Author's note: This book is meant for mature audiences When, in the spring of 1592, fictional eighteen-year-old Constance Shakespeare joins her brother, Will, in London, she is in for any number of surprises. Expecting opportunities not available under her father’s domination in Stratford, she finds life in London far more complicated and challenging, yet exhilarating,… Continue reading Shakespeare’s Younger Sister by Geoffrey Craig
Reviewed by Lauren Jahn When taking a birthing class, it is often recommended to pack plenty of comfort items. By preselecting loved objects, it is supposed to ease the tension of labor. Following instructions, I packed essential oils, coloring books, silly Putty, and a book about a dying man. When Breath Becomes Air accompanied me… Continue reading When Breathe Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
Reviewed by Rich Murphy The Silent G, Arpine Konyalian Grenier’s fifth collection of poetry was published by Corrupt Press of Luxembourg. The collection involves the reader as though we were sitting around a séance table taking part in calling forth victims of violent historical moments. That kind of engagement with the reader is what poets… Continue reading The Silent G by Arpine Konyalian Grenier’s
Reviewed by S.B. Julian I call them my Irises -- my copies of the novels of Iris Murdoch. They have played such an intimate role in my life that we can't but co-exist on a first-name basis. I found my first “Iris” at age eighteen while back-packing in Europe. Near my hostel in Germany was… Continue reading Iris Murdoch, on the Anniversary of Her Birth and Death
Reviewed by Aaron Sommers You probably know that person. The one who’s always late and forgetful. The one who loses things never throws stuff out, or— worse yet—throws out the wrong stuff. The one who’s all over the place. The one that’s, more often than not, a hot mess. Sound familiar? Author Gretchen Rubin knows… Continue reading Outer Order, Inner Calm by Gretchen Rubin
Alright! New Year, new challenge. 2019 is going to be your best year yet to read as many books as possible. While I love going to the bookstore or library to browse for a good read, it helped out a lot in 2018 to have some ideas of what books to look for. Here are… Continue reading Get Ready For the 2019 Book Smuggler’s Reading Challenge
AHHH! I’m so focused on my digital marketing business that I fell behind on posting about all the wonderful books I’ve read. If you need a book to escape to when you feel overwhelmed by the holiday season, head over to the library, bookstore, or whatever and grab one of these reads! Point of Direction… Continue reading Playing Catch Up: Recent Reads To Read!
Clock Dance by Anne Tyler was slow yet somehow I finished it in a day. Keep reading for my review and whether or not I'd recommend it.
My Sister's Grave is a mystery detective novel by author Robert Dugoni. If you are a reader who enjoys crime novels, this one is for you!