Posts in category "Book Review"

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 »

A Bad Dad Does Good: The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley

A Bad Dad Does Good: The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley
Don’t ever discount a father’s love for his daughter. “The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley,” by Hannah Tinti is a complicated, multi-layered tale of the lengths a father will go to provide for, support and protect his baby girl. In short, it’s a fabulous read. And yes, you will cry. It would be easy —... Read more »

2017 Best Picks for Summer Books

2017 Best Picks for Summer Books
It’s beach book time! Every season is perfect for reading — but there’s something special about having a book peeking out of your beach bag. It’s the very best way to telegraph something about your personality without having to actually engage in conversation. Conversely, it’s an easy point of entry when trying to strike up... Read more »
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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 »