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The Dead Beat: Lost Souls, Lucky Stiffs, and the Perverse Pleasures of Obituaries
3.40
liked it
This book came to me by way of providence. I decided one day that I would like to read a book about obituaries. Shortly after, (voila) I came upon thi ...more
Apr 2007
Jul 08, 2007
 
Me Too:  Extraordinary Everyday Stories That Connect Us
4.24
really liked it
Wonderful stories woven together with the common thread of reaching out to each other. Tim has spoken at events for needy people of all sorts, and her ...more
Oct 30, 2012
Oct 17, 2012
 
I Capture the Castle
4.00
it was amazing
The most stunning part about this book is that Dodie Smith wrote it I948, yet the whole story is completely modern and entrancing and just, fun. Seven ...more
May 16, 2009
May 16, 2009
 
Great with Child: Letters to a Young Mother
4.21
it was amazing
absolutely gorgeous. Possibly my favorite mom-book. Beautiful language paired with an honest, hopeful outlook. Tastes of southern influence, sassy wom ...more
Sep 04, 2011
Sep 04, 2011
 
The Principles of Uncertainty
4.05
really liked it
Sincere thoughts and observations nicely illustrated. I read through it two times, I think the narrative arrangement of the ideas is the best part.

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Jan 2009
Jan 03, 2009
 
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life
4.03
it was ok
The best thing about AVM is that it gives one a rough mental calendar of when you can expect to see foods. For example, just last night, I was very su ...more
Aug 10, 2008
Jul 14, 2008
 
Some Assembly Required: A Journal of My Son's First Son
3.61
it was ok
Fine. Just as "Waiting for Birdy" is completely my style of language, Anne is frequently not. It feels like she wrote this for us, as a follow up, a " ...more
May 14, 2012
May 14, 2012
 
Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Luster
3.85
it was amazing
Immediately engaging. THE book I would ask a genie for at this moment, but instead found on the tables of Barnes and Nobles. A fascinating and incredi ...more
Oct 2007
Sep 15, 2007
 
Waiting for Birdy: A Year of Frantic Tedium, Neurotic Angst, and the Wild Magic of Growing a Family
4.07
it was amazing
I loved this. I laughed so much, it was cathartic. I think I slept better after reading and laughing. Her style is full of unexpected adjectives, quic ...more
May 06, 2012
Apr 24, 2012
 
Momma Zen: Walking the Crooked Path of Motherhood
4.12
it was amazing
Wow, so good.
Jan 04, 2014
Jan 04, 2014
 
Blood, Bones, and Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef
3.71
liked it
Here on goodreads there are a number of three star ratings for this book that was voted one of the best books of the year by many publications. I'm go ...more
Jul 24, 2012
Jul 24, 2012
 
The Corrections
3.78
really liked it
I liked this even more than Joe did. One thing I can promise you is that if you read this, you will suddenly see it everywhere. Just like when you lea ...more
Aug 2008
Sep 22, 2008
 
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End
4.40
liked it
Changed my perspective on everything. Halfway through, I really wanted to put it down so I could stop reading about illness and death! But I persevere ...more
Jan 20, 2016
Jan 10, 2016
 
Voices from Chernobyl (Lannan Selection)
4.42
it was amazing
Amazing read. Such an intense subject but it's so engaging, real, and full of incredible observations that I didn't want it to end. It didn't feel lik ...more
Apr 16, 2016
Apr 11, 2016
 
Growgirl
3.44
really liked it
This girl really grew on me. The first two chapters are almost unreadable: she likes stream of consciousness with lots of commas, the story and her in ...more
Apr 05, 2012
Mar 10, 2012
 
My Berlin Kitchen: A Love Story (with Recipes)
3.71
really liked it
I liked this memoir-cookbook much more than I was expecting to. I've read her blog for years and I thought, "I know this stuff, right?" But I didn't. ...more
Oct 17, 2012
Oct 17, 2012
 
String Too Short to Be Saved: Recollections of Summers on a New England Farm
4.17
really liked it
A selection from my recent string of reading New England literature. I didn't realize that was a genre until I noticed how many books could be in that ...more
May 2009
May 09, 2009
 
Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls
3.80
liked it
Really enjoyed this one. Reams better than "squirrel seeks chipmunk." Lots of personal stories, which are my favorite, and they seem more generous tha ...more
Sep 09, 2013
Sep 09, 2013
 
Pulphead
4.00
it was amazing
Truly successful magazine writers pique your knowledge for the topic they've chosen. Sure, they only have ten or so pages to bring you up to speed, in ...more
Dec 07, 2011
Nov 16, 2011
 
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
4.21
liked it
I just read this for the first time today, and liked it. Is that like saying I like "To Kill a Mocking Bird"? I think everyone read this six years ago ...more
May 09, 2009
May 09, 2009
 
State by State: A Panoramic Portrait of America
3.76
it was ok
NPR put this on their books of the year list. A story about each state written usually by famous writers we like who grew up there. Really remarkable ...more
Nov 21, 2008
Oct 01, 2008
 
No One Belongs Here More Than You
3.81
really liked it
I read this book very quickly. These short stories are the best kind that immediately speed away in the opposite direction of the last character's hab ...more
Jul 2007
Aug 01, 2007
 
A Visit from the Goon Squad
3.64
it was amazing
The best. Amazing. Looked over at it every time I had to put it down to do something else. Each chapter is a different character, intwined in some way ...more
Oct 24, 2011
Oct 29, 2011
 
Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting
3.95
liked it
By the end I found myself wanting itemized chapters detailing even more differences between American and French approaches. My favorite sections by fa ...more
May 28, 2012
May 25, 2012
 
Me Before You (Me Before You, #1)
4.27
liked it
Such a page turner, I read it in a few days (evenings, mornings at 5am!). I like how much you learn and realize about the life of a quadriplegic, how ...more
Jan 11, 2014
Jan 11, 2014
 
The Spark: A Mother's Story of Nurturing Genius
4.11
really liked it
Really enjoyed this! I loved this personable account of encountering incredible genius in her child and attempting to understand, and work around, his ...more
Jun 2014
May 30, 2014
 
The Know-It-All: One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World
3.77
did not like it
I am always lured in by ambitious projects--in this case, a quest to read the entirety of the Encyclopaedia Britannica. The author works for Esquire m ...more
Jul 2007
Jul 08, 2007
 
A Summer Life
3.40
really liked it
Loved these childhood vignettes of a young Mexican boy growing up in Fresno California in the 60s. A childhood largely untended as his mom was often a ...more
May 26, 2015
May 26, 2015
 
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
3.89
did not like it
I know just about every reviewer recommended this for a Christmas present this year. Consequently I am hesitant to say the truth, that it really bored ...more
Dec 2008
Dec 21, 2008
 
The Marriage Plot
3.42
did not like it
ugh. Didn't finish it. I'm not really interested in the tall tales of several Brown friends from the '80s. Other goodreads folks have mentioned this-- ...more
Jan 30, 2012
Jan 15, 2012
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