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Letter to My Daughter
4.07
it was amazing
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
not set
Oct 27, 2008
 
How to Win Friends and Influence People in the Digital Age
3.97
really liked it
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
...more
Dec 04, 2011
Nov 19, 2011
 
Plastic-Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too
4.09
really liked it
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
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Aug 06, 2012
Aug 06, 2012
 
The Gallery of Regrettable Food
4.14
really liked it
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
 
The Kitchen Diaries: A Year in the Kitchen with Nigel Slater
4.28
really liked it
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
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Jan 2008
Jan 31, 2008
 
Between the World and Me
4.40
really liked it
My Review

There's an assumed safety that comes with me being me. When I walk down the street, more often than not people assume my positive intent. Thi
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Dec 06, 2015
Dec 06, 2015
 
Animals Make Us Human: Creating the Best Life for Animals
3.99
it was amazing
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
 
How to Stay Sane
3.72
it was amazing
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
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Apr 13, 2013
Apr 13, 2013
 
Hurry Up and Wait
3.96
really liked it
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.

F
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Jun 09, 2015
Apr 19, 2015
 
The Zero-Waste Lifestyle: Live Well by Throwing Away Less
3.58
liked it
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
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Feb 10, 2013
Feb 10, 2013
 
The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are
4.16
liked it
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
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Sep 02, 2013
Sep 02, 2013
 
The Commitment : Love, Sex, Marriage, and My Family
3.95
liked it
Let's talk about tone for a minute:

All stories written with an agenda, whether you agree with the agenda or not, tend to sound forced and opinionated
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Jan 29, 2012
Dec 18, 2011
 
Getting to Yes: Negotiating an Agreement Without Giving In
3.88
it was amazing
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
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Dec 31, 2011
Dec 31, 2011
 
Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar
4.29
it was amazing
My Review

Well, shit. This book was just about perfect in every way. Except for the excessive use of the term of endearment "sweet pea", but I'll forgi
...more
Nov 24, 2015
Jan 20, 2013
 
Cook without a Book: Meatless Meals: Recipes and Techniques for Part-Time and Full-Time Vegetarians
4.10
really liked it
Simple, flexible recipes. I kinda think this is the perfect cookbook.

Update: The author has an odd obsession with evaporated milk. Almost every recipe
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Oct 2015
Oct 01, 2015
 
F in Exams: The Best Test Paper Blunders
3.79
really liked it
Entertaining.

Favorite Quotes

Give a brief explanation of the meaning of the term "hard water."
Ice

What is the highest frequency noise that a human can r
...more
Dec 16, 2011
Dec 16, 2011
 
Humans of New York: Stories
4.50
it was amazing
My Review

A reminder on every page that everyone has a story worth knowing.

Favorite Quotes

When you yell at someone, who hears it more: you or them? Yo
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Dec 14, 2015
Dec 14, 2015
 
Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War
4.25
really liked it
This made me so angry. And terribly discouraged. And proud. And hopeful. The idea that the people we elected to represent us, out of pure stubbornness ...more
Aug 13, 2016
May 18, 2016
 
The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories
3.82
really liked it
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
 
All There Is: Love Stories from StoryCorps
4.03
really liked it
You know how most people, when you ask them to tell you something interesting about themselves, they say, "Oh, I don't know. I'm pretty boring, I gues ...more
Feb 15, 2012
Feb 15, 2012
 
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)
3.84
really liked it
I love how many funny, smart women there are in the world right now. I also love when people in the entertainment business can make themselves seem mo ...more
Feb 22, 2012
Dec 06, 2011
 
Bad Feminist
3.90
really liked it
My Review

I am glad this exists. A unique-yet-relatable perspective on pop culture, feminism and racism. Though the author often takes a singular work
...more
Jan 02, 2016
Jul 30, 2014
 
Blah Blah Blah: What To Do When Words Don't Work
3.96
liked it
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
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Nov 26, 2011
Nov 23, 2011
 
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
4.58
it was amazing
Our justice system is made up of humans, and humans are imperfect. And yet I soooooo want to trust that judges and jurors and lawyers will do their ve ...more
Feb 12, 2017
Sep 29, 2014
 
Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace
3.88
liked it
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
 
The Unforgettable Photograph: How to Take Great Pictures of the People and Things You Love
3.78
it was amazing
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
 
How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less
3.70
liked it
A tourist's view of the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

The illustrations help provide a sense of place and are extremely easy to relate to. The artist w
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Mar 03, 2011
Mar 02, 2011
 
Cooking Light The Good Pantry: Homemade Foods & Mixes Lower in Sugar, Salt & Fat
3.82
Some solid, low-packaging recipes. Excited to try Lemon-Parmesan Popcorn, Nutty Whole-Grain Granola and Plantain Chips.

UPDATE/CAUTIONARY TALE: For th
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Feb 27, 2016
Feb 26, 2016
 
100 Things to Do in Columbus Before You Die
3.55
really liked it
Solid. Separated into sections: Food and Drink, Arts and Entertainment, Music, Sports and Recreation, Shopping and Fashion, then a list of activities ...more
Apr 03, 2016
Apr 03, 2016
 
Milk Eggs Vodka: Grocery Lists Lost and Found
3.53
really liked it
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
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