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The Namesake
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"This sleeping-through-the-night thing I'm experiencing has messed up my reading life. If I don't get my insomnia back I don't know what I'll do. Drug therapy maybe. Bedtime espresso shots along with the Lipitor." Aug 18, 2014 06:13PM

 

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Alan is on page 5 of 291 of The Namesake: This sleeping-through-the-night thing I'm experiencing has messed up my reading life. If I don't get my insomnia back I don't know what I'll do. Drug therapy maybe. Bedtime espresso shots along with the Lipitor.
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This book had particular interest for me. It's a story about organized crime in Detroit during Prohibition, and the historical context was a great backdrop for Estleman's novel. I spent much of my life in the Detroit area including living in Ann Arbo...more
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Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny  Lawson
Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir
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What's wrong with me? This was a real laugh-out-loud side-splitting embarrassed-on-an-airplane-for-laughing-so-hard kind of book. Lawson is a hysterical writer who wrote this book about her totally fucked-up family, life, spouse, marriage, motherhood...more
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Friendly Fire by Abraham B. Yehoshua
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I went looking for a different Yehoshua book in the library, which they don't own, and checked out this title instead. I claim that it's my healthy alternative to impulse buying in a shopping mall. Even though I have twenty-some titles on my To Read...more
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Match Not by Cam Sheridan
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Bachelorette: “None of the Above”

Full disclosure: I am acquainted with Ms. Sheridan. The review is my idea.

This short memoir/case-study of internet dating, was a fun read last evening. More fun for me, I’m certain, than it was for the poor schmucks...more
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