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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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Ray Bradbury
“I know you’ve heard it a thousand times before. But it’s true – hard work pays off. If you want to be good, you have to practice, practice, practice. If you don’t love something, then don’t do it.”
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Joss Whedon
“Bottom line is, even if you see 'em coming, you're not ready for the big moments. No one asks for their life to change, not really. But it does. So what are we, helpless? Puppets? No. The big moments are gonna come. You can't help that. It's what you do afterwards that counts. That's when you find out who you are.”
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Joss Whedon
“There's a time and place for everything, and I believe it’s called 'fan fiction'.”
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Joss Whedon
“Two things that matter to me. Emotional resonance and rocket launchers.”
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Ray Bradbury
“You fail only if you stop writing.”
Ray Bradbury

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