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 ...
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 ...
Every time I’m asked about what my favorite books are, The Woman in White comes to mind immediately. I’m not quite sure how I came across Wilkie Collins in the first place; honestly, I think I might have just seen this book on the shelf and liked the cover, but once I discovered it was being compared to The Turn of ...
My love affair with Lisa See’s writing started several years ago, when I picked up Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. I went on to pick up almost everything she’s ever written (thank you, library), and can say with authority that she’s one of my favorite authors. I love See’s writing, and her characters are always lively and fully-fledged. The same ...
  I know what you’re thinking. Campy wax museums–right? Boardwalks full of tourist attractions and cheesy photographs and wax representations of Brangelina and Elvis. That’s Madame Tussaud. WRONG! Madame Tussaud shocked the pants off me, which makes it a perfect example of why I love good historical fiction. I had absolutely no idea that a) she was an actual, historical figure, and b) she was a ...
  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, ...
I. loved. this. book. Some of you will recognize Ann Brashares’ name from The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series. I’ve never read those, so I came into the experience of reading The Here and Now completely blind, not quite knowing what to expect. I loved it. The basics: Prenna’s family, along with a good chunk of the world’s population, have ...
So, I know there’s a movie of Never Let Me Go out there in the world, but I refuse to see it. I fell so completely, unbelievably in love with this book, with Ishiguro’s writing, and with the unbelievable way in which this story was revealed, that I can’t imagine there’s any way I’ll be impressed with the film. ...
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 ...