Archive for December, 2011

1. Fuck It: The Ultimate Spiritual Way – John Parkin (2010)

A humourous, Western expression of the Eastern philosophy of “letting go.”¬† Great for those of us who need to learn to not worry so much and live in stress about the “shoulds” of life and learn to say “fuck it!” once in a while and go with the flow.

2. The Glass Castle – Jeanette Walls (2006)

I couldn’t put this book down. This book is a memoir about an incredibly dysfunctional family and the bizarre happenings are almost too unbelievable to be true. Kudos to the author who was strong enough to escape her past to become successful in journalism.

3. Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything across Italy, India and Indonesia – Elizabeth Gilbert (2007)

Overall I felt this was a great read about Gilbert’s quest for spiritual enlightenment as well as overcoming her life challenges. I felt that I was experiencing Gilbert’s adventures and the countries she was in along with her, however it did get a bit whiny at times, which is perhaps forgivable considering the book was ultimately about how she dealt with her divorce, depression and spiritual emptiness.

4. Self-Made Man – Norah Vincent (2006)

An intriguing book about a lesbian’s experiences in male culture whilst masquerading as a man for a period of time, during which she joins a men’s bowling league, stays at a monastery and attends an all-male retreat among other things. It was very thought-provoking in terms of what Vincent perceived in “male culture” in terms of gender difference and expectations as well as the relationship between the sexes.

5. God’s Lunatics: Lost Souls, False Prophets, Martyred Saints, Murderous Cults, Demonic Nuns, and Other Victims of Man’s Eternal Search for the Divine – Michael Largo (2010)

The title says it all. An A – Z of of bizarre people, beliefs and happenings throughout the history of faith.

6. Possible Side Effects – Augusten Burroughs (2006)

A collection of short memoirs from the author of “Running With Scissors.” Many of which, in true Burroughs style, are tragic but extremely funny at the same time.

7. A Royal Duty  РPaul Burrell (2003)

The autobiography of the butler of the late Princess Diana. Sympathetic to the royals, in particular Diana, and well-written, it gives us a window into the private world of the Royal Family. A must-read for anyone interested in the British monarchy, Royalist or not.

8. I Am Hutterite: The Fascinating True Story of a Young Woman’s Journey to Reclaim Her Heritage – Mary-Ann Kirkby (2010)

The memoir of a woman who grew up in a Manitoba Hutterite Colony but was then forced to adjust to living in the outside world when her family decided to leave the colony. A fascinating insight into a little known and often misunderstood culture and their traditions and issues, particularly in the changing world of the late 20th century.

9. Me: Stories of My Life – Katharine Hepburn (1996)

Stories about Kate, straight from the horse’s mouth so to speak. Very enjoyable.

10. If You Really Loved Me – Ann Rule (1992)

The first Ann Rule true crime book that I have read, this book details the murder of sociopath David Brown’s wife by his 14 year old daughter. The subsequent investigation of the case reveals that Brown masterminded the whole murder as well as 3 other unsuccessful ones. Ann Rule is a must-read for any true crime reader and I don’t know why I haven’t picked up her books before.

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