Mark Z. Danielewski’s House of Leaves

Mark Z. Danielewski’s House of Leaves

Mark Z. Danielewski’s House of Leaves is a story of terror and love. Using frame-style narratives, Danielewski draws us into two tales: Johnny Truant’s story is told through his diary entries; Will Navidson’s through videotape.  Johnny Truant, a troubled and increasingly paranoid employee in an L.A. tattoo parlor, discovers the writings of a reclusive old man […]


Wonders of the Invisible World by Christopher Barzak

Wonders of the Invisible World by Christopher Barzak

“Aidan Lockwood feels like he’s been asleep, with each day as hazy and unremarkable as the one before it. When is former best friend, Jarrod, moves back to town suddenly the veil begins to lift. What Aiden discovers is that his life is haunted by the stories and magic of his family.” So, this book […]


Nutshell by Ian McEwan

Nutshell by Ian McEwan

Talk about an interesting perspective. The narrator of McEwan’s latest is the unborn child (a boy!) of Trudy and John.  Unfortunately Trudy and John are separated (mostly Trudy’s doing). She’s been having an affair with Claude, John’s brother, and the two of them are plotting John’s murder by anti-freeze mixed in to his favorite smoothie. […]


The Golden Age by Jane Smiley

The Golden Age by Jane Smiley

The third part of Jane Smiley’s broad family saga takes the Langdon’s into the future and beyond. Even more than in the first two parts, (Some Luck and Early Warning) she shows us how the macro events of politics in the U.S. (hot issues, financial dealings, scandals, economic changes, environmental policy) effects the micro events […]


Eligible by Curtis Sittenfield

Eligible by Curtis Sittenfield

Wow! As re-tellings go this is a doozy. Sittenfield has lifted the whole of Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and time-traveled it to Cincinnati, 2016. Every character is there in some form or another, sometimes as a polar opposite of the original. Darcy is a top neurosurgeon; Liz Bennet, a feature writer for a trendy women’s […]


The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

Widowed bookstore owner on a Massachusetts resort island finds himself the father of an abandoned baby girl who ushers in a whole new course of life for him and his bookstore. A bit sappy, very romantic (in a good sort of way) with much incidental literary criticism that’s nicely woven into the fabric of this […]


The Portable Veblen

The Portable Veblen

Veblen, named after radical sociologist Thorstein Veblen, is a charmingly quirky young woman (convinced that the squirrels are wise and helpful and interested in her life) affianced to the wrongest guy she could have found. Paul is a brilliant medical researcher, very materialistic and ready to sell his soul (almost) to get FDA approval on […]


One Man Guy by Michael Barakavia

One Man Guy by Michael Barakavia

A book featuring a diverse cast, LGBTQIA characters, and Rufus Wainwright music; sign me up! One Man Guy by Michael Barakavia had all the makings of an amazing read. However, once I actually started to read the book I found it didn’t quite measure up to my expectations. There were things I liked about the […]


If I Ever Get Out Of Here by Eric Gansworth

If I Ever Get Out Of Here by Eric Gansworth

Lewis has spent most of his life trying to being invisible at school. He already gets picked on enough for being Native American so why make it worse? Lewis decides to take a risk and befriend a new student, George, who he shares a love of the Beatles with and a sense of humor.  What […]


Reviews by You: The Flip Side by Shawn Johnson

Reviews by You: The Flip Side by Shawn Johnson

Just in time for Rio 2016, The Flip Side -written by Olympic gold medalist Shawn Johnson- follows the life of elite gymnast Charlotte “Charlie” Ryland a few weeks before Olympic trials. In order to get a life outside the gym, Charlie goes to a public school. To make sure everyone treats her like a normal […]