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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...more
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...more
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...more
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
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...more
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:...more
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...more
May 27, 2010
Jun 02, 2010
Yes, Chef: A Memoir
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
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
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
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...more
Feb 14, 2014
Dec 30, 2013
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...more
Oct 14, 2010
Feb 28, 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...more
Jan 2005
Apr 14, 2007
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
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 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
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...more
Jul 2003
Jul 25, 2008
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...more
Jul 18, 2014
Jul 19, 2014
No Exit: Struggling to Survive a Modern Gold Rush
At 50 pages, No Exit: Struggling to Survive a Modern Gold Rush is too short to be a book and too long to have been shopped around to tech magazines or...more
May 19, 2014
May 21, 2014
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
Captive: 2,147 Days of Terror in the Colombian Jungle
Anyone who survives six years in captivity, a pregnancy and amateur cesarean in the jungle performed by a guerrilla with no medical training, 2 years...more
Nov 07, 2010
Nov 05, 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...more
Jun 2007
Jun 20, 2007
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
I'm Just Sayin'!: Three Deaths, Seven Husbands, and a Clone! My Life as a Daytime Diva
**Full (embarrassing) disclosure: I watched Guiding Light from the time I was 12 to about 14. Somehow, despite only having watched sporadically after...more
Sep 11, 2012
Sep 06, 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....more
Jun 15, 2012
Jun 26, 2012
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
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