The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer

This book has gotten so much buzz, touted all over the internet as an important feminist novel for the 21st century. (Well, I don't actually know if anyone said that. I just know that people talk about it as a relevant, contemporary feminist novel.) At its most basic, it follows three young people through college... Continue Reading →

What A Week: April 9th-15th

Despite another busy week at work, I did a lot of reading--mostly thanks to a whole bunch of short audiobooks. While none of the books I read this week absolutely floored me, I did thoroughly enjoy Northanger Abbey (my first Austen since high school--don't throw things at me! I'm working on it!), Old Man's War,¬†which... Continue Reading →

Old Man’s War by John Scalzi

This is another science fiction book, like Ancillary Justice, that has been recommended to me for ages. Happily, unlike¬†Ancillary Justice, I loved this one. The premise is so simple and so smart: Humanity has taken to the stars; the universe is full of aliens, and the Colonial Defense Force, made up of humans way more... Continue Reading →

Whiskey & Ribbons by Leesa Cross-Smith

I'm still trying to figure out how I felt about this novel. It's a quiet, understated read about grief, family, friendship, and romance. It opens with a death--a young policeman is shot and killed while on duty. The book than weaves a compelling story through three timelines and POVs: Evangeline, Eamon's husband, in the present... Continue Reading →

The Black Unicorn by Audre Lorde

It took me forty-four days to finish this book, which maybe says something about how much I was connecting with it. It was good--don't get me wrong--but it didn't cut me open the way some more recent books of poetry have (A Place Called No Homeland, Don't Call Us Dead). Audre Lorde is a feminist... Continue Reading →

The Jumbies by Tracy Baptiste

Robin Miles is one of my favorite audiobook narrators of all time, and I'll pretty much listen to anything she narrates. I stumbled upon this delightful middle garden novel, inspired by Caribbean folklore, when searching for audiobook books under 5 hours (though this one is just over), and I was not disappointed. Eleven year old... Continue Reading →

Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman

This was another great find courtesy of my short audiobooks project. In this middle grade novel, a diverse community in a Cleveland neighborhood comes together to transform a vacant lot into a thriving community garden. The book is told in thirteen short chapters, each one from the perceptive of a different character. In many ways,... Continue Reading →

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