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My Story
This was about as far from what I was expecting as it could possibly be. I heard Smart speak about her experience in an interview with Terry Gross and ...more
Nov 10, 2013
Oct 08, 2013
The Miseducation of Cameron Post
Danforth has a beautiful grasp of adolescent self-discovery and weaves that with ostracizing and frightening influences. She's got such perspective on ...more
Feb 19, 2014
Jan 24, 2013
Smile When You're Lying: Confessions of a Rogue Travel Writer
In sum: disparaging remarks about nearly every region the world, replete with reductionist stereotyping. Sure, you'll laugh of loud, but it might be f ...more
Jun 08, 2014
Jan 17, 2014
The Black Cat
An immaculate though hard to swallow vignette of the power of one's guilt to gradually degrade character as a natural means for assuaging that guilt. ...more
Sep 15, 2013
Sep 14, 2013
The Fault in Our Stars
The characters are sages of enlightenment masquerading as 15-year olds. Granted they face grave emotional and physical suffering well beyond their yea ...more
Feb 26, 2014
Aug 15, 2012
Faces in the Water
A deeply personal account from a clearly reliable but intensely disturbed and isolated narrator, Istina Mavet, as she is bounced around among a slew o ...more
Sep 2013
May 28, 2013
The Tell Tale Heart: And Other Writings
Never have I encountered such uncanny description of acute insanity from the inside out. [Case in point, the opening lines: "TRUE! nervous, very, very ...more
not set
Jan 02, 2010
South of Broad
UGGGHHHHH. "Because music is an inexplicable awakener of the dark engines of our immortal souls, I remember every song that we danced to during that m ...more
Apr 07, 2014
Dec 13, 2013
Flight Behavior
I had such high expectations; put it on hold at the library and waited about 6 months to finally get my hands on it. I'd heard Kingsolver speak about ...more
Jul 04, 2013
Nov 09, 2012
Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things
Updated upon finishing--

Gearing up for a move out of state this month... I certainly need to dump a lot. Let's call it "borderline pathological" ;-]

Jun 11, 2014
Jan 14, 2014
My six cents:

1. All over the place. Individual chunks of the narrative never really connected, so I never felt it ultimately culminated in much. Also
Apr 13, 2014
Aug 23, 2013
Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness
All the while I had to wonder why her family was just so adamantly opposed to the idea of [their daughter being tainted by] mental illness? I guess th ...more
Feb 09, 2014
Sep 03, 2013
The Yellow Wall-Paper
Quite similar thematically to Chopin's The Awakening and first published only three years prior. But this short story is certainly a more striking rep ...more
Nov 15, 2013
Oct 16, 2013
Winter's Bone
Very good though ultimately I preferred the film. Something that will stick with me is this profound description of practical (non-religious) determin ...more
Feb 2014
Jun 16, 2013
The Awakening
Chopin was undoubtedly a revolutionary and possessed insight well advanced of her era, as demonstrated in her ideas behind The Awakening, but her de ...more
Dec 2011
Oct 29, 2011
Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me
Ellen Forney conveys her very complex struggle with mental illness in lighthearted comic language and sketches, with candor and a special humor that b ...more
Feb 22, 2014
Aug 23, 2013
Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui
What does feng shui have to do with what your poo looks like? Everything, apparently.
May 28, 2014
May 26, 2014
The Witches of Eastwick (Eastwick, #1)
Initially I was extremely impressed with how well Updike crafted at least two of the three female leads. He seemed to be very in touch with female con ...more
Nov 04, 2013
Sep 14, 2013
Love is Not Constantly Wondering if You Are Making the Biggest Mistake of Your Life
Anonymous is truly gifted.

Hilarious (if in title alone)! Apparently it's some weird flavor of 'choose your own adventure' though self-proclaims NOT A
Sep 12, 2013
Sep 09, 2013
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
McCullers conveys an egalitarian philosophy using the strife historically faced by both blacks and Jews as a platform. Intricacies abound. Collectivel ...more
Jul 06, 2010
Mar 08, 2010
Over: The American Landscape at the Tipping Point
Beginning with the Native American proverb, "Treat the earth well: It was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children," wh ...more
Jan 2009
Dec 25, 2008
The Torso (Inspector Huss #3)
Not going to miss reading the fanciful, elaborate descriptions of "Manpower" AKA "Penis Power" at all. Very illuminating to say the least (if you read ...more
May 03, 2014
Oct 24, 2013
You Deserve Nothing
Solidly 4.5 and rounded up. Reflections on the past through three different perspectives - two students and a literature teacher at an international h ...more
Mar 12, 2015
Dec 16, 2012
Reflections in a Golden Eye (Paperback)
Subtle and intricate unrequited ties among characters without going soap-opera-y-dramatic. Each character is wholly integral to the story and is outst ...more
Mar 23, 2011
Mar 16, 2011
The Sociopath Next Door: The Ruthless Versus the Rest of Us
Teeming with sensationalism. The case studies are overwrought with unnecessary detail and do not prioritize illustrating her characterization of socio ...more
Apr 2009
Mar 18, 2009
There's a fine line to straddle when crafting a precocious child. Gaiman quite successfully avoids the abyss of annoying with the perfectly flawed, de ...more
Oct 10, 2013
Sep 14, 2013
One Hundred Years of Solitude
An intricate web of characters and relationships. In his world, humans live for hundreds of years. I can (kind of) get over that, but what I cannot re ...more
Oct 2010
Oct 06, 2008
A Boy Called Slow
Much educational value in terms of exposure to the traditions of the Lakota tribe, and specifically Sitting Bull's humble beginnings and [generically ...more
Apr 13, 2014
Sep 24, 2013
Me, Frida
A small slice of Frida's life while living in San Francisco, emerging from the shadow of Diego Rivera and finally coming to the limited critical and p ...more
Apr 11, 2014
Jun 20, 2013
A Single Man
Don't watch the movie unless you desire a rigid, prototype-gay, and predictable protagonist. The novel, on the other hand, offered a beautifully compl ...more
Sep 07, 2011
Aug 31, 2011
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