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Bucket showers & Baby Goats

Summary: Bucket Showers & Baby Goats is a non-fiction narrative based on the author Christine Brown’s experiences volunteering in the Volta Region of Ghana. While living in the community, Brown describes the village life quite vividly. Not only are the readers given a glimpse of the lives of the families of Saviefe, but they are […]

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From the Corner of the Oval

Beck Dorey-Stein was a stenographer in the White House for five years during President Obama’s tenure. She had a front-row view of many events of great political significance. This book is her memoir of those times.  Dorey-Stein is initially suspicious and disdainful of politicians and residents of DC, whom she called ‘DC creatures’. She is […]

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In the Dream House

In her late 20s, when she was a student at the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, Carmen Maria Machado meets an attractive blonde Harvard graduate. Machado thinks that she has met the perfect soulmate. The dream house in this book’s title is a cabin in Bloomington, Indiana, where this unnamed woman lives. Although the woman is in […]

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The Rules Do Not Apply

Ariel Levy’s memoir talks of a harrowing time when she lost her son, her spouse, and her house, all in a short span of time. In it, she scrutinizes the choices that caused these circumstances with great honesty. Levy miscarried on a reporting trip to Mongolia. She was 19 weeks pregnant. Her son was born […]

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This is going to hurt

This book is at the same time sad and happy, and disgusting and endearing. It is a hilarious account of many heart-wrenching incidents in the author Adam Kay‘s life as a doctor.  I know the trouble you go through when you change professions, having done so one too many times. None of those changes were as messy […]

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The Radical Housewife

I usually read a book on a ‘serious’ subject and one on a ‘not-so-serious’ subject at the same time. It helps balance the intense emotions and thoughts that I have from the former with the hilarity and frivolity of the latter. In the past two days, though, I read just ‘The Radical Housewife’ by Shannon […]