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This isn't as much an analysis of David Sedaris's works as it is a Proust scholar trying to justify his existence. Points off also for the clumsy ment ...more
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Sep 16, 2007
My Life in France
I loved this book! I learned about it after hearing a discussion about it on NPR shortly after publication. I'm not sure exactly what makes it so comp ...more
Aug 2007
Aug 11, 2007
The Man of My Dreams
This is a so-so book that I bought because I enjoyed Prep, and there's a couple of passages of exquisite writing where the author captures the essence ...more
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Aug 23, 2007
The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir
This is another one I was glad I heard on audio, especially because this is a memoir of sorts, so it has the feel of sitting around listening to old f ...more
Jan 20, 2008
Jun 15, 2008
When You Are Engulfed in Flames
I rated this two stars because I really *wanted* to like it and give it 3 or more stars, but I didn't. I'm a huge Sedaris fan and generally have nothi ...more
Jun 15, 2008
Jun 15, 2008
Such a Pretty Fat: One Narcissist's Quest to Discover if Her Life Makes Her Ass Look Big, or Why Pie is Not the Answer
This was a good read for the mountain weekend with the girls during which I read it, but much of the material had already appeared on the blog that La ...more
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Jun 23, 2008
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace ... One School at a Time
OK, first the disclaimer: really liked this book, think Mortenson's vision is amazing, plan to support CAI etc. This *was* a very good book and much m ...more
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Jul 20, 2008
Ann Patchett is kind of a conundrum; she's an excellent writer but every now and again she just sort of gets it wrong. While this was never going to b ...more
Aug 23, 2008
Apr 24, 2008
The Great Gatsby
I actually didn't read this - listened to it as an audio book read by Tim Robbins. Really not sure about this book - it's an American classic, but I j ...more
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Aug 19, 2007
The Glass Castle
I read this book in one sitting; it's riveting. A lot of the reviews I've read, and conversations I've overheard about this book focus on how Jeannett ...more
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Jul 26, 2007
Free Food for Millionaires
I'm not sure why I liked this so much...I picked it up on a bargain book table because it was cheap and hefty, something to read while recovering from ...more
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May 25, 2008
Sister Salty, Sister Sweet: A Memoir of Sibling Rivalry
I was surprised that I ended up liking this, after the first few (too brief) chapters. It's one of those books where the blurb on the back reveals all ...more
Aug 06, 2008
Aug 02, 2008
Water for Elephants
Sara Gruen is a really good storyteller, and it's been a while since I've found a book that simply tells a good story without a huge agenda to back it ...more
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Jul 10, 2008
The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
I read this because my boss's book club read it and she loaned it to me after she was done...wasn't planning on reading it and didn't really expect to ...more
Apr 23, 2008
Apr 15, 2008
A Prayer for Owen Meany
This book moves me on so many levels, but I think my favorite way to relate to this book is found in the line "if you love something you have to prote ...more
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Jul 26, 2007
Trail of Crumbs: Hunger, Love, and the Search for Home
The blurb on this book says it's for people who enjoyed Elizabeth Gilbert's "Eat Pray Love". Weeelllll...not sure about that, but it was a pleasant re ...more
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Apr 18, 2009
The Welsh Girl
LOVE LOVE LOVE this book - and not sure I can say why. It combines the best of Joanne Harris's "The Five Quarters of the Orange" and Anita Shreve's "R ...more
Apr 23, 2008
Apr 23, 2008
(Not that You Asked): Rants, Exploits, and Obsessions
I really enjoyed "Candyfreak", and after the essay on Vonnegut (which was good) I thought this would be entertaining. Wrong. It was a lot of what I ca ...more
Nov 2007
Nov 12, 2007
There's a (Slight) Chance I Might Be Going to Hell: A Novel of Sewer Pipes, Pageant Queens, and Big Trouble
This is Laurie Notaro's first novel, and while some people might take issue with the fact that the voice (and main character) aren't really that diffe ...more
Oct 2007
Nov 12, 2007
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Love this book...had to read it in 9th Grade for summer reading but have read it many times since. Having worked as a service provider for individuals ...more
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Jul 25, 2007
Nixonland: America's Second Civil War and the Divisive Legacy of Richard Nixon 1965-72
I didn't actually finish this book. Reading it was like doing homework, but not in a good way like reading something by David Halberstam or David McCu ...more
Oct 06, 2008
Jul 11, 2008
The Mermaid Chair
After "The Secret Life Of Bees" I was so looking forward to this book, and I really wanted to like it, but it kinda sucked. Woman has affair with monk ...more
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Jul 25, 2007
Freddy and Fredericka
This book is just flat out funny. And it's long, too, which is nice because you get to have a long and juicy relationship with all that glorious satir ...more
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Jul 25, 2007
The Small Room: A Novel
This is a classic life-of-the-mind book...I first read it 20 years ago, but I like to take it down and read it periodically.
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Jan 23, 2008
Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community
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Jul 13, 2008
Her Little Majesty: The Life of Queen Victoria
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May 26, 2011
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Jul 29, 2007
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Jul 26, 2008
The Arms of God
May 09, 2008
May 25, 2008
Stern Men
Mar 04, 2008
Jan 29, 2008
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