The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer

The Art of Asking

Amanda Palmer
Rated by
Josh N.
Sunday, Feb 1, 2015

I've been a fan of Amanda Palmer, her music and her personality, for a while now. I admire how open, honest, brash, and brave she is.

Darkness Visible

William Styron
Rated by
Becky C.
Wednesday, Jan 14, 2015

William Styron was already an accomplished, award-winning author by the mid-1980s when he suffered a devastating episode of clinical depression.

A young woman is sitting amidst green plants with a small lake in the background. She has brown hair blowing back, a red and white checked long-sleeved shirt, and a long brown skirt. A piece of paper is on her lap. She's holding a pen to the paper.

Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography

Laura Ingalls Wilder
Rated by
Diane H.
Monday, Jan 12, 2015

Having read all the Little House books many, many times, I was very excited when I heard about Pioneer Girl: the Annotated Autobiography. I would get to read the true story behind the beloved fictional narrative.


Sterling North
Rated by
Hannah Jane C.
Saturday, Nov 22, 2014

Enchanting language, lush scenery, a romping, completely factual story and a rascally, joyful raccoon are the fixings for this adorable and happy memoir by Sterling North.

Saturday, Nov 15, 2014

In Kabul Beauty School: An American Woman Goes Behind the Veil, Deborah Rodriguez offers an account of Afghan life from a unique vantage point as an American beautician serving local and foreign women in Kabul.

Thursday, Nov 6, 2014

Imagine, at the age of 30, discovering you're not typical — or rather, not neurotypical. What could have been a scary diagnosis turned out to be very empowering for David Finch. His personal story of coping with Asperger Syndrome and saving his marriage paints a picture of hard-earned possibility. Finch may be at the milder end of the Asperger/autism spectrum, but for a neurotypical like myself, I learned a lot about the life of someone whose brain works very differently from my own.

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Lips Unsealed

Belinda Carlisle
Rated by
Diane H.
Sunday, Oct 26, 2014

Belinda Carlisle seems to have lived the quintessential rocker’s life—starting off poor and dreaming of a magical life, being in love with music at a young age, starting a band almost on a whim, seeing her band rise to fame, drowning in drugs. Belinda’s story, Lips Unsealed, is one of brutal honesty about how her own shortcomings and insecurities kept her in the grip of addiction even while her life seemed perfect and almost fairy-tale like to those on the outside. Her life reads as an inspiring

Monday, Oct 6, 2014

Food critic Frank Bruni reveals his personal struggle to overcome a love-hate relationship with food, and how he achieved self-control in the most unlikely circumstances.

The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating

Elisabeth Tova Bailey
Rated by
Hannah Jane C.
Wednesday, Oct 1, 2014

Elisabeth Tova Bailey has a mysterious illness that lasts for many years. At one point during this illness she is confined to her bed. She can only sit up or hold a book for minutes at a time. She has been removed from her beloved farmhouse to a condo in the city so that she can be cared for around the clock. One day a friend brings Elisabeth a snail that is nestled in a pot of violets. This is the story of how a snail ferries one woman through countless hours of suffering into a place of wonder-induced healing.

Sunday, Sep 21, 2014

Kitty lovers will appreciate Caroline Paul's humor, devotion and manic-depressive curiosity in Lost Cat.