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Lara Gardner has commented on (5) products.

The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking by Oliver Burkeman
The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking

Lara Gardner, January 26, 2013

The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking is an amazing and delightful book that artfully guides us toward the idea that our human desire to stamp out all negative and unpleasant emotions and experiences actually leads us directly to misery. This book is utterly readable, and filled with fascinating facts and history. Best of all, it is sprinkled throughout with incredible wit and irony. On several occasions I burst into delighted laughter at an unexpected passage in the narrative. I especially enjoyed being invited along on the author's own journey to take his own advice. I couldn't recommend this book more.
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The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx
The Shipping News

Lara Gardner, January 20, 2012

Rarely has a book so completely captured the transformation of a man and the development of a life worth living. The writing is lyrical and unique, the story engaging and compelling. As Quoyle experiences moments of pure joy, so too does the reader, delighting in his metamorphosis and renewal. This is a book to read and digest, then pick up and read again. I've read it over thirty times and each time I discover something new. I could not recommend a book more.
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Three Junes by Julia Glass
Three Junes

Lara Gardner, January 11, 2010

This is one of my all time favorite books. I loved it so much, I decided if I ever had a son, I would name him Fenno. The characters are rich and complex. The stories of their lives intertwine so believably and minutely, you are left with a feeling that you have known actual people when you have finished reading, and miss them when they are gone. A true masterpiece.
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Convictions: A Prosecutor's Battles Against Mafia Killers, Drug Kingpins, and Enron Thieves by John Kroger
Convictions: A Prosecutor's Battles Against Mafia Killers, Drug Kingpins, and Enron Thieves

Lara Gardner, January 10, 2010

This is just such a fascinating book. It is clearly written, direct, and immensely appealing, made even more so by the fact its author is known in the Portland legal community and by Oregonians because of his run for Attorney General. It reads like any fiction thriller--a real page turner. I highly recommend this book!
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Bright-Sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America by Barbara Ehrenreich
Bright-Sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America

Lara Gardner, January 1, 2010

An excellent examination of "positive-thinking" in this country. It shows how constant positive thinking teaches us to ignore reality and causes us to blame ourselves when things go wrong--things that are often caused by systemic problems in society--with the result that no one questions or tries to fix these ills. This is a great book and one that should be read by all.
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