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Someday My Prince Will Come: True Adventures of a Wannabe Princess
3.55
did not like it
God, what a piece of trash. Here we have a "memoir" of what could be a really hilarious life - this girl's parents are total hippies who transfer thei ...more
Mar 2009
Mar 31, 2009
 
Banana Heart Summer
3.77
liked it
This was a bittersweet coming of age story about a poor girl in the Philippines. Born out of the union of a wealthy mom disowned by her family and a d ...more
May 2009
May 20, 2009
 
The Carlyles (Gossip Girl: The Carlyles, #1)
3.48
it was amazing
Sometimes I get in reading ruts.

You know, the ruts where it's just annoying to read anything that takes actual thought and reading seems like a chore.
...more
Jul 2008
Jul 26, 2008
 
Girls of Riyadh
3.19
liked it
This is essentially Saudi chick lit, but I really liked it despite that.

The stories can resound with any girl,(unless my love life is really that fuck
...more
Mar 2008
Mar 22, 2008
 
Twilight (Twilight, #1)
3.58
it was amazing
At first, I could not understand the hype over these books. I was a miserable, underpaid employee at a publishing house that enslaved all who worked t ...more
Nov 2008
Nov 27, 2008
 
The Year of Magical Thinking
3.87
liked it
I knew I wanted to read something by Joan Didion, but I'm still not sure if this was the best choice for an introduction.

I didn't know anything about
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Aug 2012
Aug 03, 2012
 
Eat, Pray, Love
3.52
liked it
I didn't know how to deal with Elizabeth Gilbert.

I had heard from various sources of interviews, people who have read the book, magazine articles, etc
...more
Jul 2010
Jul 16, 2010
 
Miles from Nowhere
3.48
liked it
This account of a life on the street filled with "all the bad stuff" (drugs, prostitution, abortion, homelessness, getting clean and then falling off ...more
Sep 2009
Sep 23, 2009
 
Adventure Divas: Searching the Globe for Women Who Are Changing the World
3.43
really liked it
My friend Mari, world travler, lent me this book. At first I was scared, because I thought, "Oh gosh, this author has got to be one of those awful fem ...more
Apr 2009
May 07, 2009
 
Baggage
3.41
did not like it
One of my American friends here lent me this book because she thought it was good, but after attempting to get through it bit by bit for about 4 month ...more
Apr 2007
Apr 06, 2007
 
Breakfast of Champions
4.08
really liked it
I feel like I, or some like-minded person could have written a Vonnegut book, and nobody would like it because it would sound like crazy trash. Howeve ...more
Jul 2007
Jul 21, 2007
 
A Tiger in the Kitchen: A Memoir of Food and Family
3.51
liked it
I picked this up and thought "Hmm...cooking memoir...sounds promising." Tan's life is certainly interesting, but the writing is underdeveloped in many ...more
Mar 2012
Mar 22, 2012
 
The Nanny Diaries (Nanny, #1)
3.41
liked it
This is by no means first-rate writing, but I could relate to a lot of the themes, having worked in the childcare business. As of yet I have not encou ...more
Oct 2009
Oct 23, 2009
 
Tango: An Argentine Love Story
2.90
it was ok
This is such a "telling" memoir; it reads like a laundry list of people the author danced with as she spiraled into her dark place after a heinous bre ...more
Mar 2009
Apr 07, 2009
 
I'm a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America after Twenty Years Away
3.89
really liked it
This is definetly a "laugh out loud" kind of book. I read it mainly on the train on my way to work in the morning and scared people with my crazy-pers ...more
Jun 2012
Jun 11, 2012
 
Pasquale's Nose
3.44
liked it
I have to think about this, and write something later. The author left me perplexed. It was his personality, not the writing.
May 2009
May 11, 2009
 
Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood
3.50
did not like it
The Boston Public Library had a special display of addiction memoirs, so I picked this one up, remembering that somebody mentioned reading it before.

W
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Jun 2010
Jun 21, 2010
 
A Load of Bull: An Englishman's Adventures in Madrid
3.48
really liked it
This guy covered about 1,014 of the 4,298 frustrating things with Spain, but also didn't leave out all of the wonderful things. Apparently the country ...more
Dec 2010
Jan 05, 2011
 
Life of Pi
3.89
it was ok
I expected a lot from this book, and maybe my reaction to it would have been different if I had read it when it was first published, but it didn't str ...more
May 2010
May 06, 2010
 
Sellevision
3.55
liked it
This is a great book for airplane travel - fluffy, ridiculously over the top, and fast-moving, it made my flight from Boston to Los Angeles fly by. Fo ...more
not set
Jun 11, 2012
 
In the Time of the Butterflies
4.13
it was amazing
This is a fictionalized account of the Mirabal sisters, and is well worth it despite my initial skepticism. They grew up in the Dominican Republic dur ...more
Jul 2009
Aug 07, 2009
 
The Time Traveler's Wife
3.95
really liked it
I seriously expected this to be another best-selling piece of trash, and prepared myself for disappointment. However, I ended up with a beautifully cr ...more
Sep 2009
Sep 23, 2009
 
The Bell Jar
3.99
really liked it
I thought I hated this book and Sylvia Plath. I was wrong.

The writing really delves into the psyche of somebody who just can't keep it together and is
...more
Jul 2009
Aug 07, 2009
 
The Space Between Us
3.98
liked it
This was enjoyable and well-written book, albeit depressing. It did a good job of showing the differences between social classes in India and the conf ...more
May 2012
Jun 11, 2012
 
Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books
3.58
liked it
This book seemed to suffer somewhat of an identity crisis. It was a political/historical memoir mixed with a touch of literary analysis.

I would have
...more
Aug 2007
Aug 27, 2007
 
Cuba Diaries: An American Housewife in Havana
3.52
really liked it
One of my ex-coworkers, (and actually her daughter, who was my ex-boss) are from Cuba. From them I always hear the tales of nostalgia for their belove ...more
Sep 2008
Sep 15, 2008
 
Ivan of Aldenuri The Forest of the Taurocs
3.37
liked it
I read this book for work, because well...we published it and we're working with it now. The author is from Spain, and we published the translation of ...more
Apr 11, 2008
Apr 04, 2008
 
The Glass Castle
4.25
really liked it
This is a good memoir.

It starts with the author's first memory of cooking hot dogs on the stove at the age of three, as her artist mother worked on o
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Nov 2008
Nov 17, 2008
 
Ghosts
3.65
liked it
SO WEIRD.

Let me repeat that for emphasis. SO WEIRD. I think the weirdness gave the writing some charm, which is why I didn't mind reading this whole b
...more
Aug 2009
Apr 08, 2009
 
Bonjour tristesse
3.62
liked it
This was a flighty little pick I found at Urban Outfitters for $5 and bought to use up the end of a gift card. It's fitting to read it during summer, ...more
Jun 2009
Aug 07, 2009
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