Archive for May 2013

Book Review: One Step Too Far by Tina Seskis

Book Review: One Step Too Far by Tina Seskis
Need a book for the beach bag? “One Step Too Far” is a great summer read. Tina Seskis’ tale of a woman gone missing, gone wrong and gone—yes, too far—hooks you from the get go. Seskis wastes no time jumping in, putting the protagonist, Emily Coleman, on a train out of town on Page One.... Read more »

Author! Author! 5 Best Commencement Speeches by Writers

Author! Author! 5 Best Commencement Speeches by Writers
It’s high season for sage words. Everyone has an opinion on what makes for the best commencement speeches. Is it two parts humor, one part heart? Or is it equal measure of advice and anecdote? For me, I find the most moving speeches those composed by authors—people who already have a way with words. So... Read more »

Book Review: A Dual Inheritance

Book Review: A Dual Inheritance
Money, success and love. Them themes just never get old. Joanna Hershon takes all three to task in her latest book, “A Dual Inheritance.” For the less erudite (and that would be me), the dual inheritance theory basically is this—human behavior is impacted both by genetics and culture. Such is the case for the book’s... Read more »
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Book Review: Time to Laugh with David Sedaris

Book Review: Time to Laugh with David Sedaris
There’s nothing like a David Sedaris book to turn that frown upside down. His latest, “Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls,” is a collection of life’s observations and alternate-personality essays—and on par with “When You Are Engulfed in Flames” and “Me Talk Pretty One Day.” Beginning with the upside of socialized dentistry and quickly followed with... Read more »

5 Great Book Ideas for Mom on Mother's Day

5 Great Book Ideas for Mom on Mother's Day
Does your mom’s perfect Mother’s Day involve a book? Mine does. Just a few uninterrupted hours with a great read. And a beach. And a drink with an umbrella in it. A girl can dream. Some of my favorite books are all about families, and more specifically, family dysfunction. It makes for good humor. Good... Read more »

When a Hoo-hah Creates a Hoo-Hah: Schools and Banned Books

When a Hoo-hah Creates a Hoo-Hah: Schools and Banned Books
Anne Frank had ladyparts. And she wrote about them. And that’s got at least one mama upset. I caught this story earlier today via Facebook—a Northville, MI mom has filed a complaint with her local school district because … wait for it … Anne Frank wrote about her labia in her diary. My first thought... Read more »
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