I have been waiting for a sequel to THE MUMMY for what seems like forever. It was originally published in 1989 and I read it around the time of its release. I was so excited to see THE PASSION OF CLEOPATRA up for review. This sequel has been highly anticipated and I am […]
THE CIRCLE explores the problem of oversharing in social media. The Circle is a large internet provider that requires honesty in it’s users. There are no pseudonyms, only one form of identity, and fraud is a thing of the past. The internet company branches out to encourage its uses to become transparent, broadcasting […]
This book left me scratching my head. Seriously. The characters were all twisted, and not in a fun way. Our protagonist is a former wedding photographer, so not much going on there. The wife is a speech therapist, but currently not working. They are both holed up at her dad’s place because he […]
There just isn’t anyway to write a review and do this book justice. All the hype is warranted. The raving reviews are not an exaggeration. Illuminae fucking blew my mind! So this book is written in a completely different format than anything I have ever read. You might have to turn the book […]
Published by Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group on February 3rd 2015
Genres: Contemporary Women, Fiction, Humorous, Literary
eARC provided by Copy provided by publisher via NetGalley
“Katherine Heiny's work does something magical: elevates the mundane so that it has the stakes of a mystery novel, gives women's interior lives the gravity they so richly deserve -- and makes you laugh along the way.”—Lena DunhamSingle, Carefree, Mellow is that rare and wonderful thing: a debut that is superbly accomplished, endlessly entertaining, and laugh-out-loud funny.
Maya is in love with both her boyfriend and her boss. Sadie’s lover calls her as he drives to meet his wife at marriage counseling. Gwen pines for her roommate, a man who will hold her hand but then tells her that her palm is sweaty. And Sasha agrees to have a drink with her married lover’s wife and then immediately regrets it. These are the women of Single, Carefree, Mellow, and in these eleven sublime stories they are grappling with unwelcome houseguests, disastrous birthday parties, needy but loyal friends, and all manner of love, secrets, and betrayal.
In “Cranberry Relish” Josie’s ex—a man she met on Facebook—has a new girlfriend he found on Twitter. In “Blue Heron Bridge” Nina is more worried that the Presbyterian minister living in her garage will hear her kids swearing than about his finding out that she’s sleeping with her running partner. And in “The Rhett Butlers” a teenager loses her virginity to her history teacher and then outgrows him.
In snappy, glittering prose that is both utterly hilarious and achingly poignant, Katherine Heiny chronicles the ways in which we are unfaithful to each other, both willfully and unwittingly. Maya, who appears in the title story and again in various states of love, forms the spine of this linked collection, and shows us through her moments of pleasure, loss, deceit, and kindness just how fickle the human heart can be.From the Hardcover edition.
What a wonderful cover this books has? Single, Carefree, Mellow looks like a great read. I saw this cover and knew immediately I wanted to read it. Unfortunately, I disliked so much about this book that the cover is the only part I still enjoy. This book is actually ten stories by Katherine […]
Published by Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group on September 9th 2014
Genres: Action & Adventure, Apocalyptic & Post-Apocalyptic, Dystopian, Fiction, Literary, Science Fiction
Hardcover provided by Knopf Publishing Group
An audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse, Station Eleven tells the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity.
One snowy night Arthur Leander, a famous actor, has a heart attack onstage during a production of King Lear. Jeevan Chaudhary, a paparazzo-turned-EMT, is in the audience and leaps to his aid. A child actress named Kirsten Raymonde watches in horror as Jeevan performs CPR, pumping Arthur’s chest as the curtain drops, but Arthur is dead. That same night, as Jeevan walks home from the theater, a terrible flu begins to spread. Hospitals are flooded and Jeevan and his brother barricade themselves inside an apartment, watching out the window as cars clog the highways, gunshots ring out, and life disintegrates around them.
Fifteen years later, Kirsten is an actress with the Traveling Symphony. Together, this small troupe moves between the settlements of an altered world, performing Shakespeare and music for scattered communities of survivors. Written on their caravan, and tattooed on Kirsten’s arm is a line from Star Trek: “Because survival is insufficient.” But when they arrive in St. Deborah by the Water, they encounter a violent prophet who digs graves for anyone who dares to leave.
Spanning decades, moving back and forth in time, and vividly depicting life before and after the pandemic, this suspenseful, elegiac novel is rife with beauty. As Arthur falls in and out of love, as Jeevan watches the newscasters say their final good-byes, and as Kirsten finds herself caught in the crosshairs of the prophet, we see the strange twists of fate that connect them all. A novel of art, memory, and ambition, Station Eleven tells a story about the relationships that sustain us, the ephemeral nature of fame, and the beauty of the world as we know it.From the Hardcover edition.
In this timeless story of intertwined lives of those lost and loved, Station Eleven stands apart from everything I have read to date. It is the kind of book that I want to reread again, and again. It takes richly draw characters that speak smartly, a comic book in the middle of the […]