• 5 Stars,  Book Reviews,  Memoir,  Non-Fiction

    I’m Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy

    I'm Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy

    I’m Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy is kind of everywhere lately—and rightly so. Between the double-take of a title combined with a stunning cover shot, many readers (including me) couldn’t resist checking it out. I never watched iCarly or Sam & Cat on Nickelodeon and was only peripherally aware of Jennette as a former child star. But you don’t have to be a fan of either show to read the book and connect with it on a deeply emotional level. First, a bevy of content warnings: Jennette grew up as a child star with a narcissist mother who desperately tried to live vicariously through her child’s fame and…

  • 5 Stars,  Book Reviews,  Memoir,  Non-Fiction,  Self-Help

    10% Happier by Dan Harris

    10% Happier by Dan Harris

    A book so good, I read it twice (years apart, but still). On my second read, I read the revised edition, which includes new material. Prior to reading 10% Happier, I had known of Dan Harris from his work as an ABC news correspondent. But I really learned more about him when I found out that he had a panic attack on live tv during Good Morning America. If you can handle watching it, it’s still up on YouTube (with my apologies for the appearance by Dr. Oz). There’s something voyeuristic in the second-hand embarrassment, I’m sure, but I also just really felt for the guy. As someone who has…