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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
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
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
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
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
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
Educated: A Memoir
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
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
Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain
it was amazing
Honest, heartbreaking and, ultimately, redemptive, Unbearable Lightness is the most accurate and poignant portrayal I've read of the devastation cause ...more
not set
Jan 16, 2012
All New People
it was amazing
This is an early novel (1989) of Anne Lamott's and it is a complete joy. They always say to write what you know and the reader gets the sense that, al ...more
Mar 06, 2011
Mar 02, 2011
The Women
liked it
I love Frank Lloyd Wright's work, but if T.C. Boyle's account of Wright's personal life is accurate, the genius architect was no prize in the husband/ ...more
Dec 2010
Dec 20, 2010
The Help
it was amazing
While the Mad Men were smoking and boozing and womanizing in New York, another culture of harassment was simmering in the South of the early 1960s. Th ...more
Dec 05, 2009
Dec 07, 2009
Sleepwalking in Daylight
really liked it
Another cautionary tale for parents and spouses--be present, nurture those you love--because life and relationships can be very fragile.

Sometimes whe
May 04, 2010
May 04, 2010
Kabul Beauty School: An American Woman Goes Behind the Veil
really liked it
Kabul Beauty School unveils some of the ugly truth about the treatment of women in Afghanistan. Even in a post-Taliban Kabul, Afghan women are subjuga ...more
Sep 2010
Sep 02, 2010
Half Broke Horses
really liked it
Lily Casey Smith was a tough broad, a real-life cowgirl. She liked hot horses and fast cars, and was fearless in her convictions, never backing down f ...more
Feb 12, 2011
Feb 12, 2011
One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd (One Thousand White Women, #1)
really liked it
Women and Natives Lose... But Novel is a Winner

Interesting premise: The Cheyenne tribe agrees to be assimilated into the white man's world and the U.S
Aug 24, 2010
Aug 26, 2010
Best Seat in the House: A Father, a Daughter, a Journey Through Sports
really liked it
Christine Brennan's wonderful memoir brings together her career in journalism, her love for sports, and her admiration for her father. As she eloquent ...more
Apr 28, 2010
Apr 29, 2010
The Imperfectionists
really liked it
The Imperfectionists is an entertaining look at those schlogging away at a Rome-based international daily newspaper. From cub reporters, obit writers ...more
Jun 18, 2011
Jun 19, 2011
The Art of Racing in the Rain
it was amazing
This well-crafted novel by Garth Stein covers familiar territory—love and loss, betrayal and redemption—but mostly it’s a rather unconventional relati ...more
May 10, 2010
May 13, 2010
Raw, a Novel
liked it
Clever, entertaining novel that doesn't take itself too seriously. Revare sets his fictional characters and situations in the very real Manhattan, Kan ...more
Oct 19, 2010
Oct 20, 2010
Summer at Tiffany
liked it
Marjorie Hart's Summer at Tiffany is rated G. Golly gee. Gee whiz. Pretty tame stuff compared to the likes of other memoirists like Rick Bragg, Jeanne ...more
Jan 11, 2011
Jan 11, 2011
The Glass Castle
it was amazing
I am amazed and impressed when a writer has the courage to tell ugly truths. Jeannette Walls' memoir is a jaw dropper--the true story of extreme paren ...more
Sep 26, 2010
Sep 27, 2010
Straying Towards Truth: A Therapist's Personal Story and Professional Guide to Healing After Sexual Abuse
it was amazing
One out of every three people knows someone who has been impacted by childhood sexual abuse; we just don't know it because no one talks about it...

Oct 26, 2010
Oct 24, 2010
Mennonite in a Little Black Dress: A Memoir of Going Home
liked it
Rhoda Janzen breaks Mennonite convention by getting a PhD and marrying an atheist. As her story unfolds she reveals there's a lot wrong with her husba ...more
Dec 2010
Dec 20, 2010
Olive Kitteridge
it was amazing
I bet many families and most small towns have an Olive Kitteridge... someone who seems to have been born a curmudgeon and is so formidable (not in a g ...more
Sep 22, 2011
Sep 19, 2011
The Heretic's Daughter
liked it
First-person treatment of the story attempts to give the novel a personal feel. And although it reads a bit like a memoir, I felt an emotional distanc ...more
Apr 07, 2010
Apr 12, 2010
really liked it
John Williams' Stoner is a treasure, a near perfect example of "The Novel." There is nothing spectacular about the story, but Williams manages to keep ...more
Oct 02, 2011
Sep 26, 2011
A Wolf at the Table
really liked it
A Wolf at the Table is a brutal account of Augusten Burroughs' relationship--or lack thereof--with his physically and mentally ill father. It is a tes ...more
May 23, 2010
May 17, 2010
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