contemporary american

"Nineteen Minutes"

my take: When I asked a young friend what she likes to read, without hestitation she answered “anything by Jodi …

"The Magician’s Assistant"

my take: Ah, another great read from Ann Patchett. This was published in 1996, which doesn’t seem like that long …

"The Good Luck of Right Now"

my take: I watched The Silver Linings Playbook several months ago and was stunned by it … wild, gripping, poignant, disturbing, …

"The Whole Golden World"

my take: After finishing a self-help nonfiction, I was looking for something easy and fast. And this fit the bill …

"Telegraph Avenue"

my take: Oh, man, this novel has everything and the kitchen sink. Most of the way through the book I …

"Wild"

my take: This is a great adventure and great memoir. Really, by the end, I felt like I’d hiked a …

"Someone Else’s Love Story"

my take: The real love story here is my head-over-heels infatuation with all things Joshilyn Jackson writes. For reals. This …

"The Fault in Our Stars"

my take: This was almost as wonderful and necessary as Wonder … but for a slightly older age group. (And …

"The Round House"

my take: I loved the voice of the narrator in this coming-of-age story. Joe looks back on a pivotal moment …

"The Art Forger"

my take: I couldn’t decide at first if I liked the writing style or not … and then I got …

"This is Where I Leave You"

my take: Really, the family in this book has the corner on the DYSFUNCTION market. It’s being made into a …

"The Interestings"

my take: The cover is colorful. The book is long. The cover doesn’t make up for the length of the …

"Carry On, Warrior"

my take: I was introduced to Momastery.com by my Pastor Heidi a few years back as part of an adult …