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by Penn Jillette
What an exhilirating piece of fiction this book turned out to be! I went in with certain expectations - as it seems a person must when reading a book by the larger, louder, bravado-filled half of the Penn and Teller...
review posted: January 23, 2005
by Michael Lewis
How exactly does one of the poorest teams in Major League Baseball, the Oakland A's, manage to win so many games year in and year out? This is the question that Moneyball seeks to answer. The answer, it turns out, is that...
review posted: January 19, 2005
Who the Hell's in It: Portraits and Conversations
by Peter Bogdanovich
Peter Bogdanovich, the director of such films as The Last Picture Show and The Cat's Meow, has compiled in this book a group of essays, each one about a specific actor, many, if not all, of them legendary (the actors, not...
review posted: January 19, 2005
by Dennis Lehane
In a story that should be familiar to anyone who has seen or read The Big Sleep, a old dying billionaire charges a pair of detectives with the task of tracking down his daughter, who disappeared under highly suspicious...
review posted: November 2, 2004
She Said Yes
by Misty Bernall
Cassie Bernall was one of the victims at the Columbine High School massacre on April 20, 1999. When she was asked by one of the killers if she believed in God, she responded "Yes" and they shot her in the head. She Said Yes,...
review posted: October 18, 2004
Maximum Bob
by Elmore Leonard
Judge Bob Gibbs, or, as his friends call him, "Big," is known for handing out the maximum sentence for even the pettiest of crimes. Kathy Baker is a probation officer who runs into the hard-nosed judge while working on the...
review posted: October 18, 2004
Hollywood Animal
by Joe Eszterhas
He was the highest-paid screenwriter in Hollywood. He refused to let the studio executives push him around and change his scripts. He partied hard. He broke up a friend's marriage, then broke up his own marriage to marry the...
review posted: September 26, 2004
So You Wanna Be a Rock and Roll Star
by Jacob Slichter
Jacob Slichter's So You Wanna Be a Rock and Roll Star is a look inside the music industry, examining the everyday ups and downs of a band on the verge of breaking through to the upper echelon of major rock stars, and then on...
review posted: September 21, 2004
Eats, Shoots and Leaves
by Lynne Truss
Here is a book for punctuation sticklers (such as myself). If you've ever cringed when you see "Your welcome" or gotten worked up about a sign in a store selling "CD's, Video's, DVD's and Book's," then this is the book for...
review posted: June 1, 2004
Reefer Madness
by Eric Schlosser
From the author of Fast Food Nation, this book is a look into three aspects of the American black market: marijuana, migrant workers, and pornography. Schlosser does an excellent job of writing about these things by talking...
review posted: May 26, 2004
The Simpsons and Philosophy
by William Irwin (ed.), et. al.
This is a collection of essays about various aspects of philosophy that throw in references to the Simpsons. Completely underwhelming, and not really worth reading unless you want to read a philosophy book, but don't really...
review posted: May 26, 2004
Tuesdays with Morrie
by Mitch Albom
This is a memoir that Mitch Albom wrote about the time he spent with his dying professor. Mitch finds out his favorite professor from college, Morrie Schwartz is dying of Lou Gehrig's disease. He didn't keep in touch with...
review posted: February 2, 2004
Made in America
by Bill Bryson
Bryson traces the origins and permutations of nearly every word you've ever wondered about in the English language. Ever wondered why people "paint the town red" or where the phrase "high five" came from? Why is 12PM known...
review posted: November 17, 2003
In Cold Blood
by Truman Capote
November 15, 1959 - The most unlikely family in America is brutally murdered one by one in their home, with a lack of apparent motive and clues....
review posted: September 22, 2003