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Let Me Tell You Something
Let Me Tell You Something by Caroline Manzo (2000s)
I listened to this book while I was doing data entry at work. I hate to admit it sometimes, but I do love certain reality shows. I have not watched TRHONJ in recent years, but the first few seasons, I kept up with it and always was a fan of Caroline. I think she is intelligent, modest, and kind - so I wanted to see if that translated to her book. I think a lot of people are very critical of this book - but I found it entertaining; a light read. It is also always a treat when a book is narrated by the author - I feel like you get another dimension to the words when the person who wrote them is reading them. -- Added by cmv823 on 02/28/2014

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The Color Master
The Color Master by Aimee Bender (2000s)
I don't normally read short stories, so this was a nice change of pace. I could come home after a long day, and read a short story, instead of getting engrossed in "just one more chapter!" until midnight. The variety of stories was refreshing. Goodreads.com says, "In this collection, Bender's unique talents sparkle brilliantly in stories about people searching for connection through love, sex, and familywhile navigating the often painful realities of their lives." I found that Ms. Bender was able to evoke emotion at the end of every story; I loved how she weaved tales on different kinds of love - empathetic love, sad love, painful love, unconditional love....so many different areas of life we can look at to describe feelings of connection, and Ms. Bender told it all. -- Added by cmv823 on 02/28/2014

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My Story
My Story by Elizabeth Smart (2000s)
I am always interested when someone who has experienced such terrible circumstances allows the world a glimpse into their world through the pages of a book. However, I am usually not expecting some earth-shattering prose, so I thought an audiobook format would be the best choice (it made the 45 minute drive to work much better!) I absolutely found her story interesting. The day-to-day trappings of her time with her abductors; the absurdity that she would be in broad daylight, talking to cops, who had no idea who she was, or who didn't follow their gut instinct! I certainly can't say that I don't appreciate her outlook, and I recognize that everybody processes events differently, but I will say that I was a bit shocked that she always seemed to view her kidnappers with disdain, hatred, and disgust - I guess I just expected her to talk more about how she was afraid, 24/7, or sad - but she really only touched on feeling sad a few times, and only fear when it came to her being rescued. Again, everyone processes things differently, and perhaps she did always have the state of mind that she eludes to, even when she was just a child taken from her home. All in all, it was good to hear her story - I think awareness of this kind of thing can add perspective to life, and it's nice to hear it first-hand instead of warped by the media - but I do think the tone was very childish (she's not a professional writer, of course, this is expected) and I was surprised by her recollection of emotions (they're not wrong, I was just not expecting it). -- Added by cmv823 on 02/19/2014

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Dear Girls Above Me
Dear Girls Above Me by Charles McDowell (2000s)
If you're looking for a laugh-out-loud funny, quick read - this is it! Especially if you have ever experienced the perils of apartment life. Somehow, Charlie puts a positive spin on it all, making the reader simultaneously wish they lived in his apartment, while being extremely grateful that they don't. & let's be honest - even if they didn't live above us, we all know a Cathy & Claire duo. -- Added by cmv823 on 02/05/2014

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Are You My Mother?
Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel (2000s)
A graphic novel memoir, Alison analyzes the complicated relationship she has (and had) with her mother. I found it very insightful, with a touch of sadness for Alison, yet a dash of compassion for her mother (who seems to have done the best she could, yet still came up short). -- Added by cmv823 on 01/26/2014

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Fakebook
Fakebook by Dave Cicirelli (2000s)
Dave decides he wants to have a little fun with facebook, and embarks on a social media experiment that could easily go one of two ways. I loved his fresh, witty narrative and how he really focused on the positives in the end. Anyone living in this age needs to read this. I hope he writes more novels in the future! -- Added by cmv823 on 01/19/2014

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