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I read widely and in most genres but romance and westerns. Here you'll find my reviews since 2007, with a few reviews of previously read books as well.


In 2012, I completed an "authors of the world" challenge, reading a book for every country (and a few other entities) by someone who'd lived there for at least two years. I expect to tag these books by challenge and country in the near future. I'm still refining my list by adding books that better meet my challenge criteria.

Potato: A History of the Propitious Esculent - John Reader Reader's sprawling natural history of the potato requires long sections on prehistorical migration to North America, the sociocultural meanings of potatoes, nutrition and birth rates versus quality of life, the blight (of course), how thieves were kept from stealing grapes, development issues in Papua New Guinea and french fries in China, and many other spud-related topics. He doesn't just report information but takes some time to describe the methods of inquiry used to arrive at these data, which was enjoyable and helps answer my lingering dis-ease (and not lingering disease, which would refer not to me but to the potato) about non-fiction audiobooks where a person can't flip to the references. If you liked Salt, The Tulip, Rats, Tobacco, Coal, Bananas!, Dirt, why, I imagine you'll like this book as well.