Book Review: A Selfie as Big as The Ritz – Lara Williams

“Imagine being that lacking in wonder, aspiring to jobs in logistics or IT services, imagine never entertaining frothy careers scouting bands, imagine never picturing yourself in front of a glossy iMac. Did it make the heartbreak easier or earlier?” Lara Williams As soon as I’d read those words – and on page 3, mind you…

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On Writing

My poor, neglected writing desk at the moment I’m am a creative writer who is terrible about being a creative writer.    It’s almost as though I’m pathologically incapable of finishing anything. I have two novels which are languishing. One is currently at 50,000 words (I’m aiming for about 80,000-85,000) and the other is somewhere…

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Book Review: Running

Cara Hoffman’s Running centers on a small group (two guys, one gal) who eek out a living scamming tourists into staying at a rundown Greek hotel during the 1980s. This group, Milo, Jasper and Bridey are close and tightknit adoptive family, living in each others’ pockets, until one of their scams backfires and gets them…

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Favorite Reads of 2017 (So Far)

Being that we have reached the halfway mark of the year, I figured I ought do a quick roundup of my favorite reads of the year. This list won’t be all literary fiction, of course (I’m not that much of a snob!) and it won’t include many of the year’s breakouts (I haven’t read them…

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Book Review: American Street

Ibi Zoboi’s American Street is very nearly exactly what a YA novel should be. The protaganist, Fabiola Toussaint, boards a plane from Haiti to the US along with her mother, planning to move to Detroit to live with family members. During a routine security check while changing planes in New York, Fabiola’s mother is detained by immigration…

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Book Review: The People We Hate at the Wedding

Back in April (May?), I won an ARC of Grant Ginder’s The People We Hate at the Wedding as a Goodreads Giveaway. Because I am, as always, somewhat behind in my reading, I didn’t get a chance to read this until a few days ago. If one only looks at the cover image – the…

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Book Review: Attachments

Rainbow Rowell’s Attachments is completely, utterly ridiculous. I loved it away. Attachments also happens to be the first Rowell novel I genuinely, wholeheartedly love. I’ve read Fan Girl,  Eleanor & Park and Carry On.  After a pretty rocky start, I ended up liking Carry On well enough. On the other hand, I found both Eleanor & Park and Fan Girl…

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Book Review: The Sun is Also a Star

A while back, I read Nicola Yoon’s The Sun is Also a Star. By “a while back”, I mean I finished it in the first few days of January. Yeah. It’s been a while. I enjoyed Yoon’s debut Everything, Everything – it was a bit too sweet and a bit too syrupy and so not…

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