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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
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
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
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
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
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
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 (The American Trilogy, #1)
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
Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family
it was amazing
This book is a must-read for folks with an interest in mental health and family dynamics. Author Robert Kolker is adept at telling the story while wea ...more
Mar 16, 2021
Mar 02, 2021
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
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
Traveling With Pomegranates: A Mother-Daughter Story
it was amazing
Sue Monk Kidd (Secret Life of Bees, The Mermaid Chair) partnered with her daughter, Ann Kidd Taylor, on this memoir with excellent results. It's a gen ...more
Mar 27, 2011
Mar 12, 2011
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
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
it was amazing
I love a quirky heroine, and Eleanor Oliphant is one of the best. Gail Honeyman does a beautiful job of changing our opinion of a prickly Eleanor who ...more
not set
Sep 02, 2019
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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