• Three Recent Reads

    Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi One of my weaknesses as a reader, and as a human, is that I’m not too keen on history. I don’t like to read about olden times. If a book takes place before say, 1940, I’ve already started to lose interest. If a book takes place…

  • Doing Nothing Else But Reading This Book is Cool Too

    I tend to avoid essay collections/memoirs by bloggers. This is a little strange, considering I’m an aspiring author with a blog that turned 16 years old last month. But a lot of times when I see a blogger get a book deal I shrug and think “Meh.” To be fair,…

  • It Ain’t No Big Thing

    In her memoir Living Like a Runaway Lita Ford, writes about how unimportant high school was to her and how she skipped out on her graduation to play a show with The Runaways. This apathy toward learning is pretty easy to see in this poorly-written, reflection-lacking, yet still entertaining memoir.…

  • Boys in the Trees

    I have a strange compulsion to read all the memoirs written by women in music. I’m not exactly sure when it started. Maybe as a sort of research for my own book-in-progress. Maybe it’s because I love rock & roll and want to know more about the women who make…

  • Vaguebooking by a Famous Person

    Rob Lowe’s latest memoir Love Life is as dull and disappointing as the first one, Stories I Tell My Friends, was charming and delightful. Sad trombone. It feels super snotty to say, but Love Life reads like it was written by a writer who is kind of full himself. As…

  • Yep, That’s 7th Grade

    Ugh, seventh grade. Do you even remember it? That awful year when everything is changing at a pace you aren’t quite sure of — your body, your friends, the rules of society. Kevin Brockmeier nails it in his latest book, A Few Seconds of Radiant Filmstrip: A Memoir of Seventh…

  • Nice & Good, but Not Exciting

    I’ve spent the past year or so gobbling up books by and about female singers. Ann & Nancy Wilson of Heart, Pat Benatar, The Runaways, and now you can add Rosanne Cash’s Composed to the list. I wasn’t sure what to expect going into this one. I’m not all that…

  • More Addiction Memoir Than Music Memoir

    My rosy feelings for Belinda Carlisle’s memoir Lips Unsealed come from equal parts twenty-five-year-old nostalgia and love for Christa’s review of the book. Her review is one of my favorite pieces ever published on MN Reads. It’s everything I love in a review: book description, clear opinion, personal connection, and…