[23 Jun 2018 | No Comment | ]
Book Review :: 2018 Beach Reads

Last month I wrote about my penchant for the dark when it comes to beach reads. Earlier this month when we headed out for our annual trip to enjoy the salt & sand, I got to load up on my reading, and true to form, most of my selections were not what most people consider beach reading.
Here’s a quick wrap up. (Click on the title to shop for the book.)
The Arrangement by Sarah Dunn – This book was recommended by Knox McCoy from The Popcast Pod who green-lit it on Episode 239. Don’t …

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[20 May 2018 | One Comment | ]
Book Review :: Sweet and Low: Stories

Nick White’s collection of stories Sweet and Low are best described as evidence of the new South. Ever present are the themes that demonstrate the complexity of the South – the oppressive heat and beauty of our states (in this case, Mississippi); the animals we do life with and in spite of; and the people that are both our charm and disgrace – often in the same soul. Students of the Southern greats will recognize the peculiar, the odd, the disfigured, the freaks – in setting, narrative and character. Since …

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[10 May 2018 | No Comment | ]
Book Review :: An American Marriage

I’ve been mulling over this review for a while, wanting to write it in a way that does it justice. To say that this is a great book is not enough. It is that, but it is also a book we need.
Before I dive into the novel itself, let’s address some preliminaries. I listened to it as an audio book, and it was one that truly paid off in that format. With multiple narrators, it came to life. A significant portion of the first part of the book is epistolary, …

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[5 May 2018 | No Comment | ]
Book Reviews :: My Kind of Beach Read

It should be obvious from the title that what I consider a wonderful beach read is not what most people call a “beach read.” For me, the beach is a place where hours can be given over to literary immersion for multiple days on end, and I ask myself, why in the world would I squander such precious time on frivolous, dime-store fluff? Beach reads for me are my very favorite types of reads – dark and deep. Here are three of my favorites.
Middlesex: Middlesex may have been when I …

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[27 Apr 2018 | No Comment | ]
Book Clubs :: End of Year Wrap Up for 2017-18

Here’s my end of year (almost) wrap up for our 2017-18 book selections. Because life happens, we weren’t able to meet in April and will be discussing our final book of this year (Radium Girls) at our May.
I’ve got an older post that will give a quick history lesson on how we rate books and how we account for DNF’s or DNR’s here.
Here we go!
Thirteen Ways of Looking – 2.79 (Low: 2.75; High: 3.5)
This is the lowest a book has scored in our group a long time. Basically, the way we select …

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[16 Apr 2018 | No Comment | ]
Recipe :: Trifle in a Glass

It feels like cheating to call this a recipe, so perhaps consider it a gentle reminder: the same recipe you make in a large trifle dish can be replicated on an individual basis for stunning results.
Last weekend we had company for dinner. It was just one other couple, and I didn’t want leftovers – but what I did want was something light and impressive. This fit the bill.
You can use any trifle recipe & ingredients, but this one happened to be angle food cake, lite whipped topping and sliced strawberries. …