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At Large and at Small: Familiar Essays
4.10
really liked it
So, last week I went out for sushi with my parents. I had just read the essay from this collection where Fadiman talks about being a night owl; my mom ...more
Sep 2007
Sep 13, 2007
 
The Geek Feminist Revolution
3.93
liked it
I am both the best and worst audience for this book.

Best, because the issues that concern Hurley -- the intersection of feminist and geek culture, wom
...more
Sep 16, 2016
Sep 16, 2016
 
The 101 Most Influential People Who Never Lived
3.24
did not like it
Supposedly a discussion of “How Characters of Fiction, Myth, Legends, Television, and Movies Have Shaped Our Society, Changed Our Behavior, and Set th ...more
Jan 05, 2009
Jan 04, 2009
 
Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded: A Decade of Whatever, 1998-2008
3.68
it was ok
I really like John Scalzi as a blogger—his recent post on the big Amazon Fail had me in stitches—but I don’t think his blog posts work as a book, or a ...more
Jan 10, 2010
Jan 10, 2010
 
Calypso
4.45
really liked it
Funny, but mostly punishingly sad.

I need a hug now. I need to call my dad.
Jun 07, 2018
Jun 07, 2018
 
So Sad Today: Personal Essays
3.86
it was amazing
Wrenchingly honest in a way I only wish I could be. I found this collection extremely relatable (her anorexia was exactly like my anorexia! we feel gu ...more
Feb 20, 2016
Feb 20, 2016
 
I Was Told There'd Be Cake
3.45
it was ok
Exhibit A in the case for why every single vaguely snarky person who gets good laughs when telling stories at parties should not be encouraged to publ ...more
Oct 2008
Oct 19, 2008
 
Don't Get Too Comfortable
3.72
it was amazing
David Rakoff is my hero (and one of my many, many gay Canadian boyfriends). He's hilariously funny, but there's real meat to this volume, too. My fav ...more
not set
Jun 14, 2007
 
Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto
3.75
really liked it
Another reread, mostly because a story about Klosterman being friends with three people who were acquainted with serial killers that I thought was in ...more
Apr 2007
Jan 10, 2009
 
Population: 485 : Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time
3.92
it was amazing
Perry recounts how he moved back to his very small Wisconsin hometown and reintegrated himself into the community by becoming a volunteer firefighter ...more
not set
Jul 15, 2008
 
Maps and Legends: Reading and Writing Along the Borderlands
3.69
liked it
Like a lot of Chabon’s writing, I found this alternately fascinating and annoyingly pretentious. It’s weird: I really enjoy a lot of Chabon’s work, bu ...more
Apr 29, 2009
Apr 21, 2009
 
How Did You Get This Number
3.49
it was ok
The theme of these reviews, you may have gathered by now, is “Trin doesn’t learn.” This is a prime example. I read Crosley’s previous essay collection ...more
not set
Apr 26, 2010
 
The Devil & Sherlock Holmes: Tales of Murder, Madness & Obsession
3.78
really liked it
Terrific collection of investigative essays on topics ranging from murdered Sherlockian scholars to giant squid. I loved Grann’s full-length nonfictio ...more
Mar 10, 2010
Mar 08, 2010
 
My Sister, Guard Your Veil; My Brother, Guard Your Eyes: Uncensored Iranian Voices
3.79
liked it
Essays and interviews by and with Iranians about what life is really like in their home country, and about their receptions in and reactions to the re ...more
Aug 2007
Aug 03, 2007
 
Chuck Klosterman IV: A Decade of Curious People and Dangerous Ideas
3.85
liked it
Chuck Klosterman's essays are always interesting, even when I disagree with him, even when he makes me angry. There are even a couple of essays about ...more
not set
Jul 02, 2007
 
Off Main Street: Barnstormers, Prophets  Gatemouth's Gator: Essays
3.85
liked it
Essays by the author of Population: 485. I loved that book; it was one of my favorite things I read this year. This book is not nearly as good. It’s ...more
Dec 30, 2008
Dec 29, 2008
 
When You Are Engulfed in Flames
4.05
really liked it
Another immensely enjoyable Sedaris collection. Most of the laugh out loud moments for me revolved around jokes about shit, pee, the flatulence of eld ...more
not set
Jul 09, 2008
 
Holidays on Ice
3.94
it was ok
The best thing about the Memphis airport? They sell used books. Why don’t ALL airports do this? Anyway, this was a book that I got there, because my f ...more
Jan 2007
Jun 04, 2007
 
My Life and Hard Times
4.14
it was ok
Not that funny and kind of racist.
Feb 05, 2018
Feb 05, 2018
 
A Reader's Manifesto: An Attack on the Growing Pretentiousness in American Literary Prose
3.89
really liked it
A nice antidote to the Cormac McCarthy I read a couple weeks before. Myers takes on five critically acclaimed American authors, including McCarthy, w ...more
Nov 2008
Nov 25, 2008
 
Shakespeare Wrote for Money (Stuff I've Been Reading, #3)
3.85
really liked it
The third and final volume of Hornby’s “Stuff I’ve Been Reading” columns for Believer magazine. If you’ve read either of the previous two (which you s ...more
Jan 07, 2009
Jan 07, 2009
 
Take the Cannoli: Stories From the New World
3.85
really liked it
Reading Sarah Vowell always inspires in me the same reaction as watching/listening to a really cool kid did in high school (or, okay, now): I despera ...more
Jan 2007
Jun 04, 2007
 
Things I've Learned from Women Who've Dumped Me
3.37
liked it
The former executive producer of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report edits a collection of essays/stories that for the most part aren’t lessons so m ...more
Mar 25, 2008
Mar 27, 2008
 
Prime Times: Writers on Their Favorite TV Shows
2.60
it was ok
The concept is interesting: twenty-three writers discuss their favorite TV shows. The execution...sadly less so. Almost all the shows discussed were B ...more
Aug 2007
Aug 21, 2007
 
The Guinea Pig Diaries: My Life as an Experiment
3.69
really liked it
I suppose you either like A.J. Jacobs’ approach to journalism or you don’t: he comes up with a somewhat outlandish concept and then experiments on him ...more
Sep 19, 2009
Sep 19, 2009
 
Rereadings: Seventeen Writers Revisit Books They Love
3.74
liked it
A collection of essays in which various authors and essayists discuss rereading their favorite works, from The Charterhouse of Parma to the back of S ...more
Jul 2007
Jul 18, 2007
 
Swish: My Quest to Become the Gayest Person Ever and What Ended Up Happening Instead
3.78
liked it
The subtitle of this book is My Quest to Become the Gayest Person Ever and What Ended Up Happening Instead. Even with that “What Ended Up Happening In ...more
Jun 29, 2009
Jun 16, 2009
 
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
4.09
liked it
Reread. There are some extremely funny and otherwise excellent essays in this collection—the one about Sedaris' sister Tiffany, the two about his brot ...more
Sep 2007
Sep 15, 2007
 
The Subway Chronicles: Scenes from Life in New York
3.58
it was ok
Collection of short essays about the New York City subway. I suspect I would have enjoyed this book more if I’d only read one or two pieces a week—not ...more
Oct 2008
Sep 29, 2008
 
How to Talk About Books You Haven't Read
3.35
it was ok
Well, I guess at least certain aspects of Bayard’s thesis are correct: I read this book just a few months ago, and with the little that I remember…yea ...more
Feb 2008
Feb 01, 2008
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