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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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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 Secret Language of Eating Disorders: How You Can Understand and Work to Cure Anorexia and Bulimia
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
**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 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
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
Holy Ghost Girl: A Memoir
I couldn't stop reading ... in the train-wreck sense. This book was a lot like The Glass Castle with an evangelical slant. Speaking of which, this boo ...more
Oct 10, 2011
Nov 24, 2011
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
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
I don't really have a lot to add to the discussion about this book. Clearly, it's an undisputed champion of both biography and storytelling.

I both env
Dec 27, 2014
Jan 06, 2015
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
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
Natural Born Heroes: How a Daring Band of Misfits Mastered the Lost Secrets of Strength and Endurance
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
Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town
This book should be required reading for high school and college students. I'd strongly encourage parents to read it as well.

This is the most importan
May 03, 2015
May 05, 2015
Somewhere Inside: One Sister's Captivity in North Korea and the Other's Fight to Bring Her Home
This book was just one more reminder of why I hate the North Korean government ... oh, and why I love Bill Clinton.

Can you imagine being held prisoner
Jun 05, 2010
May 20, 2010
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
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
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
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