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”

Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh

Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh I was familiar with the comic but not a dedicated reader. This was fun to read, I laughed out loud several times. I continue to be a little perplexed by the blogs-into-books thing but this is the second one I’ve purchased (I also have Tiny Beautiful Things althoughContinue reading “Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh”

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”

Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan

Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan Woman starts feeling strange, within a month she’s nearly catatonic with what the doctors are saying is schizo-affective disorder. Compelling book about the brain issue that caused this and how she is now. That said, I think what was most compelling was her struggle toContinue reading “Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan”

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”

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay So… confession. I also read her book An Untamed State and was not impressed. I wanted to be. I follow Gay on Twitter and tumblr and am an all-around fan, so I scooped up that novel with enthusiasm, but for me it just fell flat. Another confession: I read thisContinue reading “Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay”

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson I really loved the beginning of this book. It felt raw and real and dealt with adult-type things in a teen-like way. It was great. The language was sharp and funny and insightful. Once you get about a quarter of the way in it starts becoming moreContinue reading “I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson”