Category: Book Review

Facing the Fear of the Unknown Alone: The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik

Facing the Fear of the Unknown Alone: The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik
David Arnold captured my eternal fandom with his first book, Mosquitoland. Much like John Hughes authentically captured teen angst on film, Arnold is equally on point with teen portrayals in his writing — and it is no different with “The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik.” And while Arnold’s previous efforts focused on self-discovery inside the... Read more »

Less: When a Really Good Book Wins the Pulitzer

Less: When a Really Good Book Wins the Pulitzer
I have a love/hate relationship with literary competitions. I hate it when they pick a book that while good, is drudgery to read. I love it when they pick a book that makes me swoon. The Pulitzer peeps picked a good one last year. Andrew Sean Greer’s “Less” is, in a word, amazing. I picked... Read more »

The Idiot: Weren't We All One at Some Point?

The Idiot: Weren't We All One at Some Point?
Do you remember what you were like your freshman year in college? When you are in the thick of it, it’s hard to see the forest through the trees. Your day to day is your day to day. But looking back, do you see a person with a well-defined vision of his or her future,... Read more »
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Summer Book Review: The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll

Summer Book Review: The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll
You can stop looking now. I found your summer beach read. Jessica Knoll’s sophomore effort, “The Favorite Sister” is just the kind of book you want for a summer’s day vacation. Gossipy, not too serious, but a thriller just the same. Much like her bestselling debut, “Luckiest Girl Alive,” it’s a page turner worthy of... Read more »

We're Only Human: Calypso by David Sedaris

We're Only Human: Calypso by David Sedaris
So, David Sedaris would likely admit he’s never going to be confused with Malala Yousafzai. Or the Dalai Lama. Nonetheless. Sedaris is one of my favorite writers, and seeing him read live this past spring, would appear to a stranger as a rather gentle, maybe even nurturing, soul. He’d likely attribute this characterization to his... Read more »

Where Evil Personifies: The Outsider by Stephen King

Where Evil Personifies: The Outsider by Stephen King
It should be no surprise that Stephen King would write a book that scared the crap out of me. What does catch me off guard is when I find myself caring about the characters so much I am sad to see the story end, even though I really really really want the bad man to... Read more »
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Onto the Bucket List: Best Summer Books for 2018

Onto the Bucket List: Best Summer Books for 2018
All right, all right, all right! Summer 2018 is here — and even though in my world, it was 90 degrees last weekend and 50 degrees today, I’m still going to embrace the blessed fact that summer is upon us. For a few short months, fans of the page can take their passion outside onto... Read more »

A Caddy, A Class and a lot of Chaos: Chuckerman Makes a Movie

A Caddy, A Class and a lot of Chaos: Chuckerman Makes a Movie
“I have a friend.” I am not a big time book reviewer, so it never fails to amaze me when people ask if I can read a friend’s book. I don’t know that I’ve ever said no. I have oodles of respect for anyone that actually accomplishes what’s been on my bucket list for decades.... Read more »

My Ex-Life: When the Only True Direction is Forward

My Ex-Life: When the Only True Direction is Forward
Life’s all about choices. What to eat for breakfast. Which color underwear to wear. Whether or not to finish your homework. The TV show you want to start binging. The college you go to. The person you marry, or don’t. Where to work. If you should ignore a friend or answer a text. Every day,... Read more »
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Do You Really Need 12 Rules for Life? Can I Pick Six Instead?

Do You Really Need 12 Rules for Life? Can I Pick Six Instead?
Here’s what I learned about myself after reading (or skimming, really – Mr. Peterson should be proud I’m following the rule about not lying) Jordan Peterson’s “12 Rules for Life: An Antidote for Chaos” — I prefer decidedly pithy work when it comes to the personal growth genre. I picked up this book for a few... Read more »