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reviewed The Guinea Pig Diaries: My Life as an.... December 16, 2010
The Guinea Pig Diaries: My Life as an Experiment
   After reading the entire Encyclopedia Brittanica and living by all of the rules in the Bible, A. J. Jacobs found himself addicted to “experience journalism.” He couldn’t …
reviewed The Good Good Pig. December 16, 2010
The Good Good Pig
   When Sy Montgomery and her husband adopted a piglet they named Christopher Hogwood, a piglet who “was a runt among runts,” they had no idea what they were getting into. Christopher …
reviewed The Gargoyle. December 16, 2010
The Gargoyle
   When I received The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson, I really had no idea what to expect. This book has been getting a lot of buzz, and that’s not always a good indicator of its actual …
reviewed Down Around Midnight: A Memoir of Cra.... December 16, 2010
Down Around Midnight: A Memoir of Crash and
   When Geoffrey Jennings of Rainy Day Books handsells Down Around Midnight, he says, Down Around Midnight is a book about a plane crash on Cape Cod…if Midnight in the Garden of Good …
reviewed The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biogra.... December 10, 2010
The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer
   Screw the suspense, I’m just going to start with this: If you are going to read one work of nonfiction this year (or in the next five years), make it The Emperor of All Maladies, Siddhartha …
reviewed The Devil and Sherlock Holmes: Tales .... December 10, 2010
The Devil and Sherlock Holmes: Tales of Murder,
   David Grann’s The Devil and Sherlock Holmes: Tales of Murder, Madness, and Obsession is exactly what it says it is. A collection of twelve essays, nine of which appeared previously …
reviewed Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter: A Novel. December 10, 2010
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter: A Novel
   In 1979, Larry Ott took a girl on a date to the drive-in, and she was never seen again.  Despite the fact that no evidence connecting Larry to the disappearance—which was quickly …
reviewed Click: When We Knew We Were Feminists. December 10, 2010
Click: When We Knew We Were Feminists
   Seeking inspiration for a novel she was writing a few years ago, J. Courtney Sullivan sent an email to several friends asking them, “What was the moment that made you a feminist? Was …
reviewed Charlatan: America's Most Dangerous H.... December 10, 2010
Charlatan: America's Most Dangerous Huckster, the
   Chronicling the almost unbelievable game of cat-and-mouse between John R. Brinkley, a “doctor” who settled in Milford, Kansas and made a fortune performing sham surgeries—implanting …
reviewed Bright-Sided. December 10, 2010
Bright-Sided
   I’ll just go ahead and say it: my love for Barbara Ehrenreich knows no bounds. In Bright-Sided, Ehrenreich, in her typically no-nonsense voice of reason, attacks the “relentless …
reviewed Boneshaker. December 10, 2010
Boneshaker
   Two years ago, I had never heard of Steampunk (and if pressed, I would have guessed it had something to do with music).  Three months ago, I’d heard of it, and I could even name …
reviewed Beowulf on the Beach: What to Love an.... December 10, 2010
Beowulf on the Beach: What to Love and What to
   I’ve always considered myself to be pretty well read, but in the years since I graduated from college, I’ve begun to realize exactly how many of the classics I missed out on, …
reviewed Beatrice and Virgil: A Novel. December 10, 2010
Beatrice and Virgil: A Novel
   The subtitle of this post should be something like “In which I explain my ambivalence about a book I REALLY wanted to love. But meh.” Published April 13, 2010 by Spiegel & …
reviewed Bad Marie: A Novel (P.S.). December 10, 2010
Bad Marie: A Novel (P.S.)
   You know a book is good when it inspires me to bastardize Lady Gaga lyrics. Or it’s a sign of the coming apocalypse. In the case of Marcy Dermansky’s Bad Marie, the book is …
reviewed American Wife: A Novel. December 10, 2010
American Wife: A Novel
   American Wife is the story of Alice Lindgren, a middle-class woman (and registered Democrat) from a small town in Wisconsin who grows up to become a children’s librarian but then …
reviewed American Music. December 10, 2010
American Music [Hardcover]
   Jane Mendelsohn’s new novel American Music opens in New York City, 2005, as a woman rides the subway to work. With her steady gaze and long coat, her faded satchel and heavy boots, …
reviewed Bet Me. December 10, 2010
Bet Me
   If you’re sitting there scratching your head, thinking, “How the hell did The Book Lady end up reading a romance novel?,” then you obviously missed this post. Here’s …
reviewed House of Leaves. December 10, 2010
House of Leaves
   Okay, so I’m feeling a little guilty about bailing on this 660+ page beast of a book because I was the instigator of the “hey, let’s read it together” conversation …
reviewed How Did You Get This Number. December 10, 2010
How Did You Get This Number
   Perhaps my expectations were too high (which can happen when a writer is compared to David Sedaris), or perhaps I’ve reached my saturation point for the humorous memoir-in-vignettes …
reviewed Skippy Dies: A Novel. December 10, 2010
Skippy Dies: A Novel
   Imagine if the Harry Potter books were written for adults, set at an all-boys boarding school in Dublin, and had dirtier jokes and a more serious theme, and you’ll have the phenomenal …
reviewed A Visit from the Goon Squad. December 10, 2010
A Visit from the Goon Squad
   Lovers of the linear narrative and start-at-point-A-and-end-at-point-B story beware! Jennifer Egan is back, and she’s not messing around. A Visit from the Goon Squad is a collection …
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