Not a Book Review: The Little Red Chairs by Edna O’Brien

This isn't a book review for the simple fact that I didn't finish reading this book. About halfway through, the main character is the victim of an act of horrific violence and I just couldn't continue. I've never read Edna O'Brien before so I have no idea if this, her first novel in years, is… Continue reading Not a Book Review: The Little Red Chairs by Edna O’Brien

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Book Review – Butterflies in November by Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir

Butterflies in November (Black Cat, 2014) is an Icelandic novel first published in 2004 but only recently translated into English. What is this book about? A woman's husband announces his desire to divorce him. She cooks a goose. She goes on a road trip with her friend's child (for some reason). She meets some men.… Continue reading Book Review – Butterflies in November by Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir

Book Review – The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

I did not like this book. I remember when it was released and when it was selling out in stores and was at its height of popularity. Even now, people ask for it and seem to enjoy it. I just don't understand the appeal. The Art of Racing in the Rain (Harper Perennial, 2008) is… Continue reading Book Review – The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

E.R. – Embarassed Reflections on an Emergency Room Visit

Yesterday was one of those days. You know what I mean, right? Things just...don't go right. The autumn rains of the Pacific Coast have most definitely arrived. Gumboots, rain jackets, umbrellas. As well as flashlights and candles kept close at hand, due to high winds and our somewhat-remote location. The rain poured down, the lights… Continue reading E.R. – Embarassed Reflections on an Emergency Room Visit

Why I Hate “Beach Reads”

A day off and a sunny afternoon. Sitting on my deck, plus 20 degree weather, a yummy berry smoothie. It occurred to me that Gabriel Garcia Marquez' News of a Kidnapping was kind of a dark read on such a beautiful day. Not that anyone should be surprised that a true story of kidnappings in… Continue reading Why I Hate “Beach Reads”

Book Review – Travels in the Scriptorium by Paul Auster

I had two reactions to Travels in the Scriptorium by Paul Auster (Henry Holt, 2007).  The first – and perhaps thus the truest- came right when I finished reading it. Peter and I were on the ferry, on our way home. I closed the book and set it down on my lap. Peter looked up… Continue reading Book Review – Travels in the Scriptorium by Paul Auster

Fashion Blogger Fail

Like I mentioned in my previous post, I went shopping last weekend. It was the first time I've done a lot of shopping in a while and I wanted to share some of it with you. So I took this picture: But man, that's boring. That's just some clothes on a bed. And that t-shirt… Continue reading Fashion Blogger Fail