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Lives in Ruins by Marilyn Johnson
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Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty
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Sparky! by Jenny Offill
All Joy and No Fun by Jennifer Senior
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I'm hours away from giving birth to my first child. I'm (naturally) terrified of the "forever-ness" of the decision we made to have a baby. This book did little to help me get over the fear of forever being responsible for another life, but it was re ...more
Bob the Dog by Rodrigo Folgueria
Bob the Dog
by Rodrigo Folgueria
read in November, 2014
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When Bob and Mark after out playing one day, Bob the dog accidentally swallows a bird. But Bob doesn't EAT birds! The silly cast of characters try too get the little bird out, but with no luck. Finally momma bird shows up and that little bird learns ...more
Yes Please by Amy Poehler
Yes Please
by Amy Poehler
read in November, 2014
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I'm torn between 3 & 4 stars with this one. I expected to laugh out loud a little more than I did. Although reading the book has inspired me to finally get back to binge watching Parks & Rec. I preferred the essays about now more than the ess ...more
Melissa Rochelle and 6 other people liked Katie's review of Yes Please:
Yes Please by Amy Poehler
"In the beginning, there was Bossypants, and it was good. Then, eyeballs a-flicker with dollar signs, every book publisher scrambling for their next big hit began searching for the next Tina, and just like that, a new genre was born: Memoirs Writte..." Read more of this review »
Melissa Rochelle and 6 other people liked Kasey's review of Yes Please:
Yes Please by Amy Poehler
"Amy Poehler is a hilarious and brilliant and inspiring and good-hearted human being.

Just, if you have any STUFF around baby-talk--like, say, you can't have one, but it seems like everyone else in the world has forty-eleven of them and is currently..." Read more of this review »
I Must Say by Martin  Short
"This was a well done combo of Short's accounts of his childhood, personal relationships, and career highs and lows. Martin has suffered through some sad events in his life (parents died when he was fairly young and wife died in 2010) but he seems..." Read more of this review »
Mo's Mustache by Ben Clanton
Mo's Mustache
by Ben Clanton (Goodreads Author)
read in November, 2014
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Life can be difficult for a trendsetter with everyone copying your style. Mo learns that here when he orders a mustache and suddenly everyone else gets one, too! Very cute illustrations and lots of fashionable monsters in mustaches and scarves.
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Stephen Chbosky
“So, this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I'm still trying to figure out how that could be.”
Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Richard Dawkins
“We are all atheists about most of the gods that humanity has ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further.”
Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion

Neil Gaiman
“I can believe things that are true and things that aren't true and I can believe things where nobody knows if they're true or not.

I can believe in Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny and the Beatles and Marilyn Monroe and Elvis and Mister Ed. Listen - I believe that people are perfectable, that knowledge is infinite, that the world is run by secret banking cartels and is visited by aliens on a regular basis, nice ones that look like wrinkled lemurs and bad ones who mutilate cattle and want our water and our women.

I believe that the future sucks and I believe that the future rocks and I believe that one day White Buffalo Woman is going to come back and kick everyone's ass. I believe that all men are just overgrown boys with deep problems communicating and that the decline in good sex in America is coincident with the decline in drive-in movie theaters from state to state.

I believe that all politicians are unprincipled crooks and I still believe that they are better than the alternative. I believe that California is going to sink into the sea when the big one comes, while Florida is going to dissolve into madness and alligators and toxic waste.

I believe that antibacterial soap is destroying our resistance to dirt and disease so that one day we'll all be wiped out by the common cold like martians in War of the Worlds.

I believe that the greatest poets of the last century were Edith Sitwell and Don Marquis, that jade is dried dragon sperm, and that thousands of years ago in a former life I was a one-armed Siberian shaman.

I believe that mankind's destiny lies in the stars. I believe that candy really did taste better when I was a kid, that it's aerodynamically impossible for a bumble bee to fly, that light is a wave and a particle, that there's a cat in a box somewhere who's alive and dead at the same time (although if they don't ever open the box to feed it it'll eventually just be two different kinds of dead), and that there are stars in the universe billions of years older than the universe itself.

I believe in a personal god who cares about me and worries and oversees everything I do. I believe in an impersonal god who set the universe in motion and went off to hang with her girlfriends and doesn't even know that I'm alive. I believe in an empty and godless universe of causal chaos, background noise, and sheer blind luck.

I believe that anyone who says sex is overrated just hasn't done it properly. I believe that anyone who claims to know what's going on will lie about the little things too.

I believe in absolute honesty and sensible social lies. I believe in a woman's right to choose, a baby's right to live, that while all human life is sacred there's nothing wrong with the death penalty if you can trust the legal system implicitly, and that no one but a moron would ever trust the legal system.

I believe that life is a game, that life is a cruel joke, and that life is what happens when you're alive and that you might as well lie back and enjoy it.”
Neil Gaiman, American Gods

Emily Dickinson
“If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain.”
Emily Dickinson

Paulo Coelho
“It's the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”
Paulo Coelho, Alchemist

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2011 Reading Challenge
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