Book Review | What We Lose by Zinzi Clemmons


What We Lose by Zinzi Clemmons was sent to me by in July by Call Number and was also the August pick for My Lit Box. That should tell you how fantastic it was. I was about 50 pages in before I thought, wait, is this a novel? And I looked at the cover and sure […]

Book Review | Hunger by Roxane Gay from My Lit Box


The July box of My Lit Box included Hunger by Roxane Gay. As I mentioned in that post, this is a book I’d already started on my Kindle but was having hard time making a real dent it. This wasn’t because the book wasn’t engaging – in fact, the opposite was true. You guys, what I’m trying […]

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 […]

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, […]

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, […]