The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert: Read This If

The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert: Read This If

I admit this freely: sometimes I look back on the time in my life when I devoured Eat, Pray, Love with a cozy, amber-tinged nostalgia. A particularly touchy feely, kum ba yah (in a very sweet, good way) friend gave it to me with flushed READ THIS IMMEDIATELY instructions, and I did. I was insanely […]

Appointment In Samarra by John O’Hara: Read This If

Appointment In Samarra by John O’Hara: Read This If

In a break from form, I’m going to introduce this novel (one that I can’t believe I’d never heard of let alone read) with the description on the inside cover: In December 1930, just before Christmas, the Gibbsville, PA, social circuit is electrified with parties and dances. At the center of the social elite stand […]

Glow by Jessica Maria Tuccelli: Read This If

Glow by Jessica Maria Tuccelli: Read This If

Glow by Jessica Maria Tuccelli is a beautifully crafted  novel that I’m surprised I haven’t heard much about. At all. It’s compared to The Help on its paperback cover, but it’s really nothing like The Help, except that it takes place in the South and deals with issues of race and class. That’s where the similarities […]

The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards by Kristopher Jansma: Read This If

The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards by Kristopher Jansma: Read This If

Kristopher Jansma’s debut novel, The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards, is anything but unchangeable. The chameleonic narrator is about as unreliable and changeable as they come, or, at least, that’s what he’d have you believe. He insists that he is a liar, a teller of tall tales, and someone other than himself. He’ll never tell you […]

FLIMSY LITTLE PLASTIC MIRACLES: Read this if + GIVEAWAY!

FLIMSY LITTLE PLASTIC MIRACLES: Read this if + GIVEAWAY!

(Psst – enter the giveaway below for a chance to win a SIGNED COPY of Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles by Ron Currie, Jr!) I couldn’t get enough of Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles in the very beginning… and the second half. I am required to admit: There were moments during which I did not enjoy this […]