I remember finding The Thorn Birds on my parents' garage bookshelves when I was about eight years old, and thinking I was out of other reading material, so I might as well take it on. (I decided perhaps not, once I came across the word "flaccid," in relation to a priest's genitalia, and looked it up. I thought maybe I wasn't ...
I find myself at odds, in trying to describe Britt-Marie Was Here. It's an extraordinarily odd little story, and yet I kept going back to it. I was never sure whether I was enjoying it, but I wanted to find out how it ended. I'm still not certain how to rate it. Britt-Marie is a brusque, socially awkward woman who has ...
It's not every day you find a literary novel named after your home state. Far less often, it sounds like something you're interested in reading. Idaho is ostensibly a mystery, a story of a murder whose details unfold slowly, keeping us guessing and wondering throughout the book. But at its heart, Idaho is a deep psychological excavation of friendship, grief, ...
OK, so: may I get this out of the way? Yes, Talking as Fast as I Can is a book about Gilmore Girls: the original series, the reboot, and a little bit of everything about her career before and in between. Think what you may about Hollywood tell-alls, this is not really what I expected. While Graham does share all kinds of her ...
I went through a period with books where it seemed like absolutely everything I picked up with a chore. I'm the type of girl who gets excited by covers, and usually leaves a library with a stack of seven or eight, but for a long while, not much even looked good. But last December, All We Have Left caught ...
Mischling: (German. plural: Mischlinge): "mixed-blood." The legal term used in Nazi Germany to denote persons deemed to have both Aryan and Jewish ancestry. I thought I would be engrossed by Mischling. I have an intense curiosity about the years and people surrounding World War II, particularly those in Germany while the war raged. I have long believed in the complexity of humanity, ...
My dad's father is the third of my grandparents to be diagnosed with dementia. I sit next to him in the car as he drives us to brunch, today, and wonder for how much longer I'll be able to do this. He still remembers how to drive; how to eat; who I am. Someday, none of these things will ...
Some days, it seems like we could all use a little bit of joy in our lives, no? Maybe some of us are looking for a kinder, gentler world to escape to? Well, then! May I suggest ten of my favorite books that are exactly what I think you're looking for? 1. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society ...
Guys! I sat down this morning to choose THE book to share with you. I read a lot of books over the past year and a half, but I was sure there would be one that stood out as THE ONE--the powerhouse that must be reviewed and shared. And I found one. And then another, and another and another. So rather than ...
Landline is the book I kept putting off reading, because everyone said it was about a "magic phone." I'm not much for magic or fantasy, but then, neither is Rainbow Rowell, so I was a little curious. One of my friends kept telling me how much she loves it, though, and how it's not a book about a phone--it's ...