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The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists
The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists Reviews

Review: Yes, I'm female and No, I didn't read this to learn "pick-up" tricks! I heard about this New York Times bestseller a couple months ago from a girlfriend of mine in LA, I was intrigued enough to pick it up. Once I started reading I could not put it down! It is 400+ pages and it's an absolute page turner (in my opinion). It is very easy to read. I read the whole book in one weekend.

Strauss exposes an interesting, often sad world of how easily everyone (men and women) can be manipulated, in... Read more

The Discomfort Zone: A Personal History
The Discomfort Zone: A Personal History Reviews

Review: i debated between giving this book two or three stars. ultimately, i'm giving it two; i wanted to like it more than i did. although the book starts off strong (i especially appreciated all of the cultural info from the 60s and 70s), toward the end, i found myself just wanting to be done with it. and i actually skimmed a lot of the last section. after a while, the narrative felt self-indulgent to me. although i appreciate franzen's honesty in all pages of this book, i also feel that the writing i... Read more

Book One: Work, 1986-2006
Book One: Work, 1986-2006 Reviews

Review: It's particularly cool to read this extraordinary book as a librarian --so many of the books covers inside are familiar and recognizable as the popular works. I'm purely amazed at how this book, which could come off as Chip Kidd's scrapbook of celebrity encounters instead reads as a humble offering. It's probably the best chronicle of the last 20 years of graphic design in the united states and it comes across as modest, approachable and endlessly fascinating. Read more

Live from New York: An Oral History of Saturday Night Live
Live from New York: An Oral History of Saturday Night Live Reviews

Review: Well, I feel like I know more about Lorne Michaels--and how people feel about him--than I'd ever want to know. Why did the authors think he needed his own section?

This book was interesting, but the worshipful quality of it was annoying as hell. It's just a TV show. It's not changing the lives of anyone except its stars. But in this book, it's portrayed as one of the most significant things to happen in the U.S. Whoever criticizes the show is wrong, and wrong to do it, and any star who cr... Read more

Reach for the Sky
Reach for the Sky Reviews

Review: After watching the movie years ago with my dad (it was one of our favourites and we watched it whenever it was showing), I really wanted to read the book. After much searching, I found it on line.

A remarkable story about a remarkable English WW 2 RAF pilot who refused to be put down or aside after a tragic accident left him without legs. An inspirational and real figure, just a normal man who refused to sit by. Read more

Isaac's Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History
Isaac's Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History Reviews

Review: For me, some parts of this story were fascinating while other parts were horrifying but it was the way in which Erik Larson told the story that made it a worthwhile read. It was an event that I knew nothing about until I read this book Read more

His Excellency: George Washington
His Excellency: George Washington Reviews

Review: This begins my journey to go through at least one biography per President. I decided to do this after I realized that there were many good things that I did not know about each president, and it would be time that I learned them as quickly as possible. So we begin, appropriately, with George Washington. This is a man who many people can cite for being a general in the American Revolution, and our first president, but little else. This is a somewhat incomplete picture that gives you an idea of th... Read more

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