Archive for August 2013

In Defense of Bad Books

In Defense of Bad Books
Are you talking smack about “Flowers in the Attic?” Step off. Bad books are the Suzy Qs of your literary diet—your guilty pleasure. Everyone pretends they haven’t read them, but you KNOW you have. It was this recent survey by Book Riot that exposed me for the good-book-lovin’ fraud that I am. Of the books... Read more »

Book Review: The Measures Between Us

Book Review: The Measures Between Us
Some books are loud, others not so much. The Measures Between Us is indeed, a quiet story—quiet, and stubborn. Set just outside Boston, Ethan Hauser’s debut novel is all about relationships in the midst of madness. For some, it’s evident. Victor and Mary struggle with a decision to hospitalize their young adult daughter, Cynthia. Others?... Read more »

Oprah, That Purse Is Too Expensive

Oprah, That Purse Is Too Expensive
Y’all know I just love O. She was the svengali of my 20s and 30s. The I-Ching on how to be a woman and what perfect white blouse I should wear when I am doing it. She picks great books, but gives bad book club advice. But girlfriend, that Swiss salesperson was right. That Tom... Read more »
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National Book Lovers Day: 9 Reasons I Love Books

National Book Lovers Day: 9 Reasons I Love Books
August 9 is National Book Lovers Day. So you should be reading a book. If there’s an official definition of what makes a book lover, I’m pretty sure I fit the bill. I’ve been an avid reader since I was a kid. Carolyn Keene, Laura Ingalls, Judy Blume, Madeleine L’Engle, Piers Anthony and VC Andrews... Read more »

Book Review: The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Book Review: The Ocean at the End of the Lane
The Ocean at the End of the Lane is one of those books. The kind where you break out the highlighter, or bend pages back, because there are passages that strike you as so profound in such a simple way, you want to read them over and over again. Neil Gaiman is at his fantastical... Read more »

On, Wisconsin: Best Foods at the Fair

On, Wisconsin: Best Foods at the Fair
Go on, gorge yourself. There’s food that’s fair, and then there’s fair food. Having spent my teen summers working at the Wisconsin State Fair, I’m your go-to girl when it comes to all things baked, breaded and fried. And my years away have only upped the ante when it comes to restaurants and food vendors... Read more »
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Book Review: The Light in the Ruins

Book Review: The Light in the Ruins
Full disclosure: I am a huge Chris Bohjalian fan. Not all stalkerish—I just think he’s the shizzle when it comes to writing very engaging, suspenseful tales. I was a little worried when his latest, The Light in the Ruins, was released so closely on the heels of last summer’s “The Sandcastle Girls.” I love Bohjalian’s... Read more »