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The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are
4.17
liked it
I love Brené Brown. There are some great ideas here, many of which she polished and sharpened for her book Daring Greatly. Daring Greatly is a phenome ...more
Jan 11, 2015
Jan 11, 2015
 
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
3.79
really liked it
I agree with most of the reviewers who say that this book is probably the most salient for running writers (and there are a lot of us, it seems like), ...more
Jan 06, 2010
Mar 02, 2010
 
This is Where I Leave You
3.88
it was amazing
This was the first full book I read on my new Kindle, and I loved every second of it. Smart, funny, touching, human...it deserves all these big, blurb ...more
Feb 27, 2010
Mar 02, 2010
 
Wind in a Box
4.26
it was amazing
This ink. This name. This blood. This blunder.
This blood. This loss. This lonesome wind. This canyon.

Beautiful poems from a gifted poet. Deep, heartb
...more
Feb 17, 2009
May 07, 2009
 
Great House
3.45
it was amazing
"We search for patterns, you see, only to find where the patterns break. And it's there, in that fissure, that we pitch our tents and wait."

Absolutely
...more
Oct 18, 2010
Oct 17, 2010
 
The Faraway Nearby
4.19
it was amazing
A remarkable book.

"Stories like yours and worse than yours are all around, and your suffering won't mark you out as special, though your response to
...more
Jun 18, 2015
Jun 21, 2015
 
Next Life
4.17
really liked it
She's no Lyn Hejinian, but I don't think even Lyn Hejinian is Lyn Hejinian if you know what I mean. It's postmodern. Anyway, as far as L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E ...more
Apr 20, 2009
May 07, 2009
 
Beloved
3.77
liked it
"...its anger thrilling her now where it used to wear her out. Wear her out."

A 9-word review: Oppression robs us of our histories. Make it right.
Mar 17, 2009
Jun 12, 2009
 
The Bluest Eye
3.99
it was amazing
"Certain seeds it will not nurture, certain fruits it will not bear..."

A 9-word review: Buying into society's lies will surely leave us broken.
Jan 27, 2009
Jun 12, 2009
 
A Mercy
3.65
really liked it
"I am making me quiet but I am loose inside not knowing how to be."

A 9-word review: Beautifully brief look at the slaves we've never noticed.
Apr 21, 2009
Jun 12, 2009
 
On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction
4.24
really liked it
Problematic in its sexism and somewhat condescending tone, but packed full of great advice about writing and life.
Sep 2014
Sep 02, 2014
 
LOVE. A Novel
3.71
really liked it
"My understanding was rejection could be a blessing."

A 9-word review: Our pain turns us against those we need desperately.
Apr 14, 2009
Jun 12, 2009
 
Song of Solomon
4.01
really liked it
"If you surrendered to the air, you could ride it."

A 9-word review: When we fly from something, we fly to something.
Feb 17, 2009
Jun 12, 2009
 
Jazz
3.78
it was amazing
"...he shot her just to keep the feeling going."

A 9-word review: Rich study of the things love does to us.
Mar 24, 2009
Jun 12, 2009
 
Sula
3.86
liked it
"...but when God looks down, it's the bottom."

A 9-word review: Why are life and death often the same thing?
Feb 10, 2009
Jun 12, 2009
 
Paradise
3.77
liked it
"They shoot the white girl first."

A 9-word review: Women are strong but this community can crush them.
Apr 07, 2009
Jun 12, 2009
 
The God of Small Things
3.92
it was amazing
“It is after all so easy to shatter a story. To break a chain of thought. To ruin a fragment of a dream being carried around carefully like a piece of ...more
Jul 09, 2009
Jun 29, 2009
 
Tar Baby
3.91
it was ok
"He believed he was safe."

A 9-word review: What we run from finds us, don't you see?
Mar 03, 2009
Jun 12, 2009
 
Drown
4.05
it was amazing
Okay, I get it. I give too many five-star ratings.

Seriously, though, this collection of short stories is breathtaking. Read it.
Jun 25, 2009
Jun 25, 2009
 
A Gringo Like Me: Poems
4.16
did not like it
I loathe this book. Cloying, boring, thinks it's hilarious but it's doin' it wrong.
not set
May 07, 2009
 
Let the Great World Spin
3.93
it was amazing
Everything that I love about contemporary fiction. Perfect.
Jan 09, 2010
Mar 02, 2010
 
The Snow Child
3.95
really liked it
Poignant and unique. Plus Eowyn Ivey writes some beautiful sentences.
Feb 20, 2012
Feb 21, 2012
 
No One Belongs Here More Than You
3.81
really liked it
If you've read a review of Miranda July's work, a lot of the words I want to use will seem familiar: she's quirky and talented; she sees the world in ...more
Aug 04, 2008
Aug 08, 2008
 
Foreskin's Lament
3.83
liked it
Shalom Auslander is really, really upset with God. This book is a memoir about being raised in a strict orthodox Jewish home. Auslander humorously rec ...more
Jul 2007
Jul 09, 2007
 
What We See When We Read
3.68
liked it
3.5 stars. A visually striking book.
not set
Aug 18, 2014
 
August: Osage County
4.20
it was amazing
What am I going to do when these lazy days of summer come to an end? I have fallen in love with being able to dive into a new book every day.

It seems
...more
Aug 12, 2008
Aug 12, 2008
 
Madness, Rack, and Honey: Collected Lectures
4.39
it was amazing
Incredible.
Sep 28, 2014
Oct 10, 2014
 
Illness as Metaphor & AIDS and Its Metaphors
3.94
really liked it
Sontag calls attention to the problematic relationship between linguistic choices, illness and healing. Her work is situated in a moment of cultural p ...more
Jun 08, 2009
Jun 21, 2008
 
When You Are Engulfed in Flames
4.04
liked it
I know it isn't really cool to say that you like David Sedaris anymore, but I've loved him for a long time. When it comes to what he does, no one in t ...more
Jun 20, 2008
Jul 07, 2008
 
American Pastoral (The American Trilogy, #1)
3.91
it was amazing
This book was heavy, intense and dark. Roth has a dense writing style and an astonishing sense of metaphor. He is also a master of framing things in t ...more
Jun 2007
Jun 01, 2007
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