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Staying in a Moment Forever: The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai

Staying in a Moment Forever: The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai
Should you read “The Great Believers?” Short answer: Yes. Short, but longer answer: I cried ugly through the last 30 pages. My God, yes, read this. “The Great Believers” is above all else, a love story about the closest of friendships. At its core sits Fiona, a young, determined woman adopted as a sister by... Read more »

50 Thoughts: Going for Gratitude

It’s a day I should be celebrating — I’m halfway to my memoir-istic goal of 50 blog posts in 50 days before my 50th birthday. But September 11th is never going to be much of a celebratory day for anything, is it? I suspect a lot of people struggle with emotions on this day, especially... Read more »

50 Thoughts: My Feet are My Favorite Part of Me

I’ve started jogging again. I took up running maybe a year or so before my 40th birthday, mostly by accident. I was walking the indoor track at our local park center in the winter and honestly just got tired of getting held up by senior citizens, Once I moved into the jogging lane to pass,... Read more »
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50 Thoughts: A Labor Day Salute to Bad Bosses Everywhere

What better time to offer up an ode to my cross-cross applesauce of a career path than Labor Day weekend? I touched on it here — and no lie, I’ve enjoyed the trip from college to content marketing. But I don’t know that I’ve given proper due to some of my past bosses and the... Read more »

50 Thoughts: There Really Aren't Any Do-Overs, Are There?

Life — it’s all fun and games until someone plays the “Woulda Coulda Shoulda” card. Up next in my 50-day blog game: the concept of do-overs. It comes on the heels of finishing “A Place for Us,” by Fatima Farheen Mirza — wrapped up in the wee early morning hours in a motel lobby while... Read more »

Yes, You're Complicit in the Family Dysfunction Too: A Place For Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza

Yes, You're Complicit in the Family Dysfunction Too: A Place For Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza
You can love your family with all your might, but no matter: someone’s still going to be pissed they didn’t get those Air Jordans in fourth grade or their grandpa’s heirloom watch. Debut author Fatima Farheen Mirza’s “A Place for Us” is a story for all of us, regardless of our station in life, the... Read more »
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Facing the Fear of the Unknown Alone: The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik

Facing the Fear of the Unknown Alone: The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik
David Arnold captured my eternal fandom with his first book, Mosquitoland. Much like John Hughes authentically captured teen angst on film, Arnold is equally on point with teen portrayals in his writing — and it is no different with “The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik.” And while Arnold’s previous efforts focused on self-discovery inside the... Read more »

Summer Book Review: The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll

Summer Book Review: The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll
You can stop looking now. I found your summer beach read. Jessica Knoll’s sophomore effort, “The Favorite Sister” is just the kind of book you want for a summer’s day vacation. Gossipy, not too serious, but a thriller just the same. Much like her bestselling debut, “Luckiest Girl Alive,” it’s a page turner worthy of... Read more »

Throwback Thursday: Once Upon a Time I was a Reporter

Throwback Thursday: Once Upon a Time I was a Reporter
Once upon a time, I was a reporter. It was a little weekly paper, called the Ingham County News. Part of a trio of family-owned papers, I joined the ICN straight out of college, making $5 an hour covering not just the towns of Mason and Holt, Michigan, but the county government and courts for... Read more »
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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 »