Posts in category "Book Review"

It's Like He Said: Show Your Work!

It's Like He Said: Show Your Work!
I don’t think I know a single writer that hasn’t been through a crisis of confidence at least once. Why do I write? No one is reading it anyway. Why does anyone care what I think? And Jeebus, the social media thing. I write because I am an introvert. I don’t want to “put myself... Read more »

Book Review: All The Light We Cannot See

Book Review: All The Light We Cannot See
Surprise, surprise. World War II was depressing. Here’s the thing about historical fiction—if someone asked me what my favorite literary genre was, I would never say, “Historical fiction.” In fact, it would probably be last on my list. (Music? FUNK, people.) Still, some of the most recent “best” books reside somewhere in World War II.... Read more »

Best Books of 2014

Best Books of 2014
What were your favorite books this year? I’ve got a month to go, but “Best Books of 2014″ lists are on the brain—everyone’s got one, and so do I. Here were my faves this year: This Dark Road to Mercy (Wiley Cash) I really loved this tale of a wayward father, a bad guy who’s... Read more »
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The Bone Clocks: So Creepy, Strange and Good

The Bone Clocks: So Creepy, Strange and Good
I think David Mitchell just may be Jonathan Franzen’s Irish brutha-from-anotha-mutha. While reading The Bone Clocks, I felt as if I had been dropped in the middle of a foreign country, where my mother tongue was also their native language, but it was spoken very quickly and heavily accented. Full disclosure—British (or in this case,... Read more »

Off the Bucket List: All Over But the Shoutin' by Rick Bragg

Off the Bucket List: All Over But the Shoutin' by Rick Bragg
Friends are grand, aren’t they? One of my dear high school sisters found when I posted a list of books that us regular folk read, it was missing Rick Bragg. So she rectified the problem with this: All Over but the Shoutin’, a memoir by the Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times writer. It’s the kind... Read more »

Want to Know Everything About The Princess Bride? As You Wish ...

Want to Know Everything About The Princess Bride? As You Wish ...
To think you knew all the trivia there was to know about The Princess Bride, only to come across a book with even more entertaining nuggets of information? Inconceivable! In the wake of one-of-the-best-movies-ever’s 25th anniversary, actor Cary Elwes delivers a wonderful memoir about one of Rob Reiner’s signature films, the screen adaptation of William... Read more »
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Want to Learn to Love Winter Again? It's All About Slowing Time

Want to Learn to Love Winter Again? It's All About Slowing Time
I hate winter. I really don’t think that can be overstated. I haaaaaate winter. I hate the frigid cold, I hate the blistering wind, I hate the static buildup and dry skin, I hate the bundling layer after layer, I hate the frigid cold …. did I mention the cold? Ironically, I think snow is... Read more »

Disease, Dysfunction, Despair: Five Days Left

Disease, Dysfunction, Despair: Five Days Left
Given the recent passing of Death With Dignity advocate Brittany Maynard, the timing of this read was somewhat cathartic. Maynard garnered national attention for her decision to end her life on her own terms—not giving the brain cancer that was killing her the last say. In author Julie Lawson Timmer’s debut, Five Days Left, one... Read more »

Tragic Gratitude: The Book of Unknown Americans

Tragic Gratitude: The Book of Unknown Americans
As we head into the month of November, the month that shines a light on enhancing that gratitude attitude, it was kismet that Cristina Henriquez’s novel, The Book of Unknown Americans, came up in my library queue. It’s remarkable what fiction can do. Henriquez’s patchwork collection of the stories of lives from an apartment complex... Read more »
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A Repo Man, A Murder and the Girl: It's a Love Story

A Repo Man, A Murder and the Girl: It's a Love Story
Who knew the repo man had feelings? W. Bruce Cameron (8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter, A Dog’s Purpose) did. Maybe it’s because he was one, once. “I lived in Grand Haven (Michigan) and was a repo man in Muskegon for awhile,” says the columnist/author/screenwriter. It was one of the myriad day jobs... Read more »