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Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage
3.39
did not like it
**UPDATE: 9/21/16**

This review is getting attention lately (most likely because Gilbert is in the news again), so adding a quick update.

I hated Commi
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Feb 21, 2010
Nov 08, 2009
 
Without You, There Is No Us: My Time with the Sons of North Korea's Elite
3.84
it was ok

3/20/16

So I went to the Suki Kim Q&A last weekend.

I was hard on Kim in my review, but I stand by what I wrote, even more so after having attende
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Nov 21, 2014
Nov 08, 2014
 
Brave Girl Eating: A Family's Struggle with Anorexia
3.85
did not like it
****Update: 25/3/2012: The massive thread that follows just totally reaffirms every point I made in the review. All of this from a writer whose work a ...more
Mar 16, 2012
Jan 29, 2012
 
Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America
3.49
did not like it
It amazes me how much I have in common with Linda Tirdao.

I, like Tirado, had a caring family and a relatively privileged upbringing. I, like Tirado,
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Oct 06, 2014
Sep 21, 2014
 
Cleaving: A Story of Marriage, Meat, and Obsession
2.41
it was ok
Look.

Let's be honest here.

No one likes Julie Powell.

We all bought her first book because of the lovable giant that is Julia Child and the story of
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May 2010
Feb 21, 2010
 
Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously
3.67
did not like it
Author Julia Powell is a mix of many people. From page one when she tells us she sold her own eggs to pay off credit debt, she is much like the dreade ...more
Nov 22, 2009
Nov 19, 2009
 
Even Silence Has an End: My Six Years of Captivity in the Colombian Jungle
3.87
it was amazing
UPDATE - 2/17/16:

I'm not trying to over-estimate my importance by writing this. I'm well aware that this is just goodreads. I doubt that the author h
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Nov 08, 2010
Nov 05, 2010
 
Natural Born Heroes: How a Daring Band of Misfits Mastered the Lost Secrets of Strength and Endurance
3.76
it was ok
Since I consider Chris McDougall (like Laura Hillenbrand and Jon Krakauer) to be one of the few American writers actually worth a damn, I'm going to g ...more
May 2015
May 05, 2015
 
The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon
4.06
it was ok
The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon is perfect for a specific group of people: job-seekers.

If you're currently looking for work, pi
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Dec 11, 2013
Nov 10, 2013
 
Yes, Chef
3.80
did not like it
Is it bad that I'm waiting with baited breath for Marcus Samuelsson to fly just a little too close to the sun? You can bet I'll be there to kick him w ...more
Jun 2012
Jul 27, 2012
 
Give Me Everything You Have: On Being Stalked
2.76
it was amazing

Changing this from 1 to 5 stars. The few relevant phrases from my original review should explain why quite easily. See below:

"...beautiful writing"

"a
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Jul 05, 2013
Jun 26, 2013
 
Three Cups of Deceit: How Greg Mortenson, Humanitarian Hero, Lost His Way
3.75
did not like it
In 70 pages, Three Cups of Deceit managed to destroy one of my heroes--and I don't mean Greg Mortenson, the person the book means to demonize. Instead ...more
Nov 30, 2015
Nov 30, 2015
 
Heads in Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality
3.54
it was amazing

With Heads in Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality, something unprecedented has happened in the publishing industry:
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Mar 27, 2013
Feb 10, 2013
 
In the Skin of a Jihadist: Inside Islamic State's Recruitment Networks
3.84
it was ok
A French journalist creates an online identity to talk to jihadists, but unwittingly attracts the attention of a crazed ISIS fighter? Sign me up! I've ...more
Jan 04, 2016
Jan 17, 2016
 
The Glass Castle
4.23
it was amazing
Jeannette Walls had the kind of parents that make even the freakiest families on Wife Swap look like saints.

These are the kind of people who let their
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May 27, 2010
Jun 02, 2010
 
Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness
3.95
did not like it
And now a summary of this book.

"I'm Scott Jurek. I am so great. I'm vegan. I'm Scott Jurek. I am so great. I'm vegan. I'm Scott Jurek. I am so great.
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Jun 15, 2012
Jun 26, 2012
 
With or Without You
3.61
it was ok
There's a general rule about memoirs: In order to write a good one, one you have to be famous, have lived in close proximity to someone famous, or hav ...more
Mar 03, 2013
Mar 01, 2013
 
A God Who Hates: The Courageous Woman Who Inflamed the Muslim World Speaks Out Against the Evils of Islam
3.96
it was amazing
I first came across Wafa Sultan the way most Americans did: In 2006, someone sent me a link to a YouTube video of Sultan participating in a debate on ...more
Sep 17, 2014
Sep 14, 2014
 
The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner's Semester at America's Holiest University
3.96
did not like it
So, you know what happens when you take a liberal arts school student and throw him in the mix with the boys at Jerry Falwell's Liberty University, a ...more
not set
May 31, 2009
 
Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
4.27
it was amazing
"Just move your legs. Because if you don't think you were born to run, you're not only denying history. You're denying who you are." --Born to Run.

Th
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Jan 27, 2012
Jan 02, 2012
 
Under a Cruel Star: A Life in Prague, 1941-1968
4.22
really liked it
2/17/16: Removing a reference to an author/adding one that's more relevant + cleaning up this garbage. It's unfair to take an accusatory tone with som ...more
Jan 2005
Apr 14, 2007
 
The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible
3.76
it was ok
This book would have been a lot better had it been written by someone more capable and less smug. The premise itself is fascinating -- living the bibl ...more
Mar 2010
Sep 30, 2008
 
Off Balance: A Memoir
3.73
liked it
I first encountered Dominique Moceanu the same way everyone else did: on TV when she was a bright-eyed 14 year-old at the 1996 Atlanta Games. I still ...more
Sep 2012
Sep 04, 2012
 
Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town
4.06
it was amazing
2/24/16 I just watched a woman stand up in front of several hundred people and slice through Krakauer's dramatics and sensationalism.

She took a fact-
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May 03, 2015
May 05, 2015
 
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
4.40
it was amazing
I don't really have a lot to add to the discussion about this book. Clearly, it's an undisputed master of both biography and storytelling.

Here's what
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Dec 27, 2014
Jan 06, 2015
 
The Last Lecture
4.25
did not like it
Much like The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, I can't give a fair review of this book because the poor bastard is dying. I feel for the guy, I'm sorry ...more
Nov 07, 2008
Oct 26, 2008
 
Dark Days: A Memoir
4.51
really liked it
I have a weakness for anyone who comes back from the Czech Republic with a fucked up tale to tell (it seems there are so many of us).

So, when I heard
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Aug 25, 2015
Aug 09, 2015
 
The Secret Language of Eating Disorders: How You Can Understand and Work to Cure Anorexia and Bulimia
3.54
it was amazing
Since Brave Girl Eating was such a colossal piece of crap, I thought I should at least mention that book's polar opposite. Brave Girl Eating is really ...more
Jul 1999
Mar 18, 2012
 
To the Last Breath: A Memoir of Going to Extremes
3.40
it was amazing
**Update** Once again, I'm left astounded by Goodreads reviewers. The shitty books get rave reviews and the outstanding ones get bad reviews because " ...more
May 16, 2012
May 16, 2012
 
Change Lobsters and Dance
4.04
it was ok
Ah, Lilli Palmer.

I wanted to read this memoir because I fell in love with Lilli Palmer's face a little when I watched Mädchen in Uniform. Who was thi
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Feb 14, 2014
Dec 30, 2013
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