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The Trauma Cleaner by Sarah Krasnostein

Read February 2018 Recommended for fans of biographies ★    ★   1/2   Recently, The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death was been popping up in discussion, and I had been toying with a re-read until fortuitously offered … Continue reading

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Notorious RBG by Carmon and Knizhnik

I’m still mad at RBG. Appointed by Clinton in 1993, Ruth was only the second female on the Supreme Court (That’s right, kids: the mens used to think that mixing a career and family was too much for us. It … Continue reading

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Black Man in a White Coat by Damon Tweedy, M.D.

Read  June 2017 Recommended for people who want to understand more about health and race ★    ★    ★    1/2   If there is one thing that can pull me out of my traditional genres, it’s a meditation on modern medicine. … Continue reading

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The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien, read by Bryan Cranston

Read March 2017 Recommended for fans of war stories ★    ★    ★   1/2 This is quite the book, and Cranston is quite the reader. Well suited with gravely voice, solemn tones, perfect diction and flow that draws me in. I’m … Continue reading

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Malcolm X as told to Alex Haley

Read June  2016 Recommended for people who want to think  ★     ★     ★     ★    ★ “I’ve had enough of someone else’s propaganda,” I had written to these friends. “I’m for truth, no matter who tells it. … Continue reading

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Drawing Blood by Molly Crabapple. Maybe a drop or two.

Read March 2016 Recommended for autobiographies, NYC art scene  ★     ★     ★     I never know how to rate autobiographies because I feel as if I’m passing judgement on the person. Is that why people read them? … Continue reading

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

Read February 2016 Recommended for anyone with aging parents.  ★    ★    ★   ★   Don’t be misled; cartoons don’t make for easy reading. Roz Chast takes an unflinching look at her interactions with her aging parents in their very, … Continue reading

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Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh

Read July 2014 Recommended for fans of humorous biographies, people with problem dogs, people who love cake ★    ★    ★    ★    ★ Allie Brosh astounds me. Despite her strange little drawings, particularly a self-portrait that looks something like … Continue reading

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Redefining Realness by Janet Mock

Read May 2014 Recommended for fans of memoirs, identity issues ★   ★   ★   ★   I’ve been interested in this book ever since hearing Janet Mock talk on The Colbert Report (segment here). I loved her willingness to laugh at herself, … Continue reading

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Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling

Read March 2014 ★   ★   ★ A book that delivers exactly on its premise, nothing more, nothing less. I honestly hadn’t known who Kaling was before picking this up at a friend’s house (being an indifferent watcher of television) but I … Continue reading

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