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Girl, Interrupted
While Susanna Keysen composes some very poetic essays offering alternative and sometimes beautiful perspectives in her autobiography, her general tone ...more
Jan 2000
Oct 06, 2007
Hitch-22: A Memoir
In March 2010, Rabbi David Wolpe debated Hitchens on the topic of (what else?) religion and eventually sputtered, "Don't interrupt me! I didn't interr ...more
Nov 04, 2011
Oct 17, 2011
Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage
I have two things in common with Elizabeth Gilbert: I married a foreigner, and I really, really don't want to ever get divorced. As my partner and I p ...more
Sep 23, 2011
Sep 20, 2011
The Storm of Steel: From the Diary of a German Stormtroop Officer on the Western Front
Being generally anti-war as well as knowing - as anyone does - in which direction post-WWI Germany ultimately turned, this book was chilling for me to ...more
Sep 2002
Oct 06, 2007
The Complete Maus (Maus, #1-2)
Adorno said, "There can be no art after the Holocaust." No justifiable reason to produce anything beautiful; no possible way to portray the Holocaust ...more
Nov 13, 2011
Nov 12, 2011
What I appreciate most about this book is that the author has genuine admiration for his subject and demonstrates this through sincere attempts to und ...more
Oct 1995
Oct 06, 2007
Moab Is My Washpot: An Autobiography
An interesting story written by a brilliant man (could there be anyone alive today more fitting to portray Oscar Wilde in the biopic?), but unfortunat ...more
Jan 10, 2009
Jul 20, 2008
Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened
Brosh's piece about "Identity" and self-image is proof enough of her genius. The precise combination of her wit and depth and heart makes her not just ...more
Feb 19, 2014
Feb 17, 2014
Offbeat Bride: Taffeta-Free Alternatives for Independent Brides
Stallings is right. The Wedding Industrial Complex is stifling and repelling brides (and grooms) everywhere, and they are desperately in need of alter ...more
Apr 2009
May 05, 2009
The Fry Chronicles
Oh, Stephen. I wanted to like it, love it, adore it. I really did. His essays, columns, novels, and arguments are always brilliantly concise, laconic, ...more
Nov 07, 2010
Sep 28, 2010
Manhood for Amateurs: The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband, Father, and Son
A while back I was ranting about my deep disappointment in Stephen Fry's latest autobiography to a friend, who then asked in all seriousness, "What ma ...more
Feb 20, 2011
Feb 18, 2011
Obama: From Promise to Power
I had hoped this book would serve as a complement to THE AUDACITY OF HOPE and DREAMS FROM MY FATHER since the author can offer a third-person perspect ...more
Mar 22, 2009
Jul 21, 2008
The Year of Magical Thinking
I fully sympathize with her horrible loss - there were so many moments when I had to cover my face with the book as I read yet another jarring line br ...more
Oct 2007
Oct 05, 2007
Little Failure
This was lovely. Hilariously terrifying memories of a Soviet boy transplanted to the mayhem that is the 1980s New York metropolitan area. (Unlike Shte ...more
Mar 15, 2014
Jul 22, 2013
Just a Kid: A Guard at the Nuremberg Trials
Glad I read it because everyone has a story to tell and one person's eyewitness experience of such a monumental moment in history is just as valid as ...more
May 09, 2012
May 04, 2012
Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son's First Year
Lamott is the type of California lefty that is not my type - a loopy, believing, recovering addict who makes up the rules as she goes along. But she i ...more
Oct 07, 2011
Oct 06, 2011
Tales of a Female Nomad: Living at Large in the World
Very interesting stories about places I can only hope to see some day described by someone who was never supposed to live outside the comforts of uppe ...more
Jul 2002
Jan 11, 2008
The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: Travels through My Childhood
This book provided the much-needed entertainment I had been hoping for, but it's not his masterpiece. (Look to "I'm A Stranger Here Myself" for that.) ...more
Jul 2007
Oct 05, 2007
Letter to My Daughter
Many authors have been publishing collections of very short, semi-autobiographical essays and musings as of late. Unfortunately, this one is far too l ...more
Jun 12, 2011
Jun 09, 2011
Lennon: 1940-1980 (Visual Documentary)
Aug 1996
Mar 04, 2010
A Hard Day's Write: The Stories Behind Every Beatles Song
Jul 1995
Oct 06, 2007
The Beatles
Mar 1995
Oct 06, 2007
The Lost Beatles Interviews
Jul 1996
Oct 06, 2007
Beatles at the Movies: Stories and Photographs From Behind the Scenes at All Five Films MAde by Unpub..
Dec 1996
Oct 06, 2007
Jan 1996
Oct 11, 2007
Dark Horse: The Life And Art Of George Harrison
Aug 1995
Oct 06, 2007
Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance
Apr 2008
Mar 15, 2008
Beatles Forever
Sep 1995
Jun 06, 2008
Beatles: a celebration
Jul 1996
Jun 06, 2008
The Beatles A to Z
Aug 1996
Jun 06, 2008
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