Chicken with Plums
As with Embroideries, it's not entirely clear whether Chicken with Plums is memoir or fiction. There's a character that looks just like Marjane from P ...more
Apr 21, 2011
May 02, 2011
I Feel Bad about My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman
I loved this book even though I don't wear make-up: just imagine how much more I would have liked it if my cosmetic proclivities were more Nora Ephron ...more
Oct 2014
Jul 02, 2007
Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
As recommended by Ellen, but I've never read Proust, so I'm not sure I'm up to it.

So maybe I would have gotten more out of it if I had read Proust, or
Mar 27, 2011
Dec 29, 2008
Dead Man Walking: The Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty That Sparked a National Debate
As heard on NPR's This I Believe.

I already opposed the death penalty before reading this book, so it's hard for me to judge how persuasive it is.

All r
Mar 20, 2011
Mar 01, 2008
Parentonomics: An Economist Dad Looks at Parenting
Joshua Gans's blog Game Theorist was first called to my attention on Freakonomics. It's a blog that accounts his attempts to use the principles of eco ...more
Jun 17, 2009
Sep 25, 2008
Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America
Apparently Laughing Without an Accent is a sequel.

When Firoozeh Dumas first came to the United States in 1972 at the age of seven, no one had ever h
Nov 2008
Sep 23, 2008
Crazy Love
As heard on "The Diane Rehm Show" on WYPR.

Two moments in this book struck me.

The first is shortly after the first time Conor attacks the author, short
May 02, 2011
Apr 14, 2009
Reading Lolita in Tehran
I've been putting off this book, although it looked interesting, until I had read Lolita.

This book is the memoir of an English literature professor i
Oct 2008
Jul 09, 2008
Me Talk Pretty One Day
Picked this up at The Book Thing of Baltimore.

A few times in this book I really couldn't identify with David Sedaris, but most of the time it was laug
Jun 04, 2012
May 27, 2012
Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting
As seen in the Wall Street Journal (as seen on Game Theorist).

Patience not as a personality trait, but as a skill that can be taught to children.
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Feb 06, 2012
Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!: Adventures of a Curious Character
This book both came up in conversation yesterday with Morgan and his cousin Calanit, and was mentioned in this news focus in Science magazine that I r ...more
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Jan 02, 2009
Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner
As seen on NPR Books.
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Aug 23, 2014
A Moveable Feast
If I read this book on the subway, strangers will come up and befriend me? At least, that's how I'm choosing to interpret that article.

HT: Wormbook.
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Sep 06, 2010
How About Never--Is Never Good for You?: My Life in Cartoons
As seen on
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Mar 29, 2014
Mommy Wars: Stay-at-Home and Career Moms Face Off on Their Choices, Their Lives, Their Families
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Apr 14, 2009
Blue Water, White Water
As seen in the New York Times .
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Apr 16, 2012
Nine Years Under: Coming of Age in an Inner-City Funeral Home
As seen in the Baltimore Sun .
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Oct 25, 2014
On Both Sides of the Wall
As seen in the New York Times .
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Nov 26, 2012
Blood Will Out: The True Story of a Murder, a Mystery, and a Masquerade
As heard on the NPR Books podcast.
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Mar 14, 2014
Searching for Whitopia: An Improbable Journey to the Heart of White America
As heard at "How does white America talk about race?" at the Enoch Pratt Free Library.
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Dec 02, 2009
Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World's Most Wanted Hacker
As heard on the NPR Books podcast.
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Oct 13, 2011
MWF Seeking BFF: My Yearlong Search For A New Best Friend
As heard on How to Do Everything.
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Dec 30, 2011
Five Chiefs: A Supreme Court Memoir
As heard on the NPR Books podcast.
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Nov 10, 2011
Somewhere Towards the End
As seen in The New Yorker .
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Mar 12, 2009
How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming
As heard on the Science Times podcast, which apparently doesn't have a web site.
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Apr 08, 2011
An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination
As effusively praised on the NPR Books podcast.
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Apr 07, 2011
The Making of a Surgeon
As heard on Science Talk.
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Mar 21, 2012
The Pain Chronicles: Cures, Myths, Mysteries, Prayers, Diaries, Brain Scans, Healing, and the Science of Suffering
As seen in the New York Times.
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Dec 29, 2010
The Council of Dads: My Daughters, My Illness, and the Men Who Could Be Me
As heard on "Maryland Morning" on WYPR.
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May 05, 2010
Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls
As seen in The Atlantic.
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Dec 28, 2013
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