Bookish Baker

Helpful votes received on reviews: 75% (3 of 4)
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Birthday: May 24


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Craft Of Sail, The by Jan Adkins
Craft Of Sail, The by Jan Adkins
This is a wonderful book for both children and adults who would like to learn the "nuts and bolts" of sailing. Adkins explains why sails work the way they do, with an understandable discussion of the Bernoulli effect, vectors, and the airfoil. He also explains various sailing techniques, such as docking, anchoring, tacking and gybing. Various knots are demonstrated as well. There are very attractive and useful illustrations throughout, which make the book very entertaining and accessable. My favorite part of the book is the 2 page spread showing various rigs. When I first started learning about boats, this helped me figure out the difference between a ketch and a yawl, and taught me the… Read more
Going Up the River: Travels in a Prison Nation by Joseph T. Hallinan
This book examines the American prison system in an interesting and critical light. Mr. Hallinan discusses a myriad of issues relating to prisons and prisoners, from mandatory minimum sentancing to prison privatization, to the prison building boom. He doesn't pretend to be objective, and the book is not simply a factual discussion, but also a narrative of the journey he experienced in the course of his research. For some, this may make it feel biased and therefore less appealing; I found, however, that this personal commentary made the statistics and factual discussions more interesting and meaningful. Going Up the River doesn't answer the important questions about the American prison… Read more
Boys for Pele ~ Tori Amos
Boys for Pele ~ Tori Amos
This album is beautiful and haunting. Most of the songs rely heavily on Tori's piano playing, but not to the extent of "Little Earthquakes" and "Under the Pink". This album is certainly less accessable than both of those, but more accessable than the rather confusing "Choirgirl Hotel". It is intense, and probably not the Tori album to buy if you're not already somewhat familiar with her music.
This CD has a number of truly beautiful songs. Her voice comes through clearly and wonderfully here, and isn't sbscured by lots of technical noise as on the "To Venus and Back" album. My favorites are "Horses", "Not the Red Baron" and… Read more

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