Archive for December 2014

Book Review: If S Were a Movie ...

Book Review: If S Were a Movie ...
  “S.” is not just a book, it’s a project—not daunting, but definitely something that commands your attention. It certainly got mine when I went to pick it up from the library. I wasn’t able to find it on the “hold” shelf” and when the very nice librarian handed me an oversized plastic case, I... Read more »

Winding Down, Looking Back: Summer Camp

Winding Down, Looking Back: Summer Camp
When the year winds down, where do you look back? Once a month, our blogging group stretches our collective creative muscle with a singular topic upon which to expound—in this case, a favorite childhood memory. Having just walked in the door from watching “Unbroken,” I’m hard pressed to think of anything cheery. (And of course,... Read more »

Friendship: Can You Hack It?

Friendship: Can You Hack It?
Any friendship worth its salt is going to have its ups and downs. Such is the case with Amy and Bev, in Emily Gould’s book, “Friendship.” The tale of two 20-somethings now becoming 30-somethings, not married, and with flatlining careers in NYC, Gould crafts a lovely yarn that reads light but isn’t without depth. In... Read more »
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It's Like He Said: Show Your Work!

It's Like He Said: Show Your Work!
I don’t think I know a single writer that hasn’t been through a crisis of confidence at least once.   I found a load of great advice in “Show Your Work: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered,” by Austin Kleon. I’m sure a lot of what Kleon has to say comes from... Read more »

Last-Minute Gifts for Book Lovers

Last-Minute Gifts for Book Lovers
Tired of gifting your favorite book lover with a Barnes & Noble giftcard? Stationery? A pen? Here are several great suggestions for gifts for book lovers that’ll make you look like you went the extra mile this season. They’re even categorized by how important the giftee is. Because, you know, while a bookmark may cut... Read more »

Book Review: All The Light We Cannot See

Book Review: All The Light We Cannot See
Surprise, surprise. World War II was depressing. Here’s the thing about historical fiction—if someone asked me what my favorite literary genre was, I would never say, “Historical fiction.” In fact, it would probably be last on my list. (Music? FUNK, people.) Still, some of the most recent “best” books reside somewhere in World War II.... Read more »
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Rape, Regret and Responsibility

If nothing else, Lena Dunham is a conversation starter. Full disclosure—”Not That Kind of Girl” remains on the bucket list. I just haven’t had the time to devote to it yet, but I would like to read it. I think Dunham is an insightful, if not polarizing voice, and offers spectacular commentary on the generation... Read more »

Best Books of 2014

Best Books of 2014
What were your favorite books this year? I’ve got a month to go, but “Best Books of 2014” lists are on the brain—everyone’s got one, and so do I. Here were my faves this year: This Dark Road to Mercy (Wiley Cash) I really loved this tale of a wayward father, a bad guy who’s... Read more »