The Story Hour by Thrity Umrigar

Posted March 31, 2015 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
The Story Hour by Thrity Umrigar

The Story Hour mostly alternates between the perspectives of Lakshmi and Maggie. Lakshmi is a 32-year-old Indian immigrant who is isolated and unloved by her domineering husband. Her life in America has been limited to her husband’s small grocery store and restaurant and she has no life independent of her husband or any money of […]

All the Light We Cannot See

Posted March 24, 2015 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
All the Light We Cannot See

“We all come into existence as a single cell, smaller than a speck of dust. Much smaller. Divide. Multiply. Add and subtract. Matter changes hands, atoms flow in and out, molecules pivot, proteins stitch together, mitochondria send out their oxidative dictates; we begin as a microscopic electrical swarm. The lungs the brain the heart. Forty […]

Manage Your Day-to-Day by Jocelyn K. Glei (Editor)

Posted March 22, 2015 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
Manage Your Day-to-Day by Jocelyn K. Glei (Editor)

Manage Your Day-to-Day is composed of 20+ short essays divided between four topics: Building a Rock-Solid Routine, Finding Focus in a Distracted World, Taming Your Tools, and Sharpening Your Creative Mind. Each section is concluded with a helpful list of the key actionable items. The essays are brief and many of the pages are just […]

A Small Indiscretion by Jan Ellison

Posted March 8, 2015 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
A Small Indiscretion by Jan Ellison

“And it was all ancient history now, anyway. Of course it is upon the rubble of ancient history that the present stands.” I liked this book. It deals with themes forgiveness (especially of self) and the mistakes of the past affecting the future. I wasn’t always anxious to pick it back up, but it was […]

The Sociopath Next Door by Martha Stout, Ph.D.

Posted March 1, 2015 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
The Sociopath Next Door by Martha Stout, Ph.D.

“Psychologically speaking, conscience is a sense of obligation ultimately based in an emotional attachment to another living creature (often but not always a human being), or to a group of human beings, or even in some cases to humanity as a whole.” The last few books I have read featured sociopaths and/or narcissists, so this […]

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Posted February 7, 2015 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

(After caught cheating on his wife) “What had happened to him at that moment was what happens to people when they are unexpectedly caught in something very shameful. He had not managed to prepare his face for the position he found himself in with regard to his wife now that his guilt had been revealed. […]