Review: What I Found in a Thousand Towns

What I Found in a Thousand Towns: A Traveling Musician's Guide to Rebuilding America's Communities—One Coffee Shop, Dog Run, and Open-Mike Night at a Time By Dar Williams My review: 2 of 5 stars I haven't read reviews of this book yet, but I suspect that what people think about this book will largely have to … Continue reading Review: What I Found in a Thousand Towns

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Review: The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brené Brown My rating: 3 of 5 stars Brené Brown is one of those people whose name came up again and again and again on my radar from different directions, until I finally decided it … Continue reading Review: The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

Review: The Only Woman in the Room: Why Science Is Still a Boys’ Club

The Only Woman in the Room: Why Science Is Still a Boys' Club by Eileen Pollack My rating: 2 of 5 stars As many other reviewers have pointed out, the title of this book is very misleading. It should instead be something to the effect of, "Why Elaine Pollack, despite being very smart and capable … Continue reading Review: The Only Woman in the Room: Why Science Is Still a Boys’ Club

Review: The City & the City

The City & the City by China Miéville My rating: 3 of 5 stars This book found its way to my bedstand via the recommendation of one of those clickbait listicles.... "Five Sci-Fi Novels to Recommend to your Non-Sci-Fi Loving Friends" or some such nonsense. That should have been my first red flag. The second … Continue reading Review: The City & the City

Review: The Master Butchers Singing Club

The Master Butchers Singing Club by Louise Erdrich My rating: 2 of 5 stars I imagine some people would describe this novel as sweeping and epic. I thought it felt more meandering and unfocused. As the central characters were introduced at the start of the book, I was drawn in by the stoic yet committed … Continue reading Review: The Master Butchers Singing Club

Review: Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s “Learned”

Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's "Learned" by Lena Dunham My rating: 2 of 5 stars OK, first off, I have not yet had a chance to watch Girls, so maybe that is part of the problem... but I guess I don't get all the Lena Dunham hype after … Continue reading Review: Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s “Learned”

Review: The Empathy Exams: Essays

The Empathy Exams: Essays by Leslie Jamison My rating: 2 of 5 stars I saw this book on at least a half dozen year-end "best of 2014" lists, but it wasn't until it was recommended by another author I really enjoy (Cheryl Strayed) that I decided to pick it up. Maybe this is one of … Continue reading Review: The Empathy Exams: Essays

Review: Winter World: The Ingenuity of Animal Survival

Winter World: The Ingenuity of Animal Survival by Bernd Heinrich My rating: 3 of 5 stars This was truly what I'd call weird science. While it was fascinating at times, the author is just plain weird. In one moment, he's quoting fascinating scientific studies while explaining the biology of how frogs survive freezing in winter, … Continue reading Review: Winter World: The Ingenuity of Animal Survival

Review: Allegiant

Allegiant by Veronica Roth My rating: 1 of 5 stars I hated this book individually much more than I hated the series as a whole. I see a lot of teens rating this book badly because they could not HANDLE the DRAMATIC ending!! DEATHS, people!! Deaths!! Major characters!! WOAH!! Well, I'm not sure how Veronica … Continue reading Review: Allegiant