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Cleaving: A Story of Marriage, Meat, and Obsession
i hated this book. i read julie & julia &, you know, i didn't think julie powell was the next shakespeare or anything, but she managed to pull...more
Jan 06, 2010
Jan 19, 2010
Bloom: Finding Beauty in the Unexpected--A Memoir
this one got an extra star for the nice photography & for the author's heartwrenching honesty about meeting her daughter. being a mom, i recognize...more
Feb 14, 2013
Feb 17, 2013
The Journal of Best Practices: A Memoir of Marriage, Asperger Syndrome, and One Man's Quest to Be a Better Husband
arguably the most exciting thing about this book, for me, is that it's a memoir by a guy who diagnosed himself with asperger's syndrome using an inter...more
Feb 29, 2012
Mar 27, 2012
French Milk
for some reason, i was really obsessed with finding this book & reading it, even though i am not a huge fan of graphic books or books where spoile...more
Feb 17, 2009
Feb 17, 2009
The Tao of Martha: My Year of LIVING; Or, Why I'm Never Getting All That Glitter Off of the Dog
it was kind of sobering to read this book & realize that cranking out a humorous memoir every year has enabled jen to buy a pretty fancy house wit...more
Jun 12, 2013
Jun 13, 2013
La Bella Lingua: My Love Affair with Italian, the World's Most Enchanting Language
this is a memoir of how one non-italian woman spent 25 years becoming fluent in italian...or that's what i expected. it's really a lot more about the...more
Aug 28, 2009
Aug 28, 2009
No Impact Man
it's kind of amazing to me that this book doesn't have more one-star reviews, considering how insufferable it was. i went on a jag a couple of months...more
Nov 22, 2009
Nov 22, 2009
The Broke Diaries: The Completely True and Hilarious Misadventures of a Good Girl Gone Broke
i have very mixed feelings about this book. on the one hand, i like reading about how people scrape by with no income, & some of the problems that...more
Mar 13, 2011
Mar 16, 2011
Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls
i read a review of this that was all, "don't trust the five-star reviews! this book is okay, but it's not GREAT, like his other books were! what happe...more
Apr 23, 2013
Apr 29, 2013
Enjoy Every Sandwich: Living Each Day as If It Were Your Last
this book is completely fucking bananas! you think you're just going to read a nice inspirational self-help book about appreciating your life & li...more
Feb 26, 2012
Feb 27, 2012
Blue Nights
well. this was a huge disappointment. i loved the year of magical thinking, didion's memoir about the unexpected & sudden death of her husband, to...more
Jan 13, 2012
Jan 15, 2012
Are You My Mother?
holy moly! this book was TERRIBLE. i really enjoyed fun home & was looking forward to are you my mother? so much that i almost bought a copy inste...more
Jul 12, 2012
Jul 22, 2012
A Taste of Power: A Black Woman's Story
elaine brown was appointed charperson of the black panther party in the 70s, after huey p. newton was sent packing off to jail again. she headed up th...more
Jan 2007
Nov 04, 2008
Accidentally on Purpose: A One-Night Stand, My Unplanned Parenthood, and Loving the Best Mistake I Ever Made
a memoir about a 39-year-old single movie critic for a bay area weekly who finds herself pregnant after a one-night stand with a cute 29-year-old at t...more
Nov 17, 2010
Nov 17, 2010
I Just Want to Pee Alone: A Collection of Humorous Essays by Kick Ass Mom Bloggers
i don't know. this was all right. it was a pleasant enough way to pass an airplane ride with a baby passed out on my chest. it's an anthology of humor...more
Apr 10, 2013
Apr 11, 2013
The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 1: 1931-1934
i bought these books years ago & didn't get around to reading them until the summer of 2007. i mean, i bought them like five years before that &...more
Jan 2007
Nov 04, 2008
You Don't Look Like Anyone I Know
i honestly didn't know how to rate this book. on a more charitable day, i might have given it a four. i have read heather's books about writing, &...more
Jan 28, 2011
Feb 03, 2011
Autobiography of a Face
possibly i made a big mistake by reading this & then immediately reading truth & beauty by ann pratchett (as well as some of suellen grealy's...more
Apr 10, 2011
Apr 14, 2011
i'm not sure what to say about this book. i LOVED the liar's club & was so excited to read cherry, the second in her memoir trilogy. & even th...more
Feb 26, 2010
Feb 28, 2010
Weird Like Us: My Bohemian America
meh. fucking ann powers. talk about your intellectual dullards. when i was a teenager, my dad got me a subscription to "spin" magazine, which ann powe...more
Nov 2006
Nov 01, 2008
Maxed Out: American Moms on the Brink
as a memoir, i really liked this book. it was far more readable & engaging than i had anticipated. honestly, i was kind of expecting another dry s...more
Apr 23, 2014
May 04, 2014
Arms Wide Open: A Midwife's Journey
i had a really tough time getting into this book. i sped through the first fifty pages & then found myself completely wiped out. because the first...more
Sep 23, 2011
Oct 02, 2011
Autobiography of a Blue-Eyed Devil: My Life and Times in a Racist, Imperialist Society
this is by the same lady who wrote cunt, another book i read & found very questionable & of factual dubiousness. as much as i disliked cunt, t...more
Dec 05, 2006
Nov 01, 2008
Sleeping Naked is Green: How an Eco-Cynic Unplugged Her Fridge, Sold Her Car, and Found Love in 366 Days
many things about this book were infuriating. let's start with the title. how the hell is sleeping naked "green"? in her entry on the subject, the aut...more
Oct 18, 2009
Oct 18, 2009
When I Grow up: A Memoir
i'm sorry, i really didn't like this. if we are being honest, i have to admit that i've never really been into juliana hatfield's music, but i guess i...more
Apr 10, 2009
Apr 07, 2009
Ketchup is a Vegetable: And Other Lies Moms Tell Themselves
wait, what? HOW does this book have such a high rating here? the author must have a million friends on the internet that gave it an inflated score, be...more
Dec 05, 2013
Jan 06, 2014
Does This Baby Make Me Look Straight?: Confessions of a Gay Dad
i really enjoyed this book. yes, it's another collection of humorous essays about parenting, but unlike so many of its contemporaries, this book was a...more
Aug 05, 2012
Sep 03, 2012
The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee's, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table
hmmm. one of the key rules of writing book reviews is to review the book you actually read & not the book you wish that book had been. i admit tha...more
Jul 30, 2012
Aug 27, 2012
Knocked Up: Confessions of a Hip Mother-to-be
this is hands down one of the worst pregnancy-themed books i have ever had the misfortune of reading. i mean, looking at the cover, you know you're no...more
Mar 2011
Mar 02, 2011
Moms Who Drink and Swear: True Tales of Loving My Kids While Losing My Mind
i kind of read this by accident. i thought it was something else. & of course, now i don't remember what i thought it was. because i'm a mom with...more
Jun 18, 2013
Jul 04, 2013
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