Book Lovers' Day: Why I Love You, The Book Lovers

I know I am a little late to the game today, but I couldn’t let Book Lovers Day slip by without an acknowledgment. I’ve written about it at least once before, here. But I thought I’d take a few minutes to express gratitude not just for books, but for my fellow book lovers. In all... Read more »

Facing the Fear of the Unknown Alone: The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik

Facing the Fear of the Unknown Alone: The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik
David Arnold captured my eternal fandom with his first book, Mosquitoland. Much like John Hughes authentically captured teen angst on film, Arnold is equally on point with teen portrayals in his writing — and it is no different with “The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik.” And while Arnold’s previous efforts focused on self-discovery inside the... Read more »

Less: When a Really Good Book Wins the Pulitzer

Less: When a Really Good Book Wins the Pulitzer
I have a love/hate relationship with literary competitions. I hate it when they pick a book that while good, is drudgery to read. I love it when they pick a book that makes me swoon. The Pulitzer peeps picked a good one last year. Andrew Sean Greer’s “Less” is, in a word, amazing. I picked... Read more »
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The Idiot: Weren't We All One at Some Point?

The Idiot: Weren't We All One at Some Point?
Do you remember what you were like your freshman year in college? When you are in the thick of it, it’s hard to see the forest through the trees. Your day to day is your day to day. But looking back, do you see a person with a well-defined vision of his or her future,... Read more »

Summer Book Review: The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll

Summer Book Review: The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll
You can stop looking now. I found your summer beach read. Jessica Knoll’s sophomore effort, “The Favorite Sister” is just the kind of book you want for a summer’s day vacation. Gossipy, not too serious, but a thriller just the same. Much like her bestselling debut, “Luckiest Girl Alive,” it’s a page turner worthy of... Read more »

Make a Few Minutes Mean Something: Pick Up a Book

Make a Few Minutes Mean Something: Pick Up a Book
So how much do you read? Are you a book-a-week or a book-a month kind of person? Did you once read a lot, but now lack the time? Or did your high school British Lit class and its 2-month long dissection of “Beowulf” scar you for life? I was scrolling through Facebook last night, waiting... Read more »
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Throwback Thursday: Once Upon a Time I was a Reporter

Throwback Thursday: Once Upon a Time I was a Reporter
Once upon a time, I was a reporter. It was a little weekly paper, called the Ingham County News. Part of a trio of family-owned papers, I joined the ICN straight out of college, making $5 an hour covering not just the towns of Mason and Holt, Michigan, but the county government and courts for... Read more »

We're Only Human: Calypso by David Sedaris

We're Only Human: Calypso by David Sedaris
So, David Sedaris would likely admit he’s never going to be confused with Malala Yousafzai. Or the Dalai Lama. Nonetheless. Sedaris is one of my favorite writers, and seeing him read live this past spring, would appear to a stranger as a rather gentle, maybe even nurturing, soul. He’d likely attribute this characterization to his... Read more »

Where Evil Personifies: The Outsider by Stephen King

Where Evil Personifies: The Outsider by Stephen King
It should be no surprise that Stephen King would write a book that scared the crap out of me. What does catch me off guard is when I find myself caring about the characters so much I am sad to see the story end, even though I really really really want the bad man to... Read more »
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Onto the Bucket List: Best Summer Books for 2018

Onto the Bucket List: Best Summer Books for 2018
All right, all right, all right! Summer 2018 is here — and even though in my world, it was 90 degrees last weekend and 50 degrees today, I’m still going to embrace the blessed fact that summer is upon us. For a few short months, fans of the page can take their passion outside onto... Read more »