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Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Informative, Boring
Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

While this isn't one of the best memoirs I've ever read, I am really glad I did. I'm an adoptive mother, and this is about the experience of an adoptee placed with an unfit adoptive mother, so I was riveted by her experiences.

Life Among the Savages by Shirley Jackson
 
Book Club Recommended
Difficult, Addictive, Adventurous
Life Among the Savages

Perhaps a bit longer than it needed to be, this book nevertheless amused & entertained me throughout. It made me very glad to not be a mother of 3 small children! The energy it requires!

 
Poorly Written, Boring, Confusing
Soundings is Unsound

Great subject matter but in the wrong hands here. It could have been a page turner because this woman who mapped the ocean floor is definitely worthy of the attention, but the writing is horrible!

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Insightful
An Intro to Life in North Korea

This is the first book I'd read about the country. I'd really need to read others to get a fuller view. Her narrative was limited to her experiences as a teacher at a school for the country's elite young men, and there was much she couldn't explain about what was going on around her. The strongest part of the book is its depiction of the young men she taught. They seem incredibly immature & naive for 20-year-olds!

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