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Group: How One Therapist and a Circle of Strangers Saved My Life by Christie Tate - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781982154615
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - October 20th, 2020

Sure, I'll TALK TO SOMEONE (Lori Gottlieb's bestseller is a great comp), but I will never do GROUP. But I ravenously read about it. Christie Tate did it, does it, and tells us everything. Brilliant and successful professionally, Tate desired what, for her, seemed as unattainable as the holy grail. Taking us into the room where it happened, Tate introduces us to the group that accompanied her on her quest. An amazing memoir that is as entertaining as it is heartbreaking. ~ Reviewed by Stan Hynds


Sea Wife: A novel by Amity Gaige - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780525656494
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Published: Knopf - April 28th, 2020

I was taken completely by surprise by this deeply intelligent, page-turning novel about a family at sea. Underlying the joy of island hopping is a sense of dread the reader perceives from the first page. The well-paced story and the need to find out "what the hell happened out there" is somehow outshone by Gaige's prose. Her perfectly selected words in the service of impossibly perfect sentences was a marvel throughout. ~ Reviewed by Stan Hynds


Hollywood Park: A Memoir by Mikel Jollett - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250621566
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Published: Celadon Books - May 26th, 2020

California and Oregon in the last quarter of the 20th century. A notorious cult. Drug abuse. Aside from a turbulent upbringing, Mikel Jollett's amazing memoir has almost nothing in common with Angela's Ashes. And yet. Reading Hollywood Park reminded me of my experience reading Frank McCourt's stunning first memoir. Which is to say, I very highly recommend it. ~ Reviewed by Stan Hynds


Rust: A Memoir of Steel and Grit by Eliese Colette Goldbach - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250239402
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Published: Flatiron Books - March 3rd, 2020

"What comes out of Cleveland?" Goldbach gives an honest and nuanced answer to that question in her heartfelt memoir. She vividly describes the inner workings of the steel mill where she works while grappling with her feelings about her upbringing and her hometown. A confident, fascinating memoir from a strong writer. ~ Reviewed by Stan Hynds


Wine for Normal People: A Guide for Real People Who Like Wine, but Not the Snobbery That Goes with It (Wine Tasting Book, Gift for Wine Lover) by Elizabeth Schneider - Book Review

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$24.95
ISBN: 9781452171340
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Published: Chronicle Books - November 5th, 2019

I consider myself normal when it comes to wine. Meaning, I know my colors and whether I like something or not. But the rest is confounding. UNTIL NOW. Demystifying and "de-snobbifying" buying, sipping, and pairing as well as providing entertaining lessons on geography and wine making, this is the wine book for all the normal people. Great price!! I'll drink to that. ~ Reviewed by Stan Hynds


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