Category: Reviews

Why Not Me by Mindy Kaling

Posted September 17, 2015 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
Why Not Me by Mindy Kaling

“What really knocks me out is a book that when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you feel like it. That doesn’t happen much, though.” – Holden Caulfield (pulled from the Soup Snakes […]

Everybody Rise by Stephanie Clifford

Posted September 17, 2015 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
Everybody Rise by Stephanie Clifford

“I think our generation is obsessed with too much. We keep wanting to trade up, and if you think about Schopenhauer, the futility of striving and the ultimate emptiness of human desires…”…Evelyn had thought the weekend in the Hamptons, at Nick’s house that he owned and didn’t rent, with her friends who had gone to […]

Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman

Posted September 11, 2015 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman

Well-paced and action-packed young adult western, featuring an ornery, tough-talkin’ female lead. I usually groan inwardly when my husband puts a western on the TV (I prefer my movies have a more lively color palette…embarrassingly superficial, I know!), but I loved this book! I would have passed it up, if it weren’t for the good […]

Night Film by Marisha Pessl

Posted September 8, 2015 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
Night Film by Marisha Pessl

Immersive and interactive literary thriller. Unsettling exploration into the strange and fascinating world surrounding a fictional horror-film director. By the end, you’ll probably forget Stanislas Cordova is not a real person! It was always surprising to me how ferociously the public mourned a beautiful stranger–especially one from a famous family. Into that empty form they […]

Nonsense by Jamie Holmes

Posted September 1, 2015 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
Nonsense by Jamie Holmes

“You are not so singular in your suspicions that you know but little. The longer I live, the more I read, the more patiently I think, and the more anxiously I inquire, the less I seem to know. . . . Do justly. Love mercy. Walk humbly. This is enough.” I have always loved the […]

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 […]