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Sister Mother Husband Dog, (etc) by Delia Ephron

Delia Ephron has written an entertaining group of personal essays that range from the deeply touching to the absurdly humorous in Sister Mother Husband Dog, (etc.)  The first essay in the book is a tribute to her late sister, the writer Nora … Continue reading

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Wild Comfort: the Solace of Nature by Kathleen Dean Moore

Perhaps the best essay in Wild Comfort is the piece that launches the collection, The Solace of Snakes.  It’s possible that it’s my favorite essay because of her cunning implementation of snake tins (sheets of metal) to give snakes a … Continue reading

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Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris

Don’t be fooled, you’ll learn nothing about diabetes or owls here, but the random suggestion makes it all the more entertaining.  Shortly before this book was released, I had the privilege of attending “An Evening with David Sedaris” in Kansas … Continue reading

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Toddler: Real-life Stories of Those Fickle, Irrational, Urgent, Tiny People We Love

These days, I read a lot of mom-oirs – enough to feel justified making up a word to describe the sub-genre clash of parenting book meets memoir.  My twins are fifteen months old.  They toddle and they’re fickle, irrational, urgent, … Continue reading

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Drop Dead Healthy: One Man’s Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection by A. J. Jacobs (CD Audio)

I’ve been a fan of A. .J. Jacobs since I read 2007’s hilarious and thought-provoking The Year of Living Biblically, so I anticipated enjoying the author’s latest quest for self-improvement, Drop Dead Healthy.  I wasn’t disappointed.  A. .J. Jacobs chronicles … Continue reading

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I Married You for Happiness by Lily Tuck

This short novel takes place over the course of one night and opens with a death.  Nina is calling her husband, Phillip, for dinner and when he doesn’t answer, she immediately senses what has happened.  She decides to keep his … Continue reading

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Wesley the Owl by Stacie O’Brien

Wesley the Owl is a fascinating story about the 19 years Stacie O’Brien shares with Wesley, a barn owl.  Stacie, an employee at Caltech, is offered the opportunity to raise a barn owl.  She immediately accepts the offer and throws … Continue reading

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Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (and Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling

In the introduction, Kaling says of herself, “I’m only marginally qualified to be giving advice at all. My body mass index is certainly not ideal, I frequently use my debit card to buy things that cost less than three dollars, … Continue reading

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Blood, Bones, and Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef by Gabrielle Hamilton

Blood, Bones, and Butter—the title piqued my curiosity.  For the audiobook, Hamilton has a pretty straight tone as a reader, which made me hesitant at first, but it’s true to her personality and works surprisingly well for me as a … Continue reading

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Making Babies: Stumbling into Motherhood by Anne Enright

I didn’t expect to love the book Making Babies: Stumbling into Motherhood, by Anne Enright.  The silly, cutesy title and cover photo inclined me to shrug my shoulders and hide what I was reading in public.  And the first essay … Continue reading

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