Review: Women in Clothes

Women in Clothes by Sheila Heti My rating: 4 of 5 stars I found out about this book through a recommendation from my state's humanities council. How does a book with a seeming lack of substance (come on, it's all about clothes) end up in such a place? By containing a rich diversity of opinions, … Continue reading Review: Women in Clothes

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Review: A Walk Around the West Indies

A Walk Around the West Indies by Hunter Davies My rating: 3 of 5 stars This book is a hybrid of a travel guide and a profile of Caribbean life. Hunter Davies travels to a good majority of the popular Caribbean islands, and in each place he seeks out two kinds of people to interview: … Continue reading Review: A Walk Around the West Indies

Review: The World Atlas of Coffee: From Beans to Brewing — Coffees Explored, Explained and Enjoyed

The World Atlas of Coffee: From Beans to Brewing -- Coffees Explored, Explained and Enjoyed by James Hoffman My rating: 5 of 5 stars From how coffee is grown and harvested, to the best ways to roast and brew it, to the specific characteristics and conditions in the countries that produce it, this atlas is … Continue reading Review: The World Atlas of Coffee: From Beans to Brewing — Coffees Explored, Explained and Enjoyed

Review: Reef Life: A Guide to Tropical Marine Life

Reef Life: A Guide to Tropical Marine Life by Brandon Cole My rating: 5 of 5 stars More than just a field guide, this extensive and beautifully illustrated book provides a short course in oceanography. I had wanted to pick up a guide to tropical fish and corals the last time I visited the Caribbean, … Continue reading Review: Reef Life: A Guide to Tropical Marine Life

Review: The Truth About Style

The Truth About Style by Stacy London My rating: 4 of 5 stars This was essentially a book version of Stacy London's popular TV show What Not to Wear, with one important distinction: in this book, you get to learn more about Stacy London herself. She shares what it was like growing up with a … Continue reading Review: The Truth About Style

Review: How to Write a Lot: A Practical Guide to Productive Academic Writing

How to Write a Lot: A Practical Guide to Productive Academic Writing by Paul J. Silvia My rating: 5 of 5 stars Like the title, this book is simple and to the point. I read it after binge-writing my thesis, and I look forward to using its recommended methods to make my next writing projects … Continue reading Review: How to Write a Lot: A Practical Guide to Productive Academic Writing

Review: Qualitative Data: An Introduction to Coding and Analysis

Qualitative Data: An Introduction to Coding and Analysis by Carl F. Auerbach My rating: 3 of 5 stars As funny as it sounds, this is actually not a bad read. If you are looking for something to explain how to analyze lots of text based data (like focus group transcripts), this explains it pretty well. … Continue reading Review: Qualitative Data: An Introduction to Coding and Analysis

Review: Complete Walker III

Complete Walker III by Colin Fletcher My rating: 3 of 5 stars I read this book in preparation of my first backpacking trip ever, to Isle Royale National Park in 1995. I remember so clearly the rapt late-night reading sessions... Me: Toby, do I really need to buy tincture of benzoin? An alcohol spray bottle? … Continue reading Review: Complete Walker III