Heather, the Totality: a Book Review

I just finished watching Mad Men in its’ entirety for the third time in my life, and I can say that it is still my favorite show in the history of television. That is to say, my personal history of watching television. After I finished the last episode, I had what I’m calling a “Mad Men hangover.” I couldn’t think about anything else for a good two days, couldn’t commit to a new book or binging yet another show on Netflix. Luckily for me, Mathew Weiner, the creator of Mad Men for those of you not in the know, published his first novel, Heather, the Totality, this past November. Continue reading “Heather, the Totality: a Book Review”

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Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong: a Book Review

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 Book I Recommend to Everyone and Why

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”