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What the Dog Saw and Other Adventures
You know Malcolm Gladwell. He’s The Tipping Point author. He looks at events and tries to help us figure out why and when and how-to-do-it-again-bette...more
Jan 2010
Jan 17, 2010
How Proust Can Change Your Life
If you have considered reading this book, you are probably aware of who Proust is, but I honestly knew little about him before reading this book. I’ve...more
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Jul 18, 2010
What difference do it make? - Stories of Hope and Healing
Last week, I finished Same Kind of Different as Me, posted a review on my blog, and attended a book club meeting where we discussed the book. At the b...more
Jan 2010
Jan 17, 2010
McSorley's Wonderful Saloon
I wanted to find a copy of a collection of short stories from the New Yorker about New York. It’s an older book, but it’s not out of print. Neverthele...more
Jul 30, 2011
Jul 24, 2011
Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age
We live in amazing times. For the majority of those of us who live in America, we have vast reservoirs of free time.

But how do we choose to use that...more
May 2011
May 01, 2011
Seven Pleasures: Essays on Ordinary Happiness
I always make a mental list of books I might want to buy when I go to the Texas Book Festival each year. This book was on my list. Then I heard the au...more
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Mar 17, 2010
Planting Dandelions: Field Notes From a Semi-Domesticated Life
I received an advanced reader copy of this book from the publisher way, way back in April. It has been at the top of my TBR pile since I received it,...more
Jul 30, 2011
Jul 30, 2011
Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake
Anna Quindlen is a little older than me, raised more kids than me, and worked more hours per week than me, but other than these few differences, Anna...more
Jun 18, 2012
Jun 18, 2012
Collections of Nothing
King is a collector. He has collected things since he was a little boy. What does he collect? Worthless things, he says. Labels from boxes and cans, f...more
Aug 2009
Aug 13, 2009
Eat the City: A Tale of the Fishers, Foragers, Butchers, Farmers, Poultry Minders, Sugar Refiners, Cane Cutters, Beekeepers, Winemakers, and Brewers Who Built New York
Even if you are not from New York, even if you aren’t interested in food, even if the curious title doesn’t intrigue you, even if history doesn’t ring...more
Jul 07, 2012
Jun 28, 2012
Civility: Manners, Morals, and the Etiquette of Democracy
Very inspiring take on our society's
urgent need for civility from an
intelligent and articulate law
professor. I highly recommend this book.
(Yes! B...more
Jan 2003
Jul 25, 2009
This Is Getting Old: Zen Thoughts on Aging with Humor and Dignity
Moon is just a little bit farther down the road of life than I am, so it helps me a lot to see what’s ahead for me. It’s not a pretty world, the sixti...more
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Jul 18, 2010
The Flaneur
“And no wonder Paris, land of novelty and distraction, is the great city of the flaneur – that aimless stroller who loses himself in the crowd, who ha...more
Apr 24, 2011
Apr 24, 2011
Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Creative Nonfiction: Work from 1970 to the Present
I’ve been reading on this book, a dab at a time, all summer. It was the required reading for my personal essay writing class this summer. I went to lo...more
Aug 2009
Jun 30, 2009
Paris in Love
Most of us just can’t travel to Paris every summer.

This would be a sad thing, a tragic thing, really, if it weren’t for marvelous books like these th...more
Jun 18, 2012
Jun 18, 2012
Between Panic and Desire
I was disappointed to see this book when it arrived for me at the library. Awful cover. Looked like my fifth grade niece did the artwork.

I’d read Moo...more
Oct 2009
Oct 11, 2009
The New Kings of Nonfiction
How can you go wrong when you include in an anthology of recent nonfiction the work of such greats as Susan Orlean and Malcolm Gladwell and David Fost...more
Jun 24, 2013
Jun 24, 2013
From Where You Dream: The Process of Writing Fiction
Forget everything you think you know about writing. Throw all the information you’ve obtained in school about how to write. All of that is useless. Wr...more
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Sep 13, 2009
Reality Hunger: A Manifesto
What is fiction and what is nonfiction? The boundary line is no longer clear. Shields argues that modern novels are a form that does not satisfy a wor...more
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May 23, 2010
In Fact: The Best of Creative Nonfiction
Not quite as good as last summer’s Norton Anthology of Contemporary Creative Nonfiction, but In Fact was nevertheless a good read. In fact, In Fact ha...more
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Jul 18, 2010
Slouching Towards Bethlehem
Didion is no slouch herself; Didion can write. She shows her talent in these twenty short essays, first published in the mid-1960's. Clear writing. Cr...more
Jan 29, 2011
Jan 16, 2011
52 Loaves: One Man's Relentless Pursuit of Truth, Meaning, and a Perfect Crust
Alexander tasted a fantastic piece of bread and that was it for him: he was off in pursuit of making the most excellent bread ever. To achieve this go...more
Jul 20, 2010
Jun 15, 2010
Serve It Forth
Brilliant essays loosely written on the theme of food.
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Apr 11, 2010
Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do
It was the description of the waitress on the job that got me, the description she gave of how she loved to set the dishes on the table so quietly tha...more
Jan 1991
Nov 27, 2009
The Best Creative Nonfiction, Vol. 3
The key word is “creative” here. I’d love to pass on a few of these pieces to those who find nonfiction to be boring. No boring here. The styles are a...more
Sep 27, 2009
Sep 21, 2009
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
Keep this on the QT, but I've always dreamed of being a writer. Bird by Bird made writing seem so delightfully horrible that I've read this book over...more
Mar 1999
Jul 24, 2009
The Library at Night
I decided to add this book to my iPad, quite spontaneously. I am happy I did. Manguel, a book lover, seemed to be sharing all his favorite thoughts ab...more
Jan 2010
Jul 18, 2010
Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith
"With an exuberant mix of passion, insight, and humor, in Traveling Mercies she takes us on a journey through her often troubled past to illuminate he...more
Sep 2002
Jul 31, 2009
The Last Shot: City Streets, Basketball Dreams
Jan 2002
Nov 27, 2009
Satellite Sisters' Uncommon Senses
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Jul 31, 2009
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