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Come As You Are: The Story of Nirvana
4.03
really liked it
I'll confess - I was not the biggest Nirvana fan back in the day. I was more of a Pearl Jam/Green Day girl. I mean, I liked Nirvana, but it was "Ten" ...more
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Jun 19, 2010
 
Foxfire: Confessions of a Girl Gang
3.79
it was amazing
I love this book so much that I find it difficult to write about it without gushing. I mean, there is the obvious reason why, which is that it's about ...more
Apr 02, 2009
Mar 31, 2009
 
And the Heart Says Whatever
3.17
did not like it
For some reason I've long felt a kinship with Emily Gould. Maybe it's because I love that she has big tattoos on her arms and yet still manages to loo ...more
not set
Jun 27, 2010
 
Kinflicks
3.75
it was amazing
There are many reasons the current direction of the publishing industry is a shame, but one of the biggest is that it means fewer of sprawling, epic n ...more
May 06, 2010
Apr 17, 2010
 
Rat Girl
3.92
it was amazing
Maybe the best thing I can say about this book is that I really, really want to listen to a lot of Throwing Muses after reading it. There are a few so ...more
not set
Nov 13, 2010
 
High Fidelity
3.94
liked it
I'd only ever seen the movie, and thought John Cusack's character came across as a colossal ass of epic proportions. (Not just a colossal ass, and not ...more
not set
Aug 09, 2011
 
Cherry
3.73
it was amazing
Mary Karr is a literary god. She is just brilliant. Her prose is like poetry but without the self-consciousness that usually accompanies prose stylist ...more
Mar 19, 2009
Mar 18, 2009
 
Richard Yates
3.40
did not like it
If it were possible to give a book zero stars I would have done it for this one. I cannot think of a time I have hated a book this much. I have read a ...more
Aug 22, 2010
Aug 17, 2010
 
Autobiography of a Face
3.96
really liked it
Several months ago, the mug shot of a criminal suspect landed in my work inbox. When I opened the email, I was so shocked that I gasped out loud, then ...more
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Jul 23, 2011
 
I'm with the Band: Confessions of a Groupie
3.67
liked it
I have so many thoughts about this book, I'm not even sure where to begin. Let me start with the fact that it was way enjoyable to read. Des Barres ha ...more
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Jun 02, 2011
 
Against Love: A Polemic
3.63
it was amazing
Kipnis' book is a funny, smart bit of criticism about one of the major engines of modern American society - romantic love. She uses political philosop ...more
Mar 27, 2009
Mar 31, 2009
 
This Is Not Chick Lit: Original Stories by America's Best Women Writers
3.53
really liked it
The short story is such a terribly underrated literary form. I always hear that publishers are reluctant to put out books of short stories, which I ju ...more
Apr 04, 2010
Mar 16, 2010
 
What I Loved
4.02
it was amazing
Oh my goodness, I'm not sure I can articulate just how much I loved this book. So sad, so heartbreaking, so beautiful. The novel was thick and filled ...more
Jul 06, 2011
Jun 23, 2011
 
Veronica
3.36
liked it
As far as the story itself, I thought it was lackluster and a bit pretentious. I appreciated what Gaitskill was trying to do, that she was trying to e ...more
Apr 23, 2009
Apr 21, 2009
 
Bad Marie
3.45
really liked it
I found this book through a discussion of unlikeable characters at The Millions, which is one of those random literary happenstance events that have b ...more
not set
Nov 13, 2010
 
L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America's Most Seductive City
3.76
really liked it
I picked up this book thinking it would be an interesting dissection of noir but instead found myself quickly immersed in an epic investigation of the ...more
not set
Jul 06, 2011
 
Doris: An Anthology, 1991-2001
4.41
it was amazing
This is how I described this book/zine collection to my husband: like sitting around a kitchen table, late at night, listening to the coolest girl you ...more
May 09, 2010
Mar 22, 2010
 
Girl Power: The Nineties Revolution in Music
3.55
liked it
I wanted to love this book so hard, you have no idea. I was a teenager in the 1990s, and there was so much in the book I could relate to - discussion ...more
Apr 11, 2010
Apr 04, 2010
 
Stranger than Fiction
3.56
it was ok
I wanted to like this way more than I did, as I love stories about the things and the people who occupy the margins of society. Unfortunately many of ...more
Apr 15, 2009
Apr 21, 2009
 
I Don't Care About Your Band: What I Learned from Indie Rockers, Trust Funders, Pornographers, Felons, Faux-Se nsitive Hipsters, and Other Guys I've Dated
3.39
liked it
I just read the blurb for this book, which compares Klauser to Chelsea Handler, and I was like, no wonder I was so underwhelmed by this book. I read o ...more
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May 09, 2010
 
The Orchid Thief: A True Story of Beauty and Obsession
3.69
it was amazing
I adore this book. It's one of my favorites, not just because it's about two of my favorite things - plants and Florida - and not just because it's by ...more
Apr 29, 2009
Apr 25, 2009
 
Clown Girl
3.47
it was ok
I picked up this book with high expectations, considering that some writers I really admire and enjoy had good things to say about this book. Almost r ...more
not set
Dec 30, 2011
 
The Silent Woman: Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes
4.02
really liked it
It's a shame that the first time I'd ever heard of Janet Malcolm was for the libel case she was involved in back in the 1980s. The lawsuit is a staple ...more
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Oct 04, 2010
 
Rose of No Man's Land
3.50
it was ok
How to describe this....Okay, how about this. Take Blake Nelson's "Girl" and have her embark on lesbian sex-fest with "Mrs. Dalloway" and jack her on ...more
not set
Apr 17, 2011
 
The Lonely Polygamist
3.50
really liked it
I was curious to see how Udall, who I could tell was a Mormon based solely from his last name (is that bad of me? oh well), would handle a novel about ...more
Nov 12, 2011
Nov 13, 2011
 
If I Am Missing or Dead: A Sister's Story of Love, Murder, and Liberation
3.43
it was amazing
I'm giving this a high rating because, while I can see why other reviewers are critical of the limited presence of Amy in the book and hence felt misl ...more
Feb 2009
Feb 24, 2009
 
Telex from Cuba
3.43
it was ok
Have you ever read a book that you knew was technically very good but you still didn't like it very much? That was the experience I had while reading ...more
Jul 27, 2010
Jul 21, 2010
 
Bossypants
3.94
really liked it
Hilarious. I read this book and was like WTF was Anna Holmes complaining about in her NYT op-ed? If you are expecting Fey to open her veins and dump h ...more
not set
May 02, 2011
 
The Night of the Gun
3.72
liked it
I loved the concept of this book very, very much, particularly as someone who writes memoir and is constantly struggling with notions of truth and rea ...more
not set
Feb 17, 2011
 
The Family
3.90
it was ok
I can only describe this book as "uneven." This book was painful to read at some times (and not because of the content, although that was squirm-induc ...more
Feb 12, 2010
Jan 23, 2010
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