Category Archives: Nonfiction

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
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By turns ghastly and intriguing, this nonfiction piece looks at what happens to our bodies after we die, particularly for cadavers willed to science. The realities are somewhat unsettling, but Roach treats the subject with a light, irreverent tone that … Continue reading

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Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson
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I’ve been reading Jenny Lawson’s hilariously funny posts over at thebloggess.com for a while now. She always cracks me up, but I hadn’t gotten around to reading her first published book Let’s Pretend This Never Happened until this week (and yes, I’m … Continue reading

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The Potty Mouth at the Table by Laurie Notaro
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If you read this blog at all, you know how much I LOVE humor writer Laurie Notaro. So I’m not sure how I missed her last book of essays, The Potty Mouth at the Table. (Except Outlander, so I guess … Continue reading

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Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety by Daniel Smith
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We now interrupt this Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice readalong challenge currently in progress to bring you a look at how I procrastinate when I should be getting ahead on said challenge, hanging out with my dad in the hospital, … Continue reading

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The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe
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Really not sure what to say about this one. It’s a short memoir of an impromptu, two-member book club which arises when a young man tries to talk to his mother about something while accompanying her to cancer treatments. Nothing … Continue reading

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Two Dorks, One Book: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (and Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling
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Michelle says: So I read this in one evening for my neighborhood book club (the first one Kelley is going to drive up and join me for! Yay!) and found it reasonably enjoyable. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? is … Continue reading

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You Better Not Cry by Augusten Burroughs
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I’m not usually much for Christmas-themed memoirs, but I found this one at The Dollar Tree and I’d read some other stuff by Burroughs, so I figured I would give it a try. This was a brief memoir of Christmas … Continue reading

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The Psychology of Dexter – Bella DePaulo
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On the one hand, this book is incredibly nerdy (who reads psychological essays about their favorite show besides me?) and on the other, it is completely engrossing and thought-provoking; I mostly loved The Psychology of Dexter. A couple of the … Continue reading

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Laurie Notaro – The Humor Essays (Not the Fiction, which Frankly, Sucks)
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It Looked Different on the Model: Epic Tales of Impending Shame and Infamy (2011) It is hard to do these awesomely funny books justice without giving away the premise of the jokes. Notaro is hilarious and self-deprecating in a way that … Continue reading

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