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Living among Meat Eaters: The Vegetarians' Survival Handbook
3.90
I read this genuinely unable to believe that there are people who would do things like feed a vegetarian teenager veal tortellini to "prove" that they ...more
Aug 10, 2011
Aug 10, 2011
 
The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
4.16
I really enjoyed a great deal of this book. Pollan writes beautifully and compellingly, and his work is well-researched. Additionally, he seemed to be ...more
Aug 25, 2011
Aug 25, 2011
 
Devil in the Details: Scenes from an Obsessive Girlhood
3.54
I wanted to like this. I read a lot of memoirs, and haven't read many on living with OCD. When I began reading, I was blindsided by the religious cont ...more
Oct 04, 2011
Sep 06, 2011
 
Not Buying It: My Year Without Shopping
2.93
I approached this with an open mind, since I have recently finished an expensive education, live in an expensive area of the country, and have had a g ...more
Jun 30, 2011
Aug 08, 2011
 
I Don't Care About Your Band: Lessons Learned from Indie Rockers, Trust Funders, Pornographers, Felons, Faux-Sensitive Hipsters, and Other Guys I've Dated
3.39
I loved this.

Klausner is insightful about and critical of her own behavior, and while I see reviews on this site full of slut-shaming, I think those
...more
Oct 05, 2011
Aug 25, 2011
 
The Mole People: Life in the Tunnels Beneath New York City
3.59
When I put this down, I believed about a third of the stories in this book as having some truth to them. Then, bearing in mind this is a pre-Giuliani, ...more
Aug 26, 2011
Aug 26, 2011
 
Poseidon's Steed: The Story of Seahorses, from Myth to Reality
3.51
I love books about marine animals, and looked forward to reading this. The chapters about seahorses in history, especially the stories of counterfeit ...more
Sep 03, 2011
Aug 25, 2011
 
Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen: How One Girl Risked Her Marriage, Her Job, and Her Sanity to Master the Art of Living
3.62
Really disappointing. I love Julia Child, and I had hoped this would be a fresh look at her food, cooking, and approach. There are glimpses of that, b ...more
Dec 19, 2011
Oct 05, 2011
 
The Happy Hooker: My Own Story
3.23
**spoiler alert** I liked how candid and open she was about her past and her life's story. The candor with which she told her story was refreshing, an ...more
Oct 22, 2011
Aug 30, 2011
 
The Other Woman: Twenty-one Wives, Lovers, and Others Talk Openly About Sex, Deception, Love, and Betrayal
3.36
I loved this book. The stories in it were compelling and thoughtful, and demonstrated the shades of gray in relationships. Some of the women were gay, ...more
Aug 30, 2011
Aug 30, 2011
 
The Man Who Ate Everything
3.88
Overall, I enjoyed this. I really liked how Steingarten blends scientific minutiae with his foodie discourse. There are times when his pompousness is ...more
Nov 08, 2011
Oct 02, 2011
 
Dirty Blonde: The Diaries of Courtney Love
3.75
I loved the stapled/pasted/stained aesthetic. The photos, the feel of the way everything was artfully thrown together was really beautiful. But there ...more
Jul 28, 2011
Aug 08, 2011
 
Paying for It
3.62
Really well done. I have read lots of zines and memoirs of female sex workers, but nothing from the john's perspective. I found the graphic novel appr ...more
Jun 08, 2011
Aug 08, 2011
 
Dirty Secret: A Daughter Comes Clean About Her Mother's Compulsive Hoarding
3.70
Phenomenal. This book is very much about a daughter's relationship with her mother, who happens to be a compulsive hoarder. I read this in one sitting ...more
Oct 23, 2011
Sep 06, 2011
 
He's Just Not That Into You: The No-Excuses Truth to Understanding Guys
3.63
Sometimes, I feel compelled to read books like this (see also: Skinny Bitch) because I worry I read too much feminist stuff and am becoming biased, an ...more
May 18, 2011
Sep 12, 2011
 
Hos, Hookers, Call Girls, and Rent Boys: Professionals Writing on Life, Love, Money, and Sex
3.71
The diverse collection of sex workers compiled in this anthology is amazing. The expertise and love with which Sterry tied everything together makes m ...more
Aug 25, 2011
Aug 25, 2011
 
Drinking at the Movies
3.90
Well written and funny, I love Julia Wertz' work. But I think I liked what I read in "Fart Party" Vol 1 better. Despite that, this is definitely still ...more
Dec 05, 2011
Dec 05, 2011
 
Down and Derby: The Insider's Guide to Roller Derby
3.93
Anyone who is interested in roller derby should read this, first and foremost, before anything else. The authors provide a really concise, clear histo ...more
Aug 12, 2011
Aug 12, 2011
 
The Idiot Girls' Action-Adventure Club: True Tales from a Magnificent and Clumsy Life
3.91
Funny, but not hilarious. Some parts did make me laugh out loud, but some seemed like you-had-to-be-there kinds of inside jokes. I think I'll pass on ...more
Aug 27, 2011
Aug 27, 2011
 
It Looked Different on the Model: Epic Tales of Impending Shame and Infamy
3.75
Parts of this were genuinely hilarious. Honestly, I didn't have high hopes because I read Notaro's "Idiot Girls Guide", which read as "whee! Drunk and ...more
Oct 03, 2011
Aug 25, 2011
 
Don't Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life
3.55
Loved this. I started reading it and couldn't put it down; I read it cover to cover in one sitting. Highly recommended, especially for anyone who like ...more
Sep 05, 2011
Aug 25, 2011
 
Drawing Lab for Mixed-Media Artists: 52 Creative Exercises to Make Drawing Fun
3.93
Great as a reference when you're feeling "stuck". Tons of great suggestions to free up ideas and make the best use of your sketchbook.
Sep 02, 2011
Sep 05, 2011
 
Rapture Ready!: Adventures in the Parallel Universe of Christian Pop Culture
3.93
Engaging and well-written exploration of Christian pop culture. I felt that Radosh was able to examine Christian pop culture with a very open mind; he ...more
Aug 23, 2011
Aug 10, 2011
 
Skinny Bitch: A No-Nonsense, Tough-Love Guide for Savvy Girls Who Want to Stop Eating Crap and Start Looking Fabulous!
3.34
I thought this book was more shock value than content, which is disappointing, because vegetable-centered diets ARE good for you, and CAN help you los ...more
Jan 15, 2011
Aug 10, 2011
 
The Deep: The Extraordinary Creatures of the Abyss
4.36
The text was a little repetitive, like the author asked several scientists to write essays on the abyss, but who cares. What the scientists said was f ...more
Oct 04, 2011
Aug 25, 2011
 
Quiverfull: Inside the Christian Patriarchy Movement
3.72
I really enjoyed the first person accounts, as well as the instances delineating the nuts and bolts of the moment. For example, the explanations of "p ...more
Oct 14, 2011
Aug 25, 2011
 
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)
4.07
Bravely continuing the tradition of equating girls with tattoos and piercings as the Other, deserving of horrible sexual abuse, and needing a great da ...more
Jun 25, 2011
Aug 08, 2011
 
Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo
3.93
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Aug 20, 2011
Aug 08, 2011
 
The Planets
3.62
None
Aug 09, 2011
Aug 08, 2011
 
Running the Books: The Adventures of an Accidental Prison Librarian
3.48
None
Feb 07, 2011
Aug 08, 2011
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