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Monthly Archives: December 2016

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Oh my word. I LOVED this book.  I really really struggled to extract myself as needed to tend to life.  Most of humanity is decimated by the Georgia Flu.  We follow The Symphony, a group of musicians and actors, traveling the eastern coast of Lake Michigan through towns left vacant 20 years before.  But Mandel […]

Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple

Maria Semple of Where Did You Go Bernadette? fame writes another story about a wacky mom in Seattle.  Eleanor used to be the animator of the “it” cartoon, Looper Wash, and now spends her days avoiding the calls of an editor awaiting her graphic novel memoir and meeting with her poetry tutor and talking to […]

You Will Know Me

December’s book of the month selection.  I did not love it.  Gripping story but the mystery unfolds woozily and there were threads and obfuscations that I started to find really annoying.  Does this thing being revealed even matter?  Is it a feint?  Is it important?  What’s the story here: daughter gymnast Devon’s struggle to become […]

7 by Jen Hatmaker

7: an experimental mutiny against excess.  Jen Hatmaker takes 7 areas of excess in her life (clothes, shopping, waste, food, possessions, media, and stress) on for 7 months and essentially blogs about the experience.  Chapters on stress and food and waste didn’t speak to me:  these are things I don’t struggle with or have already […]