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Five Inspirational Gems from Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

Posted September 22, 2015 in Reviews / 19 Comments
Five Inspirational Gems from Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

Love her or hate her, Elizabeth Gilbert’s writing has made her a household name — and in Big Magic: Creative Living Without Fear, she encourages her readers to embark on a life of curiosity, creativity, and passion. This doesn’t necessarily mean pursuing a life dedicated to the arts, though; “when I refer to “creative living,” I am speaking more broadly. I’m talking about living a life that is driven more strongly by curiosity than by fear,” she writes. Written in […]

Girl Waits With Gun by Amy Stewart: A Bold Historical Romp

Posted September 8, 2015 in Reviews / 11 Comments
Girl Waits With Gun by Amy Stewart: A Bold Historical Romp

Constance Kopp has never been one to conform to expectations. At 35 years old, she is unmarried, residing in a farmhouse with her two similarly unattached sisters (Norma and Fleurette), and trying desperately to hold onto the farm as the family funds dwindle. The Kopp sisters’ troubles are only compounded when the automobile of wealthy silk merchant Henry Kauffman collides with their buggy during a trip into town. When Constance demands restitution for the damaged buggy, Kauffman repays the sisters […]

A Book and a Podcast to Make Your Hair Stand on End

Posted August 13, 2015 in Reviews / 29 Comments
A Book and a Podcast to Make Your Hair Stand on End

Confession time: I’m kind of obsessed with podcasts. As a reader, I love putting new information into my brain any way that I can — and podcasts allow me to do this in situations in which I can’t feasibly read a book. (I also suspect that, as an introvert, I like being able to listen to people talk without having to hold up my end of a conversation.) Whether I’m washing dishes, taking a walk around my neighborhood, or driving for […]

Relieving Stress With Adult Coloring Books

Posted July 23, 2015 in Reviews / 16 Comments
Relieving Stress With Adult Coloring Books

Few things are better for relieving stress than coloring. I’m not talking about creating beautiful art; I mean putting Crayola colored pencils to paper and trying to stay within the lines (or not) of a design that has already been drawn. Whether you like to color in silence or while watching TV or listening to music or an audiobook, the act of choosing colors and moving a pencil across a page is a great way to take your mind off […]

Book Review: Speak by Louisa Hall

Posted July 17, 2015 in Reviews / 15 Comments
Book Review: Speak by Louisa Hall

Speak, Louisa Hall’s richly imagined and beautifully written sophomore novel, tells the story of the rise and fall of artificial intelligence through six intertwined narratives that span centuries. In 1663, thirteen-year-old Mary Bradford writes a diary about her sea crossing from England to America with her Puritan family, her trusty dog, and her unwanted new husband. Between 1928 and 1954, renowned mathematician Alan Turing writes letters to the mother of his deceased best friend. Spanning from 1968 to 1988, correspondence between […]

Margarita Cupcakes: Recipe & Cookbook Review

Posted July 15, 2015 in Reviews / 11 Comments
Margarita Cupcakes: Recipe & Cookbook Review

I’m not much of a cook, but I LOVE baking tasty treats, and I was beyond excited to receive a copy of Sweet, Savory, and Sometimes Boozy Cupcakes by Alison Riede, winner of Food Network’s Cupcake Wars. This cookbook has recipes to fit any event or craving, running the range of cupcakes that are tart citrusy, and light; fruity and berry; salty and nutty; chocolate; spice, cinnamon, maple, and coffee; and savory. Here’s a peak at some of the surprising recipes that caught my […]

Book Review: Pretty Is by Maggie Mitchell

Posted July 7, 2015 in Reviews / 6 Comments
Book Review: Pretty Is by Maggie Mitchell

The summer Lois and Carly May were 12 years old, they were abducted by a charismatic stranger and held in a remote cabin in the mountains of upstate New York for six weeks before being rescued. Twenty years later, Lois is a literature professor at a small college and the author of a thriller based on her abduction, written under a pseudonym, and Carly May has reinvented herself as an actress in Los Angeles. After two decades of silence, the […]

Naked at Lunch by Mark Haskell Smith: An Immersive Look at Social Nudism

Posted June 19, 2015 in Reviews / 23 Comments
Naked at Lunch by Mark Haskell Smith: An Immersive Look at Social Nudism

People have enjoyed taking their clothes off and socializing in the buff for centuries — a predilection that is often frowned upon by society at large. In his latest book, Naked at Lunch: A Reluctant Nudist’s Adventures in the Clothing-Optional World, Mark Haskell Smith takes an immersive approach to exploring naturism and “nonsexual social nudism.” Although not a nudist himself, he gamely drops trou and dives into the naturist community, going on a “nakation” aboard a nude cruise, hiking naked through […]

Disrupting the Status Quo with Dietland by Sarai Walker

Posted June 11, 2015 in Reviews / 15 Comments
Disrupting the Status Quo with Dietland by Sarai Walker

Every day, Plum Kettle sits in a Brooklyn caffe, typing out responses to emails young girls have sent to the founder of the teen magazine she works for. But despite sending frequent emails to the tune of “you’re beautiful just the way you are!” she isn’t able to accept her own body; at almost 30 years old, Plum weighs 300 pounds and is saving up for the weight-loss surgery that she believes will allow her life to finally begin. However, […]

Mini Reviews: Saint Mazie and Land Where I Flee

Posted June 5, 2015 in Reviews / 11 Comments
Mini Reviews: Saint Mazie and Land Where I Flee

Something must be in the air, because I’ve been in a major reviewing slump for the last month. I’ll read a book, have many thoughts about it, and then move on to something else, unable to find the motivation to sit down and write. Today, I’m going to try to get back into the groove, little by little, starting with mini reviews of two books that came out this week: Saint Mazie by Jami Attenberg and Land Where I Flee by Prajwal […]