. . .if we linger long enough with anything, the truth of its significance is bound to be revealed. For whatever reason, I feel like John D'Agata wrote a very personal message when he signed my copy of About a Mountain, though in reality, 'To Kameron, from whom I expect great things,' is rather generic.… Continue reading ‘About a Mountain’ by John D’Agata
I have to admit: I'm biased when it comes to The Last Days of Oscar Wilde. John Vanderslice is one of my professors, so I was determined to read the book even if I hated it. But, lucky for me, the book is beautiful and heartbreaking. I have known Oscar Wilde the author and playwright… Continue reading The Last Days of Oscar Wilde by John Vanderslice
I have Nightbird Books to thank for this lovely short story collection because without them, I never would have found it. The Redemption of Galen Pike by Carys Davies contains stories that never quite go the way you expect them to, stories that I felt the need to sit with and linger over, stories that… Continue reading ‘The Redemption of Galen Pike’ by Carys Davies
I've read The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern before. I'm not sure when, exactly, but I'm pretty sure it was in high school. I absolutely loved this book. In re-reading it, I still loved it, even though moments I remembered as being incredible fell flat and moments I didn't remember at all struck me as profound. Yes,… Continue reading ‘The Night Circus’ by Erin Morgenstern
The thing about a book like Locking Up Our Own is that it can leave you feeling a tad helpless. Not that James Forman Jr. didn't try his best. The call to action at the end of the book is lovely. But it's not a particularly uplifting read (hence it's pairing with beer instead of the usual… Continue reading ‘Locking Up Our Own’ by James Forman Jr.
I'll be honest: I have not read every single short story in The Visiting Privilege by Joy Williams. But, I don't think I have to read every single one to say that this is a collection worth having. I've actually met Joy Williams in all of her sunglass wearing, leather-skinned, intimidating as hell glory. I attended… Continue reading ‘The Visiting Privilege’ by Joy Williams
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz is a bit unusual in that it's not exactly creative nonfiction. It's more of a self-help type thing. Is that usually what I post about on this blog? Nope. But I'm a writer with a zero percent acceptance rate right now. I could use a little help. As always, I… Continue reading ‘The Four Agreements’ by Don Miguel Ruiz