Book Review: Spoonbenders

The Review: The Amazing Telemachus Family was disgraced on national TV years ago and hasn't been the same since. A generation later, and minus the family matriarch, Teddy and his now-grown children Irene, Frankie, and Buddy view their psychic gifts as more curse than blessing. Add into the works a mob boss calling in his … Continue reading Book Review: Spoonbenders

Book Review: The Lying Game

The Review: Four friends from boarding school share a common secret, but how long can something stay hidden in a small town, especially if that something is a body? Fifteen years after their expected graduation date, Isa receives an urgent text from her friend Kate. When she and the others rush to Kate's side, they … Continue reading Book Review: The Lying Game

Book Review: How to Survive a Summer

The Review   Five boys went in, but only four came out. Ten years ago, Will Dillard's preacher father put him in a "homosexual rehabilitation" camp which ended tragically. Now, Will is distanced from his family, but firm in his identity. Life seems to be falling into place as a film student when suddenly a … Continue reading Book Review: How to Survive a Summer

Book Review: The Girl with the Red Balloon

The Review: What if there were a group of magicians responsible for getting people out of war zones and oppression to safety? This idea is central to Locke's premise, and delivers well in the two plot lines she puts forth in this book (one during WWII and one in 1988 Berlin). When a balloon designed … Continue reading Book Review: The Girl with the Red Balloon

Review: The Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomen

The Review: Hope Nicholson's primer into the history of female characters in comics is excellent. Need more information than that? I'm more than happy to provide. Starting in the 1930s and progressing to today, Nicholson selects a few characters to focus on at each point in time.  Nicholson highlights better known heroines, like Wonder Woman … Continue reading Review: The Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomen

Reading and Writing Wrap-Up for February

The Month in Numbers: Books read: 11 Audiobooks: 3 Nonfiction: 3 Birthdays this month: 1 Girls Nights Out: 3 Hours spend editing new project: 43 Papers graded: 85 Most steps in one day: 14,534 Details Best Books of the Month: The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters (how had I never read Waters before?) , Homegoing by Yaa … Continue reading Reading and Writing Wrap-Up for February

Birthdays, Brothers, and The Bone Witch

It's my birthday today. Adult birthdays are kind of a funny thing. Just like no one really cares if you're sick  unless you get everyone sick at the office, no one really knows you have a birthday unless you bring treats. I'm not at the office today, so no treats. Birthdays have been bittersweet for … Continue reading Birthdays, Brothers, and The Bone Witch

Book Review: Waveform: 21st Century Essays by Women

The Review In the preface to Waveform, the editor writes, "This book is not a memorial. Although we need to remember the women writers who have come before, this book is about women writing essays now. The wave is an image that catches the sense and motion that define the current movement, its fluidity and … Continue reading Book Review: Waveform: 21st Century Essays by Women

Book Review: The Chibok Girls

The Review: I chose to read Helon Habila's book The Chibok Girls: The Boko Haram Kidnappings and Islamist Militancy in Nigeria because I, like many, followed the #BringBackOurGirls campaign with great interest and sadness. More than 270 girls taken in the middle of the night from their school by extremists-- every parent's worst nightmare. While … Continue reading Book Review: The Chibok Girls

Book Review: The Book of the Unnamed Midwife

The Review: I had things to do when I picked up this book. I was actually planning on reading a chapter, doing some grading, and then doing the dishes. Needless to say my dishes sat on the counter and my pen stayed in my backpack until I finished this book. If Margaret Atwood wrote The … Continue reading Book Review: The Book of the Unnamed Midwife