Archive for May 2017

A Bad Dad Does Good: The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley

A Bad Dad Does Good: The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley
Don’t ever discount a father’s love for his daughter. “The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley,” by Hannah Tinti is a complicated, multi-layered tale of the lengths a father will go to provide for, support and protect his baby girl. In short, it’s a fabulous read. And yes, you will cry. It would be easy —... Read more »

2017 Best Picks for Summer Books

2017 Best Picks for Summer Books
It’s beach book time! Every season is perfect for reading — but there’s something special about having a book peeking out of your beach bag. It’s the very best way to telegraph something about your personality without having to actually engage in conversation. Conversely, it’s an easy point of entry when trying to strike up... Read more »

Enough with the mumbling: 4 things I learned about premature hearing loss

Enough with the mumbling: 4 things I learned about premature hearing loss
So, I got some hearing aids today. Not a sentence I thought I’d type in at least another 10 years, if ever. I’m not sure what finally drove me to make the appointment with the ENT. Maybe I finally had enough of uttering, “Say that again?” repeatedly at work, or of telling my kids that... Read more »
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Book Review: Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Book Review: Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
If you’re looking for a read that’ll help you ramp up to the next Game of Thrones season, here’s your book. Norse Mythology, by Neil Gaiman, has all the creatures, craven behavior and crazy-ass names to whet the palate heading into another visit to the Seven Kingdoms. I’m just glad I didn’t have to try... Read more »

Last-Minute Mother's Day Reads

Last-Minute Mother's Day Reads
Headed out the door later this morning for a Mother’s Day brunch? Maybe a backyard BBQ? If you need to pick up a quick gift for a mom in your life or just want to provide thematic color to the inevitable “Whatcha been reading?” small talk, I’ve got a few suggestions that, serendipitously, have come... Read more »

Book Review: The Mothers by Brit Bennett

Book Review: The Mothers by Brit Bennett
I gotta admit — i am a little emotionally spent after reading “The Mothers.” Interesting this, author Brit Bennett‘s first novel, would come on the heels of “Motherprayer,” in which Barbara Mahany makes the case for mothers of all kinds. Because in this novel, the Mothers are everywhere. Nadia Turner is looking for a mother... Read more »
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This is the good that libraries do

This is the good that libraries do
If any one person could use a trip to the library, that person would be President Dunderhead. Of course. (Psst, Donald. There are entire sections dedicated to historical perspective on the Civil War.) But enough about him. I’m focusing on a bit of good news today. There’s not much our Congress has done right lately.... Read more »