Winter TBR 2017

Winter TBR 2017

It's that time of year again. My palms are curled around a peppermint mocha frappe as I watch the first flakes of the season fall from a gray sky. Starbucks is warm, but just on the other side of the glass blows a chilly winter wind. Books are always on my mind this time of [...]

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Turtles All the Way Down / John Green

Turtles All the Way Down / John Green

This review contains very mild spoilers for the sake of discussing multiple aspects of the story.  Title: Turtles All the Way Down Author: John Green Genre: YA, Realistic Fiction Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers, October 10th 2017 Pages: 288 Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at [...]

Taxidermy

Taxidermy

His hands moved nimbly over the bird’s outstretched wing. He could feel the heat of the lamp to his left and see the dark mass of his shadow falling to the right side of the table. The ache in his back started at the base of his spine and climbed up each vertebra until it [...]

Upstream / Mary Oliver

Upstream / Mary Oliver

Title: Upstream: Selected Essays Author: Mary Oliver Genre: Nonfiction, Essay Collection Publisher: Penguin Press, October 11th 2016 Pages: 178 Synopsis: Comprising a selection of essays, Upstream finds beloved poet Mary Oliver reflecting on her astonishment and admiration for the natural world and the craft of writing.   As she contemplates the pleasure of artistic labor, finding solace and safety within the [...]

Room

Room

“I am alone. I have always been alone. Alone is what I am.” — Loren Eisely, “All the Strange Hours” My bedroom is small—crowded from floor to ceiling with books. Books on the shelves. Books stacked on the floor. Books overflowing onto the dressers and multiplying. Twin stacks stand atop the clear glass tank that [...]