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Let the Tornado Come: A Memoir
4.10
it was amazing
I really meant to savor this book over the long weekend. Instead I tore through it, staying up late to finish it the first day. It was *that* good.

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Aug 29, 2014
Aug 28, 2014
 
Fates and Furies
3.57
really liked it
Some have compared this book to Gone Girl. I disagree with this analysis. I’d actually compare Fates & Furies with The Goldfinch.

Fates &
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Feb 15, 2016
Feb 11, 2016
 
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore (Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, #1)
3.75
liked it
This is a book that you’ll hear amazing things about and can’t wait to read. Although the concepts are solid (codebreaking, literary secrets and a ...more
Jan 23, 2014
Jan 01, 2014
 
Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World
3.97
liked it
This is a solid book but it's not wildly entertaining as the jacket cover advertised. To be fair, the author did lure me in during the first half of ...more
Mar 10, 2016
Mar 10, 2016
 
Gorge: My Journey Up Kilimanjaro at 300 Pounds
3.69
really liked it
This is such a beautiful and tough story about a woman triumphing over her demons. No, the book didn't end with a 100 pound weight loss but that's ...more
Jan 16, 2015
Jan 17, 2015
 
The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.
3.30
liked it

Don't mistake the three stars for an opinion that the book is meh. Those three little stars are an indicator of how much I simultaneously enjoyed and
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Jan 14, 2014
Jan 15, 2014
 
When Breath Becomes Air
4.36
it was amazing
This book is stunning and devastating. It offers a poetic and practical look at death. I expected it to be a much longer read but I needed through it ...more
Mar 10, 2016
Mar 10, 2016
 
Love with a Chance of Drowning
4.09
liked it
Three and a half stars. This is a solid memoir--well written and interesting. There are a few things that would have made it a four star book. First, ...more
Jul 27, 2013
Jul 15, 2013
 
The Signature of All Things
3.84
really liked it
Sometimes you read a book where you believe the events truly transpired rather than were created in the mind of the author. This is one of those ...more
Dec 20, 2013
Nov 14, 2013
 
Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
4.27
it was amazing
While her first book, The Gifts of Imperfection, is more inspirational this one is more practical. Both are good actually complimenting the other. ...more
Nov 24, 2012
Nov 18, 2012
 
The Chronology of Water
4.24
This is not an easy read but it is a good read for the serious reader or writer. It's not an easy read because of the story nor because of the ...more
Feb 25, 2014
May 14, 2013
 
Finding The Right Message
4.00
really liked it
Based on the title I expected the book to be focused mainly on copywriting. Instead, it approaches copy strategically rather than a tactically, like ...more
not set
Mar 14, 2016
 
No Baggage: A Minimalist Tale of Love and Wandering
3.55
really liked it
One of the best things about travel is that it shakes you. It breaks up the hardened matter inside your brain and makes you think. This book captured ...more
not set
Jan 27, 2016
 
Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer
3.97
really liked it
As I've worked to improve my diet through fresher food I've learned that the quality of the food matters as much as the way you prepare it. I've also ...more
Apr 09, 2013
Apr 10, 2013
 
Someday, Someday, Maybe
3.51
really liked it
Though it took me quite a few pages to get into this is a solid book. Of course big fans of Lauren Graham (myself included) will love it. In the ...more
May 17, 2013
May 18, 2013
 
I Hate to Leave This Beautiful Place
3.69
really liked it
This is a memoir that reads more like a novel. Though unusual for a memoir, it's one of my favorite aspects of the book.

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Jan 11, 2014
Jan 11, 2014
 
Winter Journal
3.87
really liked it
Such a lovely book from an amazing writer. Although it's a memoir it's not written in the traditional sort. First, it's written in the second voice. ...more
Jan 02, 2013
Dec 31, 2012
 
The Goldfinch
3.91
it was amazing
I loved this book. I was in agony over this book. The first 50 pages astonish, the next 100 captivate, then there's a whole bunch of words that ...more
May 14, 2014
Nov 14, 2013
 
Paris in Love
3.63
really liked it
As a devotee of memoirs, starting in childhood with ones on MLK Jr. and Pocahontas, I’ve probably read more than 100 in my life. In all that time I’ve ...more
Feb 11, 2014
Jan 11, 2014
 
Lost and Found: Unexpected Revelations about Food and Money
3.65
really liked it
Though known for her books on our disordered relationship with food the author does a nice job of making the same connection with money. After losing ...more
May 2013
May 02, 2013
 
The Dirty Life: On Farming, Food, and Love
4.06
it was amazing
Memoirs are a specialty of mine, especially those that are about people who learn to cook. Lately that interest has extended into people who are ...more
Apr 03, 2013
Apr 10, 2013
 
Running Ransom Road: Confronting the Past, One Marathon at a Time
3.83
liked it
I really wanted to like this book. I love memoirs and people who overcome challenges. I was also looking forward to a different kind of memoir that ...more
Jun 20, 2013
Jun 20, 2013
 
Mo' Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove
4.10
it was amazing
A beautiful, engrossing account of Questlove's rise to success. While I loved getting the behind the scenes look at what it takes to make it in music, ...more
Feb 07, 2014
Feb 07, 2014
 
Love & War: Twenty Years, Three Presidents, Two Daughters and One Louisiana Home
3.85
really liked it
You'll find a bit of everything about these two in this book. There are plenty of interesting tidbits about what it was like to be in the White House ...more
Jan 30, 2014
Jan 24, 2014
 
Official Book Club Selection: A Memoir According to Kathy Griffin
3.79
really liked it
Being someone who believes in subtlety and killing 'em with kindness I've never been a big fan of Kathy Griffin. Her brand of snark is just too harsh ...more
Jul 17, 2013
Jul 20, 2013
 
Learning to Breathe: One Woman's Journey of Spirit and Survival
3.97
liked it
Sometimes life takes you on very different adventures than the ones you intended. This is certainly the case in this book by a fascinating and ...more
Jun 06, 2013
Jun 06, 2013
 
Startup Life: Surviving and Thriving in a Relationship with an Entrepreneur
4.10
really liked it
Typically I'm a bit skeptical of books like this by business people who delve into personal relationships and the like. Since I know Brad and his ...more
Jun 22, 2013
Jun 22, 2013
 
Clean: The Revolutionary Program to Restore the Body's Natural Ability to Heal Itself
3.88
really liked it
As I write this I'm on day 16 of the 21 day cleanse described in this book. The thing is that this cleanse is not like anything you've ever heard of ...more
Apr 2013
Apr 01, 2013
 
What Remains: A Memoir of Fate, Friendship, and Love
4.18
really liked it
A very interesting read about a particular time surrounding a fabled family. It's well written, has surprising insights sprinkled throughout and ...more
May 18, 2013
May 18, 2013
 
Where the Crawdads Sing
4.49
it was amazing

I thought this would be a charming little read about a young girl growing up in the marshes of the south. It was actually something much bigger and I
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Dec 31, 2018
Dec 31, 2018
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