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

A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy by Sue Klebold
memoir / nonfiction / true crime

A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy by Sue Klebold

Sue Klebold’s book was the story of an ordinary woman who raised one of the shooters in the Columbine school shooting. Her son, Dylan, and his friend killed twelve students,  a teacher and wounded twenty-four others. I remember the shooting quite vividly, I was just a couple years older than the shooters and had rather recently … 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