Archive for February 2017

Self-Loathing on the Lake: History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund

Self-Loathing on the Lake: History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund
Coming of age stories are always such a risk. After all, at one point or another, everyone grows up. Just as with the lead in Emily Fridlund’s “History of Wolves,” every reader is going to have a present or past to check this tale against. Is the author’s protagonist, Madeline/Linda, a realistic interpretation of a... Read more »

Journal, Schmournal: What a girl would give for her diaries

Journal, Schmournal: What a girl would give for her diaries
“How am I supposed to pick a single one?” That was the first thought racing through my head when our blogging community moderator asked us to blog tonight about a book or publication that is special to us or has made a big impact on our lives. Are you kidding me? Where do I start?... Read more »

Book Review: Kathy Griffin's Celebrity Run-Ins

Book Review: Kathy Griffin's Celebrity Run-Ins
So I needed something completely different after “Mischling.” There seems something almost unholy about reading a memoir that centers on one comedienne’s obsession with celebrity as a followup to a novel about the atrocities of the Holocaust, but quite honestly, between that and the horror show that is cable news these days, I just wanted... Read more »
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This Guy Gets Me: Books for Living by Will Schwalbe

This Guy Gets Me: Books for Living by Will Schwalbe
A book about books. That’s my kind of read. And as soon as I finished “Books for Living” I pestered a local library to help set up an interview, because after all, Will Schwalbe is my brother from another mother. I love Schwalbe’s outlook and this book about books for so many reasons, but mostly... Read more »

Book Review: You Need to Read Mischling

Book Review:  You Need to Read Mischling
To quote the philosopher George Santayana, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” And this is why everyone needs to read Mischling. Now. No, really. Now. One would hope it’s a stretch to assume that today’s political climate is a fertile ground in which we can make mistakes humanity has made... Read more »