I added this book to my TBR the very first day I joined Goodreads in July 2008, so yes I do feel accomplished for finally having read it. And it was a good time! I was a bit worried based on a few reviews I’d read ahead of time that it would be dated, and it was a tiny bit (mostly in some jokes Bryson makes that read a little fatphobic to my 2018 eyes and ears, but would have been absolutely bog standard in 1998). But overall, this read like any other Bryson book I’ve read. He’s an observant […]
I listened to the audio version of Unqualified by Anna Faris and the whole time I kept thinking how awkward it must have been for Anna to have this memoir come out about two months after she announced her divorce to Chris Pratt. There is some hasty editing that alludes to the past tense of their relationship but there are a few essays that probably needed a second look; hell she dedicated the book to Pratt alone (when they have a kid together) and while he wrote the foreword, most likely preseparation, he did not do the audio narration! “I’ve learned that […]
I basically read this all in one sitting last Saturday morning. It’s a relative short book at around 220 pages, but I think I would have wanted to read it fast even if it were 400. Nichole Chung, unsurprisingly to anyone who’s read her other work (I’ve mostly done so on The (dearly departed) Toast), is a very good writer. In fact, she started writing about adoption years before this book was published; I remember reading several of her articles about it and thinking at the time that she should write a book. And hey, here it is! And hey, […]
While I was not a Bourdain mega-fan prior to his death, I did always appreciate and respect him as someone striving to live an authentic life. He seemed to take a lot of joy out of wandering, and to have little patience for artifice. I like that. Another of his goals seems to have been to get people to veer off of their normally trodden paths and to try something new, just to see what was out there. Even though we’re very different kinds of men, I like to think we had those things in common. I picked up this […]
I will admit I have only read a little more than half of Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre’s A Love Song, a Death Rattle, a Battle Cry. However, I like to think I have read enough and seen enough of his work on Facebook videos, YouTube, etc. to write this review. Kyle Tran Myhre is not an easy read. I have only found a few poems, songs or essays that I can relate to. There are several beautiful lines that he has created, but those taken out of context, makes the whole work lost. He is an activist who knows his […]
I remember just before Amy Winehouse died thinking “she’ll be ok, when you’re that rich, that famous, and that obviously spinning out, people are bound to keep a closer watch on you. If paparazzi can follow you 24-7, surely any bottoming out will happen in view of someone who can help.” I don’t know how to review this book but I am really worried for the author. Cat Marnell’s don’t-give-a-fucketry was what drew me to the book, I hadn’t ever read her writing before (that I know of; in the mid aughts it seemed like I’d never have enough time […]
Cannonball gift exchange is one of my favorite Christmastime traditions and this year my not so secret Santa was our Bingo organizer extraordinaire emmalita! Thank you for Ellie Kemper’s My Squirrel Days (my library doesn’t have it!), a Michelle Obama coloring book and the Kindle edition of Snoop Dogg’s From Crook to Cook which I did not know I needed but am super excited about.
Here are all of the things Dave Holmes and I have in common: We went to college together and have a few of the same friends. We both worked as DJs at WCHC. We both remember what it was like to anxiously await the arrival of a new J Crew catalog. We can both easily drop SNL’s Gary Kroeger into a conversation. We both love music. Here are some ways that Dave Holmes and I are different: I have never been on MTV. I’m not a gay man. The similarities clearly outweigh the differences. Really, we are more or less […]