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The Dead Beat: Lost Souls, Lucky Stiffs, and the Perverse Pleasures of Obituaries
This book came to me by way of providence. I decided one day that I would like to read a book about obituaries. Shortly after, (voila) I came upon thi...more
Apr 2007
Jul 08, 2007
Me Too:  Extraordinary Everyday Stories That Connect Us
Wonderful stories woven together with the common thread of reaching out to each other. Tim has spoken at events for needy people of all sorts, and her...more
Oct 30, 2012
Oct 17, 2012
The Principles of Uncertainty
Sincere thoughts and observations nicely illustrated. I read through it two times, I think the narrative arrangement of the ideas is the best part.

Jan 2009
Jan 03, 2009
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life
The best thing about AVM is that it gives one a rough mental calendar of when you can expect to see foods. For example, just last night, I was very su...more
Aug 10, 2008
Jul 14, 2008
Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Luster
Immediately engaging. THE book I would ask a genie for at this moment, but instead found on the tables of Barnes and Nobles. A fascinating and incredi...more
Oct 2007
Sep 15, 2007
Waiting for Birdy: A Year of Frantic Tedium, Neurotic Angst, and the Wild Magic of Growing a Family
I loved this. I laughed so much, it was cathartic. I think I slept better after reading and laughing. Her style is full of unexpected adjectives, quic...more
May 06, 2012
Apr 24, 2012
Momma Zen: Walking the Crooked Path of Motherhood
Wow, so good.
Jan 04, 2014
Jan 04, 2014
Blood, Bones, and Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef
Here on goodreads there are a number of three star ratings for this book that was voted one of the best books of the year by many publications. I'm go...more
Jul 24, 2012
Jul 24, 2012
Some Assembly Required: A Journal of My Son's First Son
Fine. Just as "Waiting for Birdy" is completely my style of language, Anne is frequently not. It feels like she wrote this for us, as a follow up, a "...more
May 14, 2012
May 14, 2012
Growgirl: Once Upon a Time She Made The Blair Witch Project. Then She Went to Pot. Literally.
This girl really grew on me. The first two chapters are almost unreadable: she likes stream of consciousness with lots of commas, the story and her in...more
Apr 05, 2012
Mar 10, 2012
My Berlin Kitchen: A Love Story (with Recipes)
I liked this memoir-cookbook much more than I was expecting to. I've read her blog for years and I thought, "I know this stuff, right?" But I didn't....more
Oct 17, 2012
Oct 17, 2012
String Too Short to Be Saved
A selection from my recent string of reading New England literature. I didn't realize that was a genre until I noticed how many books could be in that...more
May 2009
May 09, 2009
Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls
Really enjoyed this one. Reams better than "squirrel seeks chipmunk." Lots of personal stories, which are my favorite, and they seem more generous tha...more
Sep 09, 2013
Sep 09, 2013
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
I just read this for the first time today, and liked it. Is that like saying I like "To Kill a Mocking Bird"? I think everyone read this six years ago...more
May 09, 2009
May 09, 2009
Truly successful magazine writers pique your knowledge for the topic they've chosen. Sure, they only have ten or so pages to bring you up to speed, in...more
Dec 07, 2011
Nov 16, 2011
State by State: A Panoramic Portrait of America
NPR put this on their books of the year list. A story about each state written usually by famous writers we like who grew up there. Really remarkable...more
Nov 21, 2008
Oct 01, 2008
A Visit from the Goon Squad
The best. Amazing. Looked over at it every time I had to put it down to do something else. Each chapter is a different character, intwined in some way...more
Oct 24, 2011
Oct 29, 2011
No One Belongs Here More Than You
I read this book very quickly. These short stories are the best kind that immediately speed away in the opposite direction of the last character's hab...more
Jul 2007
Aug 01, 2007
Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting
By the end I found myself wanting itemized chapters detailing even more differences between American and French approaches. My favorite sections by fa...more
May 28, 2012
May 25, 2012
Me Before You
Such a page turner, I read it in a few days (evenings, mornings at 5am!). I like how much you learn and realize about the life of a quadriplegic, how...more
Jan 11, 2014
Jan 11, 2014
The Spark: A Mother's Story of Nurturing Genius
Really enjoyed this! I loved this personable account of encountering incredible genius in her child and attempting to understand, and work around, his...more
Jun 2014
May 30, 2014
The Know-It-All: One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World
I am always lured in by ambitious projects--in this case, a quest to read the entirety of the Encyclopaedia Britannica. The author works for Esquire m...more
Jul 2007
Jul 08, 2007
The Marriage Plot
ugh. Didn't finish it. I'm not really interested in the tall tales of several Brown friends from the '80s. Other goodreads folks have mentioned this--...more
Jan 30, 2012
Jan 15, 2012
Fillets Of Plaice
Someone I would really like to have dinner with, I bring you: hilarious stories from the animal-loving brother of Lawrence Durrell (of more cosmopolit...more
May 07, 2009
May 09, 2009
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
I know just about every reviewer recommended this for a Christmas present this year. Consequently I am hesitant to say the truth, that it really bored...more
Dec 2008
Dec 21, 2008
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Having managed to miss every chance to read this in high school, I finally picked it up a week ago, and then read didn't stop reading it for two days....more
Dec 16, 2008
Dec 21, 2008
Rabbit Redux (Rabbit Angstrom, #2)
Trickery. Started innocently and lapped on until the mundanity washed away to leave only firmly grounded horror.

I wasn't up for all the Vietnam discu...more
Aug 13, 2009
Aug 17, 2009
Naked Hope: Discovering Beauty In Our Vulnerability
An honest introduction to a brave world of nursing. It made me think of all the nurses that have passed through my life over time! What givers they ar...more
May 20, 2013
Jun 11, 2013
Rabbit, Run (Rabbit Angstrom, #1)
gasp. I had no idea this was what everyone meant by 'the saga of the American male' or whatever phrasing they use. Many many times I wanted to persona...more
Jul 29, 2009
Aug 17, 2009
The Book of My Lives
Not the memoir I expected it to be, but I learned a lot. The accolade from John Jeremiah Sullivan on the back confirmed my choice (though I got it off...more
Jul 2013
Jul 01, 2013
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