- Apr 28, 2022
Review of American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld
ICYMI: This fictionalized version of a first lady's personal history from the talented Curtis Sittenfeld was a five-star read for me. In American Wife, Sittenfeld takes a few facts from Laura Bush's life and the Bush family history and creates an alternate story--one that's plausibly similar in a sense to Laura Bush's own, yet wholly Sittenfeld’s creation. I was continually captivated by Sittenfeld's story. She made me feel that I deeply understood the potential circumstances
- Sep 18, 2020
Six Illuminating Memoirs I've Read This Year
01 Leaving the Witness In Leaving the Witness: Exiting a Religion and Finding a Life, Amber Scorah takes the reader into her confidences and lays bare her sheltered experiences, religious indoctrination, societal and gender pressures, hearty evangelism, and her eventual questioning and subsequent freezing out from the Jehovah’s Witnesses—which meant she was cut off permanently from almost everyone she knew. Scorah retraces her steps from being a covert, illegal proselytizer i
- Aug 20, 2020
Six Fantastic Dystopian and Postapocalyptic Novels
01 A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World And there may be no law left except what you make of it, but if you steal my dog, you can at least expect me to come after you. If we’re not loyal to the things we love, what’s the point?... That’s a kind of death, even if you keep breathing. The thief came and shattered what was left of young Griz's life. Now Griz and his dog are making their way through the world. Griz is capable of fury and revenge, but also great love and loyal
- Jul 7, 2020
Six of My Pandemic-Era Book Buys
Six of the books I bought during the 2020 pandemic and can't wait to read.
- Jun 27, 2020
Review of White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo
"A stirring call to conscience and consciousness in white brothers and sisters."
- Mar 22, 2020
Review of Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb
There's a beautiful exploration in this book of dying, death, appreciating the beauty of the impermanence of our lives and living life fully
- Jan 26, 2018
Review of News of the World by Paulette Jiles
This is character-driven historical fiction at its best.
- Jan 3, 2018
Review of Autoboyography by Christina Lauren
There were a million ways this story could have felt less real and messy and fascinating. But it was just wonderful.