Author: Taryn

A Place We Knew Well by Susan Carol McCarthy

Posted August 18, 2015 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
A Place We Knew Well by Susan Carol McCarthy

“Life, like the sea, comes at us hard,” he could hear Old Pa saying. “It’s kindness–simple human kindness—that buffers the blows.” A family drama set in central Florida, during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Wes Avery is a successful gas station owner and dutiful family man. His once meticulous wife Sarah is slowly pulling away from […]

The Diver’s Clothes Lie Empty by Vendela Vida

Posted July 22, 2015 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
The Diver’s Clothes Lie Empty by Vendela Vida

This bizarre little novel is the official selection of the Powell’s Indiespensable box for July 2015. The main character escapes to Morocco, after she experiences a painful event in her private life. While she is checking into a Moroccan hotel, her backpack, which contains all of her identifying information, is stolen. There is some sort […]

Above the Waterfall by Ron Rash

Posted July 19, 2015 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
Above the Waterfall by Ron Rash

One story my grandfather told me about his days as a sandhog had seemed a tall tale, even to a kid, but later I’d found out it was true. In the years before electricity, what light burned inside the underwater caissons came from candles. At the greatest depths, the pressure was such that the candles […]

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

Posted July 14, 2015 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

Blind, that’s what I am. I never opened my eyes. I never thought to look into people’s hearts, I looked only in their faces. Stone blind . . . Mr. Stone. Mr. Stone set a watchman in church yesterday. He should have provided me with one. I need a watchman to lead me around and […]

In the Language of Miracles by Rajia Hassib

Posted July 2, 2015 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
In the Language of Miracles by Rajia Hassib

…Khaled remembered what he had originally intended to tell his father, what he had hoped his father would recognize: the fascinating possibility of finding the way back to a home that one has never known. No one knew how the second- or third- generation monarchs found their way back north when they had never been […]

The New and Improved Romie Futch by Julia Elliot

Posted June 29, 2015 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
The New and Improved Romie Futch by Julia Elliot

Thought provoking. witty and grotesque novel, jam-packed with rich language and dark humor. “I felt a prickle in my phantom pinkie finger, a keening of imaginary blood. I felt a pain deep in the bone. As I ached for this lost part of myself, my missing finger became a synecdoche for all lost things in […]

The Best of Enemies by Jen Lancaster

Posted June 25, 2015 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
The Best of Enemies by Jen Lancaster

Jack Jordan, a somewhat smug foreign correspondent, shares her best friend Sarabeth with the somewhat shallow stay-at-home supermom Kitty Carricoe. Jack and Kitty have been sworn enemies since a misunderstanding during college and the rivalry has escalated out of control over the last couple of decades. When Sarabeth’s husband in involved in a fatal plane […]

The Martian by Andy Weir

Posted June 24, 2015 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
The Martian by Andy Weir

“I can’t wait till I have grandchildren. When I was younger, I had to walk to the rim of a crater. Uphill! In an EVA suit! On Mars, ya little shit! Ya hear me? Mars!” This audiobook was the second selection in the “Taryn and Elias Summer Road Trip Series.” 🙂 The Martian is such […]

Disclaimer by Renée Knight

Posted June 18, 2015 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
Disclaimer by Renée Knight

She looks at it lying there facedown and still open where she left it. The book she trusted. Its first few chapters had lulled her into complacency, made her feel at ease with just the hint of a mild thrill to come, a little something to keep her reading, but no clue to what was […]