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Get Me Out of Here: My Recovery from Borderline Personality Disorder
I thought about not putting this on my reviews, because my penchant for mental health recovery memoirs is getting embarrassing, but -- this one was re...more
Nov 2007
Jan 08, 2008
Fun Home
I went out and bought this book immediately after hearing a paper on it at a recent conference. The paper had to do with narrative strategies that chi...more
Apr 2008
Apr 27, 2008
Madness: A Bipolar Life
Hornbacher's _Wasted_ is probably the most perceptive book ever written on eating disorders, so I went ahead and bought the hardback of this "sequel"...more
Apr 2008
May 29, 2008
The Sisters: The Saga of the Mitford Family
The Mitford sisters -- split between love affairs with fascists, with Hitler, with the Communist party, and with the written word (plus two spare sist...more
Nov 2009
May 10, 2010
Mennonite in a Little Black Dress: A Memoir of Going Home
A perfectly fluffy hospital read. Janzen, after a series of disasters (a botched hysterectomy, a cheating husband, and a catastrophic car accident) mo...more
Oct 2010
Dec 29, 2010
Grow the Good Life: Why a Vegetable Garden Will Make You Happy, Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise
The New York Times said this would inspire anyone who read it to grow a vegetable garden. So, as a person who has been procrastinating on that very ta...more
Jun 2011
Jul 07, 2011
The Country Girls Trilogy
The smartest and most hilarious possible response to the catastrophe of being born female in the rural west of Ireland at mid-century.

The trilogy actu...more
Jul 2012
Aug 02, 2012
Heir to the Glimmering World
This was a reasonably satisfying read -- good stuff for curling up in bed during a cold night -- but the story of a wildly disaffected, almost schizoi...more
Feb 2007
May 22, 2007
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration
If you'll excuse my lack of creativity in opening lines, this book is really, really, really absorbing. Isabel Wilkerson is pretty much the mad genius...more
Mar 2014
Mar 14, 2014
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
I should hate this book, because the idea of a 9/11 novel narrated by a precocious learning-disabled 9-year-old who dresses like Truman Capote sounds...more
Dec 2007
Jan 08, 2008
Brick Lane
Our humble heroine, Nazneen, moves from her childhood rural village in Bangladesh to London for an arranged marriage and learns to love Western-style...more
Jun 2008
Jun 13, 2008
Cat's Eye
I am a patient woman with a deep love of long books who almost never says, wow, that book was too long.

But wow -- this book was too long. A first-per...more
Nov 2013
Dec 30, 2013
Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me
If I was rating this book for earnest good intentions and an ability to stay engaging while also outlining the basics of what you need to know about b...more
Nov 2013
Dec 30, 2013
The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression
Depression: more complicated than the Lexapro ads would have you believe.

An intelligent and very thorough interdisciplinary introduction, but with a...more
Dec 2006
May 22, 2007
Burger's Daughter
At what point do you choose what you are already born into? Gordimer explores this puzzle in her densely lyrical novel, spinning out a fictional life...more
Mar 2007
May 22, 2007
The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2006
Don't bother with carefully combing through Granta, McSweeney's, and those burdensomely weekly issues of the New Yorker -- this anthology will teach y...more
May 2007
May 22, 2007
Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia
Ok, I read this a long time ago, but it's still quite possibly the best book on eating disorders -- or even on adolescent mental illness -- that I've...more
Jan 1999
May 22, 2007
The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line (Veronica Mars, #1)
Veronica Mars was pretty much my favorite television series ever. Then again, I don’t like tv that much, and I don’t even see a lot of movies. So on t...more
Apr 2014
Apr 07, 2014
Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx
Adrian LeBlanc spent over a decade getting to know a network of people from the Bronx, and then wrote a book in which she tried her best to report the...more
Aug 2013
Aug 25, 2013
Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery
The first part of this book was a very vivid, very gripping account of five rather young women, and what had led them to conduct a business in which t...more
Aug 2013
Aug 25, 2013
The Rings of Saturn
“In August 1992, when the dog days were drawing to an end, I set off to walk the county of Suffolk. . . . I became preoccupied not only with the unacc...more
Dec 2011
Aug 02, 2012
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
This book totally should not work. It has an intense focus on material details of life among Brooklyn's poor in the first decade of the twentieth cent...more
Dec 2012
Dec 30, 2012
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
I'd have to think that the Financial Times and the Wall Street Journal find this a notable book largely because the print is big, the stories are simp...more
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Dec 30, 2013
The Mangan Inheritance
The somewhat aimless writer-husband of a recently dead movie-star travels to Ireland on the premise that he can discover whether or not he is indeed t...more
Jan 2012
Jan 31, 2012
Death at La Fenice (Commissario Brunetti, #1)
I'm not much of a mystery reader, but I suspect this isn't really of the caliber of an Agatha Christie or Alexander McCall Smith. The writing is stilt...more
Aug 2011
Aug 10, 2011
An Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace
You're a reasonably sincere person who believes that, for the sake of the planet and maybe your health, you should start cooking with actual ingredien...more
Mar 2013
Jun 10, 2013
It Chooses You
This is a book about writer’s block. The kind of writer’s block particularly inspired by the internet, where you surf the web and google your own name...more
Jul 2012
Aug 02, 2012
A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward an Undivided Life
I've been meaning to read some Parker Palmer, and wound up choosing this one simply because it was available as an audio book and was about the length...more
Dec 2012
Dec 27, 2012
Animal Dreams
**spoiler alert** Let's say you are a completely unlikable medical-school-dropout who's had a somewhat unpleasant but not exactly trauma-worthy childh...more
May 2013
Aug 25, 2013
The Elegance of the Hedgehog
I still have residual Franco-fetishism from last year's trip, so I suspect that one of these stars might just be about Paris, and not about the book a...more
Jun 2009
Aug 01, 2009
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