Sarah Watson is a Chicago-based freelance writer and book critic. She holds a BA in English and philosophy from Providence College, an MA in English education from Northern Illinois University, and an Illinois teaching certificate (making her a certified word nerd). She has too many books and not enough shelf space. Find her on Twitter @sarahkwatson11.
Davy Rothbart writes about losing at love, yes, but he models the adventurous life with aplomb, traveling through small, dusty towns with an open mind and heart, meeting diverse souls and collecting unbelievable stories along the way. This is one terrific memoir.
23 Sep 2012
The Receptionist is Janet Groth's frank, personal memoir that happens to include details about The New Yorker. Readers should adjust expectations accordingly.
30 Jul 2012
Like her previous memoir about her father -- the acclaimed and prismatic Fun Home -- Are You My Mother? blends textbook academia, beautifully emotive drawings, and generous confessions to find some familial recovery after years of discord.
07 May 2012
Are women forgoing motherhood because they're afraid they'll fall short of the ideal of the "good mother"? Badinter makes an occasionally convincing if myopic case for that, but frankly, I hope not.
03 May 2012
This book reveals Stanley Ann to be an intellectually curious, passionate, idealistic, and unconventional woman whose sense of wonder and love shaped the lives of two children -- including the one that would become the 44th president of the United States.
07 Feb 2012
The former U.S. Secretary of State gives a respectful, mostly diplomatic, and meticulously thorough account of her years in Washington.
26 Jan 2012
Despite the passage of time, the women in Elissa Schappell’s book find that the more things change, the more they stay the same.
16 Oct 2011
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