Category: Books, Music & Movies

Playlist: Beside Myself by Ann Morgan

Playlist: Beside Myself by Ann Morgan

Here we feature an imagined music playlist inspired by a character from a work of fiction. Each month, a different work will be chosen based on topicality, commemorative celebration or whim, and will serve as the inspiration for our sonic excursion. I’ve decided to observe […]

Readerly Top Picks In Paperback – March 2016

Readerly Top Picks In Paperback – March 2016

The Lost Boys Symphony by Mark Andrew Ferguson (Little, Brown & Company) The nature of friendship and love is often complicated but Ferguson ups the ante of close friends, Henry, Val and Gabe’s sorrow filled love triangle with the appearance of two of Henry’s future incarnations. By […]

All About Jane: Taking Inspiration From <b><i>Jane Eyre</b></i>

All About Jane: Taking Inspiration From Jane Eyre

I somehow made it through all of  my years of high school and college (with a minor in English, no less) without ever being assigned a single Bronte novel. Much to my chagrin, for when I finally picked up Jane Eyre at the age of […]

Frog Music by Emma Donoghue

Frog Music by Emma Donoghue

Frog Music by Emma Donoghue (Back Bay Books) Set in 1870s San Francisco, a French burlesque dancer and courtesan struggles to stay alive after the murder of her unorthodox friend.  The dark world of dandies, pimps, and prostitutes is made vibrant and real by Donoghue’s […]

#FridayReads: Nonfiction Books To Start This Weekend

#FridayReads: Nonfiction Books To Start This Weekend

The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family by Annette Gordon-Reed (W.W. Norton and Company) The relationship between Thomas Jefferson and his slave Sally Hemings is perhaps the single most scandalous relationship in American history. For an imbalance of power, it beats even Clinton/Lewinsky by a […]

Playlist: The Intuitionist by Colson Whitehead

Playlist: The Intuitionist by Colson Whitehead

Here we feature an imagined music playlist inspired by a character from a work of fiction. Each month, a different work will be chosen based on topicality, commemorative celebration or whim, and will serve as the inspiration for our sonic excursion. This month, I’ve decided […]

Books In The Wild—February 5, 2016

Books In The Wild—February 5, 2016

If you’re anything like us, you perk up a little when you see someone reading in public. We do a double take, and sometimes we even backtrack to see what book has caught someone else’s attention. There’s nothing like the  satisfaction of seeing  another reader’s […]

Readerly Top Picks In Paperbacks – February 2016

Readerly Top Picks In Paperbacks – February 2016

Many of wonderful titles we’ve loved and recommended are now out in paperback. Enjoy! Frog Music by Emma Donoghue (Back Bay Books) Set in 1870s San Francisco, a French burlesque dancer and courtesan struggles to stay alive after the murder of her unorthodox friend.  The dark world […]

Books In The Wild—January 27, 2016

Books In The Wild—January 27, 2016

If you’re anything like us, you perk up a little when you see someone reading in public. We give a little gasp, do a double take, and sometimes we even backtrack to see what book has caught someone’s attention. There’s nothing like the  satisfaction of […]

6 Must Read Middle Grade Books For Adults

6 Must Read Middle Grade Books For Adults

Books geared towards middle-grade readers span the genres—literary fiction, mysteries, biography, and fantasy. The quality of the books in this age class can be outstanding, and adults shouldn’t dismiss them out of hand. The six novels we recommend here explore contemporary life and cover the […]

The Underwriting by Michelle Miller

The Underwriting by Michelle Miller

Michelle Miller’s The Underwriting is one of those perfect, guilty pleasure quick reads. Following a group of young Wall Street-esque bankers (who are only slightly corrupt), their only major crimes thus far are insider trading and treating women poorly. Mixing Wall Street with Silicon Valley, Miller’s novel deals […]

Playlist: Music For The Weary Soul— Jesus’ Son by Denis Johnson

Playlist: Music For The Weary Soul— Jesus’ Son by Denis Johnson

Here we feature an imagined music playlist inspired by a character from a work of fiction. Each month, a different work will be chosen based on topicality, commemorative celebration or whim, and will serve as the inspiration for our sonic excursion. In observance of National […]

Public Shelves—January 13, 2016

Public Shelves—January 13, 2016

 If you’re anything like us, you perk up a little when you see someone reading in public. We give a little gasp, do a double take, and sometimes we even backtrack to see what book has caught someone’s attention. There’s nothing like the  satisfaction of […]

4 Must-Read Books For January

4 Must-Read Books For January

A Taste For Nightshade by Martine Bailey (Thomas Dunne Books) Bailey’s strong heroines, Grace and Mary, may not be equally appealing but both find themselves at the mercy of Michael Croxton, the calculating and privileged heir of a wealthy businessman. Croxton’s heartless dealings with Mary […]

Readerly Top Picks In Paperbacks – January 2016

Readerly Top Picks In Paperbacks – January 2016

Many of wonderful titles we’ve loved and recommended are now out in paperback. Enjoy! The Jaguar’s Children by John Vaillant (Mariner Books) Award­winning non­fiction author John Vaillant makes his searing fiction debut with a timely story of a tragic border crossing. Trapped and dying inside a broken­down and sealed transport, Hector […]

Great Women’s Fiction For You and Your Book Club

Great Women’s Fiction For You and Your Book Club

Whether you’re looking for somewhat more literary book club fiction, or just a rip-roaring fun and light read, there are some great works of women’s fiction for your enjoyment this winter.  Hannah Pittard is following up her lauded debut The Fates Will Find Their Way with […]

6 New Books Based on Classic Works of Literature

6 New Books Based on Classic Works of Literature

Books based on classical works or their authors continue to be of huge interest to writers and readers alike. It’s fascinating to investigate beloved treasures from a fresh perspective, examining the lives of their authors, and seeing how they hold up if modernized and placed […]

Good To Hear: Audio Reviews of We Never Asked For Wings, Armada, Isabella: The Warrior Queen & More

Good To Hear: Audio Reviews of We Never Asked For Wings, Armada, Isabella: The Warrior Queen & More

Run, commute, clean, garden, and generally run your life with these handpicked audiobooks. My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman, narrated by Joan Walker (Simon & Schuster Audio) Elsa’s only friend is her grandmother, and her only refuge is the […]

Readerly Top Picks in Paperback – November and December 2015

Readerly Top Picks in Paperback – November and December 2015

Many of wonderful titles we’ve loved and recommended are now out in paperback. Enjoy! Isabella: The Warrior Queen by Kirstin Downey (Anchor) Queen Isabella of Castille’s life is revealed in all its flawed glory in Downey’s stunning biography. Often reduced to a footnote as the financier of Columbus’s fateful exploration, Downey’s portrayal […]

Readerly Top Picks In Paperback – October 2015

Readerly Top Picks In Paperback – October 2015

The Martian by Andy Weir (Crown) When a storm hits Mars, the crew of the Hermes is forced to abort their mission without fellow astronaut Mark Watney, who they believe was killed during the storm. Alive and stranded, Watney must use every ounce of resilience and strength […]