Monthly Archives: September 2010

You Better Not Cry- Augusten Burroughs

I have been a fan of Augusten’s for quite some time. I have read all of his books and enjoyed almost all of those books. This latest memoir was a disappointment. I looked for the humor and the heartbreak that … Continue reading

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Last Night I Sang to the Monster by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Grab your tissues, ‘cause this one’s a tear jerker. In place of his senior year of high school, Zach is in rehab. He doesn’t remember why he’s there, so we learn about his circumstances as he works through remembering in … Continue reading

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Peony in Love by Lisa See

Peony is a lovesick maiden in China during the 1600s. Meaning, she read a play called The Peony Pavilion and then, like the main character in the play, starved herself to death for want of love. The first half of … Continue reading

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Livability is a collection of nine short stories written by Jonathan Raymond. These stories all take place in Oregon. Many of the stories involve drifters, failed relationships, and missed opportunities in life. They are both touching and sad. Two of … Continue reading

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Julie and Julia – starring Meryl Streep (Julia Child) and Amy Adams (Julie Powell)

Unbeknownst to my colleagues, I am basically a sentimental sap and I absolutely loved this movie. Julie Powell is a food and recipe blogger and, of course, we all know who Julia Child is. In this fun movie, Julie decides … Continue reading

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Band of Joy [CD], by Robert Plant

Back in the days when Led Zeppelin was still a going concern, my friends all seemed to worship guitarist Jimmy Page. And indeed, the man could play guitar; terrestrial radio (and now its satellite competitor, XM Sirius) still vibrates to … Continue reading

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Mad in America: Bad Science, Bad Medicine, and the Enduring Mistreatment of the Mentally Ill by Robert Whitaker

Back in 1998, while doing research for an article, the author discovered some medical studies that revealed that the outcomes for people in the United States with schizophrenia have worsened over the past 25 years. Even more puzzling, the outcomes … Continue reading

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City of Thieves by David Benioff

I started reading The Passage by Cronin and the City of Thieves simultaneously.  I stopped reading the  The Passage on about page 40 because of the mounting tension and the prospect of vampires.  But somehow I could continue reading the fictionalized account of the  … Continue reading

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Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin

This biography of Lincoln the covers the start of his quest for the presidency until his assassination, chronicles his relationship with the men who made up his Cabinet. Most of these politicians ran against him during the 1960 Republican Convention. … Continue reading

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Burn by Nevada Barr

Anna Pigeon is back for a somewhat different tale of adventure and suspense. She’s not in a National Park this time, but visiting a friend in New Orleans for some R and R after her more recent traumas. Anna becomes … Continue reading

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