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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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This Is Where I Leave You by by Jonathan Tropper

This Is Where I Leave You is about death, divorce and dysfunction and it is hilarious. Shorty after Judd’s wife leaves him for his boss, Judd’s father dies and his mother announces that his father’s last wish was for the … Continue reading

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Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand: A Novel by Helen Simonson

Major Pettigrew would never have a Facebook page. He would be absolutely horrified by the Jackass and Borat movies. Discreet, polite, always a gentleman, Major Pettigrew is a man to be counted upon. The Major is rather alone, recently widowed … Continue reading

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Nothing to be Frightened Of by Julian Barnes

This book I love. Julian Barnes is an author of essays and works of fiction, most recently his novel, Arthur and George. In this memoir, Barnes explores his thoughts on religion and death, more specifically fear of death. He muses … Continue reading

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Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas

Before reading this book, I was already familiar with Deitrich Bonhoeffer, the amazing minister and theologian who sacrificed his life in an attempt to save his beloved countrymen from Hitler. However, after completing Metaxas’ biography on this great man, Bonhoeffer … Continue reading

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Winter’s Bone by Daniel Woodrell

Author Daniel Woodrell was born in Springfield, Missouri and graduated from KU before heading over to the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He currently lives in the Ozarks and this is his second book to be adapted to film. The main character, … Continue reading

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Our Boys A Perfect Season on the Plains with the Smith Center Redmen by Joe Drape

If this book doesn’t make you want to put your McMansion up for sale and load up your spoiled Johnson County children and head to Western Kansas for a slice of real life well I don’t know what will. Yes, … Continue reading

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