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Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!: Adventures of a Curious Character
really liked it
Laugh out loud funny. My dad read this outloud to us when we were kids - I'm guessing at the exact year - and the whole family literally cried with la ...more
Jan 1990
Apr 15, 2008
Gift from the Sea
liked it
Okay, my favorite part of this book was the afterwards, wherein Ms. Lindbergh acknowledges just how dated the book's appraisal of feminism was (the bo ...more
Jul 24, 2008
Jul 08, 2008
Baby Love: Choosing Motherhood After a Lifetime of Ambivalence
did not like it
This book is almost unbearable. Rebecca Walker tries to be honest and funny, but comes off as whiny, self-indulgent, bitchy, and stereotypically Berke ...more
Jun 19, 2009
Jun 18, 2009
Dog Years
it was amazing
This is really a book about endless heartbreaking loss, which sounds pretty depressing, and it is. But you can't have joy and love without loss. Since ...more
Aug 2007
Aug 03, 2007
A Three Dog Life
it was amazing
Abigail Thomas's husband of 13 years was hit by a car and suffered a traumatic brain injury, leaving him without any short term memory and unable to p ...more
Jan 2008
Aug 27, 2007
Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood
it was amazing
Wow, this is one of the best memoirs I've read in a while! Funny, dark, and searingly honest.

Alexandra Fuller (known as "Bobo") grew up in Rhodesia,
Apr 10, 2009
Jun 14, 2008
Old Friend from Far Away: The Practice of Writing Memoir
it was amazing
I just finished reading this book this morning. Now that I've read it, I need to work through it. Which I am very much looking forward to, because, oh ...more
Apr 25, 2008
Feb 20, 2008
Some Assembly Required: A Journal of My Son's First Son
it was ok
Enjoyable at moments, and seriously irritating at others. Unfortunately, this did not live up to Anne Lamott's other memoirs. I think a lot of the pro ...more
Nov 25, 2013
Nov 14, 2013
The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas
liked it
Unlike some others, I definitely enjoy Gertrude Stein's writing style, which is bare, modern, and minimal in terms of punctuation. It reads like heari ...more
Aug 03, 2017
Jul 13, 2017
The Woman Warrior
it was amazing
Another amazing memoir! One third poem, one third fable, and one third memoir. Terrifyingly dark, Maxine Hong Kingston spares no one, least of all her ...more
Apr 12, 2009
Apr 25, 2008
Bad Mother: A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities, and Occasional Moments of Grace
liked it
I wish I could give some chapter FIVE STARS and some chapters like, NEGATIVE TWO STARS, because that's how I feel about this book. There are some real ...more
Dec 06, 2010
Nov 25, 2010
Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's
it was ok
I really wanted to enjoy this memoir, since I want to learn more about what it's like to be on the autism spectrum from the perspective of people with ...more
Dec 29, 2015
Dec 10, 2015
The Lord God Made Them All (All Creatures Great and Small, #7)
really liked it
Probably my least favorite of the series, but even not-so-great Herriot is an utter delight. I'm very sorry to be done.
Jul 30, 2009
Aug 06, 2007
The Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times
really liked it
This is such a wonderful story! I enjoyed every moment. It reads like something your extremely interesting grandmother might have written, and the det ...more
May 17, 2009
May 01, 2009
Where I Was From
really liked it
One of the most interesting things about the book is its unique form: alternating historical and personal essays centering around California and its h ...more
Apr 28, 2009
Mar 19, 2009
The Land Where the Blues Began
I've been meaning to really read (as opposed to "dabble in") this one for years.
not set
Jul 02, 2008
Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading
it was ok
I am wavering between two and three stars on this one. The author does discuss quite a few books that sound very promising and interesting, and the bo ...more
not set
Sep 25, 2017
Little Heathens: Hard Times and High Spirits on an Iowa Farm During the Great Depression
liked it
Not the best memoir on the planet, but absolutely, completely delightful. Packed with funny stories, recipes, cleaning techniques, and tidbits of Depr ...more
Feb 24, 2011
Apr 29, 2008
At Large and at Small: Familiar Essays
really liked it
I am giving this four out of five stars because 4/5 of the essays deserve 5 stars, if that makes sense. I highly recommend this selection of incredibl ...more
Sep 2007
Sep 04, 2007
Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer
really liked it
Initially, I think I was most interested in this book because it takes place in my backyard, and not because I expected any kind of greatness from it. ...more
Aug 02, 2010
Nov 28, 2009
The Thing About Life is That One Day You'll Be Dead
really liked it
Well, I'm definitely filing this away as one of the more "interesting" memoirs I've read in a while. It's a little depressing, mostly because the auth ...more
Apr 19, 2008
Feb 14, 2008
Take This Bread: A Radical Conversion
liked it
I am always excited to read a leftist embrace/critique of religion these days. So I was very excited to read this memoir of a leftist lesbian turned E ...more
Oct 2007
Aug 03, 2007
Every Time I Find the Meaning of Life, They Change It: Wisdom of the Great Philosophers on How to Live
really liked it
This is a delightful and funny compilation of very serious philosophical ideas! I really enjoyed Klein's quotes and anecdotes about different schools ...more
Nov 04, 2017
Oct 26, 2017
All Things Wise and Wonderful
it was amazing
7/08 A year after beginning this project, we finally finish ATW&W. Aaaaaaah. Lovely. I'm starting to feel a little sad that we only have one more ...more
Jul 05, 2008
Aug 05, 2007
Notes of a Native Son
really liked it

Not an easy read, but worth it for Baldwin's sharp insights and rage. Baldwin cuts to the quick here, and then he pulls out the hydrogen per
Aug 10, 2008
Apr 11, 2008
A Midwife's Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812
it was amazing
Okay, this is how history should be done!

I am 20 years late to this party: Ulrich got a Pulitzer for this book in 1991.

But it's still a rockin' party
Feb 14, 2011
Aug 27, 2009
Marley and Me: Life and Love With the World's Worst Dog
it was ok
Read the first several chapters on one of those comfy chairs at the bookstore during a long lunch break.

I have news. Marley was not an "irrepressible
Jul 16, 2008
Jul 16, 2008
When You Are Engulfed in Flames
it was amazing
Now, whenever I guffaw on public transportation, I will think of Nami. Okay, so this may not be David Sedaris' best work, but David Sedaris is like pi ...more
not set
Jun 13, 2008
Love Is a Mix Tape
it was amazing
This book has so much heart. At first, it seemed gimmicky but sweet, and I was planning to give it four stars. But you know what, who am I to say that ...more
Jul 12, 2008
Apr 10, 2008
Let the Baby Drive: Navigating the Road of New Motherhood
did not like it
Ugh. Overwrought, strangely humorless, sentimental schlock. I'm baffled at the overwhelmingly positive reviews. Being an attachment-parenting mother t ...more
Oct 11, 2009
Sep 15, 2009
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