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”

“She is undeniably a funny lady, and her humor translates beautifully — even more powerfully, I’d argue — to the page. Her jokes have more time to build, her punchlines land harder. She’s created an entirely hilarious read that will delight her current fans by giving them a pitcher-sized serving of her normally shot-sized jokesContinue reading

Reeling Through Life by Tara Ison

Reeling Through Life by Tara Ison I was lucky enough to have a Creative Writing class in college with Tara Ison. This is the first of her books that I’ve read. It’s a series of essays that illuminate Ison’s life and the way that it was shaped by movies.  I really enjoyed the book, thoughContinue reading “Reeling Through Life by Tara Ison”

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”

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”

Book Review: The Chronology of Water by Lidia Yuknavitch

The Chronology of Water by Lidia Yuknavitch So, I want to preface everything I’m about to say with: I liked this memoir. I don’t know that I loved it, I’m curious to what extent reading Wild immediately before affected my interpretation of it, and most of what I’m about to say is more like theContinue reading “Book Review: The Chronology of Water by Lidia Yuknavitch”