Book Review | Dear Mr. You by Mary-Louise Parker

Mary-Louise Parker came to Iowa City to promote this book and I didn’t even consider going to see her. I assumed this was a “celebrity book” and though I’ve enjoyed some “celebrity books” (most recently Mindy Kaling’s Why Not Me) I didn’t have particularly high expectations for Dear Mr. You. I was not prepared by how deeply, […]

Book Review: Why Not Me? – Mindy Kaling

Why Not Me? came in my October Popsugar Must Have subscription box and, as much to my surprise, I’m glad it did! Before I read this book I liked Mindy Kaling just fine. I’ve found her moderately funny and wouldn’t walk out of a club if I happened to see her doing stand up, but I […]

Book Review | Little Princes: One Man’s Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal by Conor Grennan

I don’t know where I first heard about Little Princes: One Man’s Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal, but I do know that it had been on my to-read list for quite some time and I was really looking forward to it. Unfortunately, it failed to live up to my lofty expectations, and […]

Book Review | Her by Christa Parravani

Her, a memoir by Christa Parravani was absolutely stunning. Stunning in the most messed up way. Stunning in how I had to read parts of it out of the corner of my eye because I simply couldn’t deal with it. There is so much emotion and pain and grief and sickness and just . . . humanness. […]

Book Review | Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt

5/5 stars I’m glad everyone else in the world has already read this book, because it means I don’t have to immediately call everyone I know and force them to read it. This is truly one of the most heartbreaking books I’ve ever read. It’s the kind of book that makes you want to go […]

Review | Then Again by Diane Keaton

I received Diane Keaton’s autobiography, Then Again, as a birthday gift. I’m grateful that I did, because if I hadn’t I likely would never have picked up this fascinating, honest, and sometimes (endearingly) depressing book. After her mother’s death, Diane Keaton ran across dozens and dozens of journals her mother had kept. They’re all packed full […]

Book Review | The Discomfort Zone by Jonathan Franzen

What the hell, Franzen. I love your fiction! Strong Motion was fantastic. The Twenty-Seventh City is one of the best first novels I’ve ever read. When I got done reading The Corrections I missed the characters for months. Actively missed them! But your non-fiction? God damn, I hate it. I read How to Be Alone (his collection of essays) years […]

Book Review | Uncompromised: The Rise, Fall and Redemption of an Arab American Patriot in the CIA

I was not familiar with Nada Prouty’s story prior to receiving Uncompromised from the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program and I’m not sure I can say I’m particularly glad to know it now. Mostly it was just completely disgusting and made me embarrassed for my country and what was done to her. Nada was born in […]