Book Club: How *my* story is – and is not – *her* story

Laura Munson’s memoir This Is Not the Story You Think It Is, which I reviewed yesterday, wasn’t the story I thought it would be – or the one I hoped for, to be honest. I haven’t exactly been in Laura Munson’s shoes, but about eleven years ago, mine were a very similar style and size. I have to admit that that even now, I was looking to find some validation from shoes that had walked […]

Book Talk: *This is Not the Story You Think It Is*, by Laura Munson

Book Talk: *This is Not the Story You Think It Is*, by Laura Munson

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in order to participate in a planned From Left to Write Book Club discussion scheduled for July 21. *I am an Amazon Associate. Use of the purchasing links in this review will generate a small referral fee for me. This Is Not The Story You Think It Is: A Season of Unlikely Happiness Laura Munson Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam (2010), Hardcover (ISBN 0399156658 / 9780399156656) […]

Book Talk: *Admit One: My Life in Film*, by Emmett James

Book Talk: *Admit One: My Life in Film*, by Emmett James

Disclosure: I was provided with a copy of this book by Lisa Roe, Online Publicist, and she has had to wait an unfairly long time for me to read and review it – sorry, Lisa! *I am an Amazon Associate; purchasing links in this review are provided by Amazon.com and will generate a small referral fee for me if clicked and used. Admit One: My Life in Film Emmett James FizzyPop (2010), Hardcover (ISBN 0984258108 […]

Book Talk (Part 1): *In the Land of Believers,* by Gina Welch

Book Talk (Part 1): *In the Land of Believers,* by Gina Welch

Disclosure: I received an Advance Reader’s Copy (ARC) of this book via LibraryThing’s Early Reviewers Program. The book is now available for purchase. *Purchasing links in this review generate referrals through my Amazon Affiliates account. In the Land of Believers: An Outsider’s Extraordinary Journey into the Heart of the Evangelical Church Gina Welch Metropolitan Books (2010), Hardcover (ISBN 0805083375 / 9780805083378) Nonfiction/memoir, 352 pages Opening Lines: “When I began at Thomas Road (Baptist Church) in […]

Book Talk: *Why Is My Mother Getting A Tattoo?*, by Jancee Dunn

Book Talk: *Why Is My Mother Getting A Tattoo?*, by Jancee Dunn

Disclosure: I purchased this book for my personal library. Purchasing links included in this post generate referrals through my Amazon Affiliates account. Why Is My Mother Getting a Tattoo?: And Other Questions I Wish I Never Had to Ask Jancee Dunn Villard (2009), Paperback original (ISBN 0345501926 / 9780345501929) Essay/memoir, 224 pages Opening Lines: “Last Thanksgiving, right about the time that our family had finished scraping up the last of our triple fleet of pies […]

The perception of danger and “The Possibility of Everything”

The perception of danger and “The Possibility of Everything”

NOTE: I originally reviewed Hope Edelman’s The Possibility of Everything (with appropriate disclosures) in October 2009. I’m revisiting it in connection with the Silicon Valley Moms Group Book Club discussion of the memoir across its own sites and members’ blogs (originally scheduled for today), which will feature a Q&A with the author. “It’s a phase. It’ll pass.” Those five words, repeated over and over, got me through some of the quirkier stages of my son’s […]

Book talk: *Hypocrite in a Pouffy White Dress,* by Susan Jane Gilman

Book talk: *Hypocrite in a Pouffy White Dress,* by Susan Jane Gilman

Disclosure: This book was purchased for my personal collection. *Purchasing links in this review are connected to my Amazon Associates account; I will earn a small percentage of any sales these links generate. Hypocrite in a Pouffy White Dress: Tales of Growing Up Groovy and Clueless Susan Jane Gilman (blog) Grand Central Publishing (2005), Paperback (ISBN 0446679496 / 9780446679497) Memoir, 368 pages Opening lines (from the Introduction): “This is a book about growing up ambitious […]

Book talk: *When Everything Changed*, by Gail Collins

Book talk: *When Everything Changed*, by Gail Collins

Disclosures: I purchased this as an e-book to read on my Amazon Kindle. *Purchasing links in this review go through my Amazon Associates account. When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present Gail Collins Little, Brown and Company (2009), Hardcover/E-book (ISBN 0316059544 / 9780316059541) Nonfiction (history/society), 480 pages Opening Lines (from the Introduction): “On a steamy morning in the summer of 1960, Lois Rabinowitz, a 28-year-old secretary for an […]

The Year in Review: Reading – 2009 Final Bookkeeping, and my Books of the Year

The Year in Review: Reading – 2009 Final Bookkeeping, and my Books of the Year

Before getting into the discussion of the quality of my reading this year, let’s run some numbers: BOOKKEEPING: The Reading Status Report Number of books read and reviewed in 2009: 47. This is an improvement over my 2007 reading, and a nice return to form from the dismal 35 I read in 2008. Given the pace at which I usually read, which isn’t aided by big chunks of reading time (other than my “Starbucks hour” […]

The Year(s) in Review: A Decade of Favorite Reads

The Year(s) in Review: A Decade of Favorite Reads

The year-end wrap-ups you start seeing everywhere in December are being joined by recaps of the decade this time around. There’s probably no reason one can’t take time to look back over the last 10 years every year, but when you’re talking about the block of years running from ‘0 to ‘9 (or ‘1 to ‘0, depending on how you prefer to count), that usually means “THE decade.” Hence, as we reach December of 2009, […]

Book talk: “Lift,” by Rebecca O’Connor

Book talk: “Lift,” by Rebecca O’Connor

Disclosures: My thanks to the author, Rebecca O’Connor, for sending me an ARC of this book to review. *The puchasing link at the end of the review goes through my Amazon Associates account. Lift Rebecca K. O’Connor Red Hen Press, 2009 (ISBN 9781597094603 / 1597094609) Memoir, 208 pages Opening Lines: “I should kill the duck. I know how to do it. A master falconer showed me with a deft hand.” Book description: Captivated by a […]

Book Talk: “The Longest Trip Home,” by John Grogan (TLC Book Tour)

Book Talk: “The Longest Trip Home,” by John Grogan (TLC Book Tour)

Disclosures: I received this book for review from the publisher via TLC Book Tours; no additional compensation was offered to me, or accepted by me. *The purchasing link at the end of this review goes through my Amazon Affiliates account. The Longest Trip Home: A Memoir John Grogan (blog) Harper (2009), Paperback (ISBN 0061713309 / 9780061713309) Nonfiction/memoir, 352 pages Opening Lines: “The call came on a school night in the autumn of 2002. Jenny was […]