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Helpful votes received on reviews: 81% (38 of 47)
Location: Stuck in my head
Birthday: June 24
In My Own Words:
I like to read, watch movies, listen to CDs, and cook. Accordingly, I review a variety of different kinds of products.

-My favorite authors include Edith Wharton, Jim Thompson, Jane Austen, Evelyn Waugh, and David Sedaris.

-My favorite music artists include Madonna, Pet Shop Boys, Radiohead, Frank Sinatra, The Clash, Elvis Costello, and Bjork.

-My favorite directors include Martin Scorsese, Fr… Read more
 

Reviews

Top Reviewer Ranking: 467,600 - Total Helpful Votes: 38 of 47
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris
5.0 out of 5 stars He can buy and sell you!, July 17 2004
"Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim" is a collection of typically hilarious essays from David Sedaris - one of the true modern masters of comic writing. Many of the stories chronicle his years growing up gay in North Carolina, with his wacky family featured prominently. Other stories are more contemporary, with glimpses of his current life in France with his boyfriend Hugh. For his fans, Sedaris and his family have become old friends: I relish every detail that provides insight into his writing much as I savor news about people I know.
In addition, I was pleased by some of his stories that go a bit deeper. Instead of relying on unusual circumstances that he has experienced,… Read more
The Easter Parade: A Novel by Richard Yates
The Easter Parade: A Novel by Richard Yates
"Easter Parade" follows sisters, Emily and Sarah Grimes, over forty years. They enter adulthood during WWII, and their lives follow tremendously different trajectories. Sarah is the traditional one: she marries early, has three children, and settles into a seemingly idyllic life in the countryside. Emily is more independent, and she experiences a series of unsatisfying intimate relationships and drifts through life. The novel chiefly concerns the relationship, or lack thereof, between the sisters and their family. The story climaxes in the 1960's with mild invocations of the women's liberation movement, and Yates draws clear parallels between the sisters and their times. Although the… Read more
The Billboard Book of Number One Country Hits by Tom Roland
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Compendium, July 11 2004
"Number One Country Hits" contains information about all 848 songs to hit #1 on the Billboard country charts between January 1968 and December 1989. Each song listing includes the artist, writer, producer, and week it hit #1. This basic information is followed by 6 or so paragraphs telling the story behind the song. Some of the entries focus on the artist and her/his struggle to hit it big; others talk about what inspired the writing of the song. For example, Dolly Parton was dieting when she wrote "It's All Wrong, But It's All Right" while holed up in her hotel room, avoiding her crew who were eating fried clams at Howard Johnson's. If you enjoy country music from this… Read more

Wish List

This Time Around ~ Paul Brandt
This Time Around ~ Paul Brandt
What I Want...Hits ~ Paul Brandt
What I Want...Hits ~ Paul Brandt
Small Towns & Big Dreams ~ Paul Brandt
Highway ~ Wilkinsons
Highway ~ Wilkinsons