Pithy Book Reviews 2017


#1. Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life by Amy Krouse Rosenthal 

Currently readying and savoring this one. I could have finished it in one sitting, but I enjoy Rosenthal’s voice so much that I don’t want it to end. This is an usual book concept. Read the description in the link to understand it! It was given to me as a gift from a dear member of the writing group I co-lead in Minneapolis on Thursdays. Thank you again, Carolyn!

#2. Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller 

This was my December pick from The Book Of The Month Club. Currently ready and liking, but not obsessing over it. Definitely a good read though.

#3. On Living by Kerry Egan

This book of reflections from a hospice chaplain came into my life at the perfect. Even it wasn’t the perfect time for personally, it’s a beautifully written account from someone who has been there in the last days for many others’ last days. Incredible wisdom.

#4. Scratch: Writers, Money, and the Art of Making a Living by Manjula Martin

I enjoyed this nonfiction collection of essays about making money (or not) as a writer. It was as an advance copy from netgalley.com. I chose it because I really liked Martin’s magazine, also called Scratch, which shut down last year. Some of the essays were more relatable to me than others. I especially liked the interviews with Cheryl Strayed, Roxane Gay, and Susan Orlean.

#5. Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple

The narrative pace was a little hard for me to follow, but I did like the voice. I’d say I liked, but by no means loved it. Quick read, which I did like!

#6. The View from the Cheap Seats: Selected Nonfiction by Neil Gaiman

Thick book of essays, but actually a quicker read. I liked it a lot, but I definitely skimmed more than read many of the essays.

#7. You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain by Phoebe Robinson

This memoir is a comedian’s take on race and feminism. It’s a light touch (tons of pop culture references) to a heavy topic. I did the audio because whenever a standup comic or any type of comedian writes a memoir, I like to hear the voice.

#8. A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel by Amor Towles

Currently reading but putting aside for a little while

#9. The Best of Adam Sharp: A Novel by Graeme Simsion 

I really liked this novel from the author of The Rosie Project. I found Adam charming and relatable as a narrator, and I found the situation of wondering about a long lost love relatable as well. Thank you to netgalley.com for the early review copy.

#10. Bee Season by Myla Goldberg

Rereading this one, a favorite from around 2000.

#11. Perfect Little World by Kevin Wilson

This is my February Book of The Month Club selection. It’s on deck to read next.


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