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Growing Up Duggar: It's All About Relationships
3.66
did not like it
My worldview is completely different from the Duggar family and I read out of pure feminist curiosity to see what "advice" these young evangelicals ha ...more
Dec 06, 2014
Dec 06, 2014
 
Real-Farm
3.76
really liked it
Patricia Westfall was one of my favorite professors at Journalism school, so it was interesting reading a memoir of a period of her life before I met ...more
Apr 09, 2012
Apr 09, 2012
 
Not Buying It: My Year Without Shopping
2.92
it was ok
Loved the premise - fed up by what she views as out of control consumerism in America, Judith Levine decides to only buy any essentials for one year. ...more
Jan 19, 2010
Dec 31, 2009
 
The Rhythm of Family: Discovering a Sense of Wonder through the Seasons
3.87
really liked it
Amanda Blake Soule (of the blog SouleMama) is a new discovery for me, and I am so happy I found her books! "The Rhythm of Family: Discovering a Sense ...more
Sep 08, 2011
Aug 25, 2011
 
A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table
3.94
really liked it
I usually think it's annoying when people in their twenties write memoirs. And when people turn their blogs into books. However, "A Homemade Life" is ...more
Sep 07, 2011
Aug 28, 2011
 
What Now?
3.74
really liked it
This slim little book is based an a commencement speech Ann Patchett gave to her alma mater Sarah Lawrence College. It is basically an essay exploring ...more
Mar 2010
Feb 15, 2010
 
Cleaving: A Story of Marriage, Meat, and Obsession
2.41
did not like it
I adored Julie & Julia. But this book is a disaster. Powell loses her likeable witty charm in this grisly follow up, which finds her working as an ...more
Dec 15, 2009
Nov 02, 2009
 
The Orchard: A Memoir
3.76
liked it
Leaving the city behind to marry a farmer and settle down on a midwestern apple farm seems like the start to a wholesome rural life, but for Weir it t ...more
Nov 21, 2011
Nov 12, 2011
 
Paris: A Love Story
3.25
really liked it
After the sudden death of her husband, ambassador Richard Holbrooke, Kati Marton reflects on their marriage as well as her earlier marriage with news ...more
Jan 05, 2014
Jan 05, 2014
 
Kayak Morning: Reflections on Love, Grief, and Small Boats
3.43
liked it
In his bestselling memoir "Making Toast" Rosenblatt wrote about his family after his 38-year-old daughter Amy died suddenly of an unknown heart condit ...more
Feb 26, 2012
Jan 23, 2012
 
Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother
3.61
really liked it
This book has sparked a mommy war/culture clash - author Amy Chua gets hate mail for her strict parenting style. I thought I would dislike her for bei ...more
May 14, 2011
May 04, 2011
 
7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess
4.13
really liked it
Interesting memoir of a woman who pushes back against the excess of American culture. When Hurricane Katrina victims staying in her home commented on ...more
Apr 02, 2012
Jan 22, 2012
 
Hungry Monkey: A Food-Loving Father's Quest to Raise an Adventurous Eater
3.79
really liked it
I enjoyed reading this book and hope to remember some of the ideas featured here when I have kids. I loved that Amster-Burton and his wife refused to ...more
Aug 2009
Nov 02, 2009
 
The Man Who Couldn't Stop
3.80
really liked it
I hesitate to describe a book about the ravages of mental illness as a fun breezy weekend read, but David Adam's memoir of 20 years living with OCD is ...more
Apr 04, 2015
Feb 16, 2015
 
Barnheart: The Incurable Longing for a Farm of One's Own
3.66
really liked it
I'm a little burned out on the trend of blog-turned-memoir but "Barnheart" was so enjoyable that I give it a pass. The story of a 20-something web des ...more
Jan 30, 2012
Jan 17, 2012
 
Honeymoon with My Brother: A Memoir
3.49
did not like it
Sounded like a fun book - guy gets dumped at the altar, loses his job and decides to travel around the world for two years with his brother - but the ...more
Jul 16, 2010
Jul 08, 2010
 
One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are
4.03
liked it
I like the premise of "One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are" - a farmer's wife in a rural Mennonite community in Canada discov ...more
Nov 16, 2011
Nov 16, 2011
 
Rurally Screwed: My Life Off the Grid with the Cowboy I Love
3.39
liked it
Fun summer reading - sarcastic NYC writer meets a cowboy while on assignment at a rodeo and soon finds herself married and living on an 8-acre chicken ...more
May 17, 2012
May 15, 2012
 
A Closer Look at Ariel: A Memory of Sylvia Plath
3.67
liked it
A slim 80-page memoir written by Sylvia Plath's college roommate. It's an interesting glimpse into Plath during her time at Smith. For fans of Plath's ...more
Mar 27, 2012
Mar 27, 2012
 
And You Know You Should Be Glad: A True Story of Lifelong Friendship
3.95
liked it
A lovely and sad story of childhood friends reconnecting when one of their group is dying of cancer. A lot of books are written about female friendshi ...more
Aug 19, 2010
Aug 19, 2010
 
Made from Scratch: Discovering the Pleasures of a Handmade Life
3.62
did not like it
I am a fan of Jenna Woginrich's blog (Cold Antler Farm) however, "Made From Scratch" (her first book) is disappointing. Half memoir, half how-to manua ...more
Feb 02, 2012
Jan 26, 2012
 
The Honest Life: Living Naturally and True to You
3.87
liked it
Good stuff here if you are looking to create a more non-toxic home for your family with eco-friendly products. Index of product guide in the back is a ...more
Dec 06, 2014
Dec 06, 2014
 
French Women Don't Get Fat: The Secret of Eating for Pleasure
3.48
liked it
A friend loaned this to me and I enjoyed it - it was a quick weekend read. I like that she balances her diet so there is always room for champagne. :- ...more
Jul 2006
Nov 05, 2009
 
Living with a Wild God: A Nonbeliever's Search for the Truth about Everything
3.29
it was ok
I LOVED Ehrenreich's "Nickel & Dimed: On Not Getting By In America" and thought feminist/activist/atheist memoir could be interesting, but man thi ...more
May 19, 2015
May 09, 2015
 
Sex and The Single Girl
3.38
it was ok
I love Helen Gurley Brown but this book has not aged well. It is so dated but is an interesting look at dating in the '60s.
not set
Nov 02, 2009
 
The Last Lecture
4.25
liked it
Sad but beautiful, a nice life-affirming memoir. I recommend listening to the audiobook version, since it is based on a lecture.
Feb 15, 2012
Feb 15, 2012
 
Out of Africa
3.96
really liked it
A complicated and beautiful memoir. Full of life and sadness, written like a memory of a particular time in Africa by a woman who loved it with great ...more
Feb 05, 2014
Nov 10, 2009
 
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
3.96
it was amazing
My favorite book from the past year. Heartbreaking and funny, "Wild" is an adventure story as well as a moving meditation on grief. I am not a hiker, ...more
Jun 18, 2013
Jun 18, 2013
 
Geography of Bliss
3.82
it was ok
I wanted to like this book, but I kept getting bored with it. I love the concept, but the writing did not really pull me in.
Feb 2009
Nov 04, 2009
 
A Walk in the Woods
4.05
it was amazing
Laugh out loud funny! Makes me want to hike the Appalachian Trail and at the same time be very glad I am NOT out hiking the trail!
Mar 2009
Nov 02, 2009
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