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If I Did It: Confessions of the Killer
Guilty pleasure, you have met your match. Make no mistake about this, "If I Did It" is OJ Simpson's signed, sealed, and delivered confession of why he ...more
Dec 2008
Dec 10, 2008
High on Arrival
I have a mildly sick fascination with the Phillips family. I read both "Papa John" and "California Dreamin' " back when they came out and it didn't ta ...more
Sep 2009
Sep 27, 2009
Little Face (Spilling CID, #1)
There are two reasons why I didn't like this book. One, within two chapters I was able to correctly guess one of the major plot points. Second, the re ...more
Jan 2009
Dec 28, 2008
Send Yourself Roses: Thoughts on My Life, Love, and Leading Roles
Perhaps the most surprising thing about this memoir is that Kathleen Turner has lead a fairly normal life. She still rides the bus, does her own shopp ...more
Feb 2008
Feb 20, 2008
The Book of Matt: The Truth About the Murder of Matthew Shepard
Early on in The Book of Matt, journalist Stephen Jimenez states, "this (investigation) is not a matter of blaming the victim but rather a conscientiou ...more
Oct 27, 2013
Oct 18, 2013
Finding Chandra: A True Washington Murder Mystery
Page-turning chronicle of the Chandra Levy case, written by two Washington Post reporters who covered the case. Creates a vivid sense of DC police mis ...more
Jun 2010
Jun 24, 2010
I quite enjoyed Andrew Morton's take on the life and career of Madonna. From her modest Italian-American upbringing, to her days as a dance major in A ...more
Jul 2008
Jul 11, 2008
In the Heart of the Canyon
I was drawn to this book because I am yearning for an outdoor adventure, but lack the travel budget. What could be better than an armchair adventure d ...more
Sep 16, 2009
Sep 17, 2009
XL Love: How the Obesity Crisis Is Complicating America's Love Life
I bought and read this book because of the freshness of the topic. The author, a sometime NPR reporter, has a talent for putting the reader inside the ...more
Aug 25, 2014
Aug 24, 2014
Forever Lily: An Unexpected Mother's Journey to Adoption in China
I understand why people don't love this book: the author is condescending to Chinese culture even while making claims that she is reincarnated from th ...more
Feb 2010
Feb 11, 2010
Orange Is the New Black
This is a very revealing look down the rabbit hole of women's corrections. It is surprising in a lot of ways, especially the descriptions of daily lif ...more
Aug 2010
Aug 13, 2010
The Racial Contract
Read an excerpt of this book online recently and was pulled in immediately. Something about all the anti-Obama sentiment is what compelled me. The aut ...more
Nov 19, 2011
Nov 10, 2010
Waiting to Be Heard: A Memoir
I can think of at least four cases like Amanda Knox's, each involving teenagers coerced into implicating themselves in crimes that they probably did n ...more
May 05, 2013
May 05, 2013
Missing You
I consider myself a Harlan Coben fan. The first two books I read -- Gone for Good and Tell No One -- were a revelation: twisty and surprising and sati ...more
Apr 27, 2014
Apr 20, 2014
I'm So Happy for You
I was drawn to this book for two reasons: the fabulous cover and the dishy subject matter. I was totally in the mood for an honest examination of the ...more
Aug 2009
Aug 26, 2009
Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx
This is a rich narrative about Jessica and Cesar, half-siblings who grow up with their mother Lourdes in a tough section of the Bronx. It's not spoili ...more
May 13, 2011
May 08, 2011
From a Native Daughter: Colonialism and Sovereignty in Hawai'i
p. 171: "I argued that the hatred and fear people of color have of white people is born of experience, the experience of white violence. Therefore, it ...more
Nov 2011
Nov 06, 2011
Sima's Undergarments for Women: A Novel
I was expecting a lot more from this book. It is competently written but not exceptional, and the characters are not terribly interesting. I liked the ...more
Sep 2010
Sep 04, 2010
The Shadow of the Wind (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books,  #1)
This is one of those rare reads that I could recommend to just about anyone. It is a rich, twisty, gothic story that manages to be both meaty and a pa ...more
Jan 11, 2009
Jan 01, 2009
Dead Pan (Daphne Martin, #2)
I like this series with some reservations. I appreciate that the small Southern town isn't cloying, that the characters aren't too ideal, and that the ...more
Mar 31, 2014
Mar 27, 2014
All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood
I've been wanting to read a book on this topic for over a year, and have sampled from the numerous available titles. Some are collections of personal ...more
Mar 22, 2014
Feb 04, 2014
Tiny Buddha: Simple Wisdom for Life's Hard Questions
Self-help is a tricky medium: the flip side of empowerment is blame. There is also a need for relentless positivity that doesn't allow for a diversity ...more
Mar 2012
Mar 16, 2012
Harrowing account of the real story behind Columbine. I only knew broad strokes about this event before I read this. Dave Cullen methodically dispels ...more
Sep 2009
Sep 27, 2009
Why You're Not Married . . . Yet: The Straight Talk You Need to Get the Relationship You Deserve
Tracy McMillan's "Why You're Not Married... Yet" is another slick, smart entry into the realm of self-help. If you’ve ever dipped your toes into this ...more
Jun 2012
Jun 25, 2012
Perfection: A Memoir of Betrayal and Renewal
Julie Metz is an amazing writer who has turned her mid-life drama into a lyrical memoir. Forty-three when her husband dies, she eulogizes him: "Henry ...more
Oct 2009
Oct 05, 2009
Gone Girl
**spoiler alert** If memory serves, an early draft of Fatal Attraction featured a plot in which the female lead kills herself and sets up her married ...more
Sep 24, 2013
Sep 22, 2013
Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight
There is a shift in perception that is needed to embrace Health At Every Size. I liken it to cult deprogramming. I am maintaining a significant weight ...more
Nov 22, 2011
Mar 21, 2009
The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream
I bypassed this book many times because it looked too hokey. I guess at some point I had internalized the smear that Obama is merely a "motivational s ...more
Nov 2008
Nov 12, 2008
Here's the Story: Surviving Marcia Brady and Finding My True Voice
I have an unabashed love of celebrity bios. I feel almost no guilt in reading them. There are a few rules though. I have to get them from the library ...more
Jun 23, 2009
Jun 21, 2009
The Age of Miracles: Embracing the New Midlife
This book is actually called "The Age of Miracles" not "Miracles at Midlife." Whatever its title, it is familar ground for Marianne Williamson, self h ...more
Feb 2008
Feb 06, 2008
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