The Half Brother by Lars Saabye Christensen

Boxing. The noble art of self-defense. In an effort to be less defenseless and partly because my university required physical education to graduate, I took years of boxing and kickboxing in college. My training wasn’t quite as effective as one would hope, as I still feel too ridiculous for anyone aside from my trainer to watch me.Continue reading “The Half Brother by Lars Saabye Christensen”

The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi

Public Speaking (pəblik spēking), noun: The process of speaking to a group of people in a structured, deliberate manner intended to inform, influence, or entertain the listener. Something Rory should not do. Four weeks ago I talked about THE day. The day where I spoke in public to people who paid for the privilege. IfContinue reading “The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi”

The Lost Art of Mixing by Erica Bauermeister

From Goodreads: Lillian and her restaurant have a way of drawing people together. There’s Al, the accountant who finds meaning in numbers and ritual; Chloe, a budding chef who hasn’t learned to trust after heartbreak; Finnegan, quiet and steady as a tree, who can disappear into the background despite his massive height; Louise, Al’s wife, whose angerContinue reading “The Lost Art of Mixing by Erica Bauermeister”