Archive for April 2013

Billy Lynn Takes a Long Walk to Find Himself

Billy Lynn Takes a Long Walk to Find Himself
When a bestselling author gives you a book suggestion, it’s best to listen. I asked Jess Walter (“Beautiful Ruins”) to name the last book book he had read when I spoke with him late last fall. After hesitating because, he said, there are so many great books out there, he recommended Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime... Read more »

Get Your Butt to the Library Now and Thank Me Later

Get Your Butt to the Library Now and Thank Me Later
Wha? It’s National Library Week? I can’t believe I almost missed this opportunity to shout this from the blogger mountaintop—”Libraries are full of awesome!” Libraries were some of my first babysitters and books some of my best friends. My family moved from state to state every few years or so in my elementary years, and... Read more »

Get the Buzz for "The Death of Bees"

Get the Buzz for "The Death of Bees"
Haunting. Creepy. Touching. Bittersweet. It’s all of the above for Lisa O’Donnell’s “The Death of Bees.” This freshman effort marks O’Donnell’s turn from screenwriting into novels, which makes sense as it’s one of those books where you can’t help but picture the movie as you go. Me? I was kinda stuck on a “Winter’s Bone”-style... Read more »
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Where'd You Go, Bernadette A Wild Ride

Where'd You Go, Bernadette A Wild Ride
Turns out crazy mommies in literature live in Seattle, too. I do loves me some wacky, and Maria Semple brings her A game with “Where’d You Go, Bernadette”—the story of middle schooler Bee Branch and her attempt to piece together the whereabouts of her mother, the reclusive Bernadette Fox, a once-promising architect now reduced to... Read more »