Love and Grief: The Last Romantics by Tara Conklin

Love and Grief: The Last Romantics by Tara Conklin
What would the world be like if there was only one right way to do everything? Only one way be a parent. Only one way to love a person. Only one way to grieve a loss. Would our fate become more clearly defined? Would we waste less time on toxic relationships? Would the world, in... Read more »

Um, So I Read These Essays: What My Mother and I Don't Talk About

Um, So I Read These Essays: What My Mother and I Don't Talk About
Talk about awkward. When I finished reading “What My Mother and I Don’t Talk About,” a compilation of essays, I wasn’t sure how to approach my typical review – after all, the theme – things unspoken between a mother and child – practically begs the question, “Well? And you?” It would have been a review for... Read more »

The Mind Can Play Awful Games: Before She Was Found by Heather Gudenkauf

The Mind Can Play Awful Games: Before She Was Found by Heather Gudenkauf
I need Millie Bobby Brown to the set, please. I can sometimes get on a kick in which I picture characters in a book I am reading as the celebrities that I think would best play them — in this case, MBB in the role of Cora Landry, a highly anxious 12-year-old just trying to... Read more »
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You'll Wish It Was Only Fiction: Bad Blood by John Carreyrou

You'll Wish It Was Only Fiction: Bad Blood by John Carreyrou
The good news with a book like “Bad Blood“?  You won’t want to put it down. The bad news? You’ll really wish it was just a suspenseful thriller and not the true story of a Silicon Vally startup that, had it been left unchecked, well … I’m left so spooked by the story about Theranos and is... Read more »

I Lived, I Loved: When You Read This by Mary Adkins

I Lived, I Loved: When You Read This by Mary Adkins
Sometimes, the best kind of time is forced down time. A wee family emergency over the weekend spun up into three days of back and forth between home and hospital (Everyone’s just fine, thank you) and while working remotely is and was doable, there are places where a book is just better than a laptop. I... Read more »

So You Wanna Start a Business: I'm Not Really a Waitress by Suzi Weiss Fischmann

So You Wanna Start a Business: I'm Not Really a Waitress by Suzi Weiss Fischmann
Success in life is really all about how you define it. That, and … well … the ability to survive on as minimal an amount of sleep as possible. I am not a business person, nor have I ever harbored a serious desire to start one, outside of daydreaming about owning a bookstore-slash-funky-gift-shop-slash-wine-bar somewhere on... Read more »
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Ugh, Men: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Ugh, Men: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Never has a swamp seemed so romantic, isolating and even violent all at once. Leave it to men to make something so natural so damn complicated. In Delia Owen’s debut fictional effort, “Where the Crawdads Sing,“ the male/female relationship is dissected across sibling/parental/partner themes, as our protagonist Kya grows up in the marshlands of 1960s... Read more »

Grammar Nerds, Unite: Dreyer's English by Benjamin Dreyer

Grammar Nerds, Unite: Dreyer's English by Benjamin Dreyer
So I read a reference book. It’s not that I am so hard up for a new book that I picked up the only thing I hadn’t read cover to cover, lying* about my house. No, I sought this out in a bookstore. “Dreyer’s English” came to my attention either through a witty Tweet, or mention... Read more »

I'm with the Band: Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

I'm with the Band: Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Thank god for books, the beautiful distractions they are. I have been in no mood these past few days. The stories out of DC has been soul crushing to the point that even having the news on for 15 minutes makes me stabby. Taylor Jenkins Reid’s “Daisy Jones & The Six” was a perfect place to... Read more »
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This is How They Do It: The Threat by Andrew G. McCabe

This is How They Do It: The Threat by Andrew G. McCabe
Y’all remember Paul Bettany in “The DaVinci Code,” right? I am a Silas of my own making — “Oh, another ‘Trump is literally the worst person ever!’ book is out! Sign me up!” This, however, “The Threat” — it’s not so much “Trump is the devil incarnate.” It’s more about process and less about the... Read more »