Category: Book Review

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 »

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 »

More Good Books for Bad Moms

More Good Books for Bad Moms
There’s nothing like a fictional character to make you feel better about yourself. With Mothers Day around the corner, I suspect a lot of moms’ thoughts turn to that mythical, unicorn-like persona that is the perfect mother. Perfect kids, perfect home, perfect job performance, perfect husband … perfect, perfect, perfect. But then we are woken... Read more »
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Yes, Even Heroes Make Deals with the Devil: The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer

Yes, Even Heroes Make Deals with the Devil: The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer
I was surprised the other day, when my teenaged daughter recoiled at the word, “feminist.” We were much too busy with the day-to-day at that moment to get down into the weeds on exactly why she had that reaction, but I remember my initial reaction was surprise at the negative connotation she must associate with that... Read more »

This Love Triangle is an Isosceles: An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

This Love Triangle is an Isosceles: An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
I never thought I’d be quoting the band Nazareth in a book review, but after reading “An American Marriage,” it’s all I can hear. Love hurts. Oooo, love hurts. Tayari Jones’ latest novel is an exploration of marriage and other relationships under the cloud of false incarceration. Blessed by none other than Oprah, making it... Read more »

Standard Deviation: A Q & A with Katherine Heiny

Standard Deviation: A Q & A with Katherine Heiny
When it comes to writing, a little crazy goes a long way. “I think all writers are sort of crazy,” says author Katherine Heiny. “It’s sort of prerequisite.” Heiny’s first novel, “Standard Deviation,” brings it — with a colorful cast of characters in modern day New York City. At its center is the Cavanaugh clan... Read more »
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Flight, Flight or Just Get Drunk: The Flight Attendant

Flight, Flight or Just Get Drunk: The Flight Attendant
Is it just me or does it seem like bookshelves are awash in drunken heroines lately? From “The Girl on the Train” to “The Woman in the Window,” frustrated female protagonists everywhere are hitting the bottle. And Chris Bohjalian’s latest thriller, “The Flight Attendant,” follows suit — with leading lady Cassandra Bowden leaning heavily on... Read more »

Life Without Filters: Standard Deviation by Katherine Heiny

Life Without Filters: Standard Deviation by Katherine Heiny
The truth may be stranger than fiction, but in Katherine Heiny’s “Standard Deviation,” fiction is so much funnier than the truth. The author’s debut novel takes readers into the world of Graham Cavanaugh, and through his eyes, introduces you to his younger wife Audra, their son Matthew, his first wife, Elspeth, and a cast of... Read more »

Voyeurism Might Just Kill You: The Woman in the Window

Voyeurism Might Just Kill You: The Woman in the Window
So I wasn’t sure about reading “The Woman in the Window.” I knew I needed something to distract from the day-to-day bullsnot that is cable news, and thrillers are usually a go-to for that. Easy to engage, keep you entertained, total mind candy. But a few pages in to A.J. Finn’s debut novel and I... Read more »
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Reading Recs Outside Your Comfort Zone

Have you ever felt like you’ve read the same story in a different book? Maybe it’s time to switch up your go-to reading genre. The Wall Street Journal ran an interesting article on reading ruts today — with suggestions on how to spice up your reading routine. I found this particular line intriguing: Recommendations shouldn’t... Read more »