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Here’s what I’ve been reading
My Berlin Kitchen, Louisa Weiss
I love cookbook/memoir mashups, and this one–about Louisa’s peripatetic childhood, the pain of growing up, and the comfort of the kitchen–is worth reading. I still have a dozen recipes bookmarked to try. #wanderlust
Truth is stranger than fiction in twitter’s startup history. This nonfiction narrative reads like a novel, and nobody comes out looking good. Fascinating insights into the founders’ differing intentions for the status-sharing service. Recommended reading for Jon Krakauer fans.
The Chaperone, Laura Moriarty
A frustrating read: the bulk of it is strong, and well-written, but gaps in the story left me wondering how the characters could possibly make the choices they did. Based on the life of silent film star Louise Brooks (pictured above). #beachreading
Pastrix, Nadia Bolz-Weber
“pas-trix:” a term used by some Christians to describe female pastors they don’t recognize as such. I knew nothing when I began page one, but loved this wildly irreverent, profanity-filled memoir about Weber’s spiritual journey. Filled with humor, f-bombs, and grace. Not everyone’s cup of tea.
Wildwood, Colin Meloy
The Decemberists’ frontman Meloy takes the reader on a journey through the enchanted Impassable Wilderness in this first installment of the Wildwood fantasy adventure trilogy. Meloy’s a songwriter, and it shows in Wildwood’s prose. Aimed at middle graders but enjoyable for adults. (Watch the tiny desk concert, then read the book.)
The Silver Linings Playbook, Matthew Quick
I saw the movie before I read the book. The book is entirely from Pat’s perspective, and I thought Quick’s voice and characterization for his mentally ill character were pitch-perfect. Grain of salt: my favorite librarian thought it was “poorly written.” I disagree, and am looking forward to reading more of Quick’s work.
The Middle Place, Kelly Corrigan
Poignant and witty, this memoir is about “the middle place”–that sliver of time when you’re raising your own kids but you still fill like a kid yourself–and the year Corrigan and her father were both diagnosed with cancer. I was terrified of the cancer theme, but needn’t have been.
What have you been reading lately?
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