Category: Books

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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 by Elizabeth Gilbert 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

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The Ish Mom Review: All the Rage and Fed Up

All The Rage and Fed Up made me both think and seethe. 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:

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Territory of Light by Yuko Tsushima

Territory of Light deftly balances exterior plot and interior musings. Its protagonist, a nameless newly single mother in 1970’s Tokyo, rents an apartment. She struggles to be prompt to her library job and is short-tempered with her young daughter. In other words, she’s a relatable nameless woman. Yoko Tsushima uses

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The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

Diane Setterfield can tell a good story and lets loose in her debut novel, The Thirteenth Tale. The plot is rollicking and the prose is impressive. This novel brings to mind both the nineteenth century greats (particularly Bronte and Dickens) and modern authors like Mark Helprin and William Goldman. The

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The Water Cure by Sophie MacIntosh

The Water Cure is a beautifully eerie book; a book that inspired a neglectful afternoon with my children so I could finish it. Sophie MacIntosh has crafted a gripping psychological thriller disguised as a mediation on technology, climate change, and #metoo. The core of The Water Cure is anti-exclusion and

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Which One of You Forgot to Tell Me About Thom Jones?

Thom Jones is a recent discovery of mine. And I’m all sorts of irritated about the delay. I was eight when Thom Jones rose to acclaim, what’s your excuse? Naw, I’m mostly joking. I’m just feeling salty because I’ve wasted so much of my life not reading him. His descriptions

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