Carrie Rubin’s Novel EATING BULL and My Personal Food Connection

I know I've read a great book when I'm still thinking about it months after I've turned the final pages. Carrie Rubin's Eating Bull is one of those books. It is a tightly crafted thriller, told from the point of view of three characters: Jeremy, an overweight, bullied teen whose favorite friend is food; Sue, the … Continue reading Carrie Rubin’s Novel EATING BULL and My Personal Food Connection

Please Say Kaddish for Me: A Novel for Everyone

From the very first page of Rochelle Wisoff-Fields's novel Please Say Kaddish for Me, I was swept up in Havah Cohen's story. I was spellbound, so much so, I didn't want to put this book down. The book is simultaneously driven by character and events at a quick pace, divided into four parts. The year is … Continue reading Please Say Kaddish for Me: A Novel for Everyone

How Harper Lee Saved Me

Mark over at Exile on Pain Street just got Freshly Pressed for his post about how Harper Lee saved him. Did you know he received a letter from her? Oh, what a thrill! Congrats, Mark! Excellent post.

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Several people have pinged me about the announcement of Harper Lee’s new novel. It’s based on a recently-discovered manuscript that she wrote in mid-50’s and takes place 20 years after To Kill A Mockingbird.

I think just about everyone has already read and commented on this post but I thought I’d rerun it. It’s the reason why people are reaching out to me with this wonderful news. It explains who I am and why I’m typing these words right now. I’d be a hot mess if it weren’t for her.


Today is the 50th anniversary of the publication of To Kill a Mockingbird. It’s the single most important book in my life.

I didn’t read a book until I was 20 years old. It’s true! They attempted to force-feed me while attending my below-average schools, but I made it clear that I would only read a book under protest…

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Book Review: Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld

I love those books you can't put down. Recently, I read the remaining pages of Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld amid the noise of my son's iPad, whirring and buzzing away. Several times I asked him to turn it down. No matter, I was rapt with these last pages, and pulled in completely for the book's … Continue reading Book Review: Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld