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Native Tongue by Suzette Haden Elgin
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Bringing Home the Birkin by Michael Tonello
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This was a fun read, something I picked up and put down most of the year. Tonello has a light, colloquial tone that pretty well suits his subject matter--the clandestine buying and selling of $20,000 Hermes handbags to the world's richest, most sadly ...more
Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny  Lawson
"I think there might be something wrong with my sense of humor. I tried to read this book but it's not making me laugh. In fact, it's making me annoyed. It reminds me of a whiny nagger who is all about "me". Oh right, it's a memoir. Anyway, I jumpe..." Read more of this review »
Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny  Lawson

OK, so I have never met Jenny Lawson, and she didn't attack me with an actual machete, but I'm being metaphorical here, y'all.

Because reading Jenny Lawson's book made me feel as if I were being beaten with..." Read more of this review »
Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny  Lawson
"Overall Rating: 1.5

I don’t know if it’s specifically American problem, but let me tell you, this is one of the worst memoirs I’ve read. (Seriously America, do you honestly find this funny? O.o) And I’ll tell you why, I’m not just saying this becau..." Read more of this review »
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Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny  Lawson
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I'm going to be in the minority on this one. After a promising start about a childhood spent with a taxidermist dad, a longsuffering mom, and a lot of wild critters in west Texas, this fizzled into a series of jokey but mostly content-free anecdotes ...more
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Smaller and Smaller Circles by F.H. Batacan
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Reader's advisory: this book discusses extreme violence against kids, including sexual abuse and child murder.

I heard about this book on a Book Riot podcast (don't remember which one now) and thought it sounded intriguing: supposedly it's the "first"
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Middle Passage by Charles R. Johnson
" Larkspur wrote: "This has been on my "to read" list for ages, and you inspired me to actually go out and get it. I am partway through, and you are rig ...more "
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Middle Passage by Charles R. Johnson
Middle Passage
by Charles R. Johnson (Goodreads Author)
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What a book. I'd never heard of it until I picked it up--the consequences of growing up in Canada, I guess. I'm so sorry it took me so long to find it--Johnson's style is wonderful, a delight to read, and his hero Rutherford Calhoun is a model of the ...more
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Oscar Wilde
“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”
Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere's Fan

Ray Bradbury
“You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.”
Ray Bradbury, Zen in the Art of Writing

Michael Chabon
“The problem, if anything, was precisely the opposite. I had too much to write:

too many fine and miserable buildings to construct and streets to name and clock towers to set chiming,

too many characters to raise up from the dirt like flowers whose petals I peeled down to the intricate frail organs within,

too many terrible genetic and fiduciary secrets to dig up and bury and dig up again,

too many divorces to grant,

heirs to disinherit,

trysts to arrange,

letters to misdirect into evil hands,

innocent children to slay with rheumatic fever,

women to leave unfulfilled and hopeless,

men to drive to adultery and theft,

fires to ignite at the hearts of ancient houses. ”
Michael Chabon, Wonder Boys

Brenda Ueland
“The imagination needs moodling,--long, inefficient happy idling, dawdling and puttering. ”
Brenda Ueland

Charles Bukowski
“the writing of some
is like a vast bridge
that carries you
the many things
that claw and tear.

The Wine of Forever”
Charles Bukowski, Love is a Dog from Hell

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