The Most Beautiful Villages of France
Dominique Reperant's "village" has fewer than 1,050 inhabitants and he defines "most beautiful" as most preserved. So it's no surprise that his photographic essay that explored even …
reviewed SuperFreakonomics. March 26, 2010
Super Freakonomics (Book)
Economics may not be considered one of the sexier sciences. But, first with "Freakonomics" and now with "Super Freakonomics", rogue economists and best-selling authors, Steven D Levitt …
London (A Short History)
If the biography of a city whose history spans two thousand years is compressed to the short written span of only 150 pages, it is of necessity less than comprehensive. Like the late evening news, whose …
reviewed Discovering Lascaux. March 23, 2010
Discovering Lascaux
During a recent trip to southern France, I was privileged to enjoy a tour of Lascaux II, the replica of the original grotto whose dazzling white walls of calcite were decorated by Cro-Magnon man with …
The Metropolitan Museum of Art Guide Revised Edition
Like the Louvre in Paris, the Metropolitan Museum is a fabulously wealthy storehouse of incalculable value, "a living encyclopedia of world art. Every culture from every part of the world - from …
Frick Collection: Handbook of Paintings
Unlike the Louvre in Paris or its nearby cousin, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, just a few blocks away on Fifth Avenue in New York City, the Frick Collection is a much more intimate collection that can …
reviewed Top 10 Budapest (Eyewitness Top 10 Tr.... March 16, 2010
Top 10 Budapest (Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guides)
With every passing European trip (I've now had the pleasure of touring London, Paris, the Dordogne valley, Switzerland and Sicily), I'm realizing that my travel skills are becoming sharper as is my ability …
reviewed Budapest (Eyewitness Travel Guide). March 15, 2010
Budapest (Eyewitness Travel Guide)
Great organization, eye-catching photography, well written narrative and superb cartography! DK Eyewitness Travel guides have got it all but, for me, it's the photography that really separates them from …
reviewed Faster: The Acceleration of Just Abou.... March 15, 2010
Faster: The Acceleration of Just About Everything
James Gleick, author of the bestseller "Chaos" has created another compelling and often disturbing tale of the nature of our society. "Faster" characterizes our modern day thinking …
reviewed Will Shortz Presents Puzzles from the.... March 13, 2010
Will Shortz Presents Puzzles from the World Sudoku Championship: 100 Wordless Crossword Puzzles (Will Shortz Presents...)
Associated Press put it very well - "Hunched over newspapers on crowded subway trains, sneaking secret peeks in the office, a puzzle-crazy nation is trying to slot numbers into small checkerboard …
reviewed Vienna (Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guides). March 12, 2010
Vienna (Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guides)
The Top 10 format is entirely self-explanatory, a list of Top 10 sights that are must-sees for any first time tourist in a given city or country. Depending on the destination, the Top 10 lists become …
reviewed Gridlock: Crossword Puzzles and the M.... February 23, 2010
Gridlock: Crossword Puzzles and the Mad Geniuses Who Create Them
OK, OK, I admit it! I've been called a geek by the best of them. Even my family has indulged in a covert chuckle a time or two over my off-the-wall hobbies which include (aside from reviewing books for …
reviewed The Saturday Ride. February 13, 2010
The Saturday Ride
I'm not a cyclist so I'll take it on faith that the technical descriptions of Blakely's Saturday ride make sense. But, I can tell you this - as an avid fan of exercise, spinning, step classes, running, …
reviewed One Fourteenth of an Elephant. February 04, 2010
One Fourteenth of an Elephant
But "One Fourteenth of an Elephant" is also a blistering condemnation of man's brutality to his fellow man even in the context of a war that encompassed the globe. When Singapore fell to the …
reviewed Liechtenstein Museum: The Princely Co.... January 27, 2010
Liechtenstein Museum: The Princely Collection (Liechtenstein Museum Vienna)
"In the unique setting of the Liechtenstein palace, visitors are surrounded by a composition of paintings, sculpture, precious objects and furniture and are transported into the breathtaking world …
reviewed Paris: DK Travel Guide. January 27, 2010
Great organization, eye-catching photography, well written narrative and superb cartography! DK Eyewitness Travel guides have got it all but, for me, it's the photography that really separates them from …
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