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Book Review: Bosker’s Cork Dork

Cork Dork: A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me to Live for Taste Bianca Bosker A fun book about the world of tasting in general, and wine and sommeliers in particular. … Continue reading

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Review: Simenon’s Pietr the Latvian

Pietr the Latvian Georges Simenon The first of the many, many Maigret novels. Many smart people love these novels, but I’m not yet convinced. The writing is strong, the characters compelling, and the plot serviceable, but there’s more than a … Continue reading

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Review: Sun Tzu’s The Art of War

The Art of War Sun Tzu I don’t know. Far be it from me to disparage a classic of Chinese literature, but I was underwhelmed. A series of aphorism ostensibly proving advice on the conduct of a successful military leader, … Continue reading

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Review: Woodward and Bernstein’s All The Presidents Men

All the President’s Men Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein I’m as surprised as you are that I never read this book before. Sure, I’ve seen the movie, and know the story, but reading this play by play of how Woodward … Continue reading

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Review: Alter’s Irresistible

Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked Adam Alter This book, on the way smart phones and social media are behaviorally addictive, has led me to a mini-reading binge on the ways technology is … Continue reading

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Review: Mosley’s Devil in a Blue Dress

Devil In A Blue Dress Walter Mosley The first of the Easy Rawlins novels featuring an unemployed African American factory worker turned private investigator in post-war Los Angeles. A well done, if standard crime novel, which includes the usual characters … Continue reading

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Review: Carney’s Death on Diamond Mountain

Death on Diamond Mountain: A True Story of Obsession, Madness and the Path to Enlightenment Scott Carney An investigation into the life and death of Ian Thorson, a devotee of controversial Buddhist teacher Michael Roche. An examination of the interplay … Continue reading

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