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Letter to My Daughter
Reading Maya Angelou is like getting a big hug on a bad day. She has the most comforting voice, and may be the wisest person I can think of. I want to ...more
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Oct 27, 2008
The Kitchen Diaries: A Year in the Kitchen with Nigel Slater
Beware: this is possibly the longest review I've ever written of a book I have only skimmed.

Three things I disliked about this book:

1. I had a very
Jan 2008
Jan 31, 2008
How to Win Friends and Influence People in the Digital Age
Simple advice: Listen. Remember people's names. Smile. And yet, I forget.

My only criticism: I would have liked more examples that related to the digi
Dec 04, 2011
Nov 19, 2011
The Gallery of Regrettable Food: Highlights from Classic American Recipe Books
I don't often laugh out loud with a book, but I did with this one! It provided a great leisurely Friday night with some friends on the couch, reading ...more
Sep 2007
Sep 15, 2007
Plastic-Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too
So much to say.

You can tell the author is used to writing a blog. Many of the sections are probably pulled straight from her existing website. Convers
Aug 06, 2012
Aug 06, 2012
Animals Make Us Human: Creating the Best Life for Animals
I love that the focus of this book is about how to make animals in captivity (pets, zoo animals, livestock, etc.) happy. It's so hard to know what it ...more
Jun 22, 2011
Jun 19, 2011
The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are
Definitely had the self-help vibe, but for me, it didn't discount the useful knowledge housed within.

Also, due to a random quote by Bell Hooks, I am
Sep 02, 2013
Sep 02, 2013
Getting to Yes: Negotiating an Agreement Without Giving In
Eye-opening. Now, how do I rewrite all of my bad habits to take advantage of the knowledge in this book...?

Could help provide a foundation for the up
Dec 31, 2011
Dec 31, 2011
How to Stay Sane
Short and surprisingly helpful.

Favorite Quotes

Sanity falls into two groups: one of people who have strayed into chaos and whose lives lurch from crisi
Apr 13, 2013
Apr 13, 2013
The Zero-Waste Lifestyle: Live Well by Throwing Away Less
Some useful tips? Check.
A lot of things I already knew? Check.
Makes use of checklists? Check.
Author lives in a city with much more elaborate recycli
Feb 10, 2013
Feb 10, 2013
Blah Blah Blah: What To Do When Words Don't Work
A book about how to pair words with pictures to effectively relay information to others.

Side note: I found this one to be much better than The Back o
Nov 26, 2011
Nov 23, 2011
Hurry Up and Wait
Daniel Handler reminds me of A.A. Milne in the best way possible. He tells simple truths about the world in a way that makes me want to hug the air.

Jun 09, 2015
Apr 19, 2015
Milk Eggs Vodka: Grocery Lists Lost and Found
This book started out as a website, just like PostSecret, Not Quite What I Was Planning, etc. I don't know why these are so addictive, but this is yet ...more
Apr 26, 2008
Mar 15, 2008
The Unforgettable Photograph: How to Take Great Pictures of the People and Things You Love
The one (and most likely only) book about photography I read from cover to cover. A handful of tips to add variety to your day-to-day photos.
Oct 13, 2013
Oct 13, 2013
Go Green, Live Rich: 50 Simple Ways to Save the Earth and Get Rich Trying
By the author of the Automatic Millionaire. Good for those without a social conscience and an eye on the checkbook.
Apr 20, 2008
Apr 21, 2008
Social Software in Libraries: Building Collaboration, Communication, and Community Online
Same old, same old. What's a wiki? What's a blog? Blah, blah, blah.
May 24, 2010
May 24, 2010
The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories
You want to hate this girl. Young. Pretty. Smart. Talented. Financially stable. And yet, she's dead. And you're not. This knowledge that you have, as ...more
Jul 18, 2014
Jul 18, 2014
Micro Messaging: Why Great Leadership Is Beyond Words
Extremely enlightening. All about how it's not what you say but how you say it.

Favorite Quotes/Ideas:

Questions are far more effective than defensive
Jun 15, 2010
Jun 14, 2010
I Was Told There'd Be Cake
Through these biographical essays, I deduced that the author is a more successful, wittier version of myself.

Recounting life experiences such as botc
Jun 23, 2008
Jun 23, 2008
Where the Locals Eat: Columbus
Strange. The list of 100 best Columbus restaurants was just that. A list with almost no descriptions. The rest of the book (almost 200 pages worth) li ...more
Dec 24, 2008
Dec 24, 2008
Homer's Odyssey: A Fearless Feline Tale, or How I Learned about Love and Life with a Blind Wonder Cat
I always figured if Sarah McLachlan couldn't persuade me to donate to the ASPCA, no one could. I was wrong. The 9/11 chapter broke me. I'm getting out ...more
Oct 20, 2011
Jun 23, 2010
Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace
I got a bit irrationally angry about how this book had unexpectedly turned into the everyone-Anne-Lamott-has-ever-loved-gets-cancer-and-dies" book, bu ...more
Feb 08, 2015
Oct 28, 2014
Grant Writing For Dummies
As with all dummies books, this gave me a good idea of the "rules" of grants and where to start looking for information.

I do wish that they separated
Apr 07, 2008
Apr 28, 2008
How to Catch a Frog: And Other Stories of Family, Love, Dysfunction, Survival, and DIY
My Review

Charming and comforting.

Amidst all of the family chaos and tough relationships and harsh winters, there was still this effervescent love of
Mar 27, 2015
Mar 08, 2015
True Green at Work: 100 Ways You Can Make the Environment Your Business (True Green (National Geographic))
A quick read with nice clean pictures. I read this while watching the Clinton/Obama debate last night, and I found that they were actually touching on ...more
Feb 27, 2008
Feb 27, 2008
Dancers Among Us: A Celebration of Joy in the Everyday
In another life, I will be a dancer.

Favorite Pics

Fair Play with Lloyd Knight
Dec 08, 2013
Dec 08, 2013
The New Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone
If you own only one vegetarian cookbook, let it be this one or Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything Vegetarian.
Feb 16, 2015
Feb 15, 2015
Cats in Hats: 30 Knit and Crochet Hat Patterns for Your Kitty
This might be the most-fun-yet-least-practical book I've ever flipped through.
Apr 26, 2015
Apr 26, 2015
The Grumpy Guide to Life: Observations from Grumpy Cat
Meh. Not nearly as funny as some of the memes I've seen making the rounds on the internets.

Favorite Quote

If at first you don't succeed, good.
Aug 09, 2014
Aug 09, 2014
Humans of New York
Favorite Quotes

Every time I force myself to go outside, something wonderful happens!

To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be t
Dec 29, 2013
Nov 26, 2013
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