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Renegade: The Making of a President
it was amazing
I cried reading this the first time - at work - and I cried rereading it now. It's a little fawning over Obama works for me. This will sound ...more
Jun 17, 2009
Jun 17, 2009
The Wolf of Wall Street
did not like it
He should have just told this whole book to a therapist so I didn't have to waste my time.
Sep 06, 2015
Sep 03, 2015
The Mothers
it was amazing
This is a holy-shit-I-loved-it-immediately, stay-up-past-your-bedtime-to-finish kind of book.
Mar 15, 2017
Mar 04, 2017
Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith
liked it
Many stars for being beautiful Anne Lamott writing.

Minus many stars for being the source of the two most annoying things my mother says.
Jul 16, 2016
Jun 21, 2016
Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar
it was amazing
I borrowed this from a friend and didn't even finish it before I went to Barnes & Noble to buy my very own copy.
May 10, 2016
Apr 02, 2016
Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
really liked it
RBG is a goddess among mortals and I want to be her. Helpfully, there is an appendix with advice on how to do that.
Dec 12, 2015
Oct 26, 2015
Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America
it was amazing
Just read it, okay?
Jan 23, 2017
Jan 17, 2017
The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover's Secret FBI
it was amazing
After reading this book, I feel like the FBI/CIA/NSA probably have me on a list of all the people who bought this book or checked it out from the libr ...more
Jan 20, 2014
Jan 16, 2014
Priestdaddy: A Memoir
really liked it
Laughed out loud so many times on the subway.

Also, the most succinct summary of being from St. Louis by using the words "melk" and "muskacholi."
May 11, 2017
May 11, 2017
The New Jim Crow
it was amazing
Really hard to read. Really necessary to read.
Jun 16, 2016
Jun 05, 2016
When Breath Becomes Air
really liked it
The thing about this book is that even as he describes the cancer and the drugs and the symptoms and it all, it still just felt like a journey I was t ...more
Apr 09, 2016
Feb 22, 2016
In Other Words
it was amazing
"If everything were possible, what would be the meaning, the point of life?"
Mar 19, 2016
Mar 11, 2016
So Sad Today: Personal Essays
did not like it
Okay I technically didn't finish this book so much as had to stop reading it because I hated it so much. Wanted to quit really early on, tried to powe ...more
Mar 18, 2016
Mar 07, 2016
Hamilton: The Revolution
it was amazing
It turns out that not only will I always cry at It's Quiet Uptown, I will also cry just reading about It's Quiet Uptown.
Jun 21, 2016
Apr 13, 2016
really liked it
"Belief isn't always easy.
But this much I have learned -
if not enough else -
to live with my eyes open."
Sep 20, 2016
Sep 15, 2016
Exit West
really liked it
Heartbreaking and beautiful at the same time.
Mar 12, 2017
Mar 04, 2017
Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood
really liked it
I didn't even need to get the audio book because I could hear the entire thing in his voice.
Feb 25, 2017
Feb 25, 2017
Sounds Like Me: My Life (So Far) in Song
really liked it
Cried about the Brave chapter on the train.
Oct 07, 2015
Oct 07, 2015
it was ok
Another one that I'm not entirely sure how I feel about it. I've heard a lot about what a great writer Lorrie Moore is but I had difficulty becoming i ...more
Feb 04, 2010
Feb 05, 2010
The Mental Floss History of the World: An Irreverent Romp Through Civilization's Best Bits
liked it
An amusing (mostly) summary of everything I learned in high school history. Definitely a good reference book to have around. Really the only complaint ...more
Feb 09, 2010
Feb 09, 2010
Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution--and How It Can Renew America
it was amazing
I started reading this book, and then had to go back and start again because I found so many things that I wanted to underline. Which is saying someth ...more
Mar 22, 2010
Mar 12, 2010
The 19th Wife
liked it
This is a book that falls between three and a half and four stars for me.

I loved and hated having the novel toggle back and forth between the present
Aug 08, 2010
Aug 09, 2010
really liked it
This was an experience. One I had to dedicate pretty much my entire day to. There are a million different ways to read the book. I HATE underlining an ...more
Nov 09, 2013
Nov 05, 2013
The Good Lord Bird
liked it
I wanted to like it more than I did, but there were some very nice passages.
Jan 05, 2014
Dec 02, 2013
Blue Nights
it was amazing
Read The Year of Magical Thinking, and then read this. But do both. You won't regret it. She writes about loss in an arrow-sharp way. There's a point, ...more
Dec 15, 2011
Dec 15, 2011
Lafayette in the Somewhat United States
really liked it
Sarah Vowell is very funny.

Also, not enough Hamilton.
Nov 07, 2015
Oct 05, 2015
1421: The Year China Discovered America
it was ok
I actually hope that this book is true, that the Chinese mapped the entire world in 1421. I'm giving it two stars because of the writing style. Consta ...more
Apr 06, 2010
Mar 31, 2010
The Secret History
really liked it
I'm still mad that the character I liked the least is from St. Louis.

Strange how suspenseful this novel manages to be, considering you know from the
Jun 21, 2011
Jun 16, 2011
liked it
If I had to pick one word to describe this book, it would be "traumatic." And I can't decide if that's in a good way or not. Some of the most horrible ...more
Jan 05, 2011
Jan 06, 2011
I Am Not A Serial Killer (John Cleaver #1)
it was ok
**spoiler alert** All right. I picked up this book because the cover made it seem like it was about a messed-up kid, obsessed with serial killers, and ...more
Jul 23, 2010
Jul 22, 2010
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