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Why Religion?: A Personal Story
it was ok
Elaine Pagels is clearly more comfortable addressing her chosen field of study than she is writing about her own personal struggles. While she outline ...more
Nov 22, 2018
Nov 11, 2018
An Inconvenient Wife
really liked it
An Inconvenient Wife, although more complicated, is reminiscent of Kate Chopin's The Awakening. Megan Chance's heroine, Lucy Carleton dares to have lu ...more
Mar 07, 2010
Mar 14, 2010
Imperfect Birds
liked it
Imperfect Birds is an imperfect book, but that’s okay. I forgive Anne Lamott just about anything, since I’m nuts about her and I know she pours her gu ...more
Apr 14, 2010
Apr 12, 2010
This Is Not The Story You Think It Is: A Season of Unlikely Happiness
it was amazing
When the going got tough... Laura Munson decided not to play the victim. Instead, she was determined NOT to suffer, even when her husband--and the fat ...more
Mar 20, 2012
Mar 27, 2012
The Escape Artist
liked it
The Escape Artist is astonishingly frank in its illustration of mental illness and realistic about the shortcomings of treatment and the unpredictabil ...more
Jan 13, 2020
not set
Jan 15, 2020
really liked it
Unless, a novel by Pulitzer Prize winner (for The Stone Diaries which I've just ordered!) Carol Shields was published in 2002, the year before her dea ...more
Jan 02, 2011
Jan 06, 2011
Life's That Way
it was amazing
Jim Beaver’s raw and beautiful memoir, at its core, is a love story. The author generously shares a year in his life—a year that would cause many of u ...more
Dec 07, 2012
Nov 29, 2012
The Clock of Life
it was amazing
Lovely coming of age tale set in the south, where racial tensions still run deep. Young Jason Lee transforms from a boy to a young man and is judged b ...more
Jan 2013
Jan 06, 2013
Stitches: A Handbook on Meaning, Hope, and Repair
it was amazing
I was half prepared not to get much out of this book, thinking Annie was just cranking out another one at the behest of her publisher... using the hor ...more
Mar 21, 2014
Feb 17, 2014
Willa's Grove
it was amazing
Laura Munson’s lovely debut novel, Willa’s Grove, invites us into the friendship between four women of a certain age who come together for a week of c ...more
Dec 26, 2019
Nov 14, 2019
Did I Say That Out Loud?: Midlife Indignities and How to Survive Them
it was amazing
I’m Saying it Out Loud: I Love This Book

My friend Judy and I ordered this book immediately after The Strand bookstore introduced us to Kristin van Og
May 06, 2021
May 06, 2021
Lucy by the Sea (Amgash, #4)
really liked it
Lucy by the Sea is a poignant look at life during the pandemic through Lucy Barton’s eyes, head, and heart. Set in the year following Elizabeth’s Stro ...more
Sep 05, 2022
not set
Sep 06, 2022
Hack: A Nik Byron Investigation
it was amazing
In this fun and fast-paced thriller, veteran reporter Nik Byron defies his boss and investigates a Washington D.C. bombing that immerses him in a tang ...more
Jul 24, 2022
Jul 25, 2022
Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy
it was amazing
Eire's memoir is utterly enchanting. His elegant and lively tales bring 1950s Havana to life. From boys-will-be-boys shenanigans involving lizards and ...more
Mar 30, 2010
Mar 14, 2010
The Pink Marine: One Boy's Journey Through Boot Camp to Manhood
it was amazing
Doesn’t matter if you’re military or civilian, gay or straight, The Pink Marine is inspiration for anyone who’s ever felt like an outsider, kept a big ...more
Mar 31, 2016
Apr 01, 2016
The School for Good Mothers
it was amazing
From the way kids are dressed, to what we feed our children, to our preferred methods of discipline, most mothers these days are keenly aware that oth ...more
not set
Oct 27, 2021
The Sentence
it was amazing
Beautiful and redemptive tale of an Indigenous woman's path from poverty, neglect and bad choices, to prison, and ultimately to a meaningful life that ...more
Apr 29, 2022
Apr 12, 2022
Rough Draft: A Memoir
liked it
There are three main threads in Katy Tur's new memoir.

The first is her family of origin story, which anyone who has followed Tur's life and career kn
not set
Jun 13, 2022
Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty
it was amazing
Empire of Pain is exceptionally well researched and written in a way that makes a potentially mind numbing topic a fascinating page turner. Despite re ...more
Jan 13, 2023
Jul 20, 2021
American Dirt
really liked it
Like so many of the books I've found remarkable in the last couple of years, this one introduced me to a culture I didn't know much about. Of course, ...more
Apr 23, 2023
Apr 11, 2023
Under Memories of Stars
it was amazing
Natalie Marino's short collection sparkles with imagery. The poet's visceral use of color and nature to explore themes of love, grief, and identity ar ...more
Sep 05, 2023
Jul 22, 2023
My Mother's House
it was ok
I was excited to read this book because I love Haitian culture. Unfortunately, despite strong and colorful writing, this story just did not hold my in ...more
not set
Jul 01, 2020
Lessons in Chemistry
it was amazing
Elizabeth Zott is an unlikely heroine. She's not immediately likable and presents as a bit of a cold fish, but she relies on that facade to survive. T ...more
Sep 02, 2022
Aug 25, 2022
it was amazing
Tara Westover's memoir, Educated, is a bold and brave rendering of a remarkable story. She reveals some ugly and, for many readers, unimaginable truth ...more
Mar 03, 2018
Feb 26, 2018
really liked it
I've long been an Ann Patchett fan and this book didn't disappoint. As a writer it was fun to have the "story inside the story" look at certain aspect ...more
Aug 14, 2018
Aug 14, 2018
The Flight Attendant
really liked it
Fast paced plot; compelling, flawed but sympathetic main character; intrigue and travel! Bohjalian expertly expresses the soul of his protagonist, Cas ...more
Sep 23, 2019
not set
Sep 23, 2019
American Pastoral
it was amazing
Maybe it's folly to review one of the most revered books of a generation, one that rightfully garnered a Pulitzer Prize for author Philip Roth. When R ...more
Jul 24, 2018
Jul 04, 2018
Must Love Books
it was ok
Wanted to like this book more than I did. Always interesting to get a glimpse into the inner workings of the publishing business. If this is an accura ...more
Mar 14, 2023
Feb 25, 2023
Dusk, Night, Dawn: On Revival and Courage
it was amazing
I'm catching up on the lovely series of books Anne Lamott has published over the last few years. Dusk, Night, Dawn (2021) -- her most recent -- contin ...more
Mar 14, 2022
Feb 26, 2022
Knocked Down: A High-Risk Memoir (American Lives)
really liked it
Aileen Weintraub's engaging memoir of spending her high-risk pregnancy bedridden in a dilapidated upstate-New York farmhouse teems with humor and hear ...more
Jan 2022
Apr 19, 2022
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