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Sister Mother Husband Dog: Etc.
Delia opens the book with the death of her sister but unlike other memoirs of loss, she reports on the loss but you don't feel it. This whole book is...more
Jan 12, 2014
Jan 13, 2014
Mannequin Girl
A book unlike any other I have read about a young Jewish Russian girl growning up in a back brace, with parents who neglect her in their "glamour" and...more
May 02, 2014
May 02, 2014
The Fifty-First State
This is a lovely, well-written coming of age story that takes place on the shores of sothern New Jersey, an areaa that is both unexplored in writing a...more
Dec 21, 2013
Dec 24, 2013
The Panopticon
This is not a book for the faint of heart. It is a funny painful read about coming of age in a world where you aren't wanted and that you never have a...more
Feb 13, 2014
Feb 13, 2014
Unremarried Widow
What I found interesting about this book was not the story of her widowhood. I have lived that story and while I could relate to it, her writing did n...more
May 11, 2014
May 10, 2014
Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace
I struggled with this book. I LOVED Infinite Jest and the The Broom of the System. I hated that Wallace committed suicide but this book, while well re...more
Oct 25, 2012
Oct 26, 2012
The Grief of Others
Beautifully written book that I didn't want to end. Leah Hager Cohen allows you access to the inner life of all the main characters and while you don'...more
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Sep 26, 2011
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
This book just won the National Book Critics Circle Award. Well deserved. A funny, painful look at how ridiculous we are as a Nation where the Dallas...more
Mar 02, 2013
Mar 02, 2013
Who's Sorry Now?
I a sorry now that I wasted my time reading this book. Funny? I don't think so. It grabs you in the beginning and I stayed bc of other books of his bu...more
Feb 02, 2014
Feb 02, 2014
The Twelve Tribes of Hattie
I don't know how to rate this book. I read it straight through and the story and the charaacters were compelling. Without addressing the bigger sociol...more
Dec 29, 2012
Dec 29, 2012
This Is Not the Ivy League: A Memoir
Mary Blew wrote a candid memoir of her striving for an education and wish to become a university professor during the 60's and 70's with an unsupporti...more
Oct 31, 2011
Oct 02, 2011
Open City
I read this book very slowly, soaking up his language. It is disjointing because you want him to be a man with a clear moral sense and yet he is a hum...more
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Mar 25, 2011
How Should a Person Be?
I liked this book although it was very odd. Some of her writing I just loved and I was happy to read the whole book. Probably would have given it a 3....more
Jul 30, 2012
Aug 02, 2012
The Invention of Wings
I was totally caught up in the story and while the book probably is really a 4, if The Secret Life of Bees is a 5, I looked forward to picking it up a...more
Apr 03, 2014
Apr 03, 2014
I Married You for Happiness
I expected this book to cause me great pain but both the good thing and unfortunate things about his book is the passionless way she dissects her marr...more
Oct 29, 2011
Oct 30, 2011
The Examined Life: How We Lose and Find Ourselves
I didn't know whether to rate this book a 2 or a 5. These little vignettes read like miniature miniature short stories. One is totally engaged when re...more
Feb 05, 2014
Feb 05, 2014
When We Argued All Night
I usually really like Mattison's writing but I found myself bored and skipping through the book. It is a book that I imagine people who lived through...more
Sep 17, 2012
Sep 17, 2012
The Buddha and the Borderline: My Recovery from Borderline Personality Disorder through Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Buddhism, and Online Dating
An engaging book about this young women's bumpy path to trying to live with her acute sensitivities and ver-reactions, impulsive behavior and flight i...more
Jan 28, 2014
Jan 31, 2014
Connected short stories abut a group of lost souls (adolescents and young adult)in a community of wealthy, shallow adults.
Jan 08, 2010
Jan 09, 2010
The Girl You Left Behind
I was happy to come home to this book. I tend not to read historical fiction but Moyes tells a compelling story of a small town in France during WW1 w...more
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Oct 09, 2013
White Dog Fell from the Sky
Parts of this book are utterly compelling - It takes place in Botswana in the time of Apartheid. I read a review in Amazon after I finished it that de...more
Jan 11, 2013
Jan 12, 2013
The Chemistry Between Us: Love, Sex, and the Science of Attraction
I listened to all 10 CD's of this book and while it occationally bogged down (or I found myself spacing out - the hazard of car listening) I throughly...more
Oct 22, 2013
Oct 23, 2013
The Interestings
I found myself looking forward each night to picking up this long novel. It is character driven and although all the characters are not likable, one g...more
May 09, 2013
May 09, 2013
The Obituary Writer
This is both an easy and pleasurable book to read as Hood goes back and forth on time telling the stories of two women. She does a great job showing h...more
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Oct 04, 2013
This is the Story of a Happy Marriage
I love the way Ann Patchett writes and found myself drawn to an number of these essays - on her writing process and on her relationships. The rest fel...more
Jan 04, 2014
Jan 03, 2014
Suddenly, a Knock on the Door
Each short story is like biting into a foreign box of candies, laid out withough a map of the odd flavors, so you don't know what you will be tasting....more
Mar 18, 2014
Mar 19, 2014
How to Be a Woman
Ok. So I think all people under the age, that claim they are not feminists should read this book. Moran, who is English, takes us through a raunchy, f...more
Jul 05, 2012
Jul 06, 2012
Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety
Would have given it a 3.5. This book is very funny in parts but a nice primer on what it is like to have an anxiety disorder. I felt he could be more...more
Jan 02, 2013
Jan 04, 2013
Oddly Normal: One Family's Struggle to Help Their Teenage Son Come to Terms with His Sexuality
Oddly moving. Written by a reporter about his son and family's struggle to help him nativate through school, the psychiatric establishment, etc. to ge...more
May 09, 2013
May 10, 2013
What to Look for in Winter: A Memoir in Blindness
I spent a long time with this book as McWilliams meanders through her memories of her life while she is confronting increasing blindness caused by a r...more
Mar 09, 2012
Apr 10, 2012
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