When you’re in college, you think that those people who’ve already graduated and moved on with their lives have everything figured out. But then you graduate and move on yourself, and you discover you’re still the same person who always were, only with more responsibilities and life choices. How you handle that is up to […]Read more "“Now That We’re Adults” by Lynn Almengor"
A group of comedians, all either on their way up or on their way down, is invited to a fellow superstar comedian’s private island for a mysterious project. But the project, it turns out, is killing them. Like all good comedy, “Ten Dead Comedians” is light fare, but with a definite bite. It’s less haha-hilarious […]Read more "“Ten Dead Comedians” by Fred van Lente"
“The Bucket List” is like “Twilight,” except backwards. Misfit college student Leah Clarke falls wildly in love with Damon, a gorgeous, charming neighbor who overcomes his scruples and returns her affection, showering her with love, devotion, and a luxurious, jet-setting lifestyle. Only instead of being immortal, he has a terminal illness. This is a daring […]Read more "“The Bucket List” by Emily Ruben"
A fascinating melange of WWII “aviation lit” (to coin a term) and hard sci-fi, with a side of metaphysics and fantasy, “Fata Morgana” is a unique book. It’s not exactly something I would normally read, but I found it extremely interesting nonetheless. Somewhat to my surprise, since I was expecting sci-fi, the book starts off […]Read more "“Fata Morgana” by Steven R. Boyett and Ken Mitchroney"
It’s 1989, and Matt Garrison is getting ready to graduate high school and leave for college like any other 18-year-old. Except that he isn’t your typical 18-year-old: he’s still haunted six years later by the drowning death of his cousin. And then one night he finds himself in the bed of his best friend’s mother […]Read more "“Redemption Lake” by Susan Clayton-Goldner"
Why is Amy Tan’s writing so great? Tan is one of my very favorite contemporary writers, and so this was a question I kept posing to myself as I read this collection of autobiographical essays on topics varying from Tan’s childhood to the time she was almost swept away in a flash flood while vacationing […]Read more "“The Opposite of Fate” by Amy Tan"
Kari’s just your typical teenage girl, dreaming of boys and being like Rita Hayworth…except that her country is currently occupied by Nazi Germany. When an American pilot crash-lands near her father’s farm, she sets off on a desperate adventure to smuggle him to Sweden. I always have my eye open for some good Nordic reading, […]Read more "“Land of Hidden Fires” by Kirk Kjeldsen"
Two brothers fall in love with the same woman. Instead of settling it sensibly, or at least by dueling, one of them climbs up an enormous ladder they’ve been constructing, and refuses to come down for years. And rather than just letting the ladder fall, the other props it up till he dies and is […]Read more "“Froelich’s Ladder” by Jamie Duclos-Yourdon"
“Badlands” is a peculiar novel, although it’s only a novel in a very loose definition of the word. But it is stunning nonetheless. An Englishwoman travels to South Dakota with her American boyfriend Adam, who has agreed to represent Henry Blackfoot, a Sioux man who’s initiated a lawsuit against a local white farmer whose land, […]Read more "“Badlands: New Photo Edition” by Melinda Camber Porter"
The Fall of Lisa Bellow: A Novel One day 13-year-old Meredith runs into her arch-rival at the deli–only instead of cutting each other dead, both girls find themselves lying next to each other on the floor as the deli is robbed at gunpoint. What follows is Meredith’s attempts to make sense of what happened, and […]Read more "“The Fall of Lisa Bellow” by Susan Perabo"