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, […]

Book Review | Little Princes: One Man’s Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal by Conor Grennan

I don’t know where I first heard about Little Princes: One Man’s Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal, but I do know that it had been on my to-read list for quite some time and I was really looking forward to it. Unfortunately, it failed to live up to my lofty expectations, and […]

Book Review | Her by Christa Parravani

Her, a memoir by Christa Parravani was absolutely stunning. Stunning in the most messed up way. Stunning in how I had to read parts of it out of the corner of my eye because I simply couldn’t deal with it. There is so much emotion and pain and grief and sickness and just . . . humanness. […]

Book Review | Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt

5/5 stars I’m glad everyone else in the world has already read this book, because it means I don’t have to immediately call everyone I know and force them to read it. This is truly one of the most heartbreaking books I’ve ever read. It’s the kind of book that makes you want to go […]