Posts in category "Book Review"

Lies, Love and What We Lose: Little Fires Everywhere

Lies, Love and What We Lose: Little Fires Everywhere
Do you make choices or do choices make you? Celeste Ng’s sophomore effort, Little Fires Everywhere, is a glorious character study, comparing and contrasting the two different paths we can take as we emerge from adolescence into adulthood — one a carefully crafted, planned-to-the-last-detail existence and the other road, on which one’s adventurous spirit consumes... Read more »

Yes Indeed: Thanks, Obama

Yes Indeed: Thanks, Obama
I wish I could say David Litt’s “Thanks, Obama” is the perfect cure for a Trump hangover. It’s not. But it was certainly refreshing to read his memoir, if only for a chance to return to more hopeful times. And in all fairness, there’s nothing that cures a Trump hangover, at least until Election Day... Read more »

Ears Not Required: Not a Sound by Heather Gudenkauf

Ears Not Required: Not a Sound by Heather Gudenkauf
It’s almost Halloween — let me see if I can scare you. Imagine you’re on a wooded trail. It’s pitch black outside. It’s freezing. There’s half a foot of snow on the ground. And there’s a guy that wants to kill you chasing after you. Oh, and he’s immobilized your service dog. Did I forget... Read more »
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Middle School is Just So Messy: The Burning Girl by Claire Messud

Middle School is Just So Messy: The Burning Girl by Claire Messud
Do you remember the first time you let a friend talk you into a bad idea? It’s an adolescent rite of passage – making the wrong choice. For some, it’s a momentary thrill, followed by waves of panic that you’ll get caught, and then bathing in the guilt that’s left behind when the day is... Read more »

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 »
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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 »

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 »
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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 »