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The Mercy Papers
Read this one in less than a night. Couldn't put it down. I think some people might think it masochistic, but there's something deeply comforting abou ...more
Jan 25, 2009
Jan 06, 2009
A Million Little Pieces
I read this before all the hoopla and frankly, it was well-written, intriguing, poetic and moving.
Nov 2005
May 22, 2008
Dog Years
So, I'm only on page 5 but this is beautiful. Mark Doty is a poet but he's written another memoir, Firebird and it's also beautiful. Already though, ...more
Sep 27, 2008
Aug 29, 2008
Drunkard: A Hard-Drinking Life
Again, this is a winner. Such an honest tale of addiction - those stories always resonate with me because I do think we're all addicts (whether it's s ...more
Sep 09, 2008
Jul 01, 2008
Wesley the Owl: The Remarkable Love Story of an Owl and His Girl
Already a super great book where I'm learning a ton about owls (never knew these things!) and moved by the deep relationship between that sweet bird a ...more
Oct 15, 2008
Sep 07, 2008
Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen: How One Girl Risked Her Marriage, Her Job, and Her Sanity to Master the Art of Living
Sweet book that fusing 2 seemingly disparate lives.
Oct 18, 2006
May 27, 2009
Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table
Margaret and I just joined a foodie book club and this is our title for February. So excited to be in a real book club! AND, we make and bring food to ...more
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Dec 18, 2008
Little Heathens: Hard Times and High Spirits on an Iowa Farm During the Great Depression
Just started this one and I'm taken in - as always, love a good memoir, especially memoirs written with humor, insight and a raw-edge about another ti ...more
Nov 15, 2008
Aug 26, 2008
Blue Sky July
Love the 'poetic form' of the book. Wasn't as juicy as other memoirs I've read, but still a lovely little story.
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May 26, 2009
Accidentally on Purpose: A One-Night Stand, My Unplanned Parenthood, and Loving the Best Mistake I Ever Made
Just started and already I'm gripped. I love it when that happens! Just about finished here and loved every minute of this one! I have a feeling Anne ...more
Oct 22, 2008
Jul 27, 2008
Manic: A Memoir
Though it's a terribly gripping and compelling story (and made even ME feel like an emotionally stable person) it's arranged (like any manic would arr ...more
Mar 09, 2008
Feb 28, 2008
She's Not There: A Life in Two Genders
This one, I know, another memoir, was exquisite. A beautiful story of a very tragic yet empowering journey of man awakening to the fact that he's the ...more
Mar 2007
Mar 16, 2008
Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life
I've just started it, but as far as memoirs go, this one is warm, funny, honest and compelling AND it has pictures - I love that in a memoir. Martin's ...more
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Feb 28, 2008
Seeking Peace: Chronicles of the Worst Buddhist in the World
HUGE disappointment. I suppose by 'chronicles' I should have known it was going to be a whole life story, but I guess I was anticipating a conversatio ...more
Jul 06, 2010
May 28, 2009
Life List: A Woman's Quest for the World's Most Amazing Birds
not the best writer - more like reporting the facts, but an interesting story about a lady birder nonetheless. Ugh, I'm rather intrigued by the story ...more
Mar 30, 2010
Feb 24, 2010
Unpacking the Boxes: A Memoir of a Life in Poetry
A long time favorite poet of mine, and prose writer, Hall's still got it at 80-something. The book was definitely a favorite due to my background in w ...more
Apr 20, 2010
Aug 29, 2008
It Sucked and Then I Cried: How I Had a Baby, a Breakdown, and a Much Needed Margarita
This book does not disappoint. It's Dooce at her best - hysterical, moving, tear-jerking and insightful.
Apr 21, 2009
Apr 04, 2009
The Daily Coyote: Story of Love, Survival, and Trust In the Wilds of Wyoming
was on hold for someone else, didn't get to it fast enough - back to the hold list i go.
not set
Apr 04, 2009
Crazy Love
As far as memoirs go - ya'll know I love a good resurrection story and this one rocks. It's a gripping memoir that goes into the 'gray' (vs. the black ...more
Jul 23, 2009
Jan 12, 2009
this goes in my 'one of the best books i've ever read' category. it was so moving and wrenching - i know a book is good when i'm making sounds as i'm ...more
Feb 21, 2010
Jun 02, 2009
A Healing Touch: True Stories of Life, Death, and Hospice
Not as great as I was expecting - though the last essay was moving (though I'm moved by so much these days, feeling ever so slightly raw.) I expected ...more
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Aug 13, 2008
The Indifferent Stars Above: The Harrowing Saga of a Donner Party Bride
Oh brilliant. Everyone knows my obsession with survival stories. Why had I not ventured into these stories before? But now that I have - of course, I' ...more
Apr 17, 2010
Aug 18, 2009
Crazy for the Storm
The whole survival part of the story is interspersed between long chapters of Norman's upbringing. While interesting at first, the stories didn't comp ...more
Jul 22, 2009
Jun 02, 2009
Passion on the Vine: A Memoir of Food, Wine, and Family in the Heart of Italy
So far this is a great read, much like Frances Mayes Tuscany books. Ok, the wine and the Italian food got old and I gave up. It was a little text-book ...more
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Jun 04, 2008
Comfort: A Journey Through Grief
Sadly, it's coming to where I'm needing this book. A beautiful heart-breaking book about a mother who lost her 5-year old daughter. Very helpful in fe ...more
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Jun 12, 2008
Eat, Pray, Love
Was moved beyond belief by this (though I know lots of people got triggered by her self-indulgence but what is recovery but that, eh?) Bought it as a ...more
Feb 2006
Aug 07, 2007
Waiter Rant: Thanks for the Tip-Confessions of a Cynical Waiter
Loving this and it's already changing my tune about wait staff - not that i was ever nasty to them, i was always nice, but now i feel even more compas ...more
May 26, 2009
May 19, 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
humor's a little forced and pushy, but it's an OK read. not rocking my world by any means, but not sure it was supposed to. And I finally gave up, too ...more
Mar 26, 2009
Jan 11, 2009
The Glass Castle
Last year's One Book One Community for Pittsburgh, but I read it before that - such an amazing memoir. Hard to believe it's true, but I think, in this ...more
Apr 2006
May 22, 2008
I'm Sorry You Feel That Way: The Astonishing but True Story of a Daughter, Sister, Slut, Wife, Mother, and Friend to Man and Dog
Strange little book. I kind of don't like the author and since it's a memoir, it's tricky to keep reading. But the stories are dark and disturbing so ...more
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Sep 16, 2008
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