The Beautiful Trap of Belzhar

Meg Wolitzer is revealing herself to be a terrifically nimble, as well as prolific author. Since 2011 she’s published The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman, an acclaimed middle-grade novel, and The Uncoupling and The Interestings, both for adults, following a career that’s spanned over thirty years so far. Forthcoming in September 2014 is Belzhar, Wolitzer’s foray … Continue reading The Beautiful Trap of Belzhar

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Book Review: The Maid’s Version, by Daniel Woodrell

The Maid’s Version appeared last fall, Daniel Woodrell’s followup to Winter’s Bone (2006) and the acclaimed short-story collection The Outlaw Album (2011). Winter’s Bone had taken the breath out of a literary world grown content with the divide between “commercial fiction” and “serious literature.” The novel achieved the rarest of literary feats, offering an accessible … Continue reading Book Review: The Maid’s Version, by Daniel Woodrell

If Plants Can’t Think, How Do They Develop Such Beautiful Habits?

As I set up my little table at the back of the store, my expectations were modest. The evening’s topic, and the name of the book I’d been asked to sell, was Thinking Like a Plant. The room filled with gardeners of all shapes, sizes, and levels of experience. Along with the attendees, I was … Continue reading If Plants Can’t Think, How Do They Develop Such Beautiful Habits?

Series vs. Memoir: Orange is the New Black

I understand that there is a difference between fiction and non-fiction. I further understand that film versions of books leave something to be desired. I may see expressions and body language on film that I as the viewer interpret as conveying particular thoughts or emotions. When I am instead reading, I gain greater depth and … Continue reading Series vs. Memoir: Orange is the New Black

Summer Reading: A Short History of Nearly Everything

If there’s one thing I took away from reading Bill Bryson’s hilariously informative A Short History of Nearly Everything, it’s that science knows very little about very little (the other one being that just about everything is credited to the wrong people). Most of what we know is all from circumstantial evidence. It’s a bit … Continue reading Summer Reading: A Short History of Nearly Everything

Summer Reading: How I Came to Sparkle Again

It actually took me a while to come up with a book I could stick with long enough to finish. I started a few in different genres, but I just couldn't get anything to get it's hooks into me. Perhaps it was the low level chaos that always lurks in my house. (Young kids. Comes … Continue reading Summer Reading: How I Came to Sparkle Again

Deconstructed: Star Wars Revenge of the Sith

All the younglings watching the battle in Coruscant’s sky know it: when Anakin and Obi-Wan get there, those dirty [Separatists] are going to wish they’d stayed in bed today. The adults know better, of course. That’s part of what being a grown-up is: understanding that heroes are created by the HoloNet, and that the real-life … Continue reading Deconstructed: Star Wars Revenge of the Sith

Summer Reading Epilogue: A Read Down Memory Lane

Following on from the Summer reading theme week (or Winter reading, in my case), I’ve found myself re-reading many old favourites in the past few months. I’ve managed to amass a decent collection of books over the years, and have slowly started working my way through some of them again. I’ve been told repeatedly that … Continue reading Summer Reading Epilogue: A Read Down Memory Lane

Summer Reading: Farewell Fred Voodoo

Note: This article was written by Alexandra Hanson-Harding. Please disregard the WordPress byline. Most people in Haiti live on less than two dollars a day. Hundreds of thousands have been living in tent cities without sanitation since a 2010 hurricane rattled the tiny island nation. Then, a cholera epidemic killed thousands more. They have lived … Continue reading Summer Reading: Farewell Fred Voodoo

Summer Reading: Undisputed

A long time ago, I used to watch pro-wrestling. You read right--I’m talking about muscled guys throwing each other around a ring, yelling all kinds of epithets at each other and playing out storylines ranging from cringe-worthy to pretty damn awesome-slash-hilarious. So why the sudden mention now? I’m currently working on a novel that has … Continue reading Summer Reading: Undisputed