Cry Father by Benjamin Whitmer

Every once in a while you read a book that you absolutely love – seriously, it may be the best thing I’ve read all year – and have no one to recommend it to. Cry Father is not a book for everybody. It’s not even for most people. I’m honestly not sure who it is for. BecauseContinue reading “Cry Father by Benjamin Whitmer”

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

Love conquers all. Or does it? I’ll further add does love mean never having to say you’re sorry? Popular culture might have you believe both are true, but naturally I disagree on both counts. Love means always saying you’re sorry. And sometimes love simply isn’t enough. Often even when you can’t forgive someone, you moveContinue reading “The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion”

Breathe by Kristen Ashley

So. Where to begin…? As the least romantic person I know, I stepped outside of my comfort zone this weekend. I read a romance novel. Yes, you read that right. And not just any romance novel, a romance novel featuring a debauched cop and a virginal librarian… (Beat that, I dare you.) And you knowContinue reading “Breathe by Kristen Ashley”

& Sons by David Gilbert

David Gilbert’s new novel ‘& Sons’ will be one of the best novels published this year. Yes, I said it. And obviously you can trust me, my taste is impeccable (in all facets, no?). My narration and advice is never unreliable (unlike the narrator in this novel). I’ve not steered you wrong yet, except forContinue reading “& Sons by David Gilbert”

Knockemstiff by Donald Ray Pollock

sor·row (n.) /ˈsärō/ A feeling of deep distress caused by loss, disappointment, or other misfortune suffered by oneself or others. Appearances are deceiving; the world can be a beautiful place in that way. Despite my rather innocuous physicality and mild disposition (or perhaps because of…?), my mind is a far darker place than my tinyContinue reading “Knockemstiff by Donald Ray Pollock”

No One Could Have Guessed the Weather by Anne-Marie Casey

I can think of no better way to start a chick-lit (a term I despise) review than by quoting William S. Burroughs, ‘The American upper middle-class citizen is a composite of negatives. He is largely delineated by what he is not.’ And I am not a chick-lit reader. I think personal libraries are incredibly insightfulContinue reading “No One Could Have Guessed the Weather by Anne-Marie Casey”

Scientia Potentia Est: Amity & Sorrow by Peggy Riley

With a name like O’Connor, you have to be Catholic®. True statement and meant to be said like the silly jam commercial, though it’s certainly not a registered trademark. However is there any O’Connor out there willing to admit they were not raised at least nominally Catholic? Growing up Catholic taught me quite a bit – lest youContinue reading “Scientia Potentia Est: Amity & Sorrow by Peggy Riley”

Mixtape | American Gods

I will save you what would likely be a redundant review of American Gods by Neil Gaiman. Yes, it’s as amazing as everyone says it is. Yes, it’s intensely imaginative, epic in scope, and emotionally subdued. And yes, I am looking forward to HBO’s adaptation, tentatively scheduled to premiere late 2013. It’s almost enough toContinue reading “Mixtape | American Gods”

Charlotte Street by Danny Wallace (and why I want to be British)

I’m an introvert. Shocking? Not really. I did share my Myers-Briggs results. Albert Einstein and I are both INTP. Coincidence? No. However, I’m also mostly American. Those two things don’t go together; it’s like admitting you want to be unpopular. In America, introversion is something to be corrected. As I work in a quasi-serious research library and archiveContinue reading “Charlotte Street by Danny Wallace (and why I want to be British)”

Love Is a Canoe by Ben Schrank

From Goodreads: Peter Herman is something of a folk hero. Marriage Is a Canoe, his decades-old book on love and relationships, has won the hearts of hopeful romantics and desperate cynics alike. Peter and his wife lived a peaceful life, but now it’s 2010, and his wife has just died. He passes time with a womanContinue reading “Love Is a Canoe by Ben Schrank”