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Review: Dread Nation

Imagine if the Battle of Gettysburg had ended in a different kind of bloodshed. Imagine if, instead of North versus South, the defining battle of the Civil War generation was the living versus the dead.The Imagine if emancipated slaves were "freed," only to be forced into an indentured servitude of killing zombies. Imagine if the... Continue Reading →

Review: The Underground Railroad

Colson Whitehead's Pulitzer-winning The Underground Railroad will sit with me for a long time. I'm not sure what my expectations were before digging in, but the result exceeded whatever they had been. This is a work of historical fiction -- more accurately, alt-historical fiction -- with a light dose of magical realism. Whitehead animates the... Continue Reading →

Review: The Last Place You Look

Did I ACTUALLY find a mystery series I like? I think so! Roxane Weary is a great protagonist in this fast-paced suspense procedural. Some of her is a cliche (detective with a drinking problem, relationship/attachment issues thanks to a Daddy backstory) but most of it's forgivable since she's a compulsively readable character. You'll root for... Continue Reading →

Review: Body Full of Stars

I'll get right to it. Body Full of Stars frustrated me to no end. The only thing that tempered my frustration and kept me from throwing it at the nearest wall was Molly Caro May's gorgeous, lyrical writing style. She used pretty words to tell an ugly story. I'm counting Body Full of Stars as... Continue Reading →

The Library was my Postpartum Sanctuary

Today concludes National Library Week, a weeklong celebration and observance of the important work that libraries do for communities. The 2018 theme for National Library Week was “Libraries Lead” which prompted me to reflect on the role libraries have played in my parenting, particularly during the hard parts. After my first child -- Blossom --... Continue Reading →

Guest Review: Amulet Series

I have a reluctant reader. After reading early (age 3) and reading well, my daughter Blossom seems to have hit a second-grade slump. Life gets more social in second grade, I suppose. She has athletic commitments and friends to giggle with and Minecraft to play. Books have become boring and reading has become a chore.... Continue Reading →

Review: The Last Black Unicorn

Oh, Tiffany. I wanted to love this. And I did love a lot of it. But the parts I didn't love, I actually loathed. Tiffany Haddish has exploded in the last year. Gaining fame for her hilarious, scene-stealing turn in the film Girls Trip, she's become a social media starlet for click-worthy bits like her... Continue Reading →

A May in July: Mavis’s Birth Story

Note: My pregnancy had been awful up to this point. Truly awful. And unhealthy, thanks to cholestasis, gastroparesis, iron-deficient anemia, weight loss, and a mess of other complications. Because of the cholestasis in particular, though, I needed to be induced at 37 weeks or else we risked losing the baby. I couldn't have been more... Continue Reading →

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