Books Read 2016, alpha by author

Enchanted Islands, Allison Amend – fiction Magnum Cycling, Guy Andrews – nonfiction Brewing Revolution, Frank Appleton – nonfiction The Throwback Special, Chris Bachelder – fiction The Twilight Wife, A.J. Banner – fiction Women Lovers, or The Third Woman, Natalie Clifford Barney – fiction The Whale: A Love Story, Mark Beauregard – fiction Fun Home, Alison […]

Books Read 2016, alpha by title

Addlands, Tom Bullough – fiction The After Party, Anton DiSclafani – fiction Alligator Candy, David Kushner – nonfiction American Heiress, Jeffrey Toobin – nonfiction An American Story, Natale Caruso – fiction Among the Wicked, Linda Castillo – fiction Another Brooklyn, Jacqueline Woodson – fiction Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, Nick Flynn – nonfiction The […]

Books Read 2015, alpha by author

The Light of the World, Elizabeth Alexander – nonfiction The Japanese Lover, Isabel Allende – fiction Body Toxic, Susanne Antonetta – nonfiction Saint Mazie, Jami Attenberg – fiction Palimpsest: A History of the Written Word, Matthew Battles – nonfiction Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own, Kate Bolick – nonfiction All Over But the Shoutin’, […]

Books Read 2015, alpha by title

A is for Arsenic, Kathryn Harkup – nonfiction Alex Haley: And the Books That Changed a Nation, Robert J. Norrell – nonfiction All Over But the Shoutin’, Rick Bragg – nonfiction The Anger Meridian, Kaylie Jones – fiction The Annihilation of Nature, Gerardo Ceballos, Anne H. Ehrlich and Paul R. Ehrlich – nonfiction Arcadian Nights, […]

The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell (audio)

This book reminds me very much of Rules of Civility by Amor Towles, with similarities extending to the audio narration, as well. And considering how much I loved that book, and narration, this is a high compliment. They share a setting in New York City early in the 20th century (in this case, Prohibition era), […]

Maximum Shelf author interview: Koren Zailckas

This interview was published by Shelf Awareness here in an abridged format due to space constraints. This is the full interview. Following Monday’s review of Mother, Mother, then, here’s the lovely Koren Zailckas! Koren Zailckas: On Mothers Koren Zailckas is the author of two memoirs, Smashed and Fury, and lives in New York’s Hudson Valley […]

the books I’ve listened to that simply must be audio

It has taken me weeks to post this – sorry! But I did have some interest, in the comments on a past post, in those books I’ve listened to that I feel really must be experienced as audiobooks. Here’s a briefly annotated list. Bossypants by Tina Fey, and read by the author: surely this will […]

The Rage by Gene Kerrigan

A noir crime novel featuring the collision of a motley group of characters in modern Ireland. The Rage by Gene Kerrigan (The Midnight Choir) is a multifaceted, character-driven story of crime and remorse. Vincent Naylor, freshly out of prison, is back to planning a robbery with his old accomplices, most notably his beloved big brother, […]

best of 2012: year’s end

My year-in-review post is coming, but first, let’s take a look at the very BEST books I read in 2012. Not published in 2012, you understand – although several were that, as well. I was able to narrow it down to a list of 14 books and 1 short story; and I’m hoping you’ll forgive […]

Mockingbird by Chuck Wendig

Wendig does it again! You know, it says a great deal about how well his stock is doing at pagesofjulia when I pick up his new book immediately upon its release – this, in a world where my TBR shelves are three and the stacks on the desk are… many. He’s right up there with […]