Celebrity Memoir

In general, I enjoy a good memoir, and it happens that celebrities get a lot of memoirs published. There are the comedic ones, like Samantha Bee's I Know I am But What Are You?, Tina Fey's Bossypants, Mindy Kaling's Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns), Jane Lynch's Happy Accidents, Amy Poehler's Yes … Continue reading Celebrity Memoir


Spark Joy (Marie Kondō)

Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up, the follow-up to The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, delves further into suggestions for how to implement what the first book outlines. By demonstrating how the relationship with material goods is one of mutual support, Kondō (aka KonMari) asserts that our relationship with … Continue reading Spark Joy (Marie Kondō)

The Surrender Experiment: My Journey into Life’s Perfection (Michael A. Singer)

The Surrender Experiment: My Journey into Life's Perfection was, frankly, a time-filler, a distraction, and although I didn't unequivocally love it, I did enjoy the descriptions of the north Florida woods, and the concepts of suspending personal preference or will in lieu of seeing how the plan of Life (as a feminine-personified Force in Singer's … Continue reading The Surrender Experiment: My Journey into Life’s Perfection (Michael A. Singer)

Animal-Speak (Ted Andrews)

Animal-Speak: Understanding Animal Messengers, Totems, and Signs was a quick listen, just over three hours. The author/narrator was clearly well-versed in the subject, and displayed a fervor for promoting stronger connections betweens humans and the rest of the natural world. Takeaways, most of which were gleaned from the last ten minutes of summary: Noting the universality … Continue reading Animal-Speak (Ted Andrews)

A Manual for Cleaning Women (Lucia Berlin)

A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories pierced me, leaving discernible puncture points. I was uncertain how she arrived in my queue, but wild-blind grateful. That collection was stunning. The weaving of truth and fiction and perspective and compassion and the long view of life and loving and family and redemption have left lingering threads in my … Continue reading A Manual for Cleaning Women (Lucia Berlin)