Book Review: Devotion: A Memoir by Dani Shapiro

When I was ten years old, I decided I would no longer eat pork. Partly brought on by the appreciation for the animal itself, I realized that I’d never much liked pork to begin with. Rather than say to people something like, “Well, I hate pork chops, but sometimes I end up eating sausage when my mom makes red beans and rice,” it was easier to eliminate it entirely.

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Poll: What Are Your Favorite Biographies?

Friends, I’m on a fact-finding mission. Or to be more specific, I’m interested in the different ways people write about facts. Biographies can vary in style — journalistic, salacious, or massive in scope — and I want to know what biographies you all have enjoyed.

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Reading List: Top 5 Favorite Books – 2014

Ah yes, we’re in the thick of the year-end “best of” lists floating about the internet, but far be it from me to miss out on telling you what my favorites were this year. Are you in need of reading suggestions? Look no further.

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Book Review: Excavation by Wendy C. Ortiz

When one reads a book published by Future Tense, one should expect to feel willingly uncomfortable with the author’s honesty. No matter the specific subject matter, there will be at least one moment, a feeling, a crash into clarity that makes one realize: I’ve been here too. Reading Wendy C. Ortiz’s excellent memoir, Excavation, is an experience no different.

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Sara’s Top 5 Favorite Books Published in 2013

Yes, it’s a little late into 2014 to be doing one of these posts, but one always needs something new to read, don’t they? Let me suggest five books for your literary pleasure.

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5 Book Recommendations For Your Reading Pleasure

Every few months or so, someone on my Facebook newsfeed or elsewhere will put out a general call for book recommendations. Other friends will chime in, and the discussion that ensues makes us all end up adding more books to our to-read mental lists. In the spirit of those sorts of posts, from the semi-varied pool of books I’ve read lately, I offer five solid suggestions.

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Book Review: The Unforgiving Minute: A Soldier’s Education, by Craig M. Mullaney.

In Phoenix’s 110-plus degree summers, my husband survived high school football practices where coaches sometimes withheld water or made players run laps without stopping until they puked. When he told me about it, I was bewildered. “Why didn’t you just walk off the field?” That’s what high-school-me would have done in a similar situation. Then as now, I didn’t conform much, I didn’t push myself too hard physically, and I hated being told what to do. Read More Book Review: The Unforgiving Minute: A Soldier’s Education, by Craig M. Mullaney.

Book Review: “Neither Here Nor There,” by Bill Bryson

The first book that I picked up in the reading year of 2013 was Bill Bryson’s Neither Here Nor There. The year was young and I wanted something fun and entertaining to read and I knew that Bryson would not disappoint. Indeed, this book about his travels in Europe was so funny that I found myself laughing out loud in public places while reading it – and I never do that! From a somewhat odd beginning in Hammerfest, Norway to see the Northern Lights to an satisfied, if exhausted, ending in Istanbul (not Constantinople), Bryson’s commentary is hilarious and well-written.

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