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21 04, 2016

Read of the Week: When Breath Becomes Air

Paul Kalanithi was on the cusp of a promising career as a neurosurgeon when, at age 36, he was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. In his memoir, “When Breath Becomes Air,” he writes, “severe illness wasn’t life-altering, it was life-shattering. It felt less like an epiphany—a piercing burst of

7 04, 2016

Read of the Week: Good Mourning

Say what you want about me, but I like learning about dead people. I loved Mary Roach's book “Stiff” and the HBO television series “Six Feet Under” is my favorite show of all time. I’m fascinated by what happens to us when we die, as morbid as a topic as

25 03, 2016

Read of the Week: Dumplin’

According to, well, herself, Willowdean Dickson is about the last person predicted to compete in a pageant show, and it isn’t because she’s a (self-proclaimed) “fat girl.” It’s because pageants are an old fashioned diatribe of materialistic desires, full of shallow competitors. Unfortunately, Willow’s former beauty queen mother happens to

10 03, 2016

Read of the Week: The Year of Living Danishly

Do you ever think about where you would live if you didn’t live here? Would you ever consider moving to a foreign country? (I usually play this game every winter when the cold and snow get to be too much.)   I often read about these studies rating the happiest countries

25 02, 2016

Read of the Week: The Glass Sentence

Now is the perfect time to get hooked on S.E. Grove’s The Mapmakers Trilogy, a fantasy series, starting with “The Glass Sentence.” If you’re anything like me and enjoy binge reading entire series, now is the perfect time to get started as the final book will be released this July.

11 02, 2016

Read of the Week: League of Denial

Since I was a kid I’ve always loved watching the game of football.  Like millions of Americans, I watched the Super Bowl this past Sunday. But I watched it with a different perspective, all because I had read “League of Denial: The NFL, Concussions, and the Battle for Truth” by

28 01, 2016

Read of the Week: Dead Wake

Confession:  if there’s a nonfiction book about a manmade disaster, especially a shipwreck, I am going to read it. The fact that this one was written by Erik Larson, who also wrote the amazing “Devil in the White City”, was just a bonus. “Dead Wake” follows the final crossing of

14 01, 2016

Read of the Week: Ash & Bramble

At the opening of Sarah Prineas’ “Ash & Bramble,” Pin wakes up in a fortress, dirty, cold, and with no memory of her past. She’s immediately thrust into hard labor as a seamstress and days pass in a blur as she and other women sew stitch after stitch after stitch.

30 12, 2015

Read of the Week: The Magician’s Lie

With the dreariness of winter setting in, it can be easy to fall into a reading rut. To reach for the remote control before you reach for a book. To do pretty much anything that requires little to no brain power. Greer Macallister’s debut, “The Magician’s Lie”, is the book

17 12, 2015

Read of the Week: Annihilation

Area X is a black zone where human civilization has been reclaimed by nature and the normal rules of physics are bent and broken. The unnamed protagonist (no names are used throughout the entire book) is a part of the twelfth expedition sent in to explore and report back on