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Stealing Buddha's Dinner by Bich Minh Nguyen
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Nguyen was only 8 months old when her family fled Vietnam in 1975, so this is not so much a refugee story as it is about growing up as an Asian girl named Bich in what was then predominantly Dutch Grand Rapids, Michigan. Contributing to her sense of ...more
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Heal Your Frozen Shoulder by Karl Knopf
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This is a good overview of the causes of and treatment for frozen shoulder, along with a phased program of exercises to rehab, strengthen, and maintain the shoulder. There's a lot more information on anatomy than I personally found useful, and there' ...more
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Vanishing Seattle by Clark Humphrey
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This was a disappointment. It's partly due to the trade paperback size of the book, which meant that the photos necessarily had to be small as well, but since most of them were likely in color to begin with, printing them in black and white made them ...more
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The Deal of a Lifetime by Fredrik Backman
The Deal of a Lifetime
by Fredrik Backman (Goodreads Author)
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This is not a Christmas story, despite the cover and the fact that it takes place on Christmas Eve. It's a short story about a famous man who has cancer and is again trying to outrun Death's administrative assistant (a middle-aged woman in a gray swe ...more
Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast
"This woman is incredibly selfish and callous."
Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast
"I received this as a gift. I have never read such an unhappy story. Ms. Chast seemed to have no affection or understanding of her parents and it permeates the story. While many of us may not connect with one or more of our parents, but Ms. Chast l..." Read more of this review »
Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast
"This book really upset me.

I recently lost both of my parents to death---my dad at age 84 and later my mother at age 88. My experience was unlike Roz Chast's. It was a privilege to help both of my parents as they aged. They made my life richer.

I d..." Read more of this review »
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Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast
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I'm at a loss to understand why this graphic memoir has received so much praise. Perhaps it validates the people who think running the occasional errand for your aging parent is the same thing as actually taking care of them and that either way, it's ...more
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Pride, Prejudice, and Personal Statements by Mary Pagones
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Full disclosure: (1) the author Mary Pagones is a friend of mine and (2) I'm not a fan of Jane Austen. To the extent either of those things influence this review, they probably cancel each other out.

More to the point, you don't have to be an Austen f
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The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui
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This graphic memoir is the Seattle Public Library's 2019 pick for Seattle Reads. Bui, her parents, and her three siblings fled Vietnam in 1978, first arriving as boat people at a refugee camp in Malaysia, from there traveling to the United States aft ...more
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