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I know this book may not be for everyone but it was such an informative, compelling, and heartbreaking piece of work. It feels important.

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Apr 2009
Mar 19, 2009
Are You My Mother?
I love Bechdel, and I love her commitment to the graphic memoir. Are You My Mother manages to feel much more personal than Fun Home did. She removes s ...more
May 10, 2012
May 02, 2012
We Killed: The Rise of Women in American Comedy
This book is hard to rate, if only because the new oral histories are a confusingly uneven lot, and this is no exception. There is very little editori ...more
Apr 13, 2013
Mar 25, 2013
Style Clinic: How to Look Fabulous All the Time, at Any Age, for Any Occasion
Nicely laid out with practical advice for a lady trying to wean herself from fast fashion and develop a wardrobe like a grownup. Great sections on tip ...more
Aug 26, 2011
Aug 24, 2011
Restless Virgins: Love, Sex, and Survival at a New England Prep School
Ugh. Uninspired expose about spoiled rotten prep school kids, written by grown up prep school kids. Lots and lots of florid descriptions of the underg ...more
Oct 2007
Sep 04, 2007
The Terror Dream: Fear and Fantasy in Post-9/11 America
This is the best thing I've read all year. Faludi's style is informational but compelling, so don't look for a ton of conversational style or intense ...more
Oct 24, 2007
Oct 18, 2007
Double Your Money in America's Finest Companies: The Unbeatable Power of Rising Dividends
Lately I've been interested in learning more about the stock market, and went so far as to open an online trading account. A favorite library patron s ...more
Apr 17, 2011
Apr 17, 2011
The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner's Semester at America's Holiest University
Kevin Roose, 19 year old assistant to The Year of Living Biblically author AJ Jacobs, scored his own book deal. His assignment: take a semester out of ...more
May 15, 2009
May 04, 2009
Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Frontlines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture
I wouldn't say this covers anything groundbreaking from a feminist perspective, but it's a simple read with interesting implications and I think anyon ...more
Oct 05, 2011
Oct 05, 2011
Methland: The Death and Life of an American Small Town
So in some ways this was fascinating stuff - horrifying stories of drug induced paranoia and destruction, small town frustration at the ever changing ...more
Dec 05, 2009
Nov 24, 2009
The One Hundred: A Guide to the Pieces Every Stylish Woman Must Own
The Good: The focus here is how to build a wardrobe of stylish pieces that you can wear in to your 50s and beyond, and I totally appreciate that. Garc ...more
Sep 02, 2009
Jul 23, 2009
I Was Told There'd Be Cake
I think she's a decent writer. She's funny and sharp and entertaining, certainly. But because this is memoir - it makes me cringe. I have a feeling if ...more
May 19, 2011
May 02, 2011
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
I blew through this in the way you often do with this kind of compulsively readable nonfiction. It helped that I read it on a plane and it helped that ...more
Jul 09, 2012
Jul 09, 2012
For being a beautiful coffee table book of food porn, this book gets five stars. Its lovely to see the large scale photographs of the restaurant and g ...more
Nov 08, 2008
Nov 09, 2008
Detroit: An American Autopsy
3.5 stars. This is a ridiculously fast read. I was born in Detroit, as a preschooler my parents brought the family to the suburbs, and I returned to t ...more
Jul 29, 2013
Dec 21, 2012
The Right Stuff
I'm not really attracted to the subject matter of this book on its own - fighter pilots who became the first astronauts and the beginnings of the spac ...more
Mar 18, 2009
Feb 24, 2009
Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood
I feel like I already know a great deal about this period in film history, thanks to Easy Riders, Raging Bulls and a myriad of books and documentaries ...more
Dec 24, 2012
Nov 18, 2012
Freakin' Fabulous: How to Dress, Speak, Act, Eat, Sleep, Entertain, Decorate, and Generally Be Better Than Everyone Else
Fluffy and glossy as a magazine, and about as informative. Clinton's view of being fabulous is divided into several sections including dress, cooking, ...more
Mar 11, 2009
Mar 13, 2009
NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children
Although referring to NurtureShock as the Freakonomics of parenting books seems a little overused at this point... it totally works.

The authors use lo
May 19, 2010
May 12, 2010
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)
I had heard mixed things about this one and since I had such a fabulous experience with Tina Fey's Bossypants on audio, I wanted to do Mindy Kaling's ...more
Jan 05, 2012
Apr 04, 2011
Are You Smart Enough to Work at Google?: Trick Questions, Zen-like Riddles, Insanely Difficult Puzzles, and Other Devious Interviewing Techniques You Need to Know to Get a Job Anywhere in the New Economy
This was special. Thought provoking analysis of cutting edge interview technique matched with very clever brain teasers. It's a little bit front loade ...more
Jan 27, 2012
Jan 24, 2012
Manhood for Amateurs
I've been listening to this in the car and I have found myself with tears streaming down my face for no particular reason. I love Michael Chabon and A ...more
May 16, 2011
May 05, 2011
Other People's Love Letters: 150 Letters You Were Never Meant to See
This is one of those books that's laid out beautifully - every note is preserved on the original napkin, crumpled notebook paper, or gmail formatting ...more
Sep 2009
Sep 03, 2008
The Wall Street Journal Guide to Information Graphics: The Dos and Don'ts of Presenting Data, Facts, and Figures
As a relative newcomer to data visualization just hoping to make better graphs for our library board, I felt this was the perfect practical entry poin ...more
Sep 29, 2014
Sep 29, 2014
Quilts 1700-2010: Hidden Histories, Untold Stories
Interesting stories and some remarkably beautiful British quilts. This is more of a coffee table book than anything, but I'll be paging through it a f ...more
May 04, 2011
May 05, 2011
The Oxford Project
Please don't judge this book by its hologram cover. Unless of course you really love holograms.

In 1984, a big city artist moves to a small town in Iow
May 13, 2009
Apr 06, 2009
The Millionaire Next Door
Pretty standard stuff about establishing wealth by spending less than you earn. Super repetitive, but isn't that what this kind of nonfiction is all a ...more
Apr 10, 2011
Apr 10, 2011
The Money Class: Learn to Create Your New American Dream
Really liked the advice on how to teach good personal finance habits to children, but the rest has been covered by Suze before.
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Oct 05, 2011
Apartment Therapy: The Eight-Step Home Cure
I love this book, if only because its encouraged me to get rid of things I don't love or need. Totally great way to make small spaces inspire you. Som ...more
Mar 2007
May 01, 2007
Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety
More incendiary than enlightening, this is an interesting enough memoir that didn't leave me with a whole lot of insight into anxiety, but made me app ...more
Jul 16, 2013
Jul 02, 2013
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