Wrecked

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I don’t think it’s exaggerating to say that college sexual assault has reached epidemic levels in the US. The ridiculous bureaucracy with which it’s often dealt is no doubt a contributing factor. However, it’s also a complex tangle of patriarchal ideas, well-meaning but sometimes misguided advocates, survivor guilt, and lack of effective education. On the … Read more

The Lotterys Plus One

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The Lotterys Plus One is one of the most delightful books I’ve encountered in quite some time. Within a few pages I was openly grinning and giggling out loud. Aimed at 8-12 year-olds, I have to say I can think of some adults who could benefit from reading it as well. This is the story … Read more

Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland New Slip-Cased Edition

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Arcturus Publishing offers a gorgeous line of illustrated and slip-cased editions of classic works and children’s books. Encompassing titles such as The Wizard of Oz, The Art of War and Gray’s Anatomy and including authors like Oscar Wilde, Charlotte Bronte, Jane Austen and H.P. Lovecraft, this is a truly magnificent collection as well as an … Read more

Everything and a Happy Ending

  The world can be an uncertain and scary place, even more so lately for many people that I know. It’s easy to fall into the pattern of self-fulfilling pessimism, especially when the world seems to be conspiring against even it’s own best interests. I don’t like making resolutions, but one promise I’ve made to … Read more

Bitty Bot

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From the metallic, embossed cover to the very last page, this children’s book is a true pleasure. The gorgeous cover makes it feel substantial in a way that books for kids often don’t. I guarantee it’s going to stand out like a rare, sparkling jewel on any shelf. The stylized illustrations are both beautiful and … Read more

Give The Gift of Books With BOTM!

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This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. I think it’s no secret by now that I have a deep and abiding love affair with books. I’ve written entire essays detailing my affection for the written word. My house could rival many city … Read more

New Selections for June from Book Of The Month Club

**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. The summer is always one of my favorite times to dive into new books. There’s nothing better than long, lazy afternoons on the back deck with dappled sunlight flitting through the trees, a stack of … Read more

Emperor of The Eight Islands: The Tale of Shikanoko Review and Giveaway

Medieval Japan seems a fitting setting for a tale of fantasy and intrigue. In my mind it is a place and era that have taken on phantasmagorical proportions, ripe with dragons, levitating monks and rulers who seemingly lived for thousands of years. Emperor of the Eight Islands, Book One: The Tale of Shikanoko is the … Read more

Most Wanted Review And Giveaway

So a serial killer walks into a sperm bank and…er, yeah. It does sound like the beginning of a dirty joke. Let me start again. Say that your whole life, your womb cried out for occupation. Tiny pink socks and fuzzy blankies and Pampers commercials make you break out in hives of anticipation. But after … Read more

A Month of Gratitude, Day 22: Books

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If you could peel back the layers of skin and meat, delicately swing open the doors of my ribcage to peek inside, you’d find my heart is bound in battered old leather, origami ventricles formed of soft vellum, beating with the circulation of red-black ink. I know books have become old fashioned, teetering on the … Read more