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Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams
it was amazing
Do you sleep? If so, you must read this book. I learned so much - SO MUCH - from it. I sounded like a crazy person, exclaiming out loud throughout my ...more
Mar 28, 2018
Dec 05, 2017
The Autobiography
liked it
Even though this memoir is really funny (Paula reminds me of the writer Caitlin Moran. Or Tina Fey at times) I felt sad the entire time I was reading ...more
Oct 18, 2013
Apr 04, 2013
The "It" Girls: Lucy, Lady Duff Gordon, The Couturière "Lucile", And Elinor Glyn, Romantic Novelist
really liked it
When reading other books set in the late 19th century/early 20th century, I had frequently come across the names of both sisters, so when I happened t ...more
Apr 20, 2012
Apr 06, 2012
Broken Music
liked it
The last five memoirs I have read have been stridently non-traditional. Stream of consciousness, reenactment of mental illnesses, spiritual quests and ...more
Dec 02, 2012
Nov 10, 2012
The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History
did not like it
I tried, I really did. I actually read about 3/4 of the book. Ok, I read half the book, skimmed the next fourth and then decided I didn't care enough ...more
Sep 29, 2017
Aug 11, 2016
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (Flavia de Luce, #1)
liked it
It was a fine book, not horrible and not amazing. It's sort of like a typical meal you eat when you are hungry. It's fine in that it tasted good while ...more
Jul 15, 2017
Apr 23, 2017
Patient: The True Story of a Rare Illness
it was ok
Eh, it was ok. I got this memoir from the library primarily because it is by Ben Watt, who is part of the duo called Everything But the Girl. Dang, I ...more
Dec 12, 2012
Dec 03, 2012
Pickford: The Woman Who Made Hollywood
it was ok
I read a lot about old Hollywood and over the years I read bits and pieces about Mary in other books. But I'd never known her whole story. I'm not a b ...more
Feb 13, 2015
Jan 19, 2015
No Regrets: A Rock 'n' Roll Memoir
it was ok
I picked this memoir up because I had just read Gene Simmons memoir & wanted to get Ace's version of events. I'm not a KISS fan but do love readin ...more
Nov 02, 2012
Oct 27, 2012
Keeping the Castle (Keeping the Castle, #1)
did not like it
The opening of this book was written so poorly I thought I was reading a submission to the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest (a yearly contest that challe ...more
Jul 30, 2013
Jun 27, 2013
Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir
really liked it
I kept hearing this author was funny so I thought I'd check her out. I'm glad I did. There is always the chance that when you hear again & again h ...more
Jun 22, 2012
Jun 17, 2012
Blood & Beauty: The Borgias
did not like it
Ugh, I had such high hopes for this book. It's hard to make a boring book about the Borgia family but Dunant succeeded in doing so. It felt like it to ...more
Jun 14, 2014
Aug 04, 2013
The Man Who Quit Money
it was ok
This book was not what I expected. I read it for my book club so didn't know anything about the book except the title & the blurb on the back. I w ...more
Sep 07, 2012
Aug 29, 2012
The Awakening of Miss Prim
did not like it
Well, that was disappointing. I need to realize that just because a novel has a bookish setting doesn't automatically mean it will be well-written and ...more
Mar 2017
Feb 23, 2017
The Girl Who Fell to Earth
liked it
I really loved the first part of this memoir but towards the end it all fizzled out. I got the impression that Sophia/Safya had absolutely no idea how ...more
Mar 31, 2014
Aug 14, 2013
Blessed Are Those Who Thirst (Hanne Wilhelmsen #2)
it was ok
Meh. I went to the library & checked out the first two books in this series based on the Jo Nesbo blurb on the front of the books. I don't think I ...more
Sep 30, 2016
Sep 27, 2016
Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time
liked it
I read this for my book club and parts of it really reminded me of another book we had already discussed in our book club - Sheryl Sandberg's Lean in. ...more
Jun 13, 2014
Mar 24, 2014
Believing the Lie (Inspector Lynley, #17)
liked it
Not one of my favorites in the series but still good. One of the main things I like about this series is how George does not rush the characters devel ...more
Oct 27, 2013
Oct 14, 2013
My Notorious Life
really liked it
Really more 3 1/2 than 4. The novel started off strong. I loved the main character Axie and the author did a bang up job portraying NYC in the 19th ce ...more
Nov 14, 2015
Sep 24, 2014
I Am Ozzy
really liked it
After reading memoirs from members of Van Halen, KISS and Motley Crue that all had "Ozzy is fucking crazy, man" stories I simply had to read this memo ...more
Dec 29, 2012
Dec 23, 2012
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
it was amazing
I wish I could make every middle class and upper class American read this book. It was a difficult, depressing book to get through but also worthwhile ...more
Feb 18, 2018
Dec 24, 2016
The Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band
liked it
I should preface this review by mentioning I am not a Motley Crue fan, don't own any of their music & actually actively loathed them during the 80 ...more
Nov 2012
Oct 27, 2012
Reckless: My Life as a Pretender
it was ok
The title of this book should be "Reckless: My life as a total fuck up with a death wish (With a bit at the end about me being in a band)." The final ...more
Oct 25, 2015
Sep 04, 2015
The Sister Queens
it was ok
I give this 2 1/2 stars. Somewhere between ok & I liked it. The writing was sort of blah average. It seemed formulaic. Not poorly written but not ...more
May 29, 2013
May 16, 2013
Ladies of the Bedchamber: The Role of the Royal Mistress
it was ok
Based on the title of this book, I thought I would be reading about how royal mistresses influenced politics, religion and society in general. Instead ...more
May 21, 2013
May 02, 2013
Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History
liked it
I think this book is misnamed. I went into it thinking I was going to be reading a biography of Quanah, but really the book is a history of all the tr ...more
May 20, 2012
Apr 25, 2012
Secrets on Saturday
it was ok
It was ok. I had to google was badger baiting was - it's like dog fighting, but with one of the dogs being a badger. What a depressing subject. Purser ...more
Dec 02, 2014
Nov 25, 2014
How to Create the Perfect Wife: Britain's Most Ineligible Bachelor and His Enlightened Quest to Train the Ideal Mate
liked it
This book is a perfect example of truth being stranger than fiction. I can see why so many novelists ended up using parts of this crazy experiment in ...more
Apr 28, 2014
Mar 24, 2014
Chapter and Verse: New Order, Joy Division and Me
it was ok
I really want to give this memoir a high rating because it's subject is New Order, one of my favorite bands, but I just can't. Vague, uninformative, u ...more
Jun 17, 2016
Jul 14, 2015
Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys
it was amazing
I LOVED this memoir. LOVED IT. Much more than I thought I would before starting the book. However, once I read the opening - " Anyone who writes an au ...more
Aug 25, 2015
May 27, 2015
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