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A Million Little Pieces
I really wish I'd gotten my shit together to review this before all of the news about how much of it might be fiction started swirling around. But sin...more
Jan 2006
Dec 06, 2007
I usually have a pretty strong stomach when it comes to fiction. In television and movies, I can handle most anything and am not really bothered by vi...more
Oct 2007
Dec 05, 2007
The Mercy of Thin Air
Razi, the narrator and protagonist of The Mercy of Thin Air, is dead. The story moves back and forth between memories of her life before she drowns in...more
Sep 2006
Dec 06, 2007
I love and admire Dorothy Allison. Both her non-fiction work (Skin, Two or Three Things I Know for Sure) and her fiction (Trash, Bastard out of Caroli...more
Dec 2007
Dec 05, 2007
The Stone Diaries
This book won a Pulitizer Prize in 1995, and it was an honor well deserved. I'd never even heard of it, I just picked up up at the Goodwill because th...more
Jan 2006
Dec 06, 2007
Assassination Vacation
Sarah Vowell, will you marry me?

I liked The Partly Cloud Patriot, but I loved Assassination Vacation. Vowell's pilgrimage to sites associated with the...more
Feb 2007
Dec 05, 2007
Bobbed Hair and Bathtub Gin: Writers Running Wild in the Twenties
As hard as it was to pull myself away from the television this weekend (six soccer matches! eight episodes of Gilmore Girls!), I did also read a book....more
Jun 2006
Dec 06, 2007
Look Both Ways: Bisexual Politics
Last month, I posted about my irritation with the Bitch interview with Jennifer Baumgardner, the author of Look Both Ways: Bisexual Politics. I was ve...more
Oct 2007
Dec 05, 2007
Miss American Pie: A Diary of Love, Secrets and Growing Up in the 1970s
There are few things I can think of that are more self indulgent than publishing your diary from 7th through 12th grades. Seriously. I mean, who wants...more
Jan 2007
Dec 05, 2007
Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules
As a big fan of David Sedaris, let me just say that I am very very glad he has not been able to better emulate his writing heroes. Because for a very...more
Mar 2007
Dec 05, 2007
The Family Silver: A Memoir of Depression and Inheritance
I just finished The Family Silver: A Memoir of Depression and Inheritance by Sharon O'Brien. It's very, very good.

The book is partially O'Brien's memo...more
Jan 2008
Dec 05, 2007
How Sassy Changed My Life: A Love Letter to the Greatest Teen Magazine of All Time
Perhaps unsurprisingly, I was a Sassy girl. Though I was a wee bit young for the demographic, being only nine or ten when the magazine started publish...more
Nov 2007
Dec 05, 2007
Breaking Clean
Judy Blunt's Breaking Clean continued my recent trend of reading books about the West, and like most of the Western authors I've picked up recently, B...more
Dec 2006
Dec 06, 2007
Water for Elephants
Sara Gruen's Water for Elephants is a book after my own heart. It takes place in a travelling circus in the 1930s--what could be better than that? Tol...more
Aug 2006
Dec 06, 2007
Middlesex is one of those books that was recommended to me so many times that I put off reading it out of spite. It was recommended as a great novel,...more
Sep 2006
Dec 06, 2007
MaddAddam (MaddAddam Trilogy, #3)
Really sorry to see this trilogy end--and the ending did feel rushed. That said, I very very much enjoyed it. I think I liked Year of the Flood the b...more
Dec 07, 2013
Nov 24, 2013
Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood
his is another one I didn't read, but listened to. And there was a big gap in my listening, as I didn't make it to the gym for the whole month of Dece...more
Jan 2006
Dec 06, 2007
The 9 Steps to Financial Freedom: Practical and Spiritual Steps So You Can Stop Worrying
While I was feeling sick and depressed last week, I decided thinking about finances probably wouldn't make things any worse, so I picked up this book....more
Jan 2006
Dec 06, 2007
Sisters: The Lives of America's Suffragists
I picked up this book after watching the movie about Alice Paul and the end of the suffrage movement, Iron-Jawed Angels. I realized while watching the...more
Feb 2006
Dec 06, 2007
The Merry Recluse: A Life in Essays
By the time I was introduced to Caroline Knapp's work in 2005, she had already been dead for several years. When I learned this, after reading and bei...more
Sep 2007
Dec 05, 2007
Reading Oprah: How Oprah's Book Club Changed the Way America Reads
This is an interesting little book. Even though it's written by a full professor (at St. Catherine's College in St. Paul, Minnesota), it seems almost...more
Jan 2006
Dec 06, 2007
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)
And now I know what the fuss was about. I haven't the foggiest idea WHY this book was so compelling that I wanted to stay up late reading it, but it w...more
May 30, 2014
May 15, 2014
The Master Butchers Singing Club
I love Louise Erdrich. She's probably my single favorite author of contemporary fiction. And I don't know why I resisted this particular book so long,...more
Jan 02, 2014
Dec 09, 2013
Ape House
I can't remember the last novel I read in one sitting. But this past week, on a plane from Atlanta to San Diego, I read Sara Gruen's Ape House. And I...more
Aug 04, 2011
Aug 08, 2011
Son of a Gun: A Memoir
This is the surprisingly good memoir of a man whose mother was murdered by her husband in Tombstone, Arizona and how he comes to grips with and learns...more
Apr 03, 2014
Mar 31, 2014
Cat's Eye
Aright alright, it's not just the trilogy. I like Margaret Atwood. I give in.
Mar 15, 2014
Mar 04, 2014
The Goldfinch
I found myself saying and thinking, over and over again, as I read The Goldfinch, "this would be so much better if it were shorter/tighter/more concis...more
Jan 25, 2014
Nov 30, 2013
Moral Disorder: and Other Stories
My first though when I finished this book was, "damn, I wish I'd read more closely at the beginning." The stories are not chronological, nor do they a...more
Apr 16, 2014
Apr 06, 2014
Dangerous Women
I really did not expect to enjoy this anthology as much as I did. A few of the stories were terrible, and more than a few seemed to miss the whole dan...more
Apr 27, 2014
Apr 04, 2014
Kings of the Earth
Once again, Jon Clinch has hit the mark and exceeded my expectations. Kings of the Earth is very, very reminiscent of Faulkner, but only in the best p...more
Jan 23, 2011
Jan 06, 2011
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