Amy Poehler is my hero.
She’s funny and sassy and she wrote a kick ass book. It doesn’t follow the normal Chronological Celebrity Memoir formula: growing up, struggling, big break… Rather she jumps around in time and has a bit of an ‘advice’ vibe going on but it’s all amazing. There are pictures, and I … [Read More »]
Once again, I’m going to make things easier for myself, by using a blurb:
Justine knows she’s going to die. Any second now.
Justine Jones has a secret. A hardcore hypochondriac, she’s convinced a blood vessel is about to burst in her brain. Then, out of the blue, a startlingly handsome man named Packard … [Read More »]
Ponyboy Curtis is an orphan. He lives with his two older brothers, Darry, who works construction and Sodapop, who dropped out of school to work in a garage to help support the family. Ponyboy and his friends are Greasers, kids with leather jackets and long, grease-slicked hair from working class backgrounds, often with a … [Read More »]
Thirty-seventh book reviewed as part of the 130 Challenge.
When ‘Bombay’ was changed to ‘Mumbai’ many years back (it’s actually a decade or more, but seems like yesterday), I was a kid. It didn’t really affect me so much, but I used go around correcting people every time they called ‘Mumbai’, … [Read More »]
If you’re a fan of history or reading about serial killers, you should check out this book. Sorry for the generic lead-in, my mind doesn’t want to work right now.
Is it possible to get a refund from a free box? That is the question this book raises.
First things first: 2014 has been a crazy year. Amidst writing my dissertation, teaching, facing health issues that (thankfully) have been resolved, and unexpectedly having to buy a new car, it’s been hard to believe that I could fit in 52 books this year. And yet I have managed to double that number. I credit … [Read More »]
It took me two months to listen to Middlemarch via audiobook, but I did it! It’s one of my all-time favorite novels, and it’s been years since I read it. Spoiler: it did not disappoint.
Since it’s a classic novel and probably read widely, I thought it might be fun to do something kind of … [Read More »]
For some reason, I never read Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Maybe it was the reports of bathos, hand-wringing, and tear-filled emotions, or maybe it was when I convinced myself that I didn’t like nineteenth-century American fiction (spoiler: I do. I just don’t like Emerson all that much), but somehow, that part of my education got skipped. … [Read More »]
(This post originally appeared on Persephone Magazine.)
Recently, the mister noted that I’ve become somewhat preoccupied with early 1900s “upper-crusty British people,” as he put it. Taking a look at my Netflix viewing and some of my reading, he’s not wrong. Though … [Read More »]