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Katie rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Another Day in the Frontal Lobe by Katrina Firlik
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Memoir from a female neurosurgeon, all about the practice of neurosurgery, her experiences during her education, training, and work life, and lots of anecdotes about interesting patients. One patient had a half-degraded skull with maggots crawling ou ...more
Katie rated a book 3 of 5 stars
California by Edan Lepucki
California
by Edan Lepucki (Goodreads Author)
read in January, 2015
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Post-apocalyptic novel set in the L.A. area about a husband and wife, Cal and Frida. The wife finds herself pregnant, after some time spent living out in the woods with her husband with no other people around. The apocalypse is somewhat unspecified, ...more
Katie rated a book 3 of 5 stars
Rivers by Michael Farris Smith
Rivers
by Michael Farris Smith (Goodreads Author)
read in January, 2015
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This is a near-future post-apocalyptic novel set in the Deep South, along the Gulf Coast. In the near future, devastating (and constant) hurricanes have created an unlivable situation in the coastal region, so much so that the government has drawn a ...more
Katie rated a book 3 of 5 stars
It Was Me All Along by Andie Mitchell
It Was Me All Along
by Andie Mitchell
read in January, 2015
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This was a pretty good memoir of a lifelong struggle with binge eating and being fat, and overcoming it. Ultimately, in general I felt it was a little too, I don't know, vapid? Or too shiny and polished? It felt like things really tied up in a neat l ...more
Katie rated a book 3 of 5 stars
Essays After Eighty by Donald Hall
Essays After Eighty
by Donald Hall
read in January, 2015
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Essays from a very old poet, Donald Hall, about aging, old age, death, and life. Generally interesting but sometimes a little dull, the essays ranged in topic from local wildlife, nature, marriage and relationships, deaths of spouses, vices, art, poe ...more
Katie rated a book 3 of 5 stars
My New Orleans, Gone Away by Peter Wolf
My New Orleans, Gone Away
by Peter Wolf
read in January, 2015
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This is an interesting read but for only for a VERY specific audience. It's hard to imagine how anyone not deeply entwined in the social/cultural fabric of New Orleans would enjoy this book. It's a memoir of someone who grew up in New Orleans in the ...more
Katie rated a book 3 of 5 stars
The Story Hour by Thrity Umrigar
The Story Hour
by Thrity Umrigar
read in January, 2015
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An entertaining and readable novel about a recently-immigrated Indian woman who befriends an American psychologist after her suicide attempt. The psychologist, Maggie, begins as her therapist, but the two eventually breach the doctor/patient divide a ...more
Katie rated a book 1 of 5 stars
The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg
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I really did not enjoy this book, but it's not a BAD book. It's just 100% NOT my personality whatsoever.

I strongly disliked most of the characters and the humor. The humor struck me as slapstick. The main character just seemed emptyheaded and vapid
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Katie rated a book 3 of 5 stars
A Few Seconds of Panic by Stefan Fatsis
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A journalist embeds himself in the Denver Broncos for the 2006 training camp. He suits up and trains as a kicker, but is dwarfed by other NFL players (he's a normal-sized 5 foot 8). He actually becomes halfway decent at it, but is of course not NFL-c ...more
Katie rated a book 2 of 5 stars
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena
by Anthony Marra (Goodreads Author)
read in December, 2014
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This was really quite a well-written and substantial novel, set in Chechnya over the last decade. The depiction of Chechnya is frightening but I'm sure accurate. Characters exist in varying degrees of hardship and hopelessness. A young girl's father ...more
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Jennifer Egan
“Like all failed experiments, that one taught me something I didn’t expect: one key ingredient of so-called experience is the delusional faith that it is unique and special, that those included in it are privileged and those excluded from it are missing out.”
Jennifer Egan, A Visit from the Goon Squad

Douglas Adams
“The ships hung in the sky in much the same way that bricks don't.”
Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Jeannette Walls
“[Marriage] made the hard moments easier and the good moments better.”
Jeannette Walls

T.S. Eliot
“This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.”
T.S. Eliot

Graham Greene
“It is one of the strange discoveries a man can make that life, however you lead it, contains moments of exhilaration; there are always comparisons which can be made with worse times: even in danger and misery the pendulum swings.”
Graham Greene, The Power and the Glory

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