Previously Reviewed

Following is a long list of books I reviewed elsewhere:

Without a Map by Meredith Hall

The Midwife by Jennifer Worth

Bad Mother by Ayelet Waldman

Saving Fish From Drowning by Amy Tan

Hands of My Father by Myron Uhlberg

Sleep is For the Weak by Rita Arens

The Year My Son and I Were Born by Kathryn Lynard Soper

Lucky Breaks by Susan Patron

The Middle Place by Kelly Corrigan

The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson

Sight Unseen by Kaye Gibbons

A Midwife’s Story by Penny Armstrong

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

Clapton: The Autobiography by Eric Clapton

Embers by Sandor Marai

Shanghai Girls by Lisa See

Falling Leaves by Adeline Yen Mah

Expecting Adam by Martha Beck

Mudbound by Hillary Jordan

Karina Has Down Syndrome by Cheryl Rogers and Gun Dolva

The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver

Aberrations by Penelope Przekop

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Lady’s Hands, Lion’s Heart: A Midwife’s Saga by Carol Leonard

One Child by Torey Hayden

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

The Tiger’s Child by Torey Hayden

Best Friends Forever by Jennifer Weiner

Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Baby Catcher: Chronicles of a Modern Midwife by Peggy Vincent

The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar

Wishin’ and Hopin’ by Wally Lamb

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski

Loose Girl: A Memoir of Promiscuity by Kerry Cohen

This Lovely Life by Vicki Forman

The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff

Escape by Carolyn Jessop

Little Heathens by Mildred Armstrong Kalish

Push by Sapphire

Between Me and the River: Living Beyond Cancer – A Memoir by Carrie Host

Lark and Termite by Jayne Anne Phillips

Little Bee by Chris Cleave

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

The Little Giant of Aberdeen County by Tiffany Baker

The New Atheism by Victor J. Stenger

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

You Look Fine, Really by Christie Mellor

Mommie Dearest by Christina Crawford

The Three Martini Playdate by Christie Mellor

Beatrice and Virgil by Yann Martel

Wench by Dolen Perkins-Valdez

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson

The Short Bus: A Journey Beyond Normal by Jonathan Mooney

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson

The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

Losing My Religion by William Lobdell

When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present by Gail Collins

Tinkers by Paul Harding

Empress Orchid by Anchee Min

For You Mom, Finally by Ruth Reichl

Freedom by Jonathan Franzen

Moloka’i by Alan Brennert

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

36 Arguments For the Existence of God: A Work of Fiction by Rebecca Newberger Goldstein

The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen

The Greatest Thing Since Sliced Bread by Don Robertson

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Writer’s Life by Pamela Smith Hill

The Uncoupling by Meg Wolitzer

An Object of Beauty by Steve Martin

Life, Sex and Ideas: The Good Life Without God by A.C. Grayling

In the Woods by Tana French

The Likeness by Tana French

The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon

Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder

A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard

Faithful Place by Tana French

Truth and Beauty: A Friendship by Ann Patchett

Face of Hope by Carol Guscott

Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy

The Shape of the Eye by George Estreich

This Life is in Your Hands: One Dream, Sixty Acres, and a Family Undone by Melissa Coleman

Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer

The Girl’s Guide to Homelessness by Brianna Karp

A Good and Perfect Gift by Amy Julia Becker

Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin

The Diaries of Adam and Eve by Mark Twain

One thought on “Previously Reviewed

  1. The Middle Place is as compelling a memoir as I have read in recent memory. The book was a gift from a friend shortly after I had a bout with breast cancer earlier this year, so although my own experience with the dreaded C word was much less traumatic, Kelly Corrigan’s recollections about the fears and other overwhelming emotions that occur while going through the process rang so true. In addition to her own diagnosis, at about the same time, Corrigan’s father had a recurrence of bladder cancer, so she shares the emotions and experiences she had dealing with her father’s illness as well as her own. Corrigan is brutally honest and fascinatingly objective about her own follies and insecurities both in the present tense and in telling her life story. Alternating between current and past histories of herself and her family, Corrigan paints a vivid picture of why she is so close to her father and how each of the main “characters” in her story came to be who they are. No one is a saint, and no one is patently evil. This is a story of very human beings doing the best they can with the hand of cards they have been dealt.


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