I bought the book Between You and Me; Confessions of a Comma Queen by Mary Norris because I am a self-confessed grammar-nerd wannabe. I hope that I am worldlier than that in real life, but as a freelance copy editor, I do have an interest and a healthy respect for the English language. It turns out that this book is not a typical information book to add to my reference library. Along with expla...
As I sit here trying to put together a string of words to describe this wonderful book, I am at a loss. A loss because in no way will my words be able to describe the experience I felt while being thoroughly engaged in this novel. From the Prologue to the last word I was under a spell. I was taken back in time to the summer of 1961 in New Bremen, Minnesota. To a time when life was much simpler,...
I have a secret I must confess. I'm a poetry buff. I tattoo Emily Dickinson's words onto my white sneakers with Sharpie; I can recite a good third of the entirety of Shel Silverstein's works; I say things like, "everyone knows free verse is much more eloquent when accompanied with artful caesura usage, darling." I don't recommend trying any of this at home. People will bring lockers to where y...
The beauty of working in a wonderful bookstore is your immediate access to so many amazing books of every genre. I've read quite a few books lately, and so began a blog on a book I had a hard time putting down - City of Secrets*, by Stewart O'Nan. I had never read anything by this author and thoroughly enjoyed his style, his way of holding your interest in the story, as well as the fact that I ...
“Noi non potemo avere perfetta vita senza amici.” – Dante
(We will not have a perfect life without friends.)
The Neapolitan Novels:
My Brilliant Friend (Book 1)
The Story of a New Name (Book 2)
Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay (Book 3)
The Story of the Lost Child (Book 4)
For those of you unfamiliar with The Neapolitan Novels, they ...
The novel At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen received much attention because of the success of the author’s previous bestseller, Water for Elephants. The stories are much different, but Gruen captures the heart of her characters and shares them beautifully with the reader. I found Water for Elephants a little gloomy, and while At the Water’s Edge is about a sad situation, I sensed glimmers of ho...
May 9: Helen Simonson: The Summer Before the War
May 16: Callan Wink: Dog Run Moon
May 23: Peter Ross Range: 1924: The Year That Made Hitler
May 30: Mary Norris: Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen
June 6: Stewart O'Nan: City of Secrets: A Novel