Posts in category "Book Review"

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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A Boy Made of Blocks: An Autism Fiction Fantasy Camp

A Boy Made of Blocks: An Autism Fiction Fantasy Camp
With April as Autism Awareness Month, I thought now was as good as time as any to pick up Keith Stuart’s “A Boy Made of Blocks.” It’s been on the bucket list a while, and I’d even checked it at least once before this latest endeavor. And while this particular story, about a man named... Read more »

Motherprayer: Can I get a do over?

Motherprayer: Can I get a do over?
I’ve been Facebook friendly with North Shore Chicago’s Barbara Mahany since her first book, Slowing Time, was released a few years back. I was asked to interview her for a magazine article and was immediately drawn into her orbit. Mahany is one of those contemplative souls that, when you spend time with them, you are... Read more »

Fake It Til You Make It: Parenting in a Perfect Little World

Fake It Til You Make It: Parenting in a Perfect Little World
When it comes to parenting, is there such a thing as “perfect?” Ever? Of course not — but that doesn’t mean we don’t try our best, for better or worse. And in Kevin Wilson’s “Perfect Little World,” Dr. Preston Grind sets out to right as many wrongs he can’t possibly right when he creates The... Read more »
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Getting Hygge With It: How Down with the Danes are You?

Getting Hygge With It: How Down with the Danes are You?
I keep trying to pronounce it “hoo-ga” but I can’t help but say “higgy.” Either way, I think I might need to move to Denmark. The concept of “hygge” is not necessarily new, but Meil Wiking’s “The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living” is — and it’s a tidy read for anyone... Read more »

Self-Loathing on the Lake: History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund

Self-Loathing on the Lake: History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund
Coming of age stories are always such a risk. After all, at one point or another, everyone grows up. Just as with the lead in Emily Fridlund’s “History of Wolves,” every reader is going to have a present or past to check this tale against. Is the author’s protagonist, Madeline/Linda, a realistic interpretation of a... Read more »

Book Review: Kathy Griffin's Celebrity Run-Ins

Book Review: Kathy Griffin's Celebrity Run-Ins
So I needed something completely different after “Mischling.” There seems something almost unholy about reading a memoir that centers on one comedienne’s obsession with celebrity as a followup to a novel about the atrocities of the Holocaust, but quite honestly, between that and the horror show that is cable news these days, I just wanted... Read more »
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This Guy Gets Me: Books for Living by Will Schwalbe

This Guy Gets Me: Books for Living by Will Schwalbe
A book about books. That’s my kind of read. And as soon as I finished “Books for Living” I pestered a local library to help set up an interview, because after all, Will Schwalbe is my brother from another mother. I love Schwalbe’s outlook and this book about books for so many reasons, but mostly... Read more »