On the Timeliness of The Nowhere Girls

It's not often that I can't decide on a rating for a book, but Amy Reed's The Nowhere Girls is proving to be a challenge. There is a whole lot to appreciate about this book, that's for sure. I know I would have loved this book when I was in high school, and I'm excited for teen… Continue reading On the Timeliness of The Nowhere Girls

Review: Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirstin Cronn-Mills

Warning: spoilers ahead. On to my second trans* book of the year: Beautiful Music for Ugly Children.  The Book Our MC is Gabe, a high school senior and total music nerd who has just landed his first radio show (at midnight, on local radio). He's very close to his neighbor, John, an older man with an… Continue reading Review: Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirstin Cronn-Mills

Review: Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin

So I haven't blogged in an eternity a while thanks to grad school, but I've been all in a stew over this book, so here we are. Warning: spoilers ahead. The Book I read this 335-page novel in one day. In fact, I stayed up late to finish it, and I never do that because… Continue reading Review: Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin

Review: The First Bad Man by Miranda July

There are very few books that I would classify as "weird," but Miranda July's The First Bad Man is definitely one of them. My partner, to whom I read this book aloud, was over it by the time we were halfway through; it was too strange for her. I, on the other hand, found it… Continue reading Review: The First Bad Man by Miranda July

Review: House Rules by Jodi Picoult

I picked up Jodi Picoult's House Rules in Phnom Penh, Cambodia to read on my 24-hour (literally) plane ride home. I didn't get to it on the plane, so I read it while I was home for Christmas. It was a long read (my edition hit 602 pages), but a fast one, as most Picoults are. I think… Continue reading Review: House Rules by Jodi Picoult

Matilda Reviews: The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner

Summary The year is 1975 and Reno—so-called because of the place of her birth—has come to New York intent on turning her fascination with motorcycles and speed into art. Her arrival coincides with an explosion of activity in the art world—artists have colonized a deserted and industrial SoHo, are staging actions in the East Village,… Continue reading Matilda Reviews: The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner

Matilda Reviews: A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

Summary via Goodreads: In Tokyo, sixteen-year-old Nao has decided there’s only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates’ bullying. But before she ends it all, Nao plans to document the life of her great-grandmother, a Buddhist nun who’s lived more than a century. A diary is Nao’s only solace—and will touch lives in… Continue reading Matilda Reviews: A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

Matilda Reviews: The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

Synopsis (via Goodreads): The Poisonwood Bible is a story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce, evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them everything they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it—from garden seeds… Continue reading Matilda Reviews: The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

Review: Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk

I added this book to my October horror reading lineup at the last minute, but after reading it, I'm not sure it can even be classified as a horror book. Horrifying, certainly---not at all for the faint of heart (or stomach)---but not horror. Here's the premise.  Twenty-three writers answer an ad for a writer's retreat:… Continue reading Review: Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk

Review: The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

I've been sitting on this review for a while, trying to decide what to say about this novel. It was a difficult read, and although fiction, it was full of gritty, heartbreaking realities that we often would like to pretend don't exist. (The book was inspired by a statement made by one of Toni Morrison's… Continue reading Review: The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison