Your Inner Critic is a Big Jerk by Danielle Krysa

Posted February 20, 2017 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
Your Inner Critic is a Big Jerk by Danielle Krysa

A succinct guide to owning your creativity and overcoming negative thoughts. The ten chapters focus on a variety of common creative hurdles: finding inspiration, conquering self-doubt, ending the excuses, handling jealousy, dealing with critics, beginning again after failure, building a support system, and beating creative block. It’s filled with tips, anecdotes from professionals, exercises to spark […]

I See You by Clare Mackintosh

Posted February 16, 2017 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
I See You by Clare Mackintosh

Routine is comforting to you. It’s familiar, reassuring. Routine makes you feel safe. Routine will kill you. A new thriller from the author of the bestseller I Let You Go. What would you do if you discovered a photo of yourself being used to advertise a business that you’d never heard of? Zoe is flipping […]

Disaster Falls by Stéphane Gerson

Posted February 13, 2017 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
Disaster Falls by Stéphane Gerson

True horror can prove so quiet that one almost believes nothing is happening. A harrowing memoir about a father’s grief. During a white water rafting trip with his parents and brother, eight-year-old Owen drowned in an area of Green River known as Disaster Falls. There was no way to transport the family back to town, […]

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

Posted February 10, 2017 by Taryn in Reviews / 2 Comments
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

I had a complicated relationship with this book. The writing was exquisite and I was amazed at the brilliance of the author, but there were also long sections where I felt completely lost. The tide runs out but never runs in. The stones roll downhill but do not roll back up. What I’m about to […]

All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai

Posted February 9, 2017 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai

3.5 Stars. I read this at a very appropriate time because I’ve recently been getting the strange sensation that I’m living in the wrong timeline! 😉  I’m going to avoid specific details about the story’s path, but here’s a review summary for those who don’t want to know as little as possible: The tone is […]

Desperation Road by Michael Farris Smith

Posted February 8, 2017 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
Desperation Road  by Michael Farris Smith

Maben’s life has been plagued with bad relationships and addiction. She and her young daughter are making the long journey back to her hometown of McComb, Mississippi, in hopes of a second chance. Low on cash, Maben nearly slips back into old habits to make a few bucks. She stops herself at the last second, […]

The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker

Posted February 3, 2017 by Taryn in Reviews / 2 Comments
The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker

How silly it is to assume that what we’re dealing with is not something that will, in turn, deal with us. Sharon and Mel met while attending the same art program in college and have worked together ever since. Ten years later, their careers have taken off with Nashville Combat, an animated feature based on […]

Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin by Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin

Posted February 1, 2017 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin by Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin

Five years ago, a neighborhood watch volunteer shot and killed seventeen-year-old Trayvon Martin as he was walking back to the residence he was staying at with his father. The shooter was quickly released, but Trayvon’s parents fought to have him tried in a court of law: “We’re not looking for revenge. We’re looking for justice—the […]

Human Acts by Han Kang

Posted January 25, 2017 by Taryn in Reviews / 2 Comments
Human Acts by Han Kang

Another powerful book by Han Kang, author of The Vegetarian. After you died I could not hold a funeral, And so my life became a funeral. Some historical background: After 18 years of authoritarian rule, South Korean President Park Chung-hee was assassinated on October 26, 1979. Hopes for democracy were dashed when Army Major General […]

The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui

Posted January 21, 2017 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui

Empathetic, honest, and emotional. A gorgeously illustrated memoir of a woman who looks to the past to understand her parents and her complicated relationship with them. In 1978, Thi Bui’s parents fled South Vietnam with three young children and one on the way. The Best We Could Do tells the story of them growing up […]