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{ your money or your life } joe dominguez, vicki robin
I can't speak for the program itself, but I do recommend this book for its common sense approach to financial transparency. if your goal is financial independence, you must read Step 9 Revisited after you finish the book. a little preachy, a little cutesey, and a little too eager to convince you of the value in their chosen way of life. grit your teeth and read through it before making a final judgment.


{ bleak house } charles dickens
bleak house has been one of my favorite books for many years. I read the book very slowly this time, savoring dicken's incredible use of the language and his storytelling abilities, and took the time to thoroughly enjoy every memorable character. highly recommended.
(-) dematerializing: taming the power of possessions jane hammerslough
what a disappointment! I had high hopes for this book, but unfortunately, it completely lacks a concrete organizing idea. it's competently written (except for a few very annoying tics); what it needs is two or three more think-throughs. the author has good instincts, but she never follows through in her exploration of the subject. she touches on dozens of interesting ideas, but nowhere does she really sort out which apply to her main thesis, and if they do, how they fit into a larger picture. additionally, the author isn't willing to present her ideas in a definite way: everything is modified with 'perhaps' or 'maybe' or 'it might be worth considering'. the result is that the author herself never seems to stand behind her own writing. [disclaimer: I received this book as a gift from my publisher.]


{ the witch of blackbird pond } elizabeth george speare
well, not as good as it was when I was 12, but still a fun read. a newbery award winner. recommended for young people.
{ spiritual housecleaning } kathryn l robyn
not at all what I expected. basically a self-help book using the activity of cleaning your house to externalize and understand the various components of your life and personality. if you cannot tolerate new age stuff, you will not be able to tolerate this book. though I was initially disappointed (and I disagree with some of the cleaning advice), I ended up liking it very much.
   clean as you go, and spiritual housecleaning will get your house in pretty decent order (though if you want an in-depth education in housekeeping, buy home comforts). the self-help aspect of the book is saved by robyn's underlying practicality and belief that imperfect individuals are perfectly sufficient. in the end I was moved by her deep compassion for the individual burdens that each of us carry, and her fundamental respect for the sacredness of everyday work and everyday lives.


what's not there, jeffrey winke


{ always we begin again } john mcquiston II
terrific again. this little book is packed with insight and wisdom, and presented in a very non-religious way. whatever your belief system--even if your belief is no belief--this book will be of value in envisioning and practicing a balanced life.


{ the transparent society } david brin
simply fascinating. brin proposes, quite convincingly, that transparency is a better guarantee of our freedoms than secrecy ever can be. a mostly pragmatic look at the issue that acknowledges the complexity of the issue. highly recommended.

{  }= recommended
 (-) = not recommended

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when I was young

bookshelf 2002 34 books
bookshelf 2001 17 books
bookshelf 2000 10 books

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