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 ...
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, ...
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 ...
“I thought she was stealing my life, but in truth she opened its compartments and let me look inside.” The Miniaturist is a sheer oddity of a novel–every bit as curious in its workmanship as the miniature figures described in the novel; as delightfully artistic as it is thought-provokingly disconcerting. To say I enjoyed The Miniaturist would be to go too far, and yet, I didn’t ...
It’s official: as of today, I’ve been married to this guy for 13 years. I’m not a suspicious person, generally, but I kind of feel like 13’s always been my lucky number. I think this might be our best year yet, honey! In honor of our anniversary, I thought I’d go back to see what was on the bestseller list on the day we ...
It was evening when I picked up Evergreen, and it had been a long, stressful day. I settled into the couch and started reading, and with the first few sentences, I felt all the tension my body start to unwind. Not just any book can perform that kind of magic. Rebecca Rasmussen has that kind of gift with words. On ...
Soooo, I dare you not to love this book. Mambo in Chinatown is the story of Charlie Wong, a Chinese-American young woman who feels like she’s stuck in her own life. Her father is a noodle maker at the local noodle restaurant in New York’s Chinatown. Charlie works there too, badly, as a dishwasher. She hates her job, but she’s ...
If you’ve ever looked at my Goodreads list, you’ll know just how much I love Southern fiction, and novels that are located in and around Sullivan’s Island, in particular. I’ve read nearly everything Dorothea Benton Frank‘s ever written, for instance, and there’s nothing quite like a good, lazy, beachy summer read. Whether or not The Summer Wind is a good, lazy, ...
Catching Air is a nice little vacation escape of a read. Kira and her husband Peter set off from their high-stress jobs in Florida to try their hands at running a bed & breakfast with Peter’s brother, Rand, and his wife, Alyssa. None of them has done anything quite like it before, but they each bring their separate talents–and baggage–to ...
I’m not even sure where to start with The Infinite Moment of Us. I liked this book, and I kind of really didn’t. I loved the characters–they’re beautifully written. I really enjoy Myracle’s voice. I totally get why she’s an acclaimed and bestselling author. At the same time…why on earth are we marketing this as a young adult novel? It’s ...