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Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer
it was ok
(Audioversion) (Two and a half stars.) The story apparently sprang from her blog about how she moved to inner-city Oakland California and began growin ...more
May 04, 2010
May 06, 2010
Still Alice
it was ok
Despite garnering a lot of good reviews, I thought this was a mildly informative (and perhaps moreso to someone who's never spent much time with a fri ...more
May 06, 2009
May 08, 2009
It's OK Not to Share and Other Renegade Rules for Raising Competent and Compassionate Kids
it was amazing
Best handbook for parents of preschoolers. Ever.
Jan 2012
Dec 31, 2012
The Mercy Papers
it was ok
(2 and a half stars, I guess.) I was annoyed with Romm throughout this short memoir written primarily about the weeks-long period as her mother slowly ...more
Dec 08, 2010
Dec 09, 2010
A Good Family: A Novel
it was amazing
This novel interrupted my life for 3 days and it blew me away. I thought it was even better than The Corrections and I liked The Corrections a lot. Pa ...more
Sep 19, 2015
Sep 15, 2015
Blindsided: Lifting a Life Above Illness: A Reluctant Memoir
liked it
Angry, painful, bitter, grim, with some resignation, if not acceptance, toward the end, Cohen hates everything about having MS (and later colon cancer ...more
Mar 04, 2011
Mar 04, 2011
What Shamu Taught Me About Life, Love, and Marriage: Lessons for People from Animals and Their Trainers
liked it
A reporter who did a magazine piece on large animal training and had it affect her life. Some good stuff, including this: “Walking the Walk” – Why not ...more
Jan 18, 2009
Jun 18, 2009
Boys in the Trees: A Memoir
really liked it
Still trying to decide how I felt about it. On the one hand it was gorgeous. She reads it herself and the audiobook is interlaced with lots and lots o ...more
Nov 28, 2015
Nov 30, 2015
Dept. of Speculation
it was amazing
I keep vascillating between 4 and 5 stars for this one. It was great, but maybe just a little too much.
May 06, 2014
May 08, 2014
Perfection: A Memoir of Betrayal and Renewal
liked it
This was a bit of a head-scratcher for me. It’s the memoir of a woman who, after her husband suddenly died, learned that he’d been having multiple aff ...more
Aug 18, 2009
Aug 23, 2009
Come to the Edge
really liked it
(Unabridged audiobook read by the author). I was surprised at how much I liked this; it was an impulse grab from the library, not something I went loo ...more
Jul 23, 2011
Aug 19, 2011
Seeking Peace: Chronicles of the Worst Buddhist in the World
really liked it
(Unabridged Audiobook version.) This may have been partly the phenomenon of the right book at the right time for me, but I liked this one a lot. I am ...more
Oct 10, 2009
Sep 28, 2009
The Piano Teacher
liked it
As a vehicle for illuminating all the atrocities of war—most especially the human ones, in this case World War II, but really any war—this was decent ...more
Jan 18, 2010
Jan 17, 2010
The Cracker Queen: A Memoir of a Jagged, Joyful Life
liked it
Another one that started out somewhat Glass Castle-like, Hannon’s story of her poverty- and alcohol-ruined parents and her resulting tumultuous upbrin ...more
Jun 16, 2009
Jun 18, 2009
Loving Frank
liked it
I began with the unabridged book on CD, but because I don’t have a lot of listening time for a 12-CD book right now, and because I kept falling asleep ...more
Oct 28, 2009
Oct 21, 2009
Marriage and Other Acts of Charity: A Memoir
it was amazing
(Audioversion.) Okay I’ve just become a big Braestrup fan. This is one I got from the library that I’m going to buy in print and re-read. Listening to ...more
May 05, 2010
May 06, 2010
The Sweet In-Between
really liked it
A novel by the author of The Rapture of Canaan, it was the story of a hard-luck 17-year-old girl named Kendra and all the fears and ambivalence she en ...more
Mar 17, 2009
Jun 18, 2009
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
really liked it
I had a difficult time trying to decide how I felt about this book. I absolutely loved all but the ending, and for that reason alone I must give it a ...more
Apr 19, 2009
Jun 18, 2009
She Got Up Off the Couch: And Other Heroic Acts from Mooreland, Indiana
liked it
(Three and a half stars). Somewhat of a sequel to Kimmel’s A Girl Named Zippy, this is the story of her mother who, with the help of her women church ...more
Dec 19, 2009
Dec 06, 2009
The Art of Racing in the Rain
liked it
This one is somewhat tough for me to rate. The story was at times nauseatingly over-the-top, (think “Love Story”), and the premise of telling it from ...more
Jul 2009
Jul 01, 2009
Perfect Reader
it was ok
(Two and a half stars.) This was a well written novel with some spot-on observations about life in a small liberal-arts college town. But Flora, the p ...more
Aug 05, 2010
Aug 30, 2010
That Old Cape Magic
really liked it
(Unabridged audiobook version, read by Arthur Morey.) I love Russo; Empire Falls bowled me over, and that’s gotta be a tough act to follow. Russo retu ...more
Nov 16, 2009
Nov 17, 2009
The Girls
it was amazing
A novel, the story of conjoined twin girls, written as an autobiography primarily from the point of view of Rose, the physically stronger of the two, ...more
Aug 03, 2009
Aug 02, 2009
Perfectly Imperfect: A Life in Progress
really liked it
(Unabridged audioversion, read by the author). Lee came to national attention a few years ago when she and her husband, Bob Woodruff, a television new ...more
Nov 19, 2009
Nov 17, 2009
The Kids Are All Right: A Memoir
really liked it
A memoir, well written, in turns, by four siblings who ranged in age from 6 to18 when their parents each died within the span of about a year. Their m ...more
Nov 10, 2009
Nov 01, 2009
State of Wonder
really liked it
It took me a while to decide how I felt about this one. I am a big Ann Patchett fan, I feel lucky to have stumbled on Patron Saint of Liars when it ca ...more
Jun 30, 2011
Aug 19, 2011
really liked it
This was the gripping, chilling tale of the inner life of an 18-year-old anorexic girl as she falls deeper into her abyss. This audiobook was unlike a ...more
Feb 04, 2010
Feb 04, 2010
The History of Us
it was ok
Unabridged audiobook. I was often frustrated by all the self-absorbed characters, including not just the young adults, but Eloise and even her elderly ...more
Jul 27, 2013
Jul 27, 2013
Just Kids
really liked it
A memoir and tribute to artist Robert Maplethorpe, with whom Smith was both close friend and lover until Maplethorpe later discovered and followed his ...more
Mar 03, 2011
Mar 04, 2011
Alex & Me: How a Scientist and a Parrot Discovered a Hidden World of Animal Intelligence—and Formed a Deep Bond in the Process
liked it
The story of somewhat famous Alex the Parrot who, with the training/research of Pepperberg, learned things about language/communication that were thou ...more
May 03, 2009
Jun 18, 2009
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