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Printworks 100 Percent Recycled Multipurpose Paper, 20 Pound, 92 Bright, 400 sheets, 8.5 x 11 Inches (00018)
Printworks 100 Percent Recycled Multipurpose Paper, 20 Pound, 92 Bright, 400 sheets, 8.5 x 11 Inches (00018)
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star, September 25, 2014
Misleading use of "recycled". This is pre-consumer paper. I believe it's dishonestly marketed.


The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
by Rebecca Skloot
Edition: Paperback
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2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't live up to the hype, June 7, 2013
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I was anticipating New Yorker level writing; I got something closer to People.
Waaaaay too much about Rebecca Skloot in this book. (Might have been more accurately titled the Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and Rebecca Skloot.)
Also waaay too much repetitive writing about the offspring of Henrietta Lacks.
At the end of the book, there's a bunch of filler including something titled "Case of Characters".
Very disappointing.


No Easy Day: The Autobiography of a Navy Seal: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden
No Easy Day: The Autobiography of a Navy Seal: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden
by Kevin Maurer
Edition: Hardcover
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13 of 52 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disgraceful, September 14, 2012
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The author betrayed his colleagues, his profession, and his oath. I can only imagine his motivation was a quick buck.
He's done a dishonor to the Navy SEALs.
Shameful.
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Ferran: The Inside Story of El Bulli and the Man Who Reinvented Food
Ferran: The Inside Story of El Bulli and the Man Who Reinvented Food
by Colman Andrews
Edition: Hardcover
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2.0 out of 5 stars Have to pick the few nuggets from a ridiculously written book, December 21, 2011
Colman Andrews is clearly too close and too friendly with the subject of his book; he comes across as an apologist for Adria whenever Adria's actions deserve questioning. He's uncritical, and fails to ask any truly interesting, rigorous or challenging questions. Amusingly, he even seems to need to attack anyone who's dared attack his friend Ferran.
Interestingly, when he lists the menue of his second-to-last meal at elBulli, Andrews mentions quite a few dishes that he does not like... yet he never seems to take that to the next step and ask whether Adria's experimentation and focus on science has gone too far.
Two bizarre episodes: when Adria makes a sketch while dining with Andrews, Adria then signs the "piece" and gives it to Andrews. Gag me with a spoon. Really?
There's no denying Adria's accomplishments and genius, but this book is begging for a better author.


The Areas of My Expertise
The Areas of My Expertise
by John Hodgman
Edition: Hardcover
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6 of 73 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars a waste of paper, September 5, 2006
This book is the result of brilliant marketing, and horrible writing.

Save yr money.

Look elsewhere for clever writing.
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The Man Who Ate the 747
The Man Who Ate the 747
by Ben Sherwood
Edition: Paperback
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars the literary equivalent of candy corn, August 17, 2006
The success of this book might be chalked up to the old axiom how no one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the american people.

I was drawn to this book by it's title and central premise. TOo bad Ben Sherwood can't write worth a lick.

I'm not sure which is more upsetting: how poorly Ben Sherwood writes, or how low our expectations have fallen as readers, given the number of positive reviews this book has received.


The Know-It-All: One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World
The Know-It-All: One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World
by A. J. Jacobs
Edition: Paperback
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6 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Bordering on insufferable, June 30, 2006
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Okay, AJ.

Thanks for telling us how cerebral you, your father, your friends and all of yr relatives are.

This is a gimmicky book, that is indeed written in a blog-like observational me-me-me style.

A little drama is introduced by his quest to impregnate his wife. Shockingly, she gets pregnant.

Painfully superficial, facts indeed pass for knowledge in this book.

Despite his fascination with himself, one gets the sense that AJ on some level can't stand himself; and that while his father writes law books, AJ writes about shoes for Esquire; and ultimately, AJ kind of finds himself inadequate and distasteful.

So do I.


The Year of Magical Thinking
The Year of Magical Thinking
by Joan Didion
Edition: Hardcover
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30 of 48 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Year of Bad Writing, March 24, 2006
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Boy, was I disappointed by this book.

Thankfully, it was a quick read.

Between reading about her lunches at Mortons, her frequent flights to Hawaii, the fact that in 1978 "no one thought twice about flying from SF to LA for dinner", I was incredibly turned off to Miss Didion as a writer and a person.

She might want to know that even in 1978 some people not only didn't think twice about flying commercially to catch dinner, plenty of people didn't even think once about it.

After finishing the book, I believe that her daughter Quintana was actually adopted, though that is only alluded to in one sentence.

Also, she never informs us about Quintana's death. Last we learn, she's in rehab in NY.

I happened to read Calvin Trillin's recent piece in the New Yorker about the loss of his wife, and was genuinely moved by his writing--as opposed to this often pompous memoir by Ms. Didion.

Her losses were indeed catastrophic. My heart goes out to her.

But this book is a failure.


The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
by Michael Chabon
Edition: Paperback
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars so close to great, April 4, 2005
Chabon needs a more aggressive editor (either internal or external).

While I found huge chunks of this book just stunningly beautiful, too often it felt bloated. This book will not last.

I don't suppose I regret reading The Amazing Adventures..., but I think it's unfortunate that the tighter novel within this novel was not rescued.

Also, at some points I had to check the cover to make sure that I hadn't picked up Ragtime by mistake.

Sometimes less is more.

I wish Chabon or his editor had realized this.


Rapid Interpretation of EKG's, Sixth Edition
Rapid Interpretation of EKG's, Sixth Edition
by Dale Dubin
Edition: Paperback
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful text ..., March 15, 2005
Dubin's book provides a solid, neat and quick introduction to the art of reading ECG's.
It's clearly only an introductory text, and mastering the art of reading ECG's will require other texts, and a fair amount of teaching and practice.
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Also, an interesting bit of trivia involves the photograph of the car, that was awarded to a Yale Med student who read the publishers note at the start of the text, which announced that whomever sent in said page would have a chance of winning the car. 5 readers replied, and one indeed did win the car.
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