Book Review | Dear Mr. You by Mary-Louise Parker


Mary-Louise Parker came to Iowa City to promote this book and I didn’t even consider going to see her. I assumed this was a “celebrity book” and though I’ve enjoyed some “celebrity books” (most recently Mindy Kaling’s Why Not Me) I didn’t have particularly high expectations for Dear Mr. You. I was not prepared by how deeply, […]

Book Review | Letting Go by Philip Roth


It’s not difficult to figure out why I love Letting Go. Philip Roth has long been my favorite author and this book takes place in both Iowa City and Chicago (the former I lived in previously, in the latter I currently reside) and allusions to classic literature abound. I also have a thing for first […]

A Hodge Podge of Book Reviews Part 1


I’ve been in the process of moving from my beloved city of Chicago to a smallish town in Iowa, and so it seems I’ve gotten quite behind on my reviews. In total there are about 20 books waiting for me to brilliantly review them, and  more books that are added to that list, the more […]

Book Review | The Things They Carried By Tim O’Brien


The Things They Carried completely destroyed me. I am an easily affected person, but I don’t cry easily. In fact, I don’t think a book has ever made me cry before, but I can feel the tears coming just thinking about this book.  After (mostly) completing the Pulitzer challenge, I’ve read dozens of books about various […]

Book Review | The Thorn and the Blossom by Theodora Goss


I received The Thorn and the Blossom from the publisher and was immediately intrigued by the unique accordion binding, which makes for a really unique way to read both sides in this love story. It’s better explained in this short video. While I did immediately love the packaging, I was also a bit apprehensive about […]