Posts tagged "book review"

Book Review: The Light in the Ruins

Book Review: The Light in the Ruins
Full disclosure: I am a huge Chris Bohjalian fan. Not all stalkerish—I just think he’s the shizzle when it comes to writing very engaging, suspenseful tales. I was a little worried when his latest, The Light in the Ruins, was released so closely on the heels of last summer’s “The Sandcastle Girls.” I love Bohjalian’s... Read more »

Book Review: One Step Too Far by Tina Seskis

Book Review: One Step Too Far by Tina Seskis
Need a book for the beach bag? “One Step Too Far” is a great summer read. Tina Seskis’ tale of a woman gone missing, gone wrong and gone—yes, too far—hooks you from the get go. Seskis wastes no time jumping in, putting the protagonist, Emily Coleman, on a train out of town on Page One.... Read more »

Book Review: Time to Laugh with David Sedaris

Book Review: Time to Laugh with David Sedaris
There’s nothing like a David Sedaris book to turn that frown upside down. His latest, “Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls,” is a collection of life’s observations and alternate-personality essays—and on par with “When You Are Engulfed in Flames” and “Me Talk Pretty One Day.” Beginning with the upside of socialized dentistry and quickly followed with... Read more »
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Billy Lynn Takes a Long Walk to Find Himself

Billy Lynn Takes a Long Walk to Find Himself
When a bestselling author gives you a book suggestion, it’s best to listen. I asked Jess Walter (“Beautiful Ruins”) to name the last book book he had read when I spoke with him late last fall. After hesitating because, he said, there are so many great books out there, he recommended Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime... Read more »

Get the Buzz for "The Death of Bees"

Get the Buzz for "The Death of Bees"
Haunting. Creepy. Touching. Bittersweet. It’s all of the above for Lisa O’Donnell’s “The Death of Bees.” This freshman effort marks O’Donnell’s turn from screenwriting into novels, which makes sense as it’s one of those books where you can’t help but picture the movie as you go. Me? I was kinda stuck on a “Winter’s Bone”-style... Read more »

Where'd You Go, Bernadette A Wild Ride

Where'd You Go, Bernadette A Wild Ride
Turns out crazy mommies in literature live in Seattle, too. I do loves me some wacky, and Maria Semple brings her A game with “Where’d You Go, Bernadette”—the story of middle schooler Bee Branch and her attempt to piece together the whereabouts of her mother, the reclusive Bernadette Fox, a once-promising architect now reduced to... Read more »
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A Lesson in Dying? Jonathan Tropper's "One Last Thing Before I Go"

A Lesson in Dying? Jonathan Tropper's "One Last Thing Before I Go"
Chick lit? No, more like d*ck lit. And I mean that in the very best way. Jonathan Tropper brings the male perspective on marriage, divorce and the ultimate mid/end-life crisis in “One Last Thing Before I Go.” Tropper’s male lead is a 44-year-old Drew Silver, a wedding band drummer who was part of a one-hit... Read more »

Sheryl Sandberg is Kinda Like Yoda For Career Women ... Except Not Short, Squatty and Green

Sheryl Sandberg is Kinda Like Yoda For Career Women ... Except Not Short, Squatty and Green
The Board of Directors asks its last two candidates for the CEO position, “Which comes first, your kids or this job?” The woman responds, “My family.” The man responds, “Trick question. You’d never ask a guy that.” Before you can read Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s “Lean In,” you need to accept a cold hard truth—until... Read more »

God I Hate When Oprah is Right: Book Review for "Twelve Tribes of Hattie"

God I Hate When Oprah is Right: Book Review for "Twelve Tribes of Hattie"
Damnit Oprah! “Twelve Tribes of Hattie” is a winner. You know how people have an unnatural loathing of Anne Hathaway? So it is with me and the O. (Don’t read too much into this—like just about anyone my age in Chicago, I made the trek to her studios years ago to see a taping and... Read more »
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Whose Story Is This Anyway? A Book Review for A Thousand Pardons by Jonathan Dee

Whose Story Is This Anyway? A Book Review for A Thousand Pardons by Jonathan Dee
A Thousand Pardons … a thousand questions for your book club. Pulitzer-nominated author Jonathan Dee’s exploration of the disintegration and subsequent rebirth of the modern, upper-middle-class-living-in-the-’burbs family is a lot to chew on. Who is to blame for Ben Armstead’s descent into temporary insanity? (Yes, asking a legal intern to just stand in front of... Read more »