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Reading in the Dark
3.73
Deane presents Reading in the Dark as a “novel” and I am unclear as to how much is fact and how much is fiction. Much of what he wrote about the dynam ...more
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Aug 03, 2008
 
One Man's Meat
4.36
One Man’s Meat is a collection of essays written by White in the late 1930s and early 1940s. White interjects world politics, children’s literature an ...more
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Aug 03, 2008
 
A Man Without a Country
4.06

The cover quotes the Los Angeles Times as saying, “[This] may be as close as
Vonnegut comes to a memoir.” But it’s not really a memoir. Sure, it reflec
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Aug 01, 2008
 
The Bill from My Father: A Memoir
3.51
Cooper is an unsympathetic narrator. And he makes his father that way as well. I found the book beautifully written, lyrical in places, especially at ...more
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Jul 25, 2008
 
In Cold Blood
4.02
In Cold Blood was an experiment in form—and the expansion of a genre. The author, Truman Capote did five years of painstaking research before committi ...more
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Aug 08, 2008
 
Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy
3.80
**spoiler alert** So what? All of my training in creative writing has taught me to ask this question, so what? Carlos Eire does not adequately answer ...more
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Aug 08, 2008
 
Holidays on Ice
3.96
**spoiler alert** David Sedaris is a modern satirist. He (like Pratchett) tackles the mythology of Christmas. The six essays contained in Holidays on ...more
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Aug 03, 2008
 
The Things They Carried
4.11
Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried can easily be compared to Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five. In both text the author is involved in a war—both ...more
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Aug 08, 2008
 
The Art of the Personal Essay: An Anthology from the Classical Era to the Present
4.19
The Art of the Personal Essay is an amazing collection of nonfiction essays that spans hundreds of years. It offers the cityscape that is the developm ...more
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Aug 16, 2008
 
Spunk & Bite: A Writer's Guide to Punchier, More Engaging Language & Style
3.92
While the title implies the text is a parody of the classic text, The Elements of Style by Strunk and White, it is actually a style manual unto itself ...more
Aug 23, 2008
Aug 16, 2008
 
Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare
3.92
In Will in the World, Steven Greenblatt explores the life of William Shakespeare by examining known facts and filtering them through the lens of plays ...more
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Aug 08, 2008
 
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
4.06
Dress your Family does not carry the power and sarcasm of Sedaris’ other texts. The writer sounds tired and worn down. His once sharp wit is edged wit ...more
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Aug 08, 2008
 
The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million
4.06
I get the impression that Mendelsohn spent considerable time thinking about not only the structure of this book – but that which it mirrors – the stru ...more
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Aug 16, 2008
 
The Last Thing He Wanted
3.47
I am a fan of Joan Didion’s nonfiction work and was excited to find her fiction. But I was somewhat disappointed. I’m not a fan of genre work. I recen ...more
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Aug 08, 2008
 
Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith
4.15
I have always enjoyed Anne Lamott’s writing style. Her calculated and deliberate grammar choices, she wants to keep her reader present and breathless ...more
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Aug 08, 2008
 
Hamlet
3.99
Any serious study of literature and writing eventually brings one to Shakespeare and inevitably the play said to represent the pinnacle of his career ...more
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Aug 08, 2008
 
The Grass Is Always Greener over the Septic Tank
4.10
Bombeck’s classic commentary The Grass is always Greener is no less entertaining today than it was when it was first published in the 1970s. Her wit i ...more
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Aug 08, 2008
 
Basin and Range
4.19
John McPhee can make anything interesting. His book Basin and Range chronicles his travels across Interstate 80 with geologist Kenneth Deffeyes. And ...more
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Aug 08, 2008
 
The Year of Magical Thinking
3.82
Joan Didion’s work always leaves me spellbound and speechless and The Year of Magical Thinking was no exception. Didion’s ability to manipulate her re ...more
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Aug 08, 2008
 
Hunger: An Unnatural History
3.78
Sharman Apt-Russell’s book Hunger: an Unnatural History is a compelling study of an intimidating topic. Apt-Russell approaches her subject matter meth ...more
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Aug 08, 2008
 
The Liars' Club
3.90
Mary Karr's book, The Liar’s Club tells the tale of her turbulent childhood in the fictional eastern Texas town of Leechfield, and later in Colorado. ...more
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Aug 08, 2008
 
Stardust
4.04
I’ve long been a fan of sci-fi-fantasy books. I remember as a child of about ten sitting curled up with Tolkien’s The Hobbit. Sci-fi-fantacy was young ...more
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Aug 16, 2008
 
Birds of America
4.13
I had read essays out of Lorrie Moore’s Birds of America before. And I liked each one individually. As a collected whole each individual essay losses ...more
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Aug 08, 2008
 
The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
4.16
I have read this book very slowly and very carefully (being a slow food fan). I found it fascinating. The connections Pollan was able to make – the co ...more
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Jul 25, 2008
 
Tuesdays with Morrie
4.00
I read Richard Bach’s Illusions when it came out—and loved it. Mitch Albom’s Tuesdays With Morrie, in many ways, reminded me of that book, only not as ...more
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Aug 16, 2008
 
Thank You for Smoking
3.91

Christopher Buckley’s book Thank you For Smoking is a satirical jab at the nation’s smoking industry. Buckley also makes bold and unflattering stateme
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Aug 08, 2008
 
The Places in Between
3.86
The book The Places In-Between is chronological in nature—and journal-like. But not really a journal per se. Author, Rory Stewart, shares with his rea ...more
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Aug 03, 2008
 
The Writing Life
4.06

Annie Dillard looks at her own approach to writing in The Writing Life. She considers why and how she writes. She considers what has worked for her in
...more
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Aug 08, 2008
 
Two or Three Things I Know for Sure
4.07
Allison’s memoir employs many new strategies for me. She incorporates photographs into her work, whether they are successful or not, I don’t know, whi ...more
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Aug 08, 2008
 
Safekeeping: Some True Stories from a Life
4.18
Abigail Thomas’ book, Safekeeping, took me by surprise. I was several chapters in before fully understanding her technique. “Several” chapters was the ...more
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Aug 08, 2008
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