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Here If You Need Me: A True Story
I don't know quite what to say about this book other than: GOOD. I was trying to explain this to a coworker, and they gave me the "sure, right, uh-huh ...more
Aug 2007
Aug 17, 2007
The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million
A beautifully written, evocative book. Dense, full of tangents, and telling the story of several generations across several continents.

Mendelsohn is t
May 30, 2008
Sep 23, 2007
Love is a Mix Tape
A touching book about Sheffield's all too brief marriage and the music that helped define it. I liked the idea of framing his life - and, specifically ...more
Jun 13, 2008
Oct 07, 2007
Marriage and Other Acts of Charity: A Memoir
I was not as impressed by this one as by Braestrup's first, but I still enjoyed the read.

I mentioned in my review of Here If You Need Me that one of t
Feb 14, 2010
Feb 24, 2010
The Diary of a Young Girl
I've never gotten over the fact that she'll never write anything else. It's a huge tragedy that she bloomed in such terrible circumstances and never g ...more
Nov 1996
Jun 28, 2007
Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise
I am not a foodie. Not by a long shot. I like food, sure, but I don't take it that seriously - when I'm hungry, I eat, and when I'm in a hurry or just ...more
Jan 2010
May 19, 2010
The Passion of the Hausfrau: Motherhood, Illuminated
The only thing I really liked was the footnotes. Terrible format, and awfully self-indulgent (her life is so hard, you don't even understand). She was ...more
Feb 2010
Mar 24, 2010
Howards End is on the Landing: A Year of Reading from Home
I liked it. I didn't love it.

The idea is lovely - for a year, Hill will only read books she already owns, not purchasing anything new. And my first th
Feb 2011
May 18, 2011
Yarn Harlot: The Secret Life of a Knitter
A fun read, and something the Knitter (or even knitter, small k) in your life will appreciate. Stephanie is very funny, and she's very open about her ...more
Mar 24, 2010
Mar 24, 2010
Hard Time & Nursery Rhymes: A Mother's Tales of Law and Disorder
A very interesting look into the world of an appeals attorney. It wasn't a process I had ever thought much about, so this was a neat insight.

Her stori
Dec 17, 2008
Nov 27, 2008
If I Ever Get Back to Georgia, I'm Gonna Nail My Feet to the Ground
A deliciously funny book, much in the way of Bill Bryson or Calvin Trillin, and I've made my love for those to authors abundantly clear. Grizzard know ...more
Nov 2007
Oct 01, 2007
Opal: The Journal of an Understanding Heart
A sweet, comforting read, alternately funny and touching, and appealing largely due to the fascinating style Opal uses. It wasn't meant to be poetry, ...more
Apr 2010
Feb 03, 2010
The Big Show
This review is going to be less of a review, and more of me talking. You've been warned!

I hunted this book down because I read somewhere that Aaron So
Dec 2007
Dec 10, 2007
For You Mom, Finally
Reichl says in her new afterward (this one was previously published as Not Becoming My Mother) that this book is "simply one side of a conversation", ...more
Apr 07, 2010
Apr 07, 2010
Angel at the Fence: The True Story of a Love That Survived
Ohh, scandal.

There's a bit of a disclaimer on the very first page of the book that probably should have given the publishers a bit of a heads up - bas
not set
Jan 05, 2009
Francona: The Red Sox Years
Ah, Tito.

Hey, I enjoyed this one. For all that it ends on a bad note (the Red Sox lose, Tito "resigns"), it's also this goofy look into life in a majo
May 16, 2013
Apr 30, 2013
That Takes Ovaries!  Bold Females and Their Brazen Acts
It's interesting, and a bit scary, and funny too. It's a collection of one to five page essays submitted by women of all ages (five being the youngest ...more
Sep 2007
Sep 19, 2007
Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions
I really enjoyed this book. The author gave me more information than I wanted on the actual system the group used to ensure profits; I mostly just ski ...more
Oct 2007
Oct 05, 2007
Talking to Girls About Duran Duran: One Young Man's Quest for True Love and a Cooler Haircut
Man, I would have bet you $20 I already had this on my to-read shelf, because I did a little happy dance when I first heard about it. But, no, apparen ...more
not set
May 25, 2011
Free-Range Knitter: The Yarn Harlot Writes Again
As funny and enjoyable as her first, but with fewer digs at crocheters this time around. And while most of the book is humorous (and sarcastic and in- ...more
May 19, 2010
Apr 28, 2010
Conservatize Me: How I Tried to Become a Righty with the Help of Richard Nixon, Sean Hannity, Toby Keith, and Beef Jerky
A great "Super Size Me!" premise, with a bit of a let down ending. While it's certainly a funny book, he didn't go into the experiment with the intent ...more
Aug 2006
Sep 20, 2007
Candy Girl: A Year in the Life of an Unlikely Stripper
Funny, blunt, and honest. For those of you who have seen Juno, Cody wrote the screenplay, and apparently she really does talk like that.

She doesn't tr
Mar 06, 2008
Dec 13, 2007
Driftwood from Popham Sands
This is about as local as it gets - we haven't been able to keep it in the store, but I haven't gotten any feedback on it yet.
not set
Oct 12, 2011
The Sense and Sensibility Screenplay and Diaries: Bringing Jane Austen's Novel to Film
I adore this movie, so I was thrilled to find this book at a library book sale (For fifty cents, no less!). I then surprised myself by sitting down an ...more
Jun 30, 2008
Jul 01, 2008
Yes Man
It has a great premise - for one year, Danny Wallace will say yes. To everyone. To everything. No matter the offer, he'll agree to it.

Wallace is a goo
Apr 02, 2007
Jul 08, 2008
Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life
A very cool idea done extremely well. Amy wrote up snippets of her life, alphabetized them, and then I sat around reading, thinking "why, yes, I do la ...more
Jan 23, 2009
Jan 30, 2008
Knuckler: My Life with Baseball's Most Confounding Pitch
TIMMY! Oh, Timmy.
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Mar 16, 2011
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
I was very disappointed in this book - I'd heard so much about how funny Sedaris is. Well, I laughed at the four or five black men... (which sounds fa ...more
Jul 2007
Jul 22, 2007
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
One of my all time favorite books. Very well written, extremely engaging, funny, touching, fascinating, and covering a wide array of issues within the ...more
Jan 2005
Jun 28, 2007
The Know-It-All: One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World
Funny. Very, very funny. Jacobs got it into his head that he was going to read the entire Encyclopedia Britannica. In one year. Because his father cou ...more
Feb 2006
Jun 07, 2007
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