I have a soft spot for books that make me weep openly in public, and that’s exactly what Susan Gloss’s beautiful new novel, The Curiosities, did. Set in Madison, WI, The Curiosities introduces us to a cast of memorable characters, each at a breaking point in his or her own way. At the center of … More The Curiosities by Susan Gloss: Curious Beauty on Every Page
It’s hard to express how much I love finding a new favorite author. A few years ago, when I read Lynda Cohen Loigman’s The Two-Family House, I was immediately smitten with her richly drawn characters, her exploration of complex family dynamics, and her ability to construct the vivid sense of time and place I love … More The Wartime Sisters by Lynda Cohen Loigman: Your Next Favorite Read
It’s far too late for me to wish you all a happy new year, but since I was apparently too busy over the past month stuffing my face with cookies, cookies, and more cookies, I’ll go ahead and say: HAPPY 2019! I’ll argue that it’s never too late to wish someone a happy year. I’ll … More New Year, New Blogs!
Just when you think Outlander can’t get any better, they go and throw in a Murtaugh. There’s a lot to unpack from Episode 405, “Savages.” Bree’s at Craigh na Dun! Jamie’s having premonitions! Roger’s beefing up on his detective skills! Claire makes a friend! Oh, no. It never ends well when Claire makes a … More Outlander Superlatives: Episode 405 – Savages
Outlander fans, we are Rollo-ing right along with season four and things are only getting better. There are cool nicknames. There are phone calls. THERE ARE BEARS! (Sort of.) We have a lot to cover this week, from hot Jamie after hot Jamie to those two crazy kids in the 20th century, so let’s jump right … More Outlander Superlatives: Episode 404 – Common Ground
THE MACKENZIES ARE HERE!!! Sorry, I’ve been waiting a while to say that. In what is already a fantastic season of Outlander, “The False Bride” is my favorite episode so far. Jamie is emotional. Claire is Claire. ROGER AND BREE ARE BACK!!!! Again, sorry. I’ve just really missed them. We have a lot to cover, … More Outlander Superlatives: Episode 403 – The False Bride
Jamie and Claire have made it to River Run, and in true Fraser fashion, they have MADE THEIR PRESENCE KNOWN, SIR. Tackling the horrors of slavery, Outlander episode 402, “Do No Harm”, was hard to digest. It was ugly and painful and a lot to process, as it needed to be. And while the Frasers have the … More Outlander Superlatives: Episode 402 – Do No Harm
It’s official, clan: Droughtlander is OVER!!! It seems like an eternity since we last saw the Frasers making out on that deserted beach in Georgia, but they’re finally back! And they’ve made their way to North Carolina! And Jamie is wearing a tricorn like it’s nobody’s business! As happy as I am that Outlander is … More Outlander Superlatives: Episode 401 – America the Beautiful
It’s official: I’m packing up and moving to Guthrie, Vermont! Okay, so I can’t actually move to Guthrie because, well, it’s fictional, but after reading Louise Miller’s debut novel, The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living, two years ago, I fell truly, madly in love with everything about the quaint little town. Now, with her … More The Late Bloomers’ Club by Louise Miller: As Warm, Winning and Wonderful as They Come
Throw on your party hats and get ready for some awkward, off-key singing. Book Perfume is FOUR today! LET THEM EAT CAKE! (Sorry. You’re going to have to provide your own. I’ve already eaten mine and it was delicious.) I say it every year, but it still rings so true: When I started this blog … More Shut the Front Door. Book Perfume is FOUR!