Review | The NYRB Book Club April 2017 | Family Lexicon by Natalia Ginzburg and translated by Jenny McPhee


One of the bookish subscription boxes I’ll be reviewing this year doesn’t actually involve a box, so I guess it’s just a bookish subscription. I’m talking about the New York Review Books Book Club. The deal I signed up for included 12 books (one each month, you know) as well as a yearly subscription to The […]

Review Deep Vellum | May | The Outlaw by Jon Gnarr & Not One Day by Anne Garreta


Deep Vellum is a non-profit publisher that primarily publishes works of translation. I purchased a ten-book subscription, e-book and paperback bundle. My total was $103, so they come out to about $10 for each book and I get both the e-book and paperback. They mail two books every two months. You can read my previous […]

Review | April Blue Spider’s Attic Book Subscription Box


The curator describes Blue Spider’s Attic as, “The magic of a used book store, delivered.” Except it’s actually even better because also, coffee! There are two different boxes available. First is The Attic Box by Blue Spider Press, which includes three second-hand books, a small package of coffee or tea, and several bookish items. This […]

Review | Quarterly Literary Box | The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker


The Quarterly Literary Box is described thusly on their website: Receive three books a quarter, including a brand new release annotated by the author with hand-written notes, two more curated titles and delightful bookish goods—all delivered to your doorstep. Obviously I’m down with the idea of this box but I gotta start out by taking […]

Book Review | Life From Scratch: A Memoir of Food, Family, and Forgiveness by Sasha Martin


Life from Scratch: A Memoir of Food, Family, and Forgiveness by Sasha Martin. I had really low expectations for this book, which I thought was a food memoir but was so much more than that. On the surface, it’s the story of a woman who decides to cook a meal from every country in the world, […]

Book Review | An African in Greenland by Tete-Michel Kpomassie


I feel pretty confident that anyone who’s capable of experiencing joy would love An African in Greenland by Tete-Michel Kpomassie. As the title implies, it is the story of an African man who travels to Greenland. Until his travels begin, he lives a pretty sheltered life within an African village where the men have numerous wives […]

Book Review | Dry by Augusten Burroughs


Holy shit, how am I going to review this? I guess the first thing you need to know is this: I am recovering alcoholic. Dry is the story of an active alcoholic who becomes a recovering alcoholic and then an active alcoholic and then a recovering alcoholic, etc. etc. It’s a memoir, these things are true, […]

Book Review | Consequence: A Memoir by Eric Fair


I’ve seen a lot of interviews with Eric Fair, or, rather, I guess I should say I’ve seen a lot of posts on Facebook about interviews with Eric Fair. There are inevitably dozens of comments from people who’ve never read this book but nevertheless have strong feelings about it. People who say that Fair, who was […]

Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon Recap


Y’all, I did it! I wasn’t ever planning to make it the entire 24 hours. My goal was to read from my start time at 7am until midnight. I ended up making it to 2am but I also took a two hour nap so that was a wash. I didn’t do a lot of planning […]

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, […]