So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson

So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson I like Ronson’s writing style and previously really enjoyed The Psychopath Test. Shame – how we process it, how we use it on each other – has been on my mind a lot, and it was interesting to see a handful of public shamings explored in-depth. ThereContinue reading “So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson”

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”

Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie I think this book was more me than the book. I love Adichie. Her writing is gorgeously clear and precise and loaded with meaning without having to mine for it. This book is about 15-year-old Kambili, who has been raised by an abusively religious (is that a term? itContinue reading “Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie”

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie This book. Holy shit. This book is everything I’ve ever wanted in a book. It’s gorgeously written, clear, precise, smart, feminist, intelligent, passionate and full of hope and despair and love. It tells the story of a Nigerian immigrant come to America to live with her once-proud aunt so sheContinue reading “Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie”

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson You know… I liked this book. I enjoyed it as I read it. But now as I’m here typing, I don’t know what to tell you. The basic plot is this: Ursula Todd was born and died. And then she was born again, and survived. This act is repeatedContinue reading “Life After Life by Kate Atkinson”

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn I preferred this book to Gone Girl. It felt less trickster-y. In general, I think I really like Gillian Flynn’s writing. It’s detailed and strong and her sentences are packed with emotion. I like that. I’m not usually into the thriller genre but she makes me turn pages and readContinue reading “Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn”