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Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage
Well, I don't mean to be a hater, but ... let's get on with it, shall we?

I only mention Eat, Pray, Love because Committed picks up where that story le
Feb 21, 2010
Nov 08, 2009
Brave Girl Eating: A Family's Struggle with Anorexia
****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
Cleaving: A Story of Marriage, Meat, and Obsession

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
May 2010
Feb 21, 2010
Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously
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
So, let's talk about this book.

First, a little background about the story: it is the memoir of Ingrid Betancourt, a Colombian senator who was running
Nov 08, 2010
Nov 05, 2010
Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America
It amazes me in some ways how much I have in common with Linda Tirdao.

I, like Tirado, had a caring family and a relatively privileged upbringing. I,
Oct 06, 2014
Sep 21, 2014
Without You, There Is No Us: My Time with the Sons of North Korea's Elite
I would have liked this book a lot more had the author not annoyed the sh!t out of me.

Suki Kim is like one of those college girls who goes to study a
Nov 21, 2014
Nov 08, 2014
Give Me Everything You Have: On Being Stalked
James Lasdun's memoir is his account of being cyber-harassed by "Nasreen," a former student in one of his creative writing classes. This book is sheer ...more
Jul 05, 2013
Jun 26, 2013
The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon
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
Dec 11, 2013
Nov 10, 2013
Heads in Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality

With Heads in Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality, something unprecedented has happened in the publishing industry:
Mar 27, 2013
Feb 10, 2013
The Glass Castle
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
May 27, 2010
Jun 02, 2010
Yes, Chef
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
The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner's Semester at America's Holiest University
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
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May 31, 2009
Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
"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.

Jan 27, 2012
Jan 02, 2012
With or Without You
There's a general rule for memoirs. In order to write one you have to be famous, have lived in close proximity to someone famous, or have survived som ...more
Mar 03, 2013
Mar 01, 2013
Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness
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.
Jun 15, 2012
Jun 26, 2012
The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible
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
Change Lobsters and Dance
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
Feb 14, 2014
Dec 30, 2013
The Last Lecture
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
Off Balance: A Memoir
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
Why Not Say What Happened?: A Memoir (Vintage)
Ivana Lowell is a Guinness heiress. That means every time someone cracks open a pint of Guinness, cha-ching, Ivana gets richer. She hobnobs with actor ...more
Nov 04, 2010
Oct 25, 2010
Under a Cruel Star: A Life in Prague, 1941-1968
**I'm only adding this review because it's going to bug me if I don't. This book had me creating a new shelf: "Conflicted".**

This is a well-written me
Jan 2005
Apr 14, 2007
To the Last Breath: A Memoir of Going to Extremes
**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
The Making of The African Queen, or: How I went to Africa with Bogart, Bacall and Huston and almost lost my mind
This book left me unexpectedly irritated.

Why? Because this isn't a book about the making of "The African Queen."

It's a book about whatever relationsh
Jul 18, 2014
Jul 19, 2014
Still Life With Rice: A Young American Woman Discovers the Life and Legacy of Her Korean Grandmother
Sex, drugs, tradition, strong women, and the history of the Korean War. This is my kinda book. All memoirs should be written like this.

One of the mos
May 28, 2010
May 03, 2010
Not Without My Daughter
I read this in three days, totally couldn't put it down.

When I went to the States last year, I totally felt it my right as an American to on-demand t
Jul 2003
Jul 25, 2008
A God Who Hates: The Courageous Woman Who Inflamed the Muslim World Speaks Out Against the Evils of Islam
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 Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon
This is the kind of book everyone needs.

I don't know about you, but when I lived in New York, my life WAS my office job. That is, talking about sales
Oct 14, 2010
Feb 28, 2010
Reading Lolita in Tehran
**One of the best books ive ever read**

I don't know what to say. I'm still reading this, I'm about half-way through it. It started as a seemingly over
Jun 2007
Jun 20, 2007
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly: A Memoir of Life in Death
Bauby was the editor of the French Elle magazine, but then he suffered a massive stroke that left him paralyzed and speechless except for the ability ...more
Jul 20, 2008
Jul 18, 2008
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