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Borrowed Finery: A Memoir
3.55
This is one of those smallish, episodic books that I end up reading cover to cover several times because it’s just so interesting and jig-saw puzzle-i ...more
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Jun 09, 2009
 
Growing Up bin Laden: Osama's Wife and Son Take Us Inside Their Secret World
4.00
To write this fascinating book, Jean Sasson extensively interviewed both Osama Bin Laden’s first wife and one of the eleven children she bore during t ...more
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Oct 03, 2010
 
Lit
3.83
This felt hastily written and not well edited. Maybe the author just ran out of good material. In large part, it’s a recollection of alcoholism and/or ...more
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Feb 02, 2010
 
Your Competent Child: Toward New Basic Values For The Family
4.31
This book is sometimes simplistic or maybe just...foreign...as you struggle a bit to get what the Danish author is saying. But somewhere along the lin ...more
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Aug 03, 2008
 
The Blue Hour: A Life of Jean Rhys
3.54
This literary biography left me wanting to reread Rhys’ “After Leaving Mr. McKenzie” while being steadily annoyed by the author’s many far reaching pr ...more
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Sep 07, 2010
 
Bad Mother: A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities, and Occasional Moments of Grace
3.49
I really liked this book of autobiographical essays. It’s about womanhood as much as parenting, and of a sort that rang very true to me. She is funny ...more
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Jun 09, 2009
 
Special Topics in Calamity Physics
3.70
Okay, the author's erudite, she’s brilliant, the critics love her, and I too loved her briefly as I read many an apt, wildly original turn of phrase o ...more
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Jan 16, 2010
 
Open
4.12
A memoir so good I have to bring my long break from "Goodreads" additions to an end!

I did become incredulous not too far into this book that it was f
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Mar 30, 2013
 
The New Women And The Old Men: Love, Sex And The Woman Question
3.50
Detailed, interesting, intriguing, nested studies of accomplished, early feminist, mostly literary women and their male mates (most of the time) in th ...more
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Feb 12, 2010
 
Dancing with Rose: Finding Life in the Land of Alzheimer's
4.29
Lauren Kessler lived through her own mother’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis, and progression to death. What sets this Alzheimer’s focused book apart is that K ...more
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Oct 29, 2010
 
The Story of My Father
3.82
Sue Miller has written best selling books like “The Good Mother” and “While You Were Gone.” This more personal book is as much her own story as her fa ...more
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Oct 29, 2010
 
Eva and Henry: A Cape Cod Marriage
3.96
It’s surprising to see this is Irene Paine’s first book, as it’s so well plotted and detailed. It drew me in easily and kept me happily reading and wa ...more
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Oct 29, 2010
 
Schopenhauer's Porcupines: Intimacy And Its Dilemmas: Five Stories Of Psychotherapy
4.09
This is an interesting and instructive account by a talk-therapy psychotherapist of clients she treated over the years, and what she learned. Her cent ...more
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Jun 19, 2010
 
The Tender Bar
3.90
And on the other hand, here is a love song to a particular Long Island bar (and way of life) where teenage boys and older men drink way, way too much ...more
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Apr 04, 2009
 
Little, Big
3.90
This book deserves a five star rating for rich, heady, almost intoxicating language, and its dead-on, often totally original descriptions of things fr ...more
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Sep 18, 2009
 
I'm Sorry You Feel That Way: The Astonishing but True Story of a Daughter, Sister, Slut, Wife, Mother, and Friend to Man and Dog
3.31
This book often is quite funny, amid rueful observations of bad choices or simple unfortunate circumstances. It has a conversational tone that easily ...more
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Jan 16, 2010
 
Radical Parenting: Seven Steps to a Functional Family in a Dysfunctional World
3.45
This book absolutely did not live up to the recommendation I saw for it somewhere…probably an internet list. I kept waiting for something to make sens ...more
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Apr 04, 2009
 
The Caregiver: A Life with Alzheimer's
3.89
Written by a man who cared for his Alzheimer’s affected wife Stella at home until her death, this memoir is level headed, sensible, and sometimes tran ...more
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Oct 29, 2010
 
Denial of the Soul: Spiritual and Medical Perspectives on Euthanasia and Mortality
3.58
The subtitle, “Spiritual and Medical Perspectives on Euthanasia and Mortality” says it all, and I expected a pretty glum read. I was pleasantly surpri ...more
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Feb 12, 2010
 
Sundays in America: A Yearlong Road Trip in Search of Christian Faith
3.48
This Massachusetts author, a lapsed Roman Catholic with Polish heritage, decided to attend a different Christian church every weekend for a year and w ...more
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Jan 16, 2010
 
Brother, I'm Dying
4.05
The book jacket describes this as “an astonishing true-life epic”, and that’s true. But it also feels endearingly small and personal, straight from th ...more
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Oct 29, 2010
 
The House on Beartown Road: A Memoir of Learning and Forgetting
4.13
Author Elizabeth Cohen mines a remarkable trove of material in this wonderful memoir. The juxtaposition of herself at 40, with her newborn child, and ...more
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Oct 29, 2010
 
The Black Prince
3.93
I reread my 30 year old paperback on the beach last week and once again, liked it very much. It’s arch, sly, and very witty. Few equal Murdoch in char ...more
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Feb 12, 2010
 
The Informant: A True Story
3.89
If you suspect big corporations sometimes place profits before ethical and transparent business practices, this book will absolutely confirm that susp ...more
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Aug 10, 2011
 
Murder in the Marais (Aimee Leduc Investigations, #1)
3.40
**spoiler alert** I found this crime novel robust and enjoyable for about the first fifty pages. The female detective character is a stereotype (beaut ...more
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Jun 19, 2010
 
The Time Traveler's Wife
3.92
I bought this book at the airport and it kept me awake and pleasantly entertained for the 3 hour flight. It was clever in its mix of fantastical time ...more
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Feb 13, 2010
 
Tales Out of School: Selected Interviews
4.54
I loved this collection. Eighteen good writers contributed chapters on what they remembered about school. Some are extremely good, and none are bad. M ...more
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Sep 18, 2009
 
My Mother, Your Mother: Embracing "Slow Medicine," the Compassionate Approach to Caring for Your Aging Loved Ones
4.19
This is a decent “how to”, or rather, “this is how others have done it” guide to caring for aging parents and facing aging oneself. Its subtitle is “E ...more
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Jan 16, 2010
 
When They Took Away the Man in the Moon
2.38
A novel that seems to have a memoir struggling to break out. Some interesting and believable vignettes of the protagonist’s doings as a female “high p ...more
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Sep 07, 2010
 
The Bad Daughter: Betrayal and Confession
3.29
As you could infer also from its subtitle, “Betrayal and Confession”, this memoir is not cheery. It’s not long. Though competently written, it has a l ...more
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Oct 29, 2010
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