Posts in category "Book Review"

Family drama FTW: Spoonbenders by Daryl Gregory

Family drama FTW: Spoonbenders by Daryl Gregory
Hey, HBO: I found your next miniseries. If only. I need to see Daryl Gregory’s “Spoonbenders” come to life. A movie, a miniseries, I don’t care. I need the Telemachus family back in my world for a while. I feel like I am going through withdrawals. It’s that good. Any follower of mine knows I... Read more »

You Think You Know Somebody: Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane

You Think You Know Somebody: Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane
When you don’t really know who you are, is it that much easier to become someone new? Rachel Childs has spent nearly four decades in that transient state of an ill-defined identity. First, as a young child of a single mother that is intent on keeping it that way. Then, as a young adult searching... Read more »

Mrs. Fletcher: What Lurks in Your Shadows?

Mrs. Fletcher: What Lurks in Your Shadows?
Often times, when we are at a crossroads, we find it’s an opportunity to look back, to the sides and of course, forward. So when you look, what do you see? For Tom Perrotta’s fictional MILF, Eve Fletcher, the choices are many and none, all at once. “Mrs. Fletcher” is a story that marries the... Read more »
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When Life is a Rolling Stones Song: Marlena by Julie Buntin

When Life is a Rolling Stones Song: Marlena by Julie Buntin
Do you remember 15? The angst? Not knowing if or where you fit in? Desperate for attention, and willing to sacrifice your dignity to get it, all while not realizing you are giving anything up? Julie Buntin does. And she nails it with “Marlena.” If your head ever plays a soundtrack while you’re reading, this... Read more »

Choose that Door Carefully: Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

Choose that Door Carefully: Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
Every once in a while you come across a book that defies an easy explanation. Exit West is one of those reads. Part metaphor, part love story, Mohsin Hamid’s tale of two young lovers taking a chance on a better life, survival, really, is touching and sad and beautiful all at once. Nadia and Saeed... Read more »

Color Me a New Life: The Chalk Artist by Allegra Goodman

Color Me a New Life: The Chalk Artist by Allegra Goodman
Quick and dirty review: Heck ya, read it. Allegra Goodman’s “The Chalk Artist” is an easily relatable read. For we all have been Collin, or known a Collin, or raised a Collin. Or a Nina. Or an Aidan for that matter. Centered in present day Boston, Collin James, son of Maia, is a college dropout,... Read more »
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Love Means Growing Up: The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo

Love Means Growing Up: The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo
Want a five word review? It’s a great beach read. Jill Santopolo’s “The Light We Lost” is an easy-to-get-lost-in read, meant to pull at your heartstrings and have you comparing it to “Me Before You.” The book’s protagonist and sole narrator, Lucy Carter, begins the story as a college student in New York City and... Read more »

Book Review: Al Franken, Giant of the Senate by Senator Al Franken

I wanted to title this review, “Franken Brings the Funny.” Or, in a nod to Franken’s “favorite” adjective, “No Joke: Franken Writes with Robustness.” But he’s trying to do less of the silly in the Senate. Thank goodness he isn’t 100 percent successful. I’d like to offer a completely unbiased review, except that I have... Read more »

Finding Yourself in Theft by Finding

Finding Yourself in Theft by Finding
Do you keep a diary? When it comes to writing, they’re the most curious combinations of introspection and social commentary to which we have access. Sometimes funny, sometimes cringe-worthy, I’ve kept my off-and-on journals in hopes that when I die, my kids will have a permanent record of how much I love them. And also... Read more »
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What is Joy and How Can I Get Some: Truth Telling from the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu

What is Joy and How Can I Get Some: Truth Telling from the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu
If there was ever a time in the collective American (shoot, global) culture we could all use a lesson on joy, now just may well be it. Of course, if I’ve learned anything from reading the Book of Joy, this is all about perspective. So, if I think about it, there are far worse stretches... Read more »