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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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Desert Flower: the Extraordinary Journey of a Desert Nomad by Waris Dirie

This memoir explores the life of Waris Dirie, recognized by many for her work as a model, and by others for her advocacy for human rights and a battle against female genital mutilation. The reader follows her from her early … Continue reading

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Stolen Lives: Twenty Years in a Desert Jail by Malika Oufkir

Stolen Lives recounts the story of Malika Oufkir, whose father was the closest aide to the King of Morocco. We follow Malika from the age of five, as she is raised in the palace as the princess’ companion. While life in the harem is … Continue reading

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Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast

Thank you, Roz Chast, for writing this book. And thank you for being so honest and providing us with a truer picture of what taking care of aging parents can really be like. And most of all, thank you for reminding us … Continue reading

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The Reason I Jump: the Inner Voice of a Thirteen-year-old Boy with Autism by Naoki Higashida

Naoki Higashida is a thirteen-year-old boy with autism so severe that he cannot speak aloud.  But using an alphabet grid, he–letter by letter–has composed this missive from the depths of autism, revealing that a clever mind and keen perception lie … Continue reading

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My Age of Anxiety: Fear, hope, dread and the search for peace of mind by Scott Stossel

In his new book, Scott Stossel describes his harrowing experience with clinical anxiety as well as its origins as a psychiatric disease. He looks at the philosophical and biological underpinnings of anxiety and the amazing response from pharmacology, both as a benefit for … Continue reading

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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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