I’ll Have What She’s Having: My Adventures in Celebrity Dieting by Rebecca Harrington
essays / food / nonfiction

I’ll Have What She’s Having: My Adventures in Celebrity Dieting by Rebecca Harrington

Apparently, I’ll Have What She’s Having is based on a series of articles Rebbeca Harrington wrote in New York Magazine. That explains the choppiness and length of the chapters; they must have just compiled them and bound them. The premise of the book is cute, she tries various celebrity diets and reports back. Unfortunately, the … Continue reading

Selfish, shallow, and self-absorbed : sixteen writers on the decision not to have kids edited by Meghan Daum
essays / nonfiction

Selfish, shallow, and self-absorbed : sixteen writers on the decision not to have kids edited by Meghan Daum

Some of the essays in Selfish were really good. Geoff Dryer’s essay was hilarious. Others were sort of sad. Lots of divorces and bad childhoods.  I can’t say I related to a lot of them but it was interesting to read the reasons people had for making the same decision I made not to have … Continue reading

Agorafabulous!: Dispatches from My Bedroom by Sara Benincasa
essays / memoir / nonfiction

Agorafabulous!: Dispatches from My Bedroom by Sara Benincasa

I had mixed feelings about Agorafabulous!. On one hand, it was fascinating to read about agoraphobia, on the other I felt like she was trying too hard to be funny at times and occasionally was slightly offensive. For example, she’d refer to people’s race, sexuality or ethnicity all the time even when it didn’t matter. It … Continue reading

I Blame Dennis Hopper: And Other Stories from a Life Lived In and Out of the Movies by Illeana Douglas
essays / memoir / nonfiction

I Blame Dennis Hopper: And Other Stories from a Life Lived In and Out of the Movies by Illeana Douglas

I’ve been a big fan of Illeana Douglas’ work for a long time so I was excited when this finally came in for me at the library. I Blame Dennis Hopper is certainly an intriguing title so luckily she starts off with a chapter with an explanation of why, exactly, she blames Dennis Hopper.* She has good … Continue reading

Hungry Heart: Adventures in Life, Love, and Writing  by Jennifer Weiner
essays / memoir / nonfiction

Hungry Heart: Adventures in Life, Love, and Writing by Jennifer Weiner

I’ve always sort of liked Jennifer Weiner’s books. They are fluffy but generally well-written, normally set in the Mid-Atlantic, frequently feature dogs, characters are normal people and they are not too romance novel-y. I had read her blog back in 2002 (when even her publisher had to ask her what a blog was) and follow … Continue reading

Schadenfreude, A Love Story: Me, the Germans, and 20 Years of Attempted Transformations, Unfortunate Miscommunications, and Humiliating Situations That Only They Have Words  For by Rebecca Schuman
essays / memoir / nonfiction

Schadenfreude, A Love Story: Me, the Germans, and 20 Years of Attempted Transformations, Unfortunate Miscommunications, and Humiliating Situations That Only They Have Words For by Rebecca Schuman

Schadenfreude almost made me want to go to Germany. Rebecca Shuman did a great job of weaving in her personal story (she basically became a German major–without knowing German!–because she had a crush on a boy in high school who introduced her to Kafka), the sites and sounds of Germany and Prague, and the struggles of … Continue reading