Archive for February 2013

Time to Eat: Book Review for The Dinner by Herman Koch

Time to Eat: Book Review for The Dinner by Herman Koch
Looking to devour the next great read? Try this one: “The Dinner” by Herman Koch. I picked this up after a good 15 minutes of staring at New Releases at my local indie bookshop—it was the praise from Gillian Flynn on the back of the book jacket that sold me. If Gillian likes it, then... Read more »

GQ Editor Michael Hainey's Memoir "After Visiting Friends"

GQ Editor Michael Hainey's Memoir "After Visiting Friends"
“We all have a family inside secrets and loss. There is a truth that can help heal us and help us move forward.” Anyone who knows me would tell you that I am not on the cutting edge of style. I think a clean sweatshirt is “edgy.” But even I know GQ, so when a... Read more »

Beyoncé's Blue Ivy and Reading to Babies: A Good Idea?

Beyoncé's Blue Ivy and Reading to Babies: A Good Idea?
Stop the presses—another uber-intelligent celebrity baby has been identified. I haven’t watched Beyoncé’s documentary, but full disclosure, I probably will. She’s Beyoncé after all. But I did see the US Weekly piece this morning, with a quote given to Oprah about her daughter’s intelligence: “She’s very smart. She’s already reading flashcards. She’s beautiful.” For reals?... Read more »
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Blind, Pissed and Sleuthing: Meet Mark Angelotti in "Dante's Wood"

Blind, Pissed and Sleuthing: Meet Mark Angelotti in "Dante's Wood"
Looking for the next great mystery series? I’ve found it with Evanston author Lynne Raimondo’s debut novel, “Dante’s Wood.” I always get a little nervous when a friend gives me a book and says, “It’s by a friend of mine.” Because if I don’t like it, I have to either man up and tell them... Read more »

Review: Bébé Day by Day

Review: Bébé Day by Day
I have always wanted to be that cool French parent. Ask my kids—they’ll tell you I’m a big fan of “Fermé la bouche!” I just thought that sounded better than “Shut the f*ck up!” But speaking the occasional French phrase is about the closest I’ll get to being French. Maird. Instead, I’ll just have to... Read more »

Is Bigger Better for Books?

Is Bigger Better for Books?
I love big books and I cannot lie … Have you ever been scared to pick up a big fat book because you’re knee-jerk reaction is going to be, “I’ll never finish this?” It’s time for an intervention. Look, there’s nothing wrong with a quickie with a paperback from time to time. Sometimes you need... Read more »
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Book Review: "The Middlesteins"

Book Review: "The Middlesteins"
Have you read “The Middlesteins” yet? Because you should. It’s fiction family whack—which is good for anyone who thinks their family wrote the book on crazy. At the same time, it was a kinder, gentler crazy than the group of families that make up my previous read, “Motherland.” (Also excellent, but woo-hoo extreme on the... Read more »

Read a Real Book to the Kids at Bedtime

Read a Real Book to the Kids at Bedtime
Want to raise a smarter kid? Try reading to them at bedtime. All I ask is that you keep it real. It should pretty much go without saying that reading to your kid is a good thing—a smart thing, even. There’s even scientific proof that reading in an interactive manner can boost your kid’s IQ.... Read more »