Archive for May 2014

Kids and Guns: I'll Never Understand

Kids and Guns: I'll Never Understand
I worry about a lot of things. One thing I don’t worry about? Growing numb to gun violence. Especially when kids are involved. And when I use the word “kids,” I mean that in the loosest of terms. I’m talking kids, tweens, teens and really, young adults. It rattles me to the core when I... Read more »

Best Books for the Beach: Summer Reading

Best Books for the Beach: Summer Reading
With the start to summer here, it’s time to grab a book and get busy. There’s so much to read, you’ll need just about every spare moment. And if you just don’t have that much time, this quick list will help you pick the perfect read. Without further ado, the Best Books for the Beach... Read more »

Off the Bucket List: Tell The Wolves I'm Home

Off the Bucket List: Tell The Wolves I'm Home
So many good books, not enough time. I have a stack of “bucket list” books on my bedside table that I use as my go-to for a read when I am in between new releases or the latest Rob Lowe memoir (which I am STILL waiting on queue for from the library, damnit.) The stack... Read more »
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5 Don'ts to Raising Great Readers

5 Don'ts to Raising Great Readers
Anyone else worried that kids are doing less reading for pleasure? Common Sense Media’s latest report on kids and reading suggests that just 17 percent of 17-year-olds are daily readers. For real? And a bit less than half—45 percent—admit to reading for pleasure just once or twice a year. That makes me weep for the... Read more »

A Bon Iver Bromance: Shotgun Lovesongs by Nickolas Butler

A Bon Iver Bromance: Shotgun Lovesongs by Nickolas Butler
Looking for a great piece of chick lit? Try a bromance. A Bon Iver bromance. “Shotgun Lovesongs” is the debut effort of Wisconsin author Nickolas Butler, and as legend goes, inspired in part by fellow Eau Claire resident Justin Vernon of Bon Iver fame. I did not know that going into the book, but somehow,... Read more »

Letter to a New Mom: You Can’t Do It All—Learn to Ask for Help Now

Letter to a New Mom: You Can’t Do It All—Learn to Ask for Help Now
Congratulations, mom. This moment—becoming a parent—is certain to bring with it a rush of emotions from across the spectrum. Joy, fear, an overwhelming sense of nurturing and protection, and for those that struggle with postpartum, frightening feelings of resentment or depression. Motherhood is tough stuff. No matter what side of the fence you sit, there... Read more »
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Book Review: Frog Music by Emma Donoghue

Book Review: Frog Music by Emma Donoghue
Emma Donoghue’s got range, girl. Already accomplished at genre-switching, Donoghue follows up her contemporary smash, “Room,” with “Frog Music,” historical fiction set in late-1800s San Francisco. Based on the real-life unsolved murder of Jenny Bonnet in 1876, Donoghue crafts a most-compelling piece of fiction around very real characters—asking readers to consider what boundaries they are... Read more »

We Need Diverse Books Because ... Just Because

We Need Diverse Books Because ... Just Because
There’s a reading movement afoot this month—a group trying to grow awareness for diversity in literature. When I first heard of “We Need Diverse Books” just the other day, my knee-jerk reaction was this—that quite frankly, I just want people to read. If people get their kicks from Stephen King and Jonathan Franzen, what do... Read more »