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The Art of Frugal Hedonism: A Guide to Spending Less While Enjoying Everything More
it was ok
This is an extremely cute, funny, useful book with 50 ideas for leading a full life frugally (without guilt for occasional frivolous splurges).
Apr 12, 2017
Mar 18, 2017
Bunk: The True Story of Hoaxes, Hucksters, Humbug, Plagiarists, Forgeries, and Phonies
really liked it
Kevin Young’s book is an exhaustive (and sometimes exhausting) chronicle of the American history of hoaxing. He details many, many hoaxes and highligh ...more
Dec 16, 2017
not set
Oct 11, 2017
Boy, Snow, Bird
did not like it
I am a sucker for stories that engage with fairy tales in any way, and I was particularly intrigued by the idea of this book dealing with race in the ...more
not set
Feb 10, 2014
King Kong Theory
liked it
I like Despentes' directness, anger, and energy. She's unapologetic and ferocious, which are excellent qualities in a writer, and she's unafraid to br ...more
Jul 07, 2010
Jun 29, 2010
Girlvert: A Porno Memoir
really liked it
A really intense, raw account of Orianna's adventures in porn that is as hardcore as it gets. There is a lot of human ugliness in this book, and its n ...more
Oct 31, 2011
Dec 01, 2010
Call Me Zebra
really liked it
Zebra, the narrator, is a young Iranian refugee who decides to explore her roots after the death of her parents. She aspires to fully inherit her fami ...more
Feb 22, 2018
Feb 01, 2018
Masters of Sex: The Life and Times of William Masters and Virginia Johnson, the Couple Who Taught America How to Love
really liked it
I'm not generally in the habit of reading biographies (exception: I've read all the biographies there are to read about Victoria Woodhull), because I ...more
Jun 21, 2009
Jun 14, 2009
The Convert: A Tale of Exile and Extremism
it was ok
Ultimately, The Convert was unsatisfying to me because it seemed like the big reveal was "Maryam/Margaret/Peggy is crazy*." Maryam Jameelah (born Marg ...more
May 24, 2011
May 20, 2011
Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment
it was amazing
The well-backed up argument of this book is that the American obsession with guns is inextricably linked to white supremacy, both in the genocide of i ...more
Mar 04, 2018
Feb 20, 2018
Kids These Days: Human Capital and the Making of Millennials
it was amazing
Strong argument that IT’S NOT YOU, IT’S CAPITALISM.
Dec 30, 2017
Dec 24, 2017
Everything You Love Will Burn: Inside the Rebirth of White Nationalism in America
it was ok
Well written and engaging, but I found the framing of this book really troubling. The author spent many years accompanying the book’s main characters ...more
Apr 28, 2018
Feb 12, 2018
Coming and Crying
Usually, I don't rate or review books that I have pieces in - it just seems wrong somehow. But I'm making an exception for Coming & Crying. This i ...more
not set
Aug 22, 2010
White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son
liked it
Wise's book is interesting and useful as an introduction for white people to encourage thinking about race and privilege. That's a good thing, for sur ...more
not set
Nov 30, 2010
Drawing Blood
really liked it
Wow. There are so many different things for me to say about this book. It was an odd reading experience because Molly is a peer I have a lot of respec ...more
Dec 20, 2015
Nov 04, 2015
Best Sex Writing 2012: The State of Today's Sexual Culture
liked it
If I were allowed to retitle this book, I would call it "Best Sex Writing 2012: Essays for People Who Don't Read Everything on the Internet About Sexu ...more
Jan 29, 2012
Dec 01, 2011
Rolling Blackouts: Dispatches from Turkey, Syria, and Iraq
liked it
The stories of this book all take place during a 2010 trip to Turkey, Iraq, and Syria - when Syria was the most stable of the places the group visits. ...more
Apr 07, 2017
Mar 08, 2017
The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America
it was amazing
"Half a century ago, the truth of de jure segregation was well known, but since then we have suppressed our historical memory and soothed ourselves in ...more
Sep 03, 2017
Aug 15, 2017
Rebellious Mourning: The Collective Work of Grief
it was amazing
This book really pushed me to fully grapple with the idea that being present in movement work is doing grief work. For much of my activist life I’ve p ...more
Mar 30, 2018
Sep 18, 2017
Clown Girl
did not like it
I am drawn to books about people living on the fringes of culture but the protagonist of this book is a twenty something down on her luck white girl l ...more
Apr 25, 2015
Apr 11, 2015
The Vegetarian
really liked it
I read this book two years ago and HATED it. But since then, I’ve found myself thinking about it a lot, so I decided to revisit it. This book is not a ...more
Mar 20, 2018
Jan 2016
Mar 30, 2016
Grace for Amateurs: Field Notes on a Journey Back to Faith
really liked it
I read this book because I love Lily and will read anything she writes, and because I was skeptically curious about how a woman I’ve always identified ...more
Nov 17, 2017
Mar 27, 2017
An Untamed State
it was amazing
I've had this book on my shelf for a few years but was honestly a little afraid of its intensity. I have never read a book that so beautifully and vis ...more
Feb 13, 2017
not set
Aug 27, 2014
The Merry Spinster: Tales of Everyday Horror
it was amazing
Wow, this book was evilly delightful. Fairytales are meant to be dark and the twists in these stories made me gleeful with with their darkness. Vengea ...more
May 18, 2018
Dec 28, 2017
Between XX and XY: Intersexuality and the Myth of Two Sexes
liked it
If you've never thought beyond the concept of "opposite sexes" this is a really great primer. If you're a gender and sexuality nerd like me, you won't ...more
Jul 09, 2009
Jun 29, 2009
The Empathy Exams
did not like it
The capacity for empathy is a major thing in my life and work, so I was really interested in this book's premise and ideas, but HELL NO. The writer ta ...more
Feb 20, 2015
Feb 14, 2015
The Rules Do Not Apply
liked it
I read this book for two reasons: 1. memoirs about women dealing with awful things in life are one of my preferred reading genres and 2. sometimes I'm ...more
Apr 10, 2017
Mar 15, 2017
St. Marks Is Dead: The Many Lives of America's Hippest Street
really liked it
I went through a period of heavy reading of all the NYC history books I could get my hands on, but then I hit a wall where I felt like a lot of the in ...more
Nov 22, 2015
Nov 10, 2015
Revolting Prostitutes: The Fight for Sex Workers’ Rights
it was amazing
Such an impressive and nuanced book about sex work. Juno and Molly’s research and foot notes are truly impressive - they did not just make a book that ...more
Jan 05, 2019
Feb 06, 2018
All is Forgotten, Nothing is Lost
did not like it

Characters are all over-privileged self-important douchebags with a heavy dose of misogyny thrown in for the main character. Story is
Sep 15, 2010
Sep 13, 2010
really liked it
I viscerally did not “like” this book, found it upsetting in the way it holds embodiment and trauma - and it is brilliant for these same reasons.
Mar 25, 2019
Dec 28, 2017
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