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Comeback: A Mother and Daughter's Journey Through Hell and Back
Why do I keep reading memoirs?

Because I keep hoping that people write them because they feel their life has something in common with the rest of us.

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Mar 24, 2009
Anil's Ghost
Meh. Listened to this on tape. This contributed to the fragmented feeling of the book, but only a little. I didn't know why certain characters were be ...more
Jul 22, 2008
Jul 01, 2008
Reflections on Doctors: True-Life Stories from Nurses who Know (Kaplan Voices, Nurses)
As a pediatrician was interested to read what nurses think of doctors. Initially after reading the first story thought it would be the usual "nurses a ...more
May 15, 2011
May 16, 2011
Finally finished this bad boy!!! After having it on my "currently reading" list for a year. I kept putting it down for a month and then having to star ...more
May 17, 2013
Sep 18, 2007
Stuff White People Like: A Definitive Guide to the Unique Taste of Millions
I love the website and give it 5 stars:

But I was disappointed by the book. It does have the same uncanny insight in
Jul 22, 2008
Jul 07, 2008
I Didn't Come Here to Make Friends: Confessions of a Reality Show Villain
Yes, I purchased and read this book. WHAT. Yes, I stayed up till 1 am finishing it. Go ahead and judge, I'll wait.


Like many reviewers here, the Bac
Jun 30, 2014
Jun 30, 2014
So Much for That
**spoiler alert** Received this book through First Reads--otherwise I may not have picked it out of a bookstore. It was a good thing, because I did en ...more
May 11, 2011
May 11, 2011
The Devotion of Suspect X
I'm not a regular reader of mysteries but got this book through First Reads--I signed up being interested in a Japanese novel that had won a literary ...more
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Jan 02, 2011
New Moon (Twilight, #2)
Blah blah blah. It's me, Bella, back again, and even more boring than the last time I was featured in a book completely undeserving of its popularity. ...more
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Jun 14, 2010
The Runaway Roommate (Kdrama Chronicles #1)
Generally I read romance novels for wish fulfillment--isn't that the point? And the romance authors that I like write in a way that is conducive to wi ...more
Dec 15, 2013
Dec 17, 2013
Twilight (Twilight, #1)
Probably the thing I've heard most often about this series is the phrase "I couldn't put it down!" Fortunately for me, I could. Many times. Okay, so t ...more
Dec 28, 2008
Dec 21, 2008
The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore
**spoiler alert** 3 1/2 stars if I could. The writing is amazing, making even things like going to the bathroom sound beautiful. Sure there are some b ...more
Jul 20, 2011
Jul 02, 2011
The Night Circus
As the man in the grey suit says at the end, regarding all stories: "It's in the listener, and for each and every ear it will be different, and it wil ...more
Nov 16, 2011
Oct 17, 2011
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
Let it be known that I did not read this book because Oprah told me to. I read it because critics said it was great. That said, I guess Oprah can have ...more
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Dec 29, 2008
Eat, Pray, Love
Bear in mind that I have a lot of trouble liking memoirs.

I could not identify with the author that much, for one thing. She's incredibly neurotic and
Sep 29, 2008
Jan 27, 2008
The Road
A very quick read which should make it even easier to pick up off the shelf. It reminded me of Saramago's Blindness as far as the simple prose as well ...more
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Jun 25, 2008
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
Wow. (Wao.) (I had to do that...yep, I'm lame.)

This is a fantastic novel that is different from what I thought it would be. Not only is it about Oscar
Sep 22, 2008
Sep 19, 2008
The Paris Wife
A very romanticized version of Bohemian expat scene in Paris in the 1920s, and one that tries to play with the sometimes-popular notion of Ernest Hemi ...more
Nov 09, 2011
Aug 01, 2011
The Marriage Plot

Okay, so I liked The Virgin Suicides, I loved Middlesex...and I loved The Marriage Plot. How can this be (according to the trends of most other revie
May 23, 2012
Sep 04, 2011
Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
Anyone who decides to read this book hopefully doesn't have too many rosy illusions about India or its slums, because if you do, well...have you never ...more
Nov 27, 2013
Feb 08, 2012
The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite
It took me a while to read this book, which I got from a GoodReads promo (plug!) but I did enjoy it. Kessler goes through the psychology of overeating ...more
Aug 23, 2009
Jun 29, 2009
The Universe in a Single Atom: The Convergence of Science and Spirituality
Ha! I've been reading this book for over two years. I bought it at a time in my life in which I was trying to find spirituality within a lot of scienc ...more
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Jul 16, 2007
A Free Life
I listened to this one in my car on the way to and from work every day, which is always a different experience from sitting down and reading a 600-plu ...more
Jul 2008
Jun 08, 2008
The Luminaries
I loved it and will come back to read it again. Of course it is long, but wasn't difficult for me to get into and speeds up in the second half due to ...more
Jan 04, 2015
Nov 30, 2013
Songs for the Missing
**spoiler alert** Meh. This is a story about a girl who goes missing and the effects of said event on her family and close friends. It's well written ...more
Mar 24, 2009
Nov 02, 2008
Jane Eyre
**spoiler alert** This is a book about people who have nothing better to do with their time than beat dead horses into the ground. Normally I don't mi ...more
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May 19, 2009
The Walking Dead, Vol. 01: Days Gone Bye
What? So I love the show and wanted to see where it all started. The graphic novel is pretty good too. The characters are great and the art is pretty ...more
Nov 17, 2011
Nov 19, 2011
Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)
I don't usually do paranormal YA stuff but this was so well reviewed I thought I'd try it. It definitely rang of Twilight in a few (just a few!) place ...more
Mar 13, 2012
Mar 04, 2012
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #1)
**spoiler alert** Fast-paced and easy to read, but the story was a bit disjointed for me. Plus it was just creepy the way Abe and Emma hooked up. And ...more
Feb 04, 2012
Jan 24, 2012
Revolutionary Road
Fantastic. A well-written book about marital discord and the dangers of suburbia, it resonates even 40ish years later. It's a fast read but not sloppy ...more
Apr 02, 2009
Mar 16, 2009
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