Tag Archives: recommended for the enthusiast

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: 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: 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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Review: French’s Faithful Place

Faithful Place Tana French The third book in French’s Dublin Murder Squad series and the best one so far. Follows the story of a detective who returns, after twenty years away, to his dysfunctional family and neighborhood to investigate the … Continue reading

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Review: Carney’s What Doesn’t Kill Us

What Doesn’t Kill Us: How Freezing Water, Extreme Altitude, and Enviromental Conditioning Will Renew Our Lost Evolutionary Strength. Scott Carney Ok, the title is awful. But this might still be worth your time. An exploration of the philosophy of weirdo … Continue reading

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Review Stephenson’s Diamond Age

Diamond Age: or  a Young Lady’s Illustrated Primer Neal Stephenson The coming of age story of a poor girl in future in which nanotechnology has revolutionized the way we live. The protagonist, Nell, is a poor girl who accidentally receives … Continue reading

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