This Week’s Blog Posts:
It’s always weird to passionately write an entirely negative review about a book a woman wrote. There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t support other women, right? Honestly, I felt that Ada Calhoun’s book Why We Can’t Sleep hurt, to some degree, an entire generation of women who are absolutely working it, but chose quotes from her friends and their friends about how women are basically victims of themselves.
What a warm welcome I felt from both my readers and author Michele Feltman Strider after I posted my review of Homestyle. It was such a great book, one that made me think and feel and empathize. If you are interested and have the money, please grab a copy of Homestyle, which is self-published on Amazon.
Next Week’s Blog Posts:
Thanks to a review from Briana @ Pages Unbound, I picked up My Lady’s Choosing: An Interactive Romance by Kitty Curran and Larissa Zageris. Much like those “Choose Your Own Adventure” books, this one is has a kitschy romp of over-the-top, damsel-trying-to-land-her-man goofy element. My review will post on Tuesday!
Since this is her third book, I’m thinking of Samantha Irby’s work as a trifecta of memoir comedy. Wow, No Thank You was just published, and I’m happy to say the publisher kept the color scheme and weird animal theme. My review of these “Adults Only” essays will be here Thursday.
Book I’m Reading Aloud to My Spouse:
We started Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson. While I liked both this first memoir and her follow-up, Furiously Happy, I deeply enjoy the early memories of Lawson, her sister, her parents, and the dozens of animals — alive and dead — that grace the pages of Let’s Pretend. So far, the spouse and I have discovered Lawson’s term “poop rope” in lieu of “intestines” is a fan favorite at Chez Page.
Books Added to the TBR Pile:
Because I didn’t expect to get a stimulus check from the U.S. government and am doing fine without it (a big relief in a weird world), I’ve been spending more on books, purchasing them directly from small publishers (like Quirk Books’s Monster, She Wrote) or through the local independent bookstore. Also, there’s something about reading your recommendations that makes me feel connected, so plan on seeing a lot more shout-outs in my reviews that usual!