Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Landline by Rainbow Rowell I’m really loving Rowell’s books. This had all the readability of a great YA lit book but was about an adult relationship on the brink. It was smart and the characters were real, and I closed it feeling super-satisfied (and a little homesick for my husband.) Read this when you wantContinue reading “Landline by Rainbow Rowell”

Dietland by Sarai Walker

Dietland by Sarai Walker Dietland was recommended to me by a colleague, Eve Vawter (she ended up doing an amaaazing interview with Walker, too.) “You are going to love this book,” she said. I’ve been pickier than usual with my reading lately, opting for fast-paced plot-driven books over the meandering literary stuff I sometimes enjoy. “IsContinue reading “Dietland by Sarai Walker”

Daring Greatly by Brené Brown

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown You might not know the name Brené Brown, but you are probably familiar with her TED talk on vulnerability and shame. Brown is a researcher. If you are like any number of the people IContinue reading “Daring Greatly by Brené Brown”

The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison

The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison This book was really powerful for me. It’s a series of essays that starts with the author describing her experience as a Medical Actor – someone who plays a patient with a script of symptoms and issues that a doctor in training must then diagnose. It continues on toContinue reading “The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison”

The Dream of a Common Language by Adrienne Rich

The Dream of a Common Language by Adrienne Rich Beautiful. I read it because this is the book of poems, particularly the poem Power, that kept Wild (which I was rereading when I picked this up) author Cheryl Strayed going on her hike. I have to admit I don’t read poetry often, and much ofContinue reading “The Dream of a Common Language by Adrienne Rich”

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer You’ve probably already heard of this book, but.  When I got it I was searching for a book about going into the wilderness since I was craving something like Wild by Cheryl Strayed. I was familiar with the story and had watched the documentary, but hadn’t ever read theContinue reading “Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer”

Yes Please by Amy Poehler

Yes Please by Amy Poehler Totally enjoyable. There was a little too much about the Upright Citizens Brigade that I didn’t feel I could relate to – it was a lot of name dropping, fun having, and stuff people who are into Improv would enjoy – but other than that, truly pleasant read. She’s personalContinue reading “Yes Please by Amy Poehler”

The Love Wife by Gish Jen

The Love Wife by Gish Jen Took me quite a long time to get through. Didn’t connect with these characters as much as I did in Typical American or Mona in the Promised Land. Still good. In a lot of ways this book is more about a well-meaning white lady trying to best care forContinue reading “The Love Wife by Gish Jen”