Archive for March 2015

Book review: I'll Give You the Sun

Book review: I'll Give You the Sun
So. I thought I was having this super momentous experience with my 13-year-old daughter last week. I bought her “Forever” by Judy Blume—one the best books I’ve ever read on first love and “the first time.” My mom gave it to me in middle school, and now, it was her turn. I asked her to... Read more »

Throw that sh*t out: It's time to Kondo your life

Throw that sh*t out: It's time to Kondo your life
The book had beckoned silently for weeks from the Target bestsellers book rack for weeks. “Buy me,” it said. “You know you want to. You know you need to clean up. I promise, once you read me, you won’t be able to stop tidying. You neeeeeeeed me.” So finally, I threw it in the cart.... Read more »

Book review: The Museum of Extraordinary Things

Book review: The Museum of Extraordinary Things
Looking to get lost in a book? Alice Hoffman’s “The Museum of Extraordinary Things” takes readers back to the early 1900s and New York City—when sweatshops made their fortune on the backs of immigrants and con men knew how to parlay gullibility into profit. At the center of the book are Coralie (I would almost—ALMOST—have... Read more »
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The Girl on the Train: London's "Gone Girl"

The Girl on the Train: London's "Gone Girl"
Imagine “Gone Girl” from one of Nick’s barfly’s perspectives. A batshit crazy woman goes missing, and the only help the police get is from the alcoholic that used to live four doors down the street—claiming she saw the missing woman making out with a man that wasn’t her husband as her commuter train rolled past... Read more »

Building Stories: What do you see in someone else's window?

Building Stories: What do you see in someone else's window?
Building Stories, a 2012 project from Chris Ware, defies traditional literary explanation. When my friend first gave the book to me, even she didn’t know quite how to explain it. First off, it’s in a box the size of a Milton-Bradley board game. “It’s a game?” I asked. “No, it’s hard to explain … it’s... Read more »

Book Review: A Sudden Light by Garth Stein

Book Review: A Sudden Light by Garth Stein
It’s a hot Seattle summer, you’re living in what amounts to the world’s largest rotting tree house, you think your Dad might be losing his mind and your Aunt is kinda hot—but she may also be trying to convince your Grampy he’s got Alzheimer’s. And oh yeah, there’s a ghost that visits you on a... Read more »
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Social Media Etiquette: Teach your kid not to be a dick

Social Media Etiquette: Teach your kid not to be a dick
The Internet. It’s this wondrous, amazing, enormous tool that connects people to people, knowledge, new ideas, recipes, one-liners, late-night sports scores and the best humanity has to offer about, well, just about anything. It’s also home to the lowest of the low. The semi-anonymous jackholes that think because he or she is grooming some kind... Read more »