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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 »

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 »
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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 »

Crimes of the Family: The Best Kind of People

Crimes of the Family: The Best Kind of People
How strong is your family allegiance? Is there a line you won’t cross when it comes to standing up for and supporting someone you love? And how would you cope if the one thing you always believed in was shattered in a single moment? Author Zoe Whithall’s exploration of individuality inside the confines of a... Read more »

LitzyDitz's 2017 Book List

LitzyDitz's 2017 Book List
And we all thought 2016 was a ticket to Crazy Town. 2017 was a year in which I probably could have leaned on books even more to whisk me away from the batshit absurdity that is the current political and cultural landscape. But like a train wreck or Chrisley Knows Best, it was so hard... Read more »
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A 2018 Reading Challenge for All Kinds of Readers

A 2018 Reading Challenge for All Kinds of Readers
It’s easy. Just pick up one book. Any book. And read. I’ve got mixed feelings about reading challenges. On one hand, I love them. (Not to be confused with actually participating in one.) When challenges work, they push book lovers to expand their boundaries into other genres, new authors and different perspectives. On the other,... Read more »

Everyone is a little Young Jane Young

Everyone is a little Young Jane Young
Or at least knows a Young Jane Young. So who is right and who is wrong and who is innocent and who is guilty when at best, moral standards, and at worst, criminal ones, are compromised? How fair is it that the Court of Public Opinion can be an unforgiving bitch? Gabrielle Zevin’s latest bestseller... Read more »

Gift Ideas for Book Lovers

Gift Ideas for Book Lovers
Did you pull a book lover’s name out of the Secret Santa grab bag? Someone in your family ranks reading over breathing? Here are a few last-minute gift ideas that are sure to impress: Time: Yep. Simple as that. Granted, while this gift is both free and easy to wrap, it’s also the most difficult.... Read more »
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16 Lessons for my 16-year-old Daughter

16 Lessons for my 16-year-old Daughter
My baby just turned 16. It seems impossible that day has come and gone. After all, it was just yesterday she was toddling into her room, opening her dresser drawers and emptying them on to her bedroom floor. Repeatedly. I had posted a traditional “Happy Birthday” message to her on Facebook, complete with the requisite... Read more »