Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong is one of my favorite books of 2017. It’s a novel that is made all the more impressive by considering that it is the author’s debut. It is a witty, poignant examination of what happens when things are falling apart and how to find your footing as you’re working your way through it. Continue reading “Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong: a Book Review”
The Rules of Magic, by Alice Hoffman is a novel about love, the ties of family, loss, identity and fate. This novel powerfully conjures the condition of the human heart with all of its’ joy, longing, and agony. The three Owens children, Franny, Jet, and Vincent, are on a journey to discover who they are. Along the way they un-earth a few family secrets and cover up a few of their own. The Rules of Magic is a powerful, heart-breaking novel that renders a dazzling portrait of the Owens family and their spellbinding traditions. Continue reading “The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman: a Book Review”
In anticipation of the upcoming release of Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman, I decided to read Practical Magic, the inspiration for the 1998 movie of the same title. While I, like so many others, adore the movie, I had never read the book. Although the cast of characters largely remains the same (the movie just forgets to mention a couple of them,) and the general story line is basically the same, the book is very different. It almost has a different “feel” to it, and as readers we receive more thorough portraits of each character that the film doesn’t necessarily offer. Continue reading “Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman”
As readers, we all have our go-tos. Our books that for one reason or another pique our interest in a special way, manage to captivate our interests even after we know what is going to happen, and live on in our imaginations long after we’ve finished reading them. Most of us have several. Also, if you are an avid reader you will likely have people frequently approach you (usually while you are reading) and ask for book recommendations. Usually, I immediately ask them what they like to read. They’ll stop and think for a moment, and then most of the time they will say one of two things. They’ll either say “I like to read anything, I’m not really picky,” or they’ll say THRILLERS or MYSTERIES. (Not always, sometimes they’ll be like “historical fiction” or “romance” or some other such thing. But, by and large non-readers will gravitate to thrillers because they are so compelling and can generally hold the interest of even the most infrequent reader.) If their answer is either of the two responses listed above, I always, without fail, recommend Dark Places by Gillian Flynn. And always, without fail, I’m right on the money. Continue reading “The Book I Recommend to Everyone and Why”
I’m a little (well, a lot) late posting this review, as this was my vacation read this year. I breezed through this book, as one would expect with any good vacation novel. I found the book to be un-put-down-able, and even though I was able to guess the ‘twist’ less than half way through, I still felt it packed a powerful punch and I’m not ashamed to admit that I found myself teary-eyed when it was done. Continue reading “Summer Reading: The Sisters Chase by Sarah Healy”
Jami Attenberg’s All Grown Up is a poignant examination of the disappointment of life not quite working out, and how a person can forge their identity in spite of it. One thing that people often lose sight of as they wind their way through life is that every individual experiences hardship, struggles with who they are, and has something dark and troubling in their past. Often, people are guilty of thinking of themselves as the only individuals who are having to endure trials and tribulations, but books are good reminders that this isn’t the case. Attenberg’s protagonist Andrea Bern is a particularly good reminder that things aren’t always what they seem.
It’s time for my newest installment of my 2017 reading project. This edition focuses on the first female poet to become popular during her own life time. Katherine Philips wrote about her political convictions, marriage, and the beauty of female friendships.