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, ...
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 ...
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 ...
Bathing the Lion is the very first physical advanced copy I ever requested. I was so excited for it! It sounded so...unusual? I mean, check this out: In Jonathan Carroll's surreal masterpiece, Bathing the Lion, five people who live in the same New England town go to sleep one night and all share the same hyper-realistic dream. Some of these ...
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 ...
It just occurred to me this weekend that I haven’t recommended These Is My Words on the site, yet, and that needs to be remedied, right away. I have to be honest: though I grew up reading the Little House books, and I do have a strange idealistic dream that I might live in a farmhouse someday (but maybe not have to ...
Sometimes my Backlist posts can be difficult to write, either because I didn’t keep very good notes on books before I was blogging, or because it takes a long time for inspiration to strike as I’m looking through my list of older reads. Looking at my list from 2011 today, I couldn’t believe I hadn’t yet recommended The Kitchen House. If you like ...
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 ...