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We Learn Nothing
it was amazing
This is a collection of personal essays and cartoons by NY Times columnist Tim Kreider. I really loved this book and not just for its use of em dashes ...more
Mar 16, 2013
Mar 20, 2013
Help Thanks Wow: The Three Essential Prayers
it was amazing
Sometimes a book will just appear in my life that I need and this has been one of those books for me. From the title, I was skeptical that I would lik ...more
May 24, 2013
May 25, 2013
My Thirty Years Backstairs at the White House
liked it
This book covers a maid's perspective of the White House from the Tafts through the Eisenhowers. The author and her mother both worked at the White Ho ...more
Jan 31, 2009
Jan 20, 2009
Pomegranate Soup
liked it
This is a light and easy book about three Iranian sisters who flee during the revolution and ultimately end up in Ireland where they start over by ope ...more
Nov 15, 2008
Nov 09, 2008
This Is Not The Story You Think It Is: A Season of Unlikely Happiness
liked it
I saw this book on a number of blogs and the article Munson wrote in the New York Times. The premise of the book is that her husband told her one day ...more
Apr 29, 2012
Apr 29, 2012
Keeping It Civil: The Case of the Pre-nup and the Porsche & Other True Accounts from the Files of a Family Lawyer
really liked it
To the contrary, Alissa's lawyer was doing what good lawyers do. He knew the law and the judge we were about to appear in front of, he calculated the ...more
Oct 15, 2013
Oct 19, 2013
The Goldfinch
it was amazing
Wow, this a crazy, intense book. I loved some of it and hated some of it, but I overall I enjoyed it immensely. Days later, I find myself still thinki ...more
Dec 05, 2013
Dec 11, 2013
Mad About the Boy (Bridget Jones, #3)
really liked it
It's a indulgent read, but it was like catching up with hilarious friends who I found very hilarious when I was single. I felt a little bit cheated th ...more
Nov 03, 2013
Nov 04, 2013
Wishful Drinking
liked it
I heard an interview with Carrie Fisher that picqued my interest in this book. She described her parents as Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston from anothe ...more
May 27, 2009
May 27, 2009
The Cooked Seed: A Memoir
really liked it
If you ever want to feel more grateful for your life, then this is a great read! It follows the author from her escape from China under Mao to her fir ...more
Nov 02, 2013
Nov 04, 2013
The Year of Yes
it was ok
This book is a lot like a really long episode of Sex and the City, but less funny. I was prepared for this book to be hilarious and I thought I would ...more
Feb 15, 2009
Feb 07, 2009
The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible
it was amazing
A.J. Jacobs, a self-described agonistic Jew, decides to engage in a year long experiment of living the Bible literally. He tries most of the rules, el ...more
Jan 10, 2009
Jan 05, 2009
Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World
liked it
This book follows the life and adventures of Dewey, the cat found in the Spencer Iowa book drop. The book is sweet and light, but also very authentic. ...more
Jan 18, 2009
Jan 18, 2009
A Tale for the Time Being
really liked it
This book felt at first like one of those uncanny finds where it was speaking to me with the exact wisdom I felt like I needed. I really loved the Zen ...more
Jan 10, 2014
Jan 12, 2014
Beat the Reaper (Peter Brown #1)
it was amazing
This is a romp through both the mob and modern medicine. I'm not that into mysteries or even series books, but I would read another Bazell book in a m ...more
Apr 18, 2009
Jan 18, 2009
Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science
really liked it
This book is an interesting view of modern medicine and surgery from a resident's perspective. I'm on a medical kind of kick right now, so this appeal ...more
Mar 24, 2009
Mar 19, 2009
Yes Please
did not like it
I really love Amy Poehler as a performer, but this book was like reading someone's stream of consciousness journal where they delve into pretty boring ...more
Oct 06, 2015
Oct 20, 2015
The Silver Star
really liked it
I really liked this book, but not as much as Walls' original Glass Castle book. The book feels somewhat autobiographical, following two young girls Li ...more
Dec 12, 2013
Dec 12, 2013
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)
liked it
I enjoyed this book, maybe even a little more than Tina Fey's book. I really liked her description of how she broke into show business and I felt like ...more
Jan 04, 2015
Jan 08, 2015
Sarah's Key
liked it
This book tells the story of a young French Jewish girl who is collected by the French Police, along with her parents, and sent to a concentration cam ...more
Nov 21, 2008
Nov 16, 2008
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
really liked it
I really enjoyed how the book conveyed the therapeutic advantages of hiking. It was reminiscent of some of my hikes (although I've never done a trip a ...more
Feb 17, 2013
Feb 17, 2013
Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America
it was amazing
This book is gripping and insightful. Written by a former reporter, it features a couple of murders committed in LA that might otherwise be written of ...more
Jan 30, 2016
Feb 05, 2016
The Myths of Happiness
it was amazing
I really liked this book. It is tiny doses of good therapy. The book breaks up happiness "myths" into chapters and then discusses each of them (e.g. I ...more
Apr 2013
Apr 04, 2013
A Fraction of the Whole
it was amazing
This is one of the best fiction books I've read all year - it is as original as Rant, but funnier and more accessible. The book follows the lives of f ...more
Dec 31, 2008
Nov 17, 2008
The Given Day (Coughlin #1)
really liked it
The story follows two men, Danny Coughlin, a white cop, and Luther Laurence, a black houseman, through the events that led to the 1919 Boston police s ...more
Dec 20, 2008
Nov 29, 2008
No Less Than Victory (World War II: 1939-1945, #3)
really liked it
This book details World War II from the Battle of the Bulge to the victory in Europe the following year. Like other Shaara books, it is told from seve ...more
Jun 11, 2011
Jun 01, 2011
The Mighty Queens of Freeville: A Mother, a Daughter, and the People Who Raised Them
really liked it
This is a short biopic of Amy Dickinson's life that is wise and witty. I felt like it was the story of her life much like she would tell it to a frien ...more
Apr 12, 2009
Apr 13, 2009
Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief
really liked it
This is a really dense and well annotated non-fiction book about Scientology. It took me a while to get into it because there was a lot more about Sci ...more
Jan 02, 2014
Apr 05, 2013
liked it
Drood follows Charles Dickens and his friend and colleague Wilkie Collins through the last five years of Dickens' life. Dickens was in a serious train ...more
Nov 22, 2009
May 27, 2009
Where'd You Go, Bernadette
really liked it
I first heard about this book on NPR. They were doing a show about the peculiarities of Seattle and they interviewed the author because the book is se ...more
Jan 08, 2013
Sep 24, 2012
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