My oldest son left for college this month. It has been a huge change for our family, and even as we’re all adjusting well, my own coping strategy has been to read Robert Crais novels the way I stress-eat carbs: by the fistful, late at night, one after another. Robert Crais writes a series of books about…… Continue reading How reading is an emotional thermometer
Steve Sheinkin has done it again. His book on Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon papers is a great story, and a timely one. While he writes for a younger audience, there is nothing simple or simplified about the content or writing of this book, and I tore through it as if I’d never heard of…… Continue reading Most Dangerous by Steve Sheinkin
All Those Explosions Were Someone Else’s Fault was an hilarious read with a complicated protagonist who happens to turn into a superhero. Garner manages to work his way through all the superhero tropes in one book, while crafting a fast-paced story full of science and pseudo-science and alternate reality. My one criticism of the book (if you…… Continue reading All Those Explosions Were Someone Else’s Fault by James Alan Gardner
It’s the summer of 1969. You know: the Apollo 11 expedition to put a man on the moon. Tang. Women’s Lib. The summer Mamie’s family falls apart. I picked up I Love You, Michael Collins expecting a book about the space program, but it is instead a beautiful story about family and persistent and courage. Mamie…… Continue reading I Love You, Michael Collins by Lauren Baratz-Logsted
My first novel, The Match, is free on kindle from now through June 5. Now is the perfect time to add it to your library. Thanks for spreading the word!
I had the opportunity to be my daughter’s date last night as Jessica Day George spoke at our local independent bookstore. What a great night! Day George’s books (The Dragon Slippers books, the Tuesdays at the Castle series, the Twelve Dancing Princesses series) are some of my kids’ favorites. Because they picked them up after they…… Continue reading An Evening with Jessica Day George
This has been a rereading season for me, with a few exceptions. I’ve highlighted a few favorites (both old and new) below. Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry I posted a longer review here, but in short Hannah Coulter is a beautiful novel that reads like a memoir. Hannah is a young woman who comes of…… Continue reading Quick Lit: April 2018