Genre: Essays

So Sad Today by Melissa Broder

Posted June 24, 2016 in Reviews / 8 Comments
So Sad Today by Melissa Broder

For four years, Melissa Broder has been tweeting funny but achingly sincere tidbits like, “I don’t feel at peace unless I’m torturing myself,” and, “the road to hell is you not texting me enough,” from the @sosadtoday Twitter account. Each tweet is an effort to connect, to entertain, and to score a tiny dopamine hit as the faves and retweets come rolling in — because her tweets are an effect of the very obsessions she is speaking about. In her book […]

Three Great Perspectives from Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed by Meghan Daum

Posted March 27, 2015 in Reviews / 23 Comments
Three Great Perspectives from Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed by Meghan Daum

In Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed, Meghan Daum collects essays from sixteen childless (or childfree, depending on how you spin it) writers on the decision not to have kids. The vast array of perspectives represented in this book is wonderful. Some contributors have always known they didn’t want kids, others struggled for years to decide, and some made it through their childbearing years without actively deciding either way. And their reasons for declining parenthood are just as varied: loving children but not wanting to parent […]

Not That Kind of Girl: An Important Step in the Right Direction

Posted October 9, 2014 in Reviews / 10 Comments
Not That Kind of Girl: An Important Step in the Right Direction

At just 28 years old, Lena Dunham has written and directed two feature-length films and created, written, and starred in her own HBO show, the critically acclaimed Girls. She has been nominated for eight Emmy Awards, has won two Golden Globes, and was the first woman to win the Directors Guild of America award for directional achievement in comedy. When her $3.7 million deal for an advice book was announced in Oct. 2012, there was a huge backlash; apparently, Dunham is too young, […]

Book Review: Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

Posted July 21, 2014 in Reviews / 10 Comments
Book Review: Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

Since I read An Untamed State a few months ago, Roxane Gay has become one of my favorite writers — and since I subsequently followed her on Twitter, she has become one of my favorite people on the Internet. She always has interesting things to say about current events, and she also delightfully live-tweets Food Network shows. She’s fabulous, and if you’re not already following her on Twitter, you need to go do that right now. I’ll wait. Bad Feminist is […]

Book Review: Judging a Book by Its Lover by Lauren Leto

Posted April 14, 2014 in Reviews / 21 Comments
Book Review: Judging a Book by Its Lover by Lauren Leto

Have you ever needed to pretend that you’ve read an author whom you haven’t gotten around to yet? Are you curious about the rules for bookstore hookups? Do you wonder what your favorite author says about you? Are you aware of what your child will grow up to be if you read him/her The Giver? Do you just love reading intelligent, funny writing about books by a person who is clearly passionate about them? If you answered yes to any of these questions, Judging […]

Book Review: Consider the Lobster and Other Essays by David Foster Wallace

Posted June 24, 2013 in Reviews / 27 Comments
Book Review: Consider the Lobster and Other Essays by David Foster Wallace

While reading A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again last summer, I was alternately blown away by David Foster Wallace’s intelligence, chuckling at his sense of humor, frantically looking up words in my phone’s dictionary app, and baffled as to why I was reading a 70-page essay about a director whose films I’ve never seen (David Lynch). Mostly, though, I loved it. I was crazy about the way Wallace can make any topic interesting and just how ridiculously smart […]

Book Review: Red by Terry Tempest Williams

Posted June 20, 2013 in Reviews / 7 Comments
Book Review: Red by Terry Tempest Williams

I recently spent three weeks traveling around the American West and spent much of that time in southern Utah, a vast, wild land of stunning red cliffs and winding canyons, natural bridges and arches, views of distant mountains, the meanderings of the Colorado River, and an astonishing variety of plant and animal life. I picked up Red at the visitors center in Moab and read a good portion of it while sitting on a sun-warmed boulder under a massive red butte […]

Book Review: Portrait Inside My Head by Phillip Lopate

Posted February 25, 2013 in Reviews / 6 Comments
Book Review: Portrait Inside My Head by Phillip Lopate

Portrait Inside My Head is a compilation of personal and critical essays by acclaimed author, film critic, poet, and essayist Phillip Lopate. Although the essays in this collection span a wide variety of topics, they are divided into four categories: The Family Romance, The Consolations of Daily Life, City Spaces, and Literary Matters. The pieces included provide an interesting cross-section of Lopate’s writing over the years, including stories about family life, literary and film criticism, and reflections upon Brooklyn, his […]

Book Review: Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed

Posted December 3, 2012 in Reviews / 14 Comments
Book Review: Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed

I never thought I would be the type of person to buy a book from the Self-Help section of the bookstore. And yet, a few weeks ago I found myself furtively sneaking down an aisle lined with titles such as A Whole New You and The Happiness Code to ease a copy of Cheryl Strayed’s Tiny Beautiful Things from the shelf. I loved Strayed’s memoir Wild when I read it this summer, and when I heard about Tiny Beautiful Things, a collection of pieces she […]