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Lit
3.89
it was ok
This felt hastily written and not well edited. Maybe the author just ran out of good material. In large part, it’s a recollection of alcoholism and/or ...more
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Feb 02, 2010
 
Your Competent Child: Toward New Basic Values For The Family
4.27
really liked it
This book is sometimes simplistic or maybe just...foreign...as you struggle a bit to get what the Danish author is saying. But somewhere along the lin ...more
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Aug 03, 2008
 
Growing Up bin Laden: Osama's Wife and Son Take Us Inside Their Secret World
4.04
it was amazing
To write this fascinating book, Jean Sasson extensively interviewed both Osama Bin Laden’s first wife and one of the eleven children she bore during t ...more
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Oct 03, 2010
 
The Merry Recluse: A Life in Essays
4.02
really liked it
Of the three Knapp books I've recently read-- "Drinking, A Love Story", "Appetites, What Women Want" and this-- this is the best. There's quite a bit ...more
Sep 10, 2008
Sep 20, 2008
 
The House on Beartown Road: A Memoir of Learning and Forgetting
4.12
it was amazing
Author Elizabeth Cohen mines a remarkable trove of material in this wonderful memoir. The juxtaposition of herself at 40, with her newborn child, and ...more
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Oct 29, 2010
 
TO BEGIN AGAIN: Stories and Memoirs, 1908-1929
3.89
really liked it
This is a collection of lovely short autobiographical essays and diary entries which sharply bring forward details of the author’s childhood and young ...more
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Aug 03, 2008
 
The Blue Hour: A Life of Jean Rhys
3.68
it was ok
This literary biography left me wanting to reread Rhys’ “After Leaving Mr. McKenzie” while being steadily annoyed by the author’s many far reaching pr ...more
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Sep 07, 2010
 
Borrowed Finery: A Memoir
3.58
really liked it
This is one of those smallish, episodic books that I end up reading cover to cover several times because it’s just so interesting and jig-saw puzzle-i ...more
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Jun 09, 2009
 
Last Gift of Time
3.64
really liked it
Okay, I admit it. I like memoirs from certain slightly peevish women aged 60 and beyond. May Sarton, MFK Fisher, and Carolyn Heilbrun all appeal. This ...more
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Aug 03, 2008
 
Denial of the Soul: Spiritual and Medical Perspectives on Euthanasia and Mortality
3.69
really liked it
The subtitle, “Spiritual and Medical Perspectives on Euthanasia and Mortality” says it all, and I expected a pretty glum read. I was pleasantly surpri ...more
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Feb 12, 2010
 
At the Center of the Storm
3.52
really liked it
A memoir from the guy in charge of the CIA for 7 years, including 2001. I was fascinated to see how much detail he could and did give about the countr ...more
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Jun 19, 2010
 
The Bad Daughter: Betrayal and Confession
3.32
it was ok
As you could infer also from its subtitle, “Betrayal and Confession”, this memoir is not cheery. It’s not long. Though competently written, it has a l ...more
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Oct 29, 2010
 
Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy
3.79
really liked it
I found this book very well done on several levels: vivid, almost poetic descriptive, and reflective, writing; jump cut shifts in time/place that disc ...more
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Oct 14, 2008
 
Boston Boy: Growing up with Jazz and Other Rebellious Passions
3.84
really liked it
Surprisingly good memoir by an author I had only previously associated with jazz criticism. Assured, confident, and not at all self-important, he desc ...more
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Jun 09, 2009
 
Manic: A Memoir
3.78
it was ok
Bi-polar disorder, as related by a articulate, well-to-do, slender, attractive Californian now middle aged, but young teens to thirties in the time de ...more
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Jun 09, 2009
 
Little, Big
3.84
really liked it
This book deserves a five star rating for rich, heady, almost intoxicating language, and its dead-on, often totally original descriptions of things fr ...more
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Sep 18, 2009
 
Schopenhauer's Porcupines: Intimacy And Its Dilemmas: Five Stories Of Psychotherapy
4.17
liked it
This is an interesting and instructive account by a talk-therapy psychotherapist of clients she treated over the years, and what she learned. Her cent ...more
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Jun 19, 2010
 
I'm Sorry You Feel That Way: The Astonishing But True Story of a Daughter, Sister, Slut, Wife, Mother, and Friend to Man and Dog
3.31
liked it
This book often is quite funny, amid rueful observations of bad choices or simple unfortunate circumstances. It has a conversational tone that easily ...more
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Jan 16, 2010
 
Bad Mother: A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities, and Occasional Moments of Grace
3.52
really liked it
I really liked this book of autobiographical essays. It’s about womanhood as much as parenting, and of a sort that rang very true to me. She is funny ...more
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Jun 09, 2009
 
The Caregiver: A Life with Alzheimer's
3.93
it was amazing
Written by a man who cared for his Alzheimer’s affected wife Stella at home until her death, this memoir is level headed, sensible, and sometimes tran ...more
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Oct 29, 2010
 
Dancing with Rose: Finding Life in the Land of Alzheimer's
4.32
it was amazing
Lauren Kessler lived through her own mother’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis, and progression to death. What sets this Alzheimer’s focused book apart is that K ...more
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Oct 29, 2010
 
Brother, I'm Dying
4.09
really liked it
The book jacket describes this as “an astonishing true-life epic”, and that’s true. But it also feels endearingly small and personal, straight from th ...more
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Oct 29, 2010
 
Sundays in America: A Yearlong Road Trip in Search of Christian Faith
3.53
really liked it
This Massachusetts author, a lapsed Roman Catholic with Polish heritage, decided to attend a different Christian church every weekend for a year and w ...more
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Jan 16, 2010
 
The New Women and the Old Men: Love, Sex and the Woman Question
3.33
really liked it
Detailed, interesting, intriguing, nested studies of accomplished, early feminist, mostly literary women and their male mates (most of the time) in th ...more
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Feb 12, 2010
 
Open
4.20
it was amazing
A memoir so good I have to bring my long break from "Goodreads" additions to an end!

I did become incredulous not too far into this book that it was f
...more
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Mar 30, 2013
 
The Tender Bar
3.94
really liked it
And on the other hand, here is a love song to a particular Long Island bar (and way of life) where teenage boys and older men drink way, way too much ...more
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Apr 04, 2009
 
Special Topics in Calamity Physics
3.71
it was ok
Okay, the author's erudite, she’s brilliant, the critics love her, and I too loved her briefly as I read many an apt, wildly original turn of phrase o ...more
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Jan 16, 2010
 
Eva and Henry: A Cape Cod Marriage
4.00
really liked it
It’s surprising to see this is Irene Paine’s first book, as it’s so well plotted and detailed. It drew me in easily and kept me happily reading and wa ...more
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Oct 29, 2010
 
The Story of My Father
3.85
really liked it
Sue Miller has written best selling books like “The Good Mother” and “While You Were Gone.” This more personal book is as much her own story as her fa ...more
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Oct 29, 2010
 
Radical Parenting: Seven Steps to a Functional Family in a Dysfunctional World
3.57
did not like it
This book absolutely did not live up to the recommendation I saw for it somewhere…probably an internet list. I kept waiting for something to make sens ...more
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Apr 04, 2009
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