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Confessions of a Rebel Debutante
There were things I loved and things I rolled my eyes at in this book. First of all, I want to say I did not pick this book up expecting it to be the ...more
Nov 14, 2010
Nov 14, 2010
A Link to the Past: Stories of Growing Up Gamer
Before I start my review out I have a disclaimer: I know Brian Davis. Not only do I know Brian Davis, but I would argue that, for his fiction, I am pr ...more
Dec 17, 2014
Dec 17, 2014
The Glass Castle
When I read Frank McCourt's "Angela's Ashes" I remember thinking that something like that could never happen over here. People just.. couldn't let it ...more
Nov 12, 2009
Nov 12, 2009
House Rules
Imagine you are a young teenage girl. Imagine you had just been in an accident through no fault of your own, or your mothers (the driver). Imagine you ...more
Dec 09, 2009
Dec 08, 2009
Son of Hamas
The title of this book describes exactly what it is. It is a gripping, powerful, terrifying tale of unbelievable choices, political intrigue and betra ...more
Mar 08, 2010
Mar 07, 2010
The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels
I am a hopeless romantic. I'm also a bit of a cheeseball (as my family will vehemently attest to). In addition, I can thoroughly understand the lure o ...more
Feb 15, 2011
Feb 15, 2011
First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers
I was blown away by the story contained in this book.

To give you some idea of context - I was born in 1976. The year I was born Loung Ung was five yea
Apr 23, 2012
Apr 23, 2012
Angry Conversations with God: A Snarky but Authentic Spiritual Memoir
This book came along at the perfect moment in my life.

First, this is the second memoir I've read this week and this one, by far, stands out as combin
May 28, 2010
May 27, 2010
The Piano Shop on the Left Bank: Discovering a Forgotten Passion in a Paris Atelier
"You can never have too many dream pianos." - Luc, Desforges Pianos

A book that was recently recommended to me, and which I loved, spurred me to furthe
Jul 14, 2010
Jul 13, 2010
Summer at Tiffany
I don't know about you - but when I think memoir I think of some of the more depressing stories I've read; stories of abuse and abandonment. I don't k ...more
Aug 04, 2010
Aug 03, 2010
The Middle Place
When I started reading THE MIDDLE PLACE I expected to read a memoir about a woman who battled with breast cancer. What I got was a story about an incr ...more
Aug 11, 2010
Aug 10, 2010
Dead End Gene Pool: A Memoir
Bravo to Wendy Burden for writing what was seriously the most messed up, psychotic memoir I've read to date.

For those who don't know, Wendy Burden is
May 26, 2010
May 26, 2010
Cheap Cabernet: A Friendship
It's not often I finish a memoir and think, "My goodness, this would make an interesting book club read". But Cheap Cabernet brought that thought imme ...more
Dec 11, 2010
Dec 10, 2010
Lies My Mother Never Told Me: A Memoir
Memoirs seem to be hit and miss for me this year. When offered the opportunity to read Lies My Mother Never Told Me I jumped on it because, honestly, ...more
Sep 11, 2010
Sep 10, 2010
A Jane Austen Education: How Six Novels Taught Me About Love, Friendship, and the Things That Really Matter
A man? Writing about Jane Austen? Really?

Those were the first thoughts through my head when I took this book out of the shipping envelope it came in.
May 18, 2011
May 17, 2011
So Far Away: A Daughter's Memoir of Life, Loss, and Love
Original review posted here

I struggled with this memoir. Granted, I should have known I’d struggle with it – the subject matter was just so hard.

Nov 30, 2011
Nov 28, 2011
Swing Low
Original review posted here

Let me just say … I did not enjoy Irma Voth – the fiction novel that Miriam Toews wrote and I reviewed just a few weeks ago
Sep 20, 2011
Sep 19, 2011
If You Ask Me (And of Course You Won't)
Original review posted here

I wish I could say that this book had me in stitches, but… it didn’t. The Betty White in print is definitely not quite the
Dec 26, 2011
Dec 26, 2011
The Music Room
Was this book beautifully written? Yes. But, it never took shape well for me. I had a difficult time trying to figure out what story exactly William F ...more
Oct 04, 2009
Oct 02, 2009
The Death of Santini: The Story of a Father and His Son
It was interesting timing, because I picked up The Death of Santini by Pat Conroy immediately after reading Ann Patchett's newest memoir. The differen ...more
Nov 06, 2013
Nov 05, 2013
No Way Home: A Dancer's Journey from the Streets of Havana to the Stages of the World
Original review posted here

I’ve always had a thing for the underdog. I mean, honestly, who hasn’t at one point or another in their lives? I put this b
Dec 31, 2011
Nov 06, 2009
Unlike Ayaan Hirsi Ali I grew up in a loving home with the right to practice religion freely. I was able to read Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte and ...more
Jul 22, 2010
May 24, 2010
Too Close to the Falls
Original review posted here.

I’m really torn on how to write a review on this for one simple reason: this book is labeled and, according to the author,
Aug 14, 2011
Jul 14, 2011
This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage
I've been a fan of Ann Patchett since reading her brilliant masterpiece of a book, Bel Canto. I have an insane amount of longing to visit the bookstor ...more
Nov 05, 2013
Nov 04, 2013
The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism
To be honest, I would not have picked up The Reason I Jump on my own. I just so happened to win it in a drawing provided by the publisher and then, du ...more
Oct 05, 2013
Oct 04, 2013
Dream I Tell You
Review to come. So strange.
Apr 14, 2012
Apr 13, 2012
A Year of Biblical Womanhood
Mar 17, 2013
Mar 29, 2013
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