Category: Books

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Must I Go by Yiyun Li

Reviewing Must I Go by Yiyun Li wasn’t on my content calendar. But it haunted me. This book dug into me, claws first. At first glance, Must I Go doesn’t seem so insistent. Just an old lady narrating and annotating an ex-lover’s journal. Must I Go is shocking with brilliant

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10 Creepy Books to Read Before Halloween

Halloween is the perfect time for creepy books. I embraced the horror genre as a kid, cutting my teeth on Dean Koontz and R.L. Stine. These days, I appreciate wordplay more than gore. Let’s shrug on some flannel, pour a pumpkin spiced anything, and explore some creepy books. Zone One

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Bringing Book Covers to Life With Thom Stead

Thom Stead couldn’t get the crocodile right. He ended up making the reptile out of clay, then pitching it. It took weeks for an “aha moment” to rear its head. And that moment? Thom lives for it. Stead recreates book covers and posts them on his Instagram account, readbooks.servelooks. And

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Fleishman Is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner: Book Review

Fleishman Is in Trouble is a novel about marriage that opens with divorce. Toby Fleishman divorced a harridan. A social climbing, shallow, money-obsessed, whip yielding succubus. During fights, Rachel Fleishman “went for Toby’s masculinity like it was an artery.” As an unattached doctor at a major New York City hospital,

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Autumn by Ali Smith: The Ish Mom Review

Autumn is the first offering of Ali Smith’s Seasonal quartet, described on the book jacket as “four stand-alone books, separate yet interconnected and cyclical (as the seasons are)-and it casts an eye over our own time.” Everyone wants to talk about Autumn’s politics. But I want to talk about the

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7 Gifts for Book Lovers

Do you know a book lover who owns too many books? (Is it you?) Perhaps you know a book lover, but don’t know their tastes. These gifts, though not books, are sure to please bibliophiles-without the need of clearing more shelf space. Y’all know I love books (nearly as much

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Chances Are by Richard Russo: The Ish Mom Review

Cliches are, is more like it. I wasn’t going to review Chances Are by Richard Russo. Cuz I thought I hated it. But, as my husband pointed out (“You sure can’t stop talking about or put down that book you don’t like.”), my feelings towards this book are more complicated

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The Ish Mom Review: City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert

City of Girls is imbued with sex and death. These are Heavy Topics worthy of Heavy Novels, yet, Gilbert’s latest goes down like a beach read. Elizabeth Gilbert wrote City of Girls shortly after losing her best friend-turned-romantic-partner Rayya Elias to cancer, making the books’ levity more surprising. She had

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The Ish Mom Review: All the Rage and Fed Up

The idea that women do more labor in the home than men is not a new one. Though words like emotional labor or women’s mental load are more recent, they’re not new, either. The books All The Rage: Mothers, Fathers, and the Myth of Unequal Partnership and Fed Up: Emotional

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