Category: Books

Review: Klara and The Sun by Kazuo Ishiguru

Klara and The Sun by Kazuo Ishiguru is a beautifully written book warning of the Fourth Industrial Revolution disguised as an exploration of whether robots have souls. (Spoiler alert: They do not. But that doesn’t mean they can’t demonstrate goodness. Or, in Klara’s case, perhaps…be good.) Klara is an average

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6 Essential Early Literacy Skills

Early literacy is not learning to read. Early literacy is the development of the skills needed to be able to learn to read. Don’t get me (and child development experts) started on the madness that is expecting kindergartens to read. A huge part of early literacy involves awareness and appreciation

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Inside Story by Martin Amis: The Ish Mom Review

Inside Story by Martin Amis is a maddening book written by a maddening man. I’m writing this review partly out of perversity, gleeful with the knowledge that Inside Story is unlikely material for a “mom blogger“. Amis would likely eye my attempt with utter disdain. And courting disdain from such

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The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab Review

Adeline, the protagonist from The Invisible Life of Addie Larue by V.E. Schwab, knows how annoying it is to re-introduce yourself. No, like, she really understands. Addie has to re-introduce herself to every person she encounters. If they turn their back to her, they’ll forget her. Addie Larue is literally

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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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