Monthly Archives: February 2010

The Ice Storm by Rick Moody

Five things I hate about Rick Moody: 1. His writerly tone can be absolutely obnoxious. I mean overbearing, arrogant, snotty, condescending, downright rude to the reader. 2. His world view is bleaker than mine, which makes me jealous. 3. Some … Continue reading

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When Harry Met Sally

Are you one of those people who has never seen When Harry Met Sally? If your answer is yes, I say what are you waiting for? They say that laughter is the best medicine, and this movie is worth a … Continue reading

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The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton

Michael Crichton, one of my favorite authors, died in 2008. To pay homage to him, I decided to reread his first book (published under his real name), The Andromeda Strain. Written in 1969, I was afraid it would be very … Continue reading

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Bodies in Doubt: An American History of Intersex by Elizabeth Reis

Elizabeth Reis, Associate Professor in the Women’s and Gender Studies Program and the History Department at the University of Oregon, shines a bright light into a dark alley in the history of American medicine.  The question for medical professionals: how … Continue reading

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The Hole We’re In by Gabrielle Zevin

The decisions we make to pursue or maintain an image affect our entire lives, and the lives of our children. Sure, it’s a quick way to describe Zevin’s new book but the devil sure is in the details… in the … Continue reading

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Walking in Circles before Lying Down by Merrill Markoe

The best category I can come up with for this book is: chick lit with dogs. The heroine, Dawn, on the rebound from a bad relationship, struggling with a second bad relationship and in the process of stumbling into a … Continue reading

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Farewell, My Subaru: an Epic Adventure in Local Living by Doug Fine

When Fine bought his 41 acre ranch in New Mexico, he had four goals in mind. “1. Use a lot less oil 2.  Power my life by renewable energy 3. Eat as locally as possible 4. Don’t starve, electrocute myself, … Continue reading

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Echelon Vendetta by David Stone

Micah Dalton is a cleaner. He “cleans up” other agent’s mistakes. When his mentor supposedly commits suicide, Micah investigates. It is non-stop action and intrigue in London, Italy and the U.S.A. as Micah hunts for the killer. What is different … Continue reading

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The Whitney Chronicles by Judy Baer

I went through a phase where I read nothing but Christian Chick Lit. I couldn’t get enough of the pink covers with high heels and little dogs. My favorite has to be The Whitney Chronicles by Judy Baer. Whitney is … Continue reading

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BabyCakes: Vegan, Gluten-free, and (Mostly) Sugar-free Recipes from New York’s Most Talked-about Bakery by Erin McKenna

This is a wonderful cookbook for people with any kind of food allergies. It is written by Erin McKenna, who developed celiacs disease after she opened her bakery in N. Y. City.

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