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A Moveable Feast
it was amazing
If you haven't been to Paris, you just won't get A Moveable Feast...
If you aren't already a fan of Hemingway, don't bother reading A Moveable Feast

May 20, 2012
Mar 13, 2012
H is for Hawk
it was amazing
Here’s a word. Bereavement. Or Bereaved. Bereft. It’s from the Old English bereafian, meaning ‘to deprive of, take away, seize, rob’.
Here’s another wo
Jun 18, 2015
Mar 23, 2015
Slouching Towards Bethlehem: Essays
really liked it
My mother was a freshman in college when I was a freshman in high school. Married at seventeen, her 1960s and 70s were spent as a young wife and mothe ...more
Sep 28, 2015
Dec 05, 2014
M Train
it was amazing
Reading the lovely Proustian interlude that is M Train, I felt like a shadow-angel trailing Patti Smith, from Café 'Ino down the block from her New Yo ...more
Jan 29, 2016
Nov 04, 2015
In Other Words
it was amazing
I realize that the wish to write in a new language derives from a kind of desperation. I feel tormented, just like Verga’s songbird. Like her, I wish ...more
Jun 30, 2016
Nov 11, 2015
Still Writing: The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life
it was amazing
A few weeks ago someone dear to me asked, “Are you still writing? I wondered if you’d decided to get a part-time job.” I’ll admit right now, right her ...more
Jul 22, 2015
Apr 23, 2015
Between the World and Me
really liked it
I write this review with very conflicted feelings. I started to say that I acknowledge this book was not written for me, it was written as a letter fr ...more
Oct 08, 2015
Jul 23, 2015
Brown Girl Dreaming
it was amazing
I’m having the most difficult time writing a review for brown girl dreaming. It’s so hard to bubble over and breathe and cry and write, all at the sam ...more
Jan 04, 2015
Dec 11, 2014
Leaving Before the Rains Come
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Early in Leaving Before The Rains Come, Alexandra Fuller recalls a Q&A session that followed a reading she gave in Dallas in 2010. An audience mem ...more
Feb 08, 2015
Jan 17, 2015
Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life
liked it
Don't do coke.

I participated in a memoir writing workshop recently and the guy across from me--a journalist from a local paper--talked about the memo
Apr 29, 2014
Oct 20, 2013
My Salinger Year
it was amazing
If I had a category for Most Charming Read of the Year, there would be one entrant for 2014: My Salinger Year, Joanna Rakoff’s blithe memoir of her te ...more
Aug 21, 2014
Jun 03, 2014
it was amazing
I am still trembling from rage, disbelief, and sadness -having closed the back cover of this book a few minutes ago. Aside from newspaper and magazine ...more
Mar 31, 2010
Dec 01, 2009
The Book of Disquiet
it was amazing
The four months it took me to read Fernando Pessoa's posthumously-published collection of thought fragments have been some of the most fraught and chr ...more
Jul 03, 2016
Mar 13, 2016
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
it was amazing
“… the death penalty is not about whether people deserve to die for the crimes they commit. The real question of capital punishment in this country is
Mar 29, 2015
Feb 24, 2015
Unbroken Brain: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding Addiction
it was amazing
... addiction is not a sin or a choice. But it's not a chronic, progressive brain disease like Alzheimer's either. Instead, addiction is developmenta
Aug 30, 2016
Jul 10, 2016
A Writer's Diary
it was amazing
My copy of A Writer's Diary—I tried to post a photo, but Goodreads just couldn't deal with whatever it was I had to offer—has a forest of little tags ...more
Sep 28, 2015
Mar 23, 2015
Black Like Me
really liked it
Let's just put this right up front: the idea that it takes a white man posing as a black man to convince white America of the realities of racism smac ...more
Sep 11, 2015
Aug 31, 2015
We Should All Be Feminists
it was amazing
I've watched Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's TedXEuston talk, from which this publication was taken, several times because, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I adm ...more
Feb 05, 2016
Feb 05, 2016
A House in the Sky
really liked it
A chance conversation with someone in a coffee shop a few weeks ago brought this book to my attention. As I read, I wondered both how this story and t ...more
Apr 07, 2015
Jan 17, 2015
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
it was amazing
100 percent loved this. I may even knock it up to "It was amazing" as its treasure trove of advice sinks in.

Here's the thing: Stephen King knows how
Mar 14, 2011
Mar 13, 2011
My Life on the Road
really liked it
A thoroughly engaging read. I felt I'd just had several coffee dates with Gloria, that perhaps I was a reporter or ghost writer, listening to her spil ...more
Mar 28, 2016
Mar 24, 2016
My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind
really liked it
I heard Scott Stossel interviewed on WHYY's Fresh Air with Terry Gross in early January (here, have a listen: Terry Gross Interviews Scott Stossel and ...more
Mar 03, 2014
Jan 15, 2014
Levels of Life
really liked it
The Loss of Depth, Julian Barnes's meditative essay on grief, rocked me to my core. It is the final of three "levels of life" he explores in this slim ...more
Oct 29, 2013
Jul 13, 2013
The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir
really liked it
In a braided narrative that weaves true crime with memoir, Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich untangles the notion of proximate cause and the reality of per ...more
Jun 21, 2017
May 05, 2017
Chelsea Girls
When I was seventeen, I had a mad crush on a musician who lived in my town. He was in his twenties and on the cusp of fame in the about-to-explode Pac ...more
Nov 12, 2015
Sep 20, 2015
The Faraway Nearby
really liked it
"Time itself is our tragedy," Rebecca Solnit writes in The Faraway Nearby , "and most of us are fighting some kind of war against it."

A bounty of apr
Jul 27, 2015
Jan 21, 2015
Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage
it was amazing
Once begun, impossible to set aside. This delicate, graceful meditation on marriage is slim enough to read in one sitting, but it is Dani Shapiro's wo ...more
Aug 2017
Apr 25, 2017
The Chronology of Water
it was amazing
It is so fitting that the original cover of this book, which you see depicted here, arrives from the library marred by a plain, gray wrapper around th ...more
Apr 30, 2014
Mar 20, 2014
Constance Fenimore Woolson: Portrait of a Lady Novelist
it was amazing
A well-constructed biography is a dance between feet-on-ground facts and limbs-in-air storytelling. Flesh and soul must be conveyed in the chronology ...more
Mar 18, 2016
Sep 23, 2015
The Journal of Hélène Berr
it was amazing
"...I have a duty to write because other people must know. Every hour of every day there is another painful realization that other folk do not know,
Jul 18, 2012
Jun 04, 2010
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