Genre: Biography

Sounds Like Me: My Life (So Far) in Song by Sara Bareilles

Sounds Like Me: My Life (So Far) in Song by Sara Bareilles

The first time I remember listening to Sara Bareilles’s “Love Song” was in 2009.  It took about that long for the song to be adopted by Retail Radio, and I heard it while tidying an aisle one particularly slow Sunday morning.  I’m sure I heard the song before that, but it was the first time I has really listened.  I wasn’t familiar with Sara Bareilles before that, but it was the song I needed at the moment.  I was struggling with a boyfriend I hated (whom I still didn’t manage to shake for another two years) and listening her say “I’m […]

Posted November 14, 2018 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher

The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher

My initial impression of The Princess Diarist is that while Carrie Fisher was not ungrateful for her life and the opportunities she had, she would have been so much happier if her place had been a bit more out of the spotlight. I think that’s fair.  We have such high expectations of celebrities to be these energetic, philosophical, kind people that sometimes we forget they are human.  And humans come in all different shapes and sizes.  Personally, I can’t imagine my entire life being defined by something I did when I was 19. Don’t go into this book looking for an […]

Posted October 26, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer

The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer

I am absolutely and unapologetically obsessed with Amy Schumer. Before reading The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo, I appreciated and respected her.  I watch(ed) her show, I loved Trainwrecked, but I found her other movies just okay.  What I like about her was that she tells jokes I care about.  My husband loves comedians, but I can only take so many penis jokes.  Amy tells vagina jokes (and seriously, a lot of other clever jokes… but she’s sorta known for the vagina stuff), and also promotes against gun violence, and has a body that makes me feel like I am actually allowed to exist. […]

Posted October 14, 2018 in Reviews // 3 Comments //
Into the Magic Shop by James R. Doty

Into the Magic Shop by James R. Doty

I really want to call bullshit on this book. Okay, okay, don’t get me wrong.  His discussion about of mindfulness, meditation, and visualization are all important things.  The psychological aspects are interesting, and I agree with that part of it.  It’s the memoir-aspects that I’m not buying. James R. Doty, apparently, got everything he wanted through luck, obstinance, and visualization.  Take his college experience – he didn’t even know how to GET into college, then by complete coincidence a girl hands him an application.  He fills it out and sends it without an application fee.  He gets accepted.  He goes to […]

Posted September 26, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem

My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem

Anyone who feels their confidence in humanity beginning to waver should read My Life on the Road. Gloria Steinem’s memoir is filled with hope, and the beauty of kindness.  It’s the memoir of a feminist and activist, so those without similar ideals may be enraged by the chapters where she discusses her personal views on abortion and women’s rights, but I found the whole thing inspiring. I flew through it, and will need to read it again in the future to absorb it more fully. Most memoirs are written chronologically, but you will find no linear comforts in My Life on the […]

Posted September 16, 2018 in Reviews // 1 Comment //
Rejected Princesses by Jason Porath

Rejected Princesses by Jason Porath

  I finally finished this book and I wish I had more. I’ve been slowly making my way through this book all year and I want everyone who reads this review to know:  it’s not because of the book.  I struggle through essays and short story collections.  This isn’t because they are horrible.  It’s because they’re missing a consistent plot line.  As far as short stories go?  Rejected Princesses is awesome. I want to throw a little love at Jason Porath. Jason Porath is, in his own words, “A straight white dude from Kentucky.”  He’s not a likely candidate to […]

Posted October 12, 2017 in Reviews // 16 Comments //