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All Who Go Do Not Return
The author of this book would probably be flattered to know that he shook my faith in G-d a little bit and because of that, I consider his book somewh ...more
Jul 10, 2015
Feb 26, 2015
Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets
If you’ve read Freakonomics, then you’ve already been introduced to this amazing story. As a grad student in sociology, Sudhir Venkatesh naively walke ...more
Jan 24, 2015
Jul 19, 2011
Confessions of a Prairie Bitch: How I Survived Nellie Oleson and Learned to Love Being Hated
Just learning that this book existed from a GR friend's review last year was enough to set me off on a full-speed-ahead Little House binge, as evidenc ...more
Dec 27, 2012
Dec 26, 2012
The Way I See It: A Look Back at My Life on Little House
After reading the memoirs of “Little House on the Prairie” actresses Melissa Gilbert and Alison Arngrim, both of which depict co-star Melissa Sue Ande ...more
Dec 29, 2012
Dec 27, 2012
Still Me
Before his accident, I never gave Christopher Reeve much thought. He’s one of the handsomest men I’ve ever seen, and I enjoyed "Superman I" and "Somew ...more
May 2007
Mar 30, 2008
A Nun on the Bus: How All of Us Can Create Hope, Change, and Community
I became interested in Catholic social activist Dorothy Day because of David BrooksThe Road to Character, so when one of my Goodreads friends told m ...more
May 29, 2015
May 13, 2015
Eat, Pray, Love
Three different friends, including one who has no connection to the other two, used the same word to describe this book: whiny. That definitely colore ...more
Mar 06, 2013
Aug 27, 2012
I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
Malala, the girl who was shot by the Taliban for speaking up for girls’ education, is a five-star person, so even though her memoir didn’t always hold ...more
Aug 02, 2014
Oct 09, 2013
Coming of Age in Mississippi
My interest in the civil rights movement was piqued recently from Remembering America, the memoir of JFK’s and LBJ’s speechwriter. Since that book gav ...more
Feb 26, 2014
Jan 29, 2014
Running the Books: The Adventures of an Accidental Prison Librarian
Friends and readers of my book reviews all know my main interests in life apart from my family: Judaism and books. I don’t know if it comes across as ...more
Aug 03, 2011
Jun 21, 2011
Just Like Someone Without Mental Illness Only More So
In the 1960’s, Mark Vonnegut, son of iconic author Kurt Vonnegut Jr., went to British Columbia to start a commune. He dropped a lot of acid, went craz ...more
Jul 13, 2015
Jun 21, 2011
Turbulent Souls: A Catholic Son's Return To His Jewish Family
I’ve become a big Freakonomics fan in recent weeks. Not only have I read both books, I’ve watched the DVD, and listened to every podcast on Freakonomi ...more
Jun 13, 2011
Jun 10, 2011
My Beloved World
The face of Justice Sonia Sotomayor has been beckoning me from the library shelves for a while now, but what finally prompted me to read her book was ...more
Mar 04, 2014
Jan 08, 2014
What I Saw at the Revolution: A Political Life in the Reagan Era
Peggy Noonan, as I’m sure many of you know, was one of Ronald Reagan’s speechwriters. I received her memoir as a gift some 20 years ago with the inscr ...more
Nov 16, 2010
Nov 05, 2010
Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother
I could write a long, agonizing review about how inadequate this book made me feel about my upbringing and my parenting style, but I’ll spare you. Suf ...more
Aug 06, 2011
Jan 24, 2011
Eating Wildly: Foraging for Life, Love and the Perfect Meal
Ava Chin was one of my sister’s best friends in junior high, so it was really exciting to get hold of her memoir. For the past few years, she’s been w ...more
May 24, 2014
Mar 27, 2014
Time Out for Happiness
As a fan of Cheaper by the Dozen and Belles on Their Toes , I was thrilled to discover another book about the Gilbreth family. While not as funny a ...more
Sep 10, 2010
Sep 13, 2010
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future...: Twists and Turns and Lessons Learned
This little memoir by actor Michael J. Fox is marketed as a gift book for a new graduate, but anyone who grew up with him will enjoy it. First of all, ...more
Apr 20, 2014
Apr 23, 2014
A Street Cat Named Bob: And How He Saved My Life
Just as cats are the stars of the most viral videos on the Internet, a cat turned this book into an international best seller. It helps that the autho ...more
Feb 2015
Jan 28, 2015
A Jane Austen Education: How Six Novels Taught Me About Love, Friendship, and the Things That Really Matter
Professor Deresiewicz’s book Excellent Sheep affected me so strongly, I just had to follow up with his book on Jane Austen. It has none of the polem ...more
Feb 07, 2015
Jan 14, 2015
My Life in Middlemarch
The closest parallel I know to this book is the movie “Julie/Julia,” except while that was one-half Julia Child biography and one-half fan story, this ...more
Mar 22, 2014
Feb 16, 2014
And They Shall Walk: The Life Story of Sister Elizabeth Kenny
If you were born after the 1950’s, chances are you’ve never heard of Sister Elizabeth Kenny, though she was so celebrated in her own time that in 1951 ...more
Oct 19, 2012
Sep 04, 2012
Fist Stick Knife Gun: A Personal History of Violence
Steven Levitt gave this book high praise when the Freakonomics podcast did an episode on gun control, calling it, “One of the best books I’ve ever rea ...more
Mar 28, 2015
Feb 21, 2013
Take It from Me: Life's a Struggle But You Can Win
I've never seen the Erin Brockovich movie, and until my boss enrolled me in a paralegal course, I never even realized she was a paralegal. As I soon d ...more
Jan 15, 2011
Jan 18, 2011
Little House in the Ozarks: The Rediscovered Writings
To help along with my Little House binge, my husband brought home this book that I was completely unaware of. It's a collection of Laura's essays whic ...more
May 11, 2011
May 09, 2011
To Remain a Jew: The Life of Rav Yitzchak Zilber
What Rabbi Herman of All for the Boss was for the Lower East Side in the 30's, Rabbi Zilber was in the post-war Soviet Union, except not only was he f ...more
Apr 21, 2011
Feb 10, 2011
The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream
An excellent book, though it hasn't inspired me to raptures the way Dreams from My Father did. It has personal elements that make it very readable - h ...more
May 10, 2009
Apr 29, 2009
Sharing Turf: Race Relations after the Crown Heights Riots
Crown Heights is a neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York populated mainly by African Americans and immigrants from West Indian countries like Jamaica and ...more
Feb 15, 2015
Feb 09, 2015
The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism
After reading Cloud Atlas, I was fascinated to learn that author David Mitchell is the parent of an autistic child, and that along with his wife, he t ...more
Feb 16, 2014
Feb 10, 2014
A Short Guide to a Happy Life
My one and only outing this Passover was to a little town in upstate New York called Sugar Loaf where a group of craftspeople live, work, and sell the ...more
Apr 20, 2014
Apr 23, 2014
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