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 ...
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 ...
  I was so excited to start reading Delicious!: A Novel. The synopsis promises a story about a girl, New York, renowned chef James Beard (!), and a food magazine. It’s like someone asked me what I love and then pitched a big, fat juicy one right to me. Delicious! is absolutely everything it promises, and more. A story about family and relationships, ...
If you’ve been searching for a book that’s moving, thoughtful, and a little bit unexpected, The Language of Flowers could be just what you’re after. From Goodreads: A mesmerizing, moving, and elegantly written debut novel, The Language of Flowers beautifully weaves past and present, creating a vivid portrait of an unforgettable woman whose gift for flowers helps her change the lives of others ...
It’s difficult, really, to explain a novel like Peace Like a River. I try to be discriminating about how often I give five stars when I review books, so that when I do, it really means something. Here, five stars doesn’t even feel like enough. Trite quips like “tour de force” and “emotional powerhouse” come to mind as I ...
There were parts of Blackbird House I absolutely delighted in, and others I just felt lukewarm about. I'm not generally much for short stories--I like my reading to have some thread of plot or continuity. Happily, Hoffman accomplishes exactly this with Blackbird House: each story moves forward a generation, but takes a character from the last, and each centers ...