2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 270 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people. Click here to see the…

The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra

  Normally, I’m not a huge short story fan. In fact, in the years that I’ve been reading The New Yorker, I have been known to pass up the fiction section entirely. Of course, the exception to this is anything by Sloane Crosley (except her latest book– woof). I was intrigued when I heard about Anthony Marra’s…

The Clasp by Sloane Crosley

There are few writers that grab my attention quite like Sloane Crosley. She’s a psuedo-vegetarian, essayist, fashionista, and just a super cool chick (but not quite like the “cool girl” discussed in Gone Girl). I was first grabbed by I Was Told There’d Be Cake, a collection of humor essays recommended to me by a…

Crazy Sexy Juice by Kris Carr

I was introduced to Kris Carr my junior year of college. It was Counseling 101 at Loyola University Chicago, and our professor screened Carr’s documentary, Crazy Sexy Cancer, as a way of showing one example of the grief experience with a chronic illness diagnosis (primarily focusing on the Kübler-Ross stages of death and dying). Carr’s documentary explores the…

The Grownup by Gillian Flynn

Gillian Flynn has a dark mind, and she’s not afraid to share what’s inside. The Grownup is a mere 62 pages, but I was nonetheless excited to read another Gillian Flynn piece. Like many others, I was introduced to Flynn’s writing through her sensation, Gone Girl. Since then, I’ve read both Sharp Objects and Dark Places, and I’ve…

Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum

My last semester of high school, I remember going up to my AP English teacher and asking, “Hey, can you recommend a book that isn’t wives cheating on their husbands?” I had just finished reading Madame Bovary, and earlier that year read Lady Chatterley’s Lover. My junior year, we spent several months on The Scarlet Letter. …

The Homemade Kitchen by Alana Chernila

Most days, sushi is the answer, even if you don’t know the question. Remember that scene in the Breakfast Club? When Claire (or, Cuh-laire, aka Molly Ringwald) whips out that sushi in detention? THEN she gets teased by Bender…and she ignores him and keeps on eating it, because #GIRLBOSS. When I first saw this movie,…

Current Wish List- October 2015

Andy and I get married in just 6 MONTHS! In the meantime, it’s a lot more window shopping, and a lot less real shopping. To satisfy my inner shopper, blogging will have to do! Nail Polish Work appropriate, and maybe a nice base for nail art or jamberry wraps. Tiramisu for Two, OPI Venice Collection, $9.50…

Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling

Have you ever read a book so moving, so sad, so touching that it made you cry in public? I definitely have…many times (see this, this, and this). A book that’s made me laugh out loud? A smaller list, but one that continues to grow. I read Mindy Kaling’s first book, Is Everyone Hanging Out…

Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget by Sarah Hepola

Getting motivated for exercise has always been a struggle for me. One of the “techniques” that has helped me at least get out more is loading book-related podcasts onto my iPod, then restricting my listening for when I’m doing something more active. I am distracted by the upbeat conversations about books, and by the time I’m…

A Window Opens by Elizabeth Egan

Ms. Egan’s debut novel holds promise for a new wave of fiction, published to address the question of “Can Women Have it All?,” in a way that is unexpected, optimistic, and approachable. Alice Pearse lives in New Jersey, in a picturesque suburb of New Jersey, with her husband, three children, and one dog. When a troubling incident (involving…