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reviewed: Self-Inflicted Wounds: Heartwarming Tales of Epic Humiliation
Not truly a memoir, nor really an essay collection, Self-Inflicted Wounds defies any kind of classification. Ms. Tyler first ...
Self-Inflicted Wounds: Heartwarming Tales of Epic Humiliation - Aisha Tyler
March 2015
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reviewed: Callisto
Torsten Krol’s 2007 novel Callisto offers a brilliant, insightful, and hilarious look at modern day American politics, delive...
Callisto - Torsten Krol
reviewed: The Lover's Dictionary
David Levinthan’s new novel The Lover’s Dictionary is a short and mostly sweet look at an anonymous relationship from A to Z,...
The Lover's Dictionary - David Levithan
reviewed: You Deserve Nothing
The story of a teacher and his students at a Parisian school for diplomat’s students, You Deserve Nothing centers upon one of...
You Deserve Nothing - Alexander Maksik
reviewed: Shopgirl
The more I learn about him, the more convinced I am that Steve Martin is the ultimate Renaissance man. I read his most recent...
Shopgirl - Steve Martin
reviewed: Labor Day
I was initially drawn to previews for the film Labor Day because of the story alone: a single mother living takes in an escap...
Labor Day - Joyce Maynard
reviewed: God, Sex, Drugs, & Suicide And Other Things That Are Good For You
I first knew Joshua McCarthy as a cast member of the little known film “The Life and Times of Andrew Quinn.” The movie was my...
God, Sex, Drugs, & Suicide And Other Things That Are Good For You - Joshua McCarthy
reviewed: Norwegian Wood
We all know Haruki Murakami is an extremely skilled literary superstar. With Norwegian Wood we get more of the stunning story...
Norwegian Wood - Jay Rubin, Haruki Murakami
reviewed: I'll Give You the Sun
I’ve had trouble getting into most young adult fiction that I’ve crossed paths with lately. Certainly you have to bring some ...
I'll Give You the Sun - Jandy Nelson
reviewed: The Hand That First Held Mine
Maggie O’Farrell’s The Hand That First Held Mine may not be the most challenging piece of fiction I’ve read in recent months,...
The Hand That First Held Mine - Maggie O'Farrell
reviewed: Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig is an iconic story chronicling a father-son American West motor...
Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values - Robert M. Pirsig
reviewed: The Summer of the Bear
Bella Pollen’s The Summer of the Bear was an absolutely incredible novel. I read all 430 pages in a matter of three days, so ...
The Summer of the Bear - Bella Pollen
reviewed: Serena
While the setting is not one to which I would typically be drawn – a Depression-era North Carolina lumber camp – Ron Rash’s ...
Serena - Ron Rash
reviewed: The History of Love
Nicole Krauss’ The History of Love is quite possibly my very favorite modern novel. Though I’ve read this story more times th...
The History of Love - Nicole Krauss
reviewed: First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers
Like Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning, Loung Ung’s memoir First They Killed My Father is the kind of book that leaves...
First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers - Loung Ung
reviewed: The Man Who Quit Money
The title of Mark Sundeen’s account of the revolutionary lifestyle and philosophy of Daniel Suelo was what first caught my ey...
The Man Who Quit Money - Mark Sundeen
reviewed: Outcasts United: A Refugee Team, an American Town
I absolutely loved Warren St. John’s Outcasts United. I’m not a soccer fan but that didn’t effect my interest in this story o...
Outcasts United: A Refugee Team, an American Town - Warren St. John
reviewed: Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar
I’m beginning to think that Cheryl Strayed is one of the most remarkable humans I could ever know (in the figurative rather t...
Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar - Cheryl Strayed
reviewed: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Reading Skloot’s account of Henrietta Lacks’ life and legacy is a deeply rewarding experience, and the true story recounted w...
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - Rebecca Skloot
reviewed: Small Is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered
“A Study of Economics as if People Mattered” is the tagline for Small is Beautiful but don’t think this is a boring book on s...
Small Is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered - E.F. Schumacher
reviewed: Eating Animals
Most of you probably know Jonathan Safran Foer as the author behind Everything is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredib...
Eating Animals - Jonathan Safran Foer
reviewed: Twelve by Twelve: A One-Room Cabin Off the Grid and Beyond the American Dream
The idea of living in a 12 foot by 12 foot cabin is likely more appealing and trendy today than it’s ever been before. I see ...
Twelve by Twelve: A One-Room Cabin Off the Grid and Beyond the American Dream - William Powers
reviewed: This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage
One of the longest and earliest essays featured in this collection recounts Patchett’s method of composition, how she creates...
This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage - Ann Patchett
reviewed: Cool It: The Skeptical Environmentalist's Guide to Global Warming
From Al Gore to Kyoto, from sea level rise to fatal disease, Bjorn Lomborg tackles it all in his book Cool It: The Skeptical ...
Cool It: The Skeptical Environmentalist's Guide to Global Warming - Bjørn Lomborg
reviewed: Moranthology
Caitlin Moran has quite quickly taken up residence as one of my new favorite writers. Though she is a renowned columnist acro...
Moranthology - Caitlin Moran
reviewed: Gabriel García Márquez: a Life
Recently I embarked on a daunting and arduous task: completing Gerald Martin’s biography of Colombian writer Gabriel “Gabo” G...
Gabriel García Márquez: a Life - Gerald Martin
reviewed: Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide
This amazing book addresses a multitude of international women’s issues while placing them in the larger scheme of humanitari...
Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide - Nicholas D. Kristof, Sheryl WuDunn
reviewed: Small Wonder
I believe that there are a few authors who really speak to each of us in an extremely personal and almost eery way. Maybe the...
Small Wonder - Barbara Kingsolver
reviewed: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life
One year without supermarkets. One year of planting, watering, weeding, harvesting. One year without sugary cereals, Chinese ...
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life - Barbara Kingsolver, Steven L. Hopp, Camille Kingsolver, Richard A. Houser
reviewed: Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World
I finally got around to reading the incredible Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder as recommended by my friend Sarah, ...
Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World - Tracy Kidder
reviewed: All Your Worth: The Ultimate Lifetime Money Plan
It didn’t take much for me to fall in love with Elizabeth Warren. Her progressive politics, her earnest concern for the pligh...
All Your Worth: The Ultimate Lifetime Money Plan - Elizabeth Warren, Amelia Warren Tyagi
reviewed: Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit
I picked up Barry Estabrook’s Tomatoland with a little bit of resistance. I’m a huge fan of food non-fiction, but I also had ...
Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit - Barry Estabrook
reviewed: Bright-Sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America
When I picked Barbara Ehrenreich’s Bright-Sided up from the library, I was almost embarrassed to be seen with the book, even ...
Bright-Sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America - Barbara Ehrenreich
reviewed: The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion
I’m pretty smitten with this Meghan Daum character. I read rave reviews of her recently released essay collection The Unspeak...
The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion - Meghan Daum
reviewed: Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived in That House
Meghan Daum’s pseudo-memoir “Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived In That House” is an account of her life told in zip codes, out...
Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived in That House - Meghan Daum
reviewed: Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion
Have you ever realized how clothing is restocked so much more quickly in stores these days than a decade or two in the past? ...
Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion - Elizabeth L. Cline
reviewed: The Book Thief
I recently finished re-reading one of my most favorite books, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Though technically a young adul...
The Book Thief - Markus Zusak
reviewed: Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name
Vendela Vida’s Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name has been on my to-read list for quite some time now. I’m not sure what...
Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name - Vendela Vida
reviewed: Vaclav and Lena
Haley Tanner’s debut novel Vaclav and Lena is a particular brand of boy meets girl story that was a true delight to read. Vac...
Vaclav and Lena - Haley Tanner
reviewed: Glaciers
completely relished my reading of Alexis M. Smith’s debut novel Glaciers, a delightful book that took barely two hours to fin...
Glaciers - Alexis M. Smith
reviewed: Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
What starts as a slightly sketchy job opening working the night shift in a 24-hour bookstore nestled beside a questionable es...
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore - Robin Sloan
reviewed: The Other Typist
Author Suzanne Rindell crafts an enticing, easy to devour story of deception and sin in her debut novel The Other Typist. Thi...
The Other Typist - Suzanne Rindell
reviewed: The Lacuna
Mrs. Kingsolver has done it again! I don’t even know how to begin to describe this novel for it is so elaborately written and...
The Lacuna - Barbara Kingsolver
reviewed: Flight Behavior
As is often the case with Barbara Kingsolver’s novels, it took more time than I preferred to get hooked into Flight Behavior....
Flight Behavior - Barbara Kingsolver
reviewed: Last Night in Twisted River
Don’t let the fact that the first chapter of John Irving’s twelfth novel is focused almost entirely upon a logging accident i...
Last Night in Twisted River - John Irving
reviewed: Blind Sight
The last week of December offered me an unusual wealth of free time that I occupied primarily with eating, sleeping, and read...
Blind Sight - Meg Howrey
reviewed: Why We Broke Up
Although I consider young adult fiction to be a guilty pleasure of mine, sometimes I don’t feel quite so guilty about it. Des...
Why We Broke Up - Maira Kalman, Daniel Handler
reviewed: Arcadia
Some books just begged to be discussed with others. For this very reason, I began a book club… and then started another one. ...
Arcadia - Lauren Groff
reviewed: Freedom
Jonathan Franzen is one of today’s most undeniably talented and intelligent writers and, currently, he is pretty much on top ...
Freedom - Jonathan Franzen
reviewed: By Nightfall
After studying his Pulitzer-Prize-winning novel The Hours in college, there was no doubt in my mind that Michael Cunningham i...
By Nightfall - Michael Cunningham
reviewed: Say Her Name
Francisco Goldman’s novel Say Her Name seems to be all the rage right now. I randomly came across a recommendation somewhere ...
Say Her Name - Francisco Goldman
reviewed: Middlesex
Sure, Jeffrey Eugenides’ Middlesex was published back in the early 2000’s and won a Pulitzer in 2003. But this novel has stoo...
Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides
reviewed: Ready Player One
When a member of my book club first suggested Ready Player One as our read for the month of March, I didn’t have high hopes. ...
Ready Player One - Ernest Cline
reviewed: My American Unhappiness
I was first drawn to Dean Bakopoulos’ second novel because of the title My American Unhappiness. This phrase sums up a lot of...
My American Unhappiness - Dean Bakopoulos
reviewed: The Robber Bride
I consider myself a big Margaret Atwood fan, though I’ve only delved into a few of her novels. And I actually only first read...
The Robber Bride - Margaret Atwood