Alan Corey, “A Million Bucks by 30”

Reminds me quite a bit of the dishwasher book and the red paperclip book in that it's written by a dude with an amazing story who isn't really much of a writer. See the last item for more... THE LOWDOWN Published: 2008, 224 pp. Obtained via: Library Date started: 11.2.08 Date finished: 11.2.08 What I… Continue reading Alan Corey, “A Million Bucks by 30”

David Sedaris, “Me Talk Pretty One Day”

Reread this—it appeared in my list from the first year I started keeping track. THE LOWDOWN Published: 2000, 272 pp. Obtained via: My bookshelf Date started: 7.26.08 Date finished: 8.1.08 What I liked: Pretty much everything! It's also a lot funnier if you imagine him reading it in his nasally voice. What I didn't like:… Continue reading David Sedaris, “Me Talk Pretty One Day”

Jeanette Winterson, “Oranges are not the Only Fruit”

I've had this book on my bookshelf for nearly two years, and couldn't remember for the life of me who gave it to me. I never read it, because I didn't know what it was about. Finally, after hanging out with Jessica M. recently, she brought it up and asked if I'd read it yet.… Continue reading Jeanette Winterson, “Oranges are not the Only Fruit”

“Before the Mortgage,” edited by Christina Amini and Rachel Hutton

This collection of essays by people about post-college-pre-babies life struck an even stronger chord with me than the first time I read it back in 2006. (But I apparently didn't note it in my master book list.) THE LOWDOWN Published: 2006, 228 pp. Obtained via: My bookshelf Date started: 7.18.08 Date finished: 7.26.08 What I… Continue reading “Before the Mortgage,” edited by Christina Amini and Rachel Hutton

Lauren R. Weinstein, “Girl Stories”

Awesome collection of awkward-middle-school-girl vignettes in the same vein as Tammy Pierce is Unlovable, one of my all-time favorites. THE LOWDOWN Published: 2006, 240 pp. Obtained via: Clifton Comics Date started: 5.15.08 Date finished: 5.15.08 What I liked: Awkwardness level is off the charts! What I didn't like: Varying styles of drawing is a little… Continue reading Lauren R. Weinstein, “Girl Stories”

Marjane Satrapi, “The Complete Persepolis”

Saw the movie first, and had to read the original graphic novel! This is a couple parts combined into one hefty volume. THE LOWDOWN Published: 2004, 344 pp. Obtained via: Columbus, Ohio's Book Loft Date started: 5.10.08 Date finished: 5.10.08 What I liked: Satrapi's stories of growing up a rebellious girl in Iran during the… Continue reading Marjane Satrapi, “The Complete Persepolis”