Book Review: Leave Me by Gayle Forman

Book Review: Leave Me by Gayle Forman
Have you ever felt like ditching everyone? Everything? Just getting on a train or a plane and leaving every professional and familial responsibility behind? Who hasn’t? I have. I live less than a 10-minute walk from a train station that can take me to other places that can take me about anywhere I’d want to... Read more »

Book Review: The Bitch is Back

Book Review: The Bitch is Back
The beauty of essays? Everyone’s got an opinion. A dear friend passed “The Bitch is Back: Older, Wiser and (Getting) Happier” — a followup to editor Cathi Hanauer’s “The Bitch is in the House” after we both had read “Love Warrior” and were particularly moved by the adage that women have stories we don’t tell... Read more »

Trump won. I adopted a dog.

Trump won. I adopted a dog.
Sometimes, life is all about those hard turns. I am, by nature, a little impulsive. (Cue my husband, cheering wildly, “She admits it! SHE ADMITS IT!”) Yeah, whatever, pfft. One of those impulsive moves was to agree to marry him when I was still a baby. You’re welcome. So, when blindsided by Trump’s win almost... Read more »
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Today Will Be Different: Well, Probably Not

Today Will Be Different: Well, Probably Not
If there was ever a book to read after my last post, this was it. In my response to Glennon Doyle Melton’s “Love Warrior,” I said, “Honest to goodness, I wake up every morning putting faith in the fact I want to be the very best version of myself. But then my feet hit the... Read more »

Love Warrior: This Wimp's Review

Love Warrior: This Wimp's Review
“Please, just …no.” That was my first response when, at a monthly card game that I manage to attend about once a year, a friend of mine asked me if I was going to read Glennon Doyle Melton’s memoir, “Love Warrior.” There are certain book recommendations that result in my hitting the gas pedal on... Read more »

Book Review: Kids of Appetite by David Arnold

Book Review: Kids of Appetite by David Arnold
Two books in, and one thing is clear—David Arnold knows grieving kids well. Arnold’s latest is “Kids of Appetite,” a followup to one of my favorites in the last few years, “Mosquitoland.” Both involve teens mourning the loss of a parent, and both involve journeys of self-discovery. Full disclosure: I lost my biological father just... Read more »
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Family as Fiction: Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

Family as Fiction: Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
What it must be like to read your family history, presented as fiction. Can you even imagine, turning the page on the past, only to have one of the darkest incidents of your life retold in a bestselling novel? So it goes for the Cousins’ kids in bestselling author Ann Patchett’s latest, “Commonwealth.” Set in... Read more »

2016 Banned Books Week is Here!

2016 Banned Books Week is Here!
Merry Christmas, all you literary deviants. 2016 Banned Books Week kicks off today and runs through October 1—plenty of time to pick up something perfectly subversive and read … In public; In private; To kids; and to adults. Need a few suggestions? Try some Judy Blume, John Green. J.K. Rowling. The Bible. I’ve written before... Read more »

Who Makes You Feel Special? You Do.

“Write about a time somebody made you feel special.” Pfft. Sometimes our monthly blogging group exercises feel more like therapy. And what is typically a one-hour writing exercise is more like 10 minutes in this case, as I got caught up in a phone conversation. But here goes: I can’t think of one. That’s not... Read more »
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Book Review: Invincible Summer by Alice Adams

Book Review: Invincible Summer by Alice Adams
I think she meant “invisible” instead of “invincible.” Alice Adams’ freshman effort, “Invincible Summer” is the tale of four college friends—Eva, Benedict, Sylvie and Sylvie’s brother Lucien—and follows them through a bit more than a decade afterward, as they head out on their own different paths after school is in the rear view mirror. I... Read more »