In 1984 Peter Feldstein photographed the residents of Oxford, Iowa. 20 years later he did it again. It's amazing to see how the people from this small town have changed (and how they haven't) and hear the stories of where they've been and where they're headed. A fascinating project.
Book Genre: Nonfiction
Did you know the vast majority of professional hockey players are born in the first four months of the year? Or that the world may have never known who Bill Gates was if it were not for a very serendipitous turn of events when he was 13 years old? As usual, Malcolm Gladwell presents the reader...
You'll be glad you got this.
Niagara Falls lives in the American imagination as both a natural wonder and a national symbol. But what is its real value? The spiritually ennobling view of its torrential emerald waters? Its ongoing role as a hydropower colossus? Its kitsch cache as a tourist and honeymooner destination? In...
This book is a provocative look at southern rural communities in general, and Winchester, Virginia, the author's hometown, specifically. The author describes the culture and traditions of the inhabitants of these areas, and he pulls no punches in his descriptions. Do not look for any semblance...
I have found Obama's running mate!
Once an ambitious business owner, Lee Stringer's first tryst with a crack pipe threw him down the rabbit hole and out to society's fringe. Summering under the stars in Central Park and seeking shelter from winter's cold under Grand Central Station, Stringer spent many years as a homeless slave...
Love to cook or eat? Here's a beautiful coffee-table book to ponder. Larger than life photographs and meal descriptions.
A must read for all foodies and anyone concerned about his or her health and the increasingly sick world around us. Pollan writes so well - it's a compelling followup to The Omnivore's Dilemma.
There is a reason the Japanese have changed the world as we know it. This is extremely entertaining.
While not nearly as entertaining as The Know-It-All, Jacobs' account of living all the Bible's principles is still quite enjoyable, for the sheer pleasure of discovering biblical absurdities if...
Weisman's book speculates on what would happen to our world if all humans were to suddenly disappear. Despite a period of contamination from chemicals and other dangerous materials left unattended, the Earth would most likely return to a beautiful natural state, with little left to remind any...
Ever wonder why grocery store fruit is mealy? Why does that tomato have no flavor? What should you do with your veggies when you get them home? Parsons answers these questions and more in this educational and entertaining book about our nation's produce -- where it comes from, how to pick and...
It looks like a book and is catalogued as one; however, Mitos del maíz is actually a special edition magazine published by Artes de México. The text is in Spanish, but it is translated into English at the end of the book. This issue of the magazine portrays corn and its connection to...
This huge, beautiful book is the 21st century version of the Whole Earth Catalog chock full of simple and complex inspirational solutions to today's environmental crisis.
Haunting photographs set the tone for Harry Skrdla's beautifully written guide to the rise and fall of 30 tragically abandoned American structures. Each chapter explores decomposing edifices by category (industrial, transportation-related, commercial, public, residential and amusement),...
The author, a comedy writer for Letterman among other things, retires to Florida at age 25 for six months, to try it out. Sometimes amusing, sometimes sad, it may make you want to keep working for a few more years.
Paul Farmer, the primary subject of this book, pushes himself, everyone around him, and you, the reader, in this biography/travelogue/public health issues exploration. Farmer, a medical anthropologist in Boston, Haiti, Peru, and Russia among other places, attempts to heal all he comes in contact...
Scheer, a hard-hitting journalist for the Los Angeles Times and other rags, reviews interviews with and columns about Nixon, Carter (the one about his lustful heart), Reagan, Bush I (the one in which he said there could be a nuclear war winner), and Clinton. He's never met Bush II but that's the...
Original review: The companion to the film about global warming. Roger Ebert says, "You owe it to yourself to see this film. If you do not, and you have grandchildren, you should explain to them why you decided not to." Here is your out - read the book. It's essentially a picture book for adults...
A delightful summer read and good companion to The Omnivore's Dilemma. If you garden at all, you'll enjoy reading about the trials and tribulations of Bill and his garden. His tomatoes really did come out to about $64 each but he enjoyed every one of them.
Turns out the human capacity to eat anything and everything has caused problems ranging from obesity to global warming. Michael Pollan spins the information so fast and furiously you can barely keep up and yet it's all so interesting you just keep reading.
If you're a fan of NPR's This American Life, you know Sarah Vowell. She's as funny in print, witty and smart while educating you on detailed historical incidents not covered in primary school. The Lincoln assassination, yes, but Garfield and McKinley?
A terrific companion to The Hungry Planet: What the World Eats, in this book Goodall links our Western food habits with the health of the planet as well as ourselves. It's not preachy; it's important.
Do you like candy? Steve Almond does--a lot. He turned his obsession into this book, where he travels the country looking at how small candy companies survive and how they make their candy--sampling their products the whole way. This book will make you laugh, make you think, and make you hungry...
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