Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic

By: Alison Bechdel Nonfiction 2006 Subject Matter: Alison Bechdel; Comic books; Comic strips; Cartoonists; United States; Graphic novels Rating: 3/5 I recently reviewed a graphic novel, and if you read that one, then you’ll know this isn’t quite my genre.… Continue Reading

The Little Locksmith: A Memoir

By: Katharine Butler Hathaway Nonfiction 1942 Subject Matter: American authors; 20th century; Biography; Pott’s disease; Patients; Women; Maine; Castine Rating: 5/5 The Little Locksmith is ostensibly a memoir about a young woman who purchases a house. In reality, it is… Continue Reading

Appalachia: The Voices of Sleeping Birds

By: Cynthia Rylant Nonfiction 1991 Subject Matter: Appalachian Region; Southern; Descriptions and travel; Social life and customs Rating: 3.5/5 Appalachia by Cynthia Rylant, in my opinion, is just as much “by” Barry Moser, the illustrator.

Life and Times of Jesse James

By: Frank Triplett Nonfiction 1882 (originally) Rating: 4/5 Sheer entertainment. That’s how I’d describe the Life and Times of Jesse James. Frank Triplett is something else. With probably the most widely recognizable name of all the members of the notorious… Continue Reading

Grace: A Memoir

By: Grace Coddington Nonfiction 2012 Subject Matter: Grace Coddington; 1941; Image consultants; Great Britain; Biography; Fashion editors; Models; Vogue Rating: 3/5 The real gem of this book is the pictures. Grace Coddington, for those of you who (like me) don’t… Continue Reading

In Cold Blood

By: Truman Capote Nonfiction 1965 Subject Matter: Murder; Kansas; Case studies Rating: 4.5/5 What. A. Fantastic. Book. In Cold Blood. Truman Capote. The dedication to and fallout with Harper Lee. True crime. Kansas. Murder. We’ve all heard of this book;… Continue Reading

The Cost of Discipleship

By: Dietrich Bonhoeffer Nonfiction 1959 Subject Matter: Sermon on the Mount; Criticism; Interpretation; Christian life Rating: 3/5 Warning: The Cost of Discipleship throws you right in to some heavy theology. It is not meant to be an explanation of Christianity;… Continue Reading

Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living

By: Pema Chodron Nonfiction 1994 Subject Matter: Spiritual life; Buddhism; China; Tibet; Doctrines Rating: 2.5/5   I’ll start by admitting that I have NO IDEA how Start Where You Are got on my “To Read” list. None. I am not… Continue Reading

Out Came the Sun: Overcoming the Legacy of Mental Illness, Addiction, and Suicide in My Family

By: Mariel Hemingway Nonfiction 2015 Rating: 3/5   Out Came the Sun is a pretty average book.