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's Review No: 51

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Amy Poehler is my hero.

She’s funny and sassy and she wrote a kick ass book. It doesn’t follow the normal Chronological Celebrity Memoir formula: growing up, struggling, big break… Rather she jumps around in time and has a bit of an ‘advice’ vibe going on but it’s all amazing. There are pictures, and I … [Read More »]

's Review No: 128

What if you could turn your worst weaknesses into a weapon and fight crime with it?

Once again, I’m going to make things easier for myself, by using a blurb:

Justine knows she’s going to die. Any second now.

Justine Jones has a secret. A hardcore hypochondriac, she’s convinced a blood vessel is about to burst in her brain. Then, out of the blue, a startlingly handsome man named Packard … [Read More »]

's Review No: 125

A nostalgic visit to my early teens

Ponyboy Curtis is an orphan. He lives with his two older brothers, Darry, who works construction and Sodapop, who dropped out of school to work in a garage to help support the family. Ponyboy and his friends are Greasers, kids with leather jackets and long, grease-slicked hair from working class backgrounds, often with a … [Read More »]

's Review No: 37

The Bombay in Mumbai

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Thirty-seventh book reviewed as part of the 130 Challenge.

When ‘Bombay’ was changed to ‘Mumbai’ many years back (it’s actually a decade or more, but seems like yesterday), I was a kid. It didn’t really affect me so much, but I used go around correcting people every time they called ‘Mumbai’, … [Read More »]

's Review No: 31

Tesla was there, but Twain wasn’t.

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If you’re a fan of history or reading about serial killers, you should check out this book. Sorry for the generic lead-in, my mind doesn’t want to work right now.

's Review No: 30

Would you like some pretension with your racism?

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Is it possible to get a refund from a free box? That is the question this book raises.

's Review No: 104

Amy Poehler makes it a Double Cannonball

First things first: 2014 has been a crazy year. Amidst writing my dissertation, teaching, facing health issues that (thankfully) have been resolved, and unexpectedly having to buy a new car, it’s been hard to believe that I could fit in 52 books this year. And yet I have managed to double that number. I credit … [Read More »]

's Review No: 103

George Eliot is a Ravenclaw. For Realz.

It took me two months to listen to Middlemarch via audiobook, but I did it! It’s one of my all-time favorite novels, and it’s been years since I read it. Spoiler: it did not disappoint.

Since it’s a classic novel and probably read widely, I thought it might be fun to do something kind of … [Read More »]

's Review No: 102

For some reason, I never read Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Maybe it was the reports of bathos, hand-wringing, and tear-filled emotions, or maybe it was when I convinced myself that I didn’t like nineteenth-century American fiction (spoiler: I do. I just don’t like Emerson all that much), but somehow, that part of my education got skipped. … [Read More »]

's Review No: 14

A decent take on feminist historical fiction

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(This post originally appeared on Persephone Magazine.)

Recently, the mister noted that I’ve become somewhat preoccupied with early 1900s “upper-crusty British people,” as he put it. Taking a look at my Netflix viewing and some of my reading, he’s not wrong. Though … [Read More »]