Category: bookish

#FridayReads: Criminal by Brubaker and Phillips

#FridayReads: Criminal by Brubaker and Phillips

Ever since his run on the revamped early 2000s Catwoman series, I have been in love with Ed Brubaker. After branching out into Fatale and Velvet, both of which I loved, I decided to go back and check out some of his earlier stuff. Unfortunately, the first volume of Criminal did not catch my fancy....

Why I hate books titled “The [Blank]’s Wife”

Why I hate books titled “The [Blank]’s Wife”

I have never read a single book with a title like The Time Traveler’s Wife or The Tiger’s Wife or The General’s Daughter, etc. (There’s a Goodreads list of all 65 books that use this awful, cliched convention.) Some of these are probably good. Maybe even feminist or subversive. But I can’t get past the...

Interview with Ranbir Singh Sidhu

Interview with Ranbir Singh Sidhu

In April, I reviewed Good Indian Girls by Ranbir Singh Sidhu, and mentioned specifically his exacting use of detail, purposeful use of violence, and sharp examination of the ways cultures intersect. Good Indian Girls garnered critical praise from Kirkus, Barnes & Noble, and a host of literary icons. Sidhu has won a Pushcart Prize and...

#FridayReads: Swamplandia! by Karen Russell (audio)

#FridayReads: Swamplandia! by Karen Russell (audio)

Karen Russell’s second book is tragically strange and lush with beautiful prose. It follows the Bigtree family, who own an alligator-themed park where all the alligators are named Seth. After the star alligator wrestler (and mother of the narrators) dies of cancer, Swamplandia! declines, eclipsed by a newer, slicker park called World of Darkness. The...

Two funny books about books

Two funny books about books

It’s Wednesday. I woke up with a roaring migraine. Therefore, I’m not having real thoughts. Only ghost thoughts, or half thoughts. So instead, some humor. First: This book delivers exactly what the title promises: bizarre, odd, and downright creepy things people have said in bookstores across the country (there’s even an entry from Penguin Bookshop...