Category Archives: non-fiction

American Heiress – Jeffrey Toobin

The stupid runs very deep in this story. Patricia Hearst was young and ignorant and self-centered; the revolutionaries were pretty much morons, or delusional at best; the FBI wasn’t any too sharp… The other notable characteristic of the people featured … Continue reading

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The Design of Everyday Things – Donald A. Norman – Peter Berkrot

The main question in my mind after listening to this audiobook is easily enough answered: How old IS this book, anyhow? In the introduction the author talks about how the book isn’t dated. Well, it was originally published in 1988. … Continue reading

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Olympic Collision: The Story of Mary Decker and Zola Budd – Kyle Keiderling

I loved the 1984 Summer Olympics. (Not as much, though, as the 1984 Winter Olympics, which were slightly life-altering. Torvill and Dean? Come on.) I was a kid; I loved the fact that my country did so well, discounting the … Continue reading

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The Road to Little Dribbling – Bill Bryson

I’ve always enjoyed Bill Bryson. I loved A Walk in the Woods and The Mother Tongue and his Shakespeare book, etc. This? Not this. I couldn’t manage this. Yes, it was lovely to learn that we’ve all been pronouncing “Everest” wrong … Continue reading

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Boarding the Enterprise

September 8, 2016 is the fiftieth anniversary of the first airing of Star Trek. It’s also close enough to the thirtieth anniversary of the indeterminate date I first saw Trek. Hold on a moment, would you – I need to … Continue reading

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Circles of Delight: Classic Carousels of San Francisco

Who doesn’t love a carousel horse? One of my fondest dreams has always been to get my hands on one. Do I have room for it? Nope. Do I still want one? Second only to a sword, yep. Actually, if … Continue reading

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Butter – Elaine Khosrova

I love a good micro-history. I waffled about requesting this (sorry) (no, I’m not – I’m just trying not to make culinary puns all throughout), but I went ahead hoping for some fascinating details about how butter was invented/discovered, and … Continue reading

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The Tao of Pooh – Benjamin Hoff – Simon Vance

For some time I’ve referred to one co-worker as Eeyore, because every time anyone asked her in ordinary conversation how she was, instead of saying “fine” or what-have-you she always says “oh, well” and follows with a description of how … Continue reading

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In the Shadow of the Moon – Francis French, Colin Burgess, Gary L. Willprecht

When I was in my teens, I had a poster showing Earthrise – a photo, I know now, by Bill Anders – with the quote “Someday I would like to stand on the moon, look through a quarter of a million … Continue reading

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Fire and Rain – David Browne, Sean Runnette

I was born during Woodstock. Not, you know, AT Woodstock, though it is fun to tease my mother, but while it was going on and about two and a half hours southeasterly. I grew up on this music, to the … Continue reading

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