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Girls of Riyadh
This is essentially Saudi chick lit, but I really liked it despite that.

The stories can resound with any girl,(unless my love life is really that fuck...more
Mar 2008
Mar 22, 2008
Twilight (Twilight, #1)
At first, I could not understand the hype over these books. I was a miserable, underpaid employee at a publishing house that enslaved all who worked t...more
Nov 2008
Nov 27, 2008
Miles from Nowhere
This account of a life on the street filled with "all the bad stuff" (drugs, prostitution, abortion, homelessness, getting clean and then falling off...more
Sep 2009
Sep 23, 2009
Eat, Pray, Love
I didn't know how to deal with Elizabeth Gilbert.

I had heard from various sources of interviews, people who have read the book, magazine articles, etc...more
Jul 2010
Jul 16, 2010
Adventure Divas: Searching the Globe for Women Who Are Changing the World
My friend Mari, world travler, lent me this book. At first I was scared, because I thought, "Oh gosh, this author has got to be one of those awful fem...more
Apr 2009
May 07, 2009
The Year of Magical Thinking
I knew I wanted to read something by Joan Didion, but I'm still not sure if this was the best choice for an introduction.

I didn't know anything about...more
Aug 2012
Aug 03, 2012
Banana Heart Summer
This was a bittersweet coming of age story about a poor girl in the Philippines. Born out of the union of a wealthy mom disowned by her family and a d...more
May 2009
May 20, 2009
Someday My Prince Will Come: True Adventures of a Wannabe Princess
God, what a piece of trash. Here we have a "memoir" of what could be a really hilarious life - this girl's parents are total hippies who transfer thei...more
Mar 2009
Mar 31, 2009
A Tiger in the Kitchen: A Memoir of Food and Family
I picked this up and thought " memoir...sounds promising." Tan's life is certainly interesting, but the writing is underdeveloped in many...more
Mar 2012
Mar 22, 2012
The Nanny Diaries (Nanny #1)
This is by no means first-rate writing, but I could relate to a lot of the themes, having worked in the childcare business. As of yet I have not encou...more
Oct 2009
Oct 23, 2009
Tango: An Argentine Love Story
This is such a "telling" memoir; it reads like a laundry list of people the author danced with as she spiraled into her dark place after a heinous bre...more
Mar 2009
Apr 07, 2009
I'm a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America After 20 Years Away
This is definetly a "laugh out loud" kind of book. I read it mainly on the train on my way to work in the morning and scared people with my crazy-pers...more
Jun 2012
Jun 11, 2012
Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood
The Boston Public Library had a special display of addiction memoirs, so I picked this one up, remembering that somebody mentioned reading it before.

Jun 2010
Jun 21, 2010
A Load of Bull: An Englishman's Adventures in Madrid
This guy covered about 1,014 of the 4,298 frustrating things with Spain, but also didn't leave out all of the wonderful things. Apparently the country...more
Dec 2010
Jan 05, 2011
Life of Pi
I expected a lot from this book, and maybe my reaction to it would have been different if I had read it when it was first published, but it didn't str...more
May 2010
May 06, 2010
This is a great book for airplane travel - fluffy, ridiculously over the top, and fast-moving, it made my flight from Boston to Los Angeles fly by. Fo...more
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Jun 11, 2012
In the Time of the Butterflies
This is a fictionalized account of the Mirabal sisters, and is well worth it despite my initial skepticism. They grew up in the Dominican Republic dur...more
Jul 2009
Aug 07, 2009
The Bell Jar
I thought I hated this book and Sylvia Plath. I was wrong.

The writing really delves into the psyche of somebody who just can't keep it together and is...more
Jul 2009
Aug 07, 2009
The Time Traveler's Wife
I seriously expected this to be another best-selling piece of trash, and prepared myself for disappointment. However, I ended up with a beautifully cr...more
Sep 2009
Sep 23, 2009
The Space Between Us
This was enjoyable and well-written book, albeit depressing. It did a good job of showing the differences between social classes in India and the conf...more
May 2012
Jun 11, 2012
Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books
This book seemed to suffer somewhat of an identity crisis. It was a political/historical memoir mixed with a touch of literary analysis.

I would have...more
Aug 2007
Aug 27, 2007
The Glass Castle
This is a good memoir.

It starts with the author's first memory of cooking hot dogs on the stove at the age of three, as her artist mother worked on o...more
Nov 2008
Nov 17, 2008
Cuba Diaries: An American Housewife in Havana
One of my ex-coworkers, (and actually her daughter, who was my ex-boss) are from Cuba. From them I always hear the tales of nostalgia for their belove...more
Sep 2008
Sep 15, 2008
Ivan of Aldenuri The Forest of the Taurocs
I read this book for work, because well...we published it and we're working with it now. The author is from Spain, and we published the translation of...more
Apr 11, 2008
Apr 04, 2008

Let me repeat that for emphasis. SO WEIRD. I think the weirdness gave the writing some charm, which is why I didn't mind reading this whole b...more
Aug 2009
Apr 08, 2009
Bonjour Tristesse
This was a flighty little pick I found at Urban Outfitters for $5 and bought to use up the end of a gift card. It's fitting to read it during summer,...more
Jun 2009
Aug 07, 2009
Little Altars Everywhere
I didn't expect this to be a Southern family story. It turned out to be one of the "there's more than what meets the eye" tales, with each family memb...more
Sep 2007
Sep 26, 2007
This is by author of Persepolis, which is a memoir(?) of the author's childhood in Iran. That wasn't available at the library, so I picked this up ins...more
Mar 2009
Mar 31, 2009
Of Love and Other Demons
This is the last novel written by Garcia Marquez, and was enjoyed. In his typical fashion, time has decayed what was once beautiful, and left everythi...more
Jun 2010
Jun 08, 2010
The Bean Trees (Greer Family, #1)
I almost forgave Kingsolver for writing Small Wonder after reading this novel. Almost. I enjoyed this book a lot because it was a quick read and I cou...more
Jul 2007
Aug 02, 2007
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