Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum

Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum, Or Can Comparisons Spoil a Book?

March 26, 2015 Discussions Reviews (0) Comments

(I have done my best to avoid spoilers, but this post contains vague references to Hausfrau’s ending. Readers who don’t want to be spoiled might want to stop reading.) Rarely has a day passed in the last few weeks that I haven’t seen at least one review of Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum in my feed reader. […]

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Book Review: That's Not English by Erin Moore

Three Britishisms Explained in That’s Not English by Erin Moore

March 24, 2015 Reviews (9) Comments

As a teenager, I was obsessed with all things British. I couldn’t get enough of The Arctic Monkeys, the strap for my guitar (on which I strummed clumsily along to Laura Marling songs) had a Union Jack print, and I infuriated my little sister by pretentiously saying I was skint instead of broke. I finally got […]

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Monday March 23

It’s Monday, March 23! What are You Reading?

March 23, 2015 Miscellaneous (20) Comments

It’s been another great week for reading! I was blown away by On Immunity: An Innoculation by Eula Biss; it’s so eloquent and thought-provoking, and I want everyone to read it. I had slightly more ambivalent feelings about Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum. I loved the complexity of Anna’s character, and Essbaum did an incredible job portraying her […]

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Bloggiesta Goals

March 22, 2015 Blogging & Challenges (19) Comments

Happy Bloggiesta! This week-long blogging fiesta (get it?!) encourages bloggers to improve their sites will cheering on other bloggers who are doing the same. It’s a fun way to learn new things, tackle projects you’ve been neglecting, and connect with other bloggers. I hope to make some small changes that will improve user experience on the […]

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Book Review: On Immunity by Eula Biss

Book Review: On Immunity by Eula Biss

March 19, 2015 Reviews (11) Comments

If you saw my post recommending the book The Man Who Touched His Own Heart and the Sawbones podcast last month, you know I am have a weakness for medical history. On Immunity: An Inoculation by Eula Biss scratched that itch — and how. But this timely book is more than a history of vaccines. It’s an exploration of the metaphors […]

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Book Review: Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller

Sing Along to Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller

March 18, 2015 Reviews (13) Comments

When Peggy Hillcoat is eight years old, her survivalist father, James, takes her from her London home to a dilapidated cabin in the woods. One night, after a storm rocks their valley, he tells her that the rest of the world has been destroyed and that they are the only two humans left. For the […]

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Spring TBR List

A Peek at My Spring TBR List

March 17, 2015 Literary Lists (29) Comments

It’s finally starting to feel like spring here in Buffalo! Temperatures have been in the 40s, I wore flats for the first time since November on Friday, and I’m looking forward to spring books. I have some exciting new releases coming up, but a lighter review load means I will also have time to read […]

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Monday March. 16

It’s Monday, Mar. 16! What Are You Reading?

March 16, 2015 Miscellaneous (10) Comments

It’s been a pretty great reading week, y’all. A+. We also had some lovely weather! I went for a walk around my neighborhood with a few friends on Friday, and the sun actually felt warm enough for me to take my jacket off. It was glorious. And then it snowed Sunday morning. Typical March in […]

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Book Review: The Unraveling of Mercy Louis by Keija Parssinen

Why You Should Read The Unraveling of Mercy Louis by Keija Parssinen Immediately

March 13, 2015 Reviews (16) Comments

On the last day of school in 1999 Port Sabine, a fetal corpse is found in a dumpster near the high school. The discovery rocks the deeply religious oil refinery town, and every female student is viewed with suspicion. One of the girls embroiled in this mystery is Mercy Louis. A basketball star with stunning good looks […]

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Book Review: The Rebellion of Miss Lucy Ann Lobdell by William Klaber

Five Reasons to Love The Rebellion of Miss Lucy Ann Lobdell by William Klaber

March 12, 2015 Reviews (11) Comments

In 1855, Lucy Ann Lobdell cut her hair, donned her brother’s clothing, and ran away from her home in southern New York to live the rest of her life as a man. Her travels took her down the Erie Canal to Pennsylvania, to the western frontier in Minnesota, and back east again, where she found love with […]

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