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Life After Life–Jill McCorkle!

30th May 2013 | 2 Comments

Last night I went to a reading by Jill McCorkle of her new book, Life After Life. I went because Jill is a Southern literary author on par with other women I know and love and respect (are they reading? Hope so! Brown nosing doesn’t work if the ass you’re trying to kiss is completely [...]


Who Peed On My Yoga Mat?

2nd March 2013 | 2 Comments

Seriously. Who peed? I always try to use either the book title or a pithy comment on the book as a blog post title, but who could improve on a book title like Lela Davidson‘s Who Peed On My Yoga Mat?! This hilarious book dives head-first into the ugly world of suburban motherhood. And while [...]


OH! Read this book! BUY IT NOW!! In Need of Good Wife

3rd October 2012 | 3 Comments

Kelly O’Connor McNees thrilled me with her sexy, insightful The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott . But her latest novel, In Need of a Good Wife, promises to be even better. I just love it. I’m on a historical fiction kick, anyway, and this just fits the bill so nicely. I’m only a little [...]


War Brides

1st October 2012 | 2 Comments

Did you know people in the 1940′s had illegitimate babies?! Oh MY! (please hear the sarcasm in that. Please). But you know, growing up with respectable (nudge, nudge) grandparents, I didn’t realize this happened. Thought teen pregnancy was a new thing, invented by people who wrote scripts for 1980′s after school specials with titles like [...]


Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir

2nd August 2012 | 32 Comments

Good God almighty, y’all. Jenny Lawson (The Blogess), is just freaking amazingly funny. I picked this book up for that cover–who wouldn’t?! A Hamlet mouse? Alas, poor Yorick?! (which my spell-check is trying to get me to change to “Yo-Rick!” Many of Lawson’s own funniest moments are her frequent battles and existential arguments with spell-check). [...]


Summertime–and the reading is EASY!

17th July 2012 | 2,387 Comments

I’ve been reading up a storm, following my reading whim, not worrying about lists or deadlines or any of that crap. I’ve been reading The Cove by Ron Rash (LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Spooky, funny, dark!), Nightwoods by Charles Frazier (Cold Mountain author)–another big THUMBS UP (also spooky and dark, not so funny, this one) and more. [...]


The River Witch

10th June 2012 | 28 Comments

How could you resist a title like this? I am all ready now to read Ron Rash’s “The Cove” and dive deep into Southern Gothic. This story had me from page one, from the dedication page and the quote from Thoreau: Though I do not believe that a plant will spring up where no seed [...]


Soul Music

4th June 2012 | 0 Comments

Terry Prachett, I heart you and your dirty ole soul. Just finished the sixth book in his epic Discworld series and it did not disappoint. Prachett’s books are not formulaic, but there is a familiar rhythm to the stories; here we have musician heroes navigating the newly developed world of “Music With Rocks In,” Prachett’s [...]


Writing: Rx for Life By Candie Moonshower

17th May 2012 | 4 Comments

Recently, I was rereading an old manuscript of mine—a memoir, as it happens—and in it, I had written: “Storytelling has curative powers.” I’ve always known that is true. The curative power of storytelling has helped me through the best and worst of times in my life. Storytelling is how I cope with my own issues, [...]


Sacre Bleu

11th May 2012 | 34 Comments

Chris, we love your f&ckD-UP-ED-NESS. That’s why we read you. Your vampire trilogy, your Lust Lizard, your alien Whales, that’s why we love you. This latest venture into historical fiction just doesn’t ring as true to you. While this book is most definitely f&ckD-up, it lacks your creative genius–it is too hampered by fact. I [...]