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Wear and Tear: The Threads of My Life

What’s remarkable about WEAR AND TEAR is its compassion.... Forget that I know and adore Tracy Tynan. I can’t praise this book enough.


The Voyeur's Motel

Mostly, however, one feels flattened by a sadness at the cynicism and distrust that years of catching folks with their pants down has engendered, as well as the utter tedium of life as the Voyeur, adrift in “a dry-docked boat whose guests endlessly watched television, exchanged banalities, had sex mainly under the covers if they had sex at all.”


Wear and Tear: The Threads of My Life

Ms. Tynan gives a harrowing account of a daughter born three months premature. And she speaks of her continuing struggle to survive her own childhood; silent meditation retreats are involved.


The Voyeur's Motel

The Voyeur’s Motel is a work of great moral queasiness, and intellectual inertia.


The Violet Hour: Great Writers at the End

This book is Roiphe’s haunting but muddled attempt to come to terms with the mystery of extinction. Her father died, and she will never know what he was going through. Salter, who died last year, knew best: “Don’t dwell on it.”


The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between

Maybe life after hope will be the subject of his next novel, if he is able to leave behind the loss of and longing for his father that have provided his inspiration until now.


Trump and Me

Singer gets a lot of laughs out of Trump – the ridiculous apartment, the humourless pomposity – but Trump is not the point. At best he is a sorcerer’s apprentice with little understanding of the forces he professes to control.


Harley and Me: Embracing Risk On the Road to a More Authentic Life

Her story inspires without being tritely inspirational, and that is a real gift.


The Heart of Hell: The Untold Story of Courage and Sacrifice in the Shadow of Iwo Jima

The Heart of Hell portrays the significance of a Landing Craft Infantry vessel and the lives of its crew.


I'm Just a Person

Her grief and recovery are in their rawest forms in I’m Just A Person, but so is her hope.


Seinfeldia: How a Show About Nothing Changed Everything

Reading this book might be easier than that overenthusiastic fan behavior. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.


In the Darkroom

A moving and penetrating inquiry into manifold struggles for identity, community, and authenticity.


The Long Game: A Memoir

A cogent, detailed policy review, effectively studded with first-person recollections, that probably won’t sway Obama’s conservative critics.


Falling: A Daughter, a Father, and a Journey Back

With meditations on memory, loyalty, and the gifts parents and children give one another, FALLING is every bit as relevant to parents in general as it is essential to parents facing challenges similar to those that Cooper’s family is dealing with.


The Maximum Security Book Club

Brottman's careful and smart reading of each of the men during the discussions shows her growing awareness that they are articulate, insightful, intelligent readers.


In the Darkroom

A compelling, exhausting, messy and provocative book, In the Darkroom seems like especially pertinent reading in these, our own dark times, when questions of identity keep coming to the fore, as matters of life and death.