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An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness
Very intelligently written, and very informative, this is the story of a woman who despite her manic-depressive illness is able to pursue a highly suc ...more
Jul 27, 2010
Jul 25, 2010
Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen: How One Girl Risked Her Marriage, Her Job, and Her Sanity to Master the Art of Living
A good read, extremely well-written and very witty. However, perhaps because of the generational age gap, I found her observations and comparisons, th ...more
Aug 24, 2009
Aug 20, 2009
A Wolf at the Table
This memoir is well written,especially rich in it's detailed descriptions of places and times, moods, sights, and sounds. However, it seems to be gene ...more
Nov 28, 2008
Nov 23, 2008
American Bloomsbury: Louisa May Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Henry David Thoreau: Their Lives, Their Loves, Their Work
I really enjoyed this book. It is a lively, irreverent, and easy read, an introduction to five Transcendentalists of Concord during the 1850s who were ...more
Mar 06, 2010
Feb 28, 2010
Going Rogue: An American Life
Sarah Palin can write rather well, it was obvious that she was always interested in writing, and keep journals throughout her life. Her descriptions o ...more
Dec 02, 2009
Nov 21, 2009
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace ... One School at a Time
A must read,an inspiring portrait of one man's work to combat terrorism with education. It is readably full of interesting and necessary information a ...more
May 02, 2009
Apr 20, 2009
Dream New Dreams: Reimagining My Life After Loss
I am so glad that I won this book from the goodreads first reads give-away. It was a very heartfelt, poignant, honest, and inspring look at how Jai Pa ...more
May 27, 2012
May 11, 2012
Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust
I knew little about the Rwondian genocide, and this book bought me up to speed on what happened and why, and the horrors it inflicted, without going i ...more
Sep 24, 2011
Sep 17, 2011
A brutally honest and frighteningly explicit account of Sebold's rape as a college freshman, it's aftermath,the effect it had on her family and friend ...more
Dec 11, 2009
Dec 07, 2009
Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's
A satisfying, quick read. What was most interesting was learning about the autism spectrum, and how highly functional (though somewhat eccentric), Asp ...more
Nov 20, 2008
Nov 14, 2008
My Life in Doha: Between Dream and Reality
I was delighted to receive this book for free through the goodreads first reads program. I would have not been exposed to this book otherwise. The boo ...more
Apr 22, 2012
Mar 15, 2012
Audition: A Memoir
I really enjoyed this memoir by Barbara Walters. She was especially candid and introspective about her childhood, and the effects it had on the choice ...more
Jun 11, 2008
May 25, 2008
I think this is the best of Burroughs' three memoirs - it is certainly more insightful and more humorous (dry and sarcastic rather than lewd as in Sci ...more
Dec 11, 2008
Dec 04, 2008
Leaving Microsoft to Change the World: An Entrepreneur's Odyssey to Educate the World's Children
The story of the transformation of a Microsoft executive who left his high paying job to found a nonprofit organization that promotes literacy by buil ...more
May 09, 2009
May 02, 2009
A Song Flung Up to Heaven
I didn't think this last in the series of six autobiographies by Maya Angelou was quite as good as the others. It left you hanging, and failed to deve ...more
Feb 2011
Jan 29, 2011
About Alice
This book can be read in one sitting. It is a warm, humorous, at times sad, well written, honest, and moving memoir about the author's wife, who survi ...more
Dec 17, 2008
Dec 17, 2008
Spoken from the Heart
A very interesting book; Laura Bush can write! I think she tended to be a little too defensive, trying to make excuses for George W.'s drinking, for e ...more
Aug 04, 2011
Jul 11, 2011
The Last Lecture
A very honest and poignant last lecture, given by a computer science professor dying of pancreatic cancer, full of wisdom for his friends, coworkers,s ...more
Aug 25, 2008
Aug 24, 2008
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
This book was on my shelves waiting to be read for awhile. It was very good, I especially liked the way it was written, almost as a series of short vi ...more
Jan 04, 2011
Jan 04, 2011
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Very interesting and factual account of the ethical issues surrounding the cancer cells belonging to Henrietta Lacks that were taken without her or he ...more
Nov 28, 2010
Nov 17, 2010
Running with Scissors
Funny, certainly weird, Burroughs excels at telling stories, which this memoir resembles - a collection of stories based on his offbeat childhood. His ...more
Dec 04, 2008
Nov 20, 2008
Eden's Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father
An amazing dual biography of Louisa May Alcott, and her father, the transendentalist and philosopher, Bronson Alcott. It tells their stories, clearly, ...more
Mar 20, 2010
Mar 06, 2010
Gather Together in My Name
What a colorful life! Maya Angelou continues her story is this candid and revealing autobiography. She shares the good, the bad, and the ugly with her ...more
Jan 08, 2011
Jan 09, 2011
Singin' and Swingin' and Getting Merry like Christmas
Each book of this autobiographical series is better than the last. Maya Angelou is so taleented and bright, I am just amazed. She continues to write i ...more
Jan 15, 2011
Jan 15, 2011
All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes
It keeps getting better and better. Very humorous, introspective, candid, instructive and of course beautifully written as often. You can see how Ange ...more
Jan 29, 2011
Jan 27, 2011
My Life in France
An inspiring, delightful, and enthusuastic memoir suprisingly well-written by The French Chef. I didn't quite realize how well-spoken and engaged Juli ...more
Aug 20, 2009
Aug 16, 2009
Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction
I read this book because I saw the author and his son on the Oprah show. This was a very well written and honest account of a father's heartbreaking e ...more
Apr 16, 2008
Apr 10, 2008
The Year of Magical Thinking
A noted sreenwriter and author describes the grieving process she went through during the year following her husband's death while her only daughter w ...more
Aug 2008
Mar 27, 2008
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
This book was incredible and very fascinating. And Louie's memory is incredible also, as well as his resilience, perseverance and faith. I would have ...more
May 02, 2011
Apr 17, 2011
Night (The Night Trilogy, #1)
Very moving and painful to read, certainly beyond criticsm. How could this have happened? Why did God let this happen, and how as Wiesel asks do you m ...more
Jan 18, 2009
Mar 27, 2008
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