This short novel, a finalist for the 2004 National Book Award, deals with a circle of women who married and had children in the ’50s somewhere in New England. Much of their story is told in flashbacks from a point in the 1990s, when they have aged and have lost many of those who … [Read More »]
*Disclaimer: this book was read via audiobook.*
Sherman Alexie’s writing never ceases to astonish me. He is brutally honest while also being personal, funny, and witty at once. I appreciate the stories he tells, and the way he tells them keeps me interested and engaged. I saw the audiobook at my library and what got … [Read More »]
As I’ve mentioned in several of my previous posts, I’m trying to read more works that are written by or feature Native Americans. The latest book I read is a brief history of the Cherokee nation. Even though it’s brief it’s packed with facts that I never knew. And once again I’m disappointed that my … [Read More »]
My book club chose this book for our next month’s reading selection. I’m not a big fan of biography or nonfiction by people who’ve just emerged from an adventure–I feel that they don’t spend enough time introspecting on what’s happened (though the events themselves may be fresher in memory). After reading this book, I remember … [Read More »]
I don’t know when it started really, but I’ve always had a fascination with the Cajuns. The music, the food, the language, the history all of it has intrigued me. Maybe because they are one of the last links between Europe and the U.S. that we still have and maybe it’s because they’re the “underdogs” … [Read More »]
Mary Roach never disappoints. This particular foray into science focus on the alimentary canal: how it works, why it works and everything else we know about it. As usual, Mary isn’t afraid to investigate everything from what your saliva does to how/why gas smells (including going to a laboratory that studies exactly that) to fecal … [Read More »]
This was fantastic. Really. I listened to the audiobook — which I would highly recommend — and I was cracking up and tearing up and just loved the whole thing.
I’ve always been a Billy Crystal fan — specifically, The Princess Bride and City Slickers. In fact, I’ve probably watched those two movies at least … [Read More »]
Goodreads summary, for the lazy (me): “Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave.
One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana … [Read More »]
So here in the heart of summer, I decided to dive into Mrs. Julien’s Shameful Tally, starting with her “Classics” and “Favorites” sections. I’m familiar, of course, with Courtney Milan – if a little behind in reading because I keep trying to “save” them for the perfect day — but I’ve been growing more … [Read More »]
Courtney Milan has done it again, and this may actually be my favorite book yet by her. Plenty of romance novels have funny moments, but it’s rare that I actually have to set a book down because I’m laughing so hard there are tears streaming down my face. If you’ve spent any time on ladyblogs, … [Read More »]