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Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamotte

I’m not a writer but Anne Lamott makes me believe that I could be a great one.  Bird by Bird is a writing manual that reads like a memoir, a very funny, life affirming, let’s get real memoir.  She reminds … Continue reading

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The Good Lord Bird by James McBride

Nothing funnier than a cross-dressing slave boy riding the circuit with crazy ole John Brown.  Offensive, hilarious, violent and sad, James McBride fills the Kansas Territory with characters straight out of a Mel Brooks movie and then throws in a dash … Continue reading

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Want Not by Jonathan Miles

Jonathan Miles crafts three separate stories in this novel of loss and desire. Micah and Talmadge are freegan lovers who invite an old friend into their New York City squat and their dumpster diving lifestyle.  Dr. Elwin Cross wants his wife … Continue reading

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The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner

The Flamethrowers is set in 1975 where Reno, a 25 year old woman interested in motorcycles and art falls in love with Sandro Valero, a much older artist from an uber wealthy Italian family. The story moves between the Bonneville Salt Flats, the 1970s New York City art … Continue reading

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White Girls by Hilton Als

Hilton Als‘ essays about gender identity, race awareness, African-American gay men and masculinity will give readers severe whiplash.  He does indeed discuss several white girls, Flannery O’Connor for one, but then he also explores the white-girlness of Truman Capote, Michael Jackson and Eminem. … Continue reading

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The Disappearing Spoon: and Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table fo the Elements by Sam Kean

I need to confess that I gave up reading this book.  I thought it was because my science knowledge was so abysmal and this theory was bolstered by numerous reviewers praising Kean for his accessible writing.  But I kept having … Continue reading

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Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir by Jenny Lawson

This hilarious Swiss Family Robinson meets Glass Castles memoir is not for the easily offended.  Jenny Lawson, plagued with anxiety and panic attacks finds solace in the online community she meets through her blog; The Bloggess, Like Mother Teresa, Only … Continue reading

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No One Has to Die Alone: Preparing for a Meaningful Death by Lani Leary

We read books to help us parent well, to strengthen our marriage, to improve our careers and to manage our finances, but it seems off-putting to read a book to help us prepare for death.  But Lani Leary, author of … Continue reading

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Henry’s Demons: Living with Schizophrenia, A Father and Son’s Story by Patrick and Henry Cockburn

Patrick Cockburn, a globe trotting journalist covering the war in Afghanistan, receives a phone call that his beloved son has suffered a breakdown. Twenty-year old Henry has dived fully clothed into the freezing waters near his home and nearly drowned. … Continue reading

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The Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination by Elizabeth McCraken

What a sweet, heavy, sorrowful story. Elizabeth McCraken’s baby dies in the ninth month of pregnancy and this is her story rolled out backwards for her readers, from the opening pages when she shares that her precious son dies and … Continue reading

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