Handbook for an Unpredictable Life

“Handbook for an Unpredictable Life” by Rosie Perez c.2014, Crown Archetype $26.00 / $30.00 Canada 322 pages Having braces apparently wasn’t bad enough. You hated your tin grin, but that wasn’t as demoralizing as acne, which was nothing compa … [Read more...]

The Ogallala Road : A Memoir of Love and Reckoning

“The Ogallala Road: A Memoir of Love and Reckoning” by Julene Bair c.2014, Viking $26.95 / $28.50 Canada 288 pages Tap, tap, tap. That’s all you’re thinking when you’re thirsty. A chilly glass, sparkly ice, and a fresh tap that requires little … [Read more...]

You Can Date Boys When You’re Forty

“You Can Date Boys When You’re Forty” by Dave Barry c.2014, Putnam $26.95 / $31.00 Canada 224 pages You never wanted to grow up to be a zookeeper. And yet, your home is filled with wildlife: monkeys on the furniture. Hyenas watching TV. Eleph … [Read more...]

The Orphan Choir

“The Orphan Choir” by Sophie Hannah c.2014, Picador $25.00 / higher in Canada 277 pages Your neighbor loves heavy rock & roll. He has all the CDs of all the major metal bands. It’s impressive, really, the determination he used to find the … [Read more...]

Historical Heartthrobs

“Historical Heartthrobs” by Kelly Murphy with Hallie Fryd c.2013, Zest Books $17.99 / $22.99 Canada 223 pages He loves me. She loves me not. You might think it’s a children’s pastime but when you’re shaky on love, that old pick-the- … [Read more...]

Things I’ve Learned from Dying: A Book about Life

“Things I’ve Learned from Dying: A Book about Life” by David R. Dow c.2014, Twelve $25.00 / $28.00 Canada 273 pages Just one more bedtime story. You wanted that as a child because you’ve always been someone who hates endings (one more for the … [Read more...]

Confessions of a Wild Child

“Confessions of a Wild Child” by Jackie Collins c.2014, St. Martin’s Press $26.99 / $29.99 Canada 294 pages Oh, the things you got away with when you were a teen! Cutting classes and hanging out in the school parking lot. Sneaking out of the … [Read more...]

The Last Time I Died

“The Last Time I Died” by Joe Nelms c. 2014, Tyrus Books $16.99 / $18.99 Canada 255 pages One minute at a time. That’s how you get through a rough patch in your life. You breathe, then take another breath. Watch the clock tick in a circle. An … [Read more...]

The Baby Boom

“The Baby Boom” by P.J. O’Rourke c.2014, Atlantic Monthly Press $25.00 / $27.50 Canada 272 pages Whenever you get together with old friends – no matter what the reason – it always ends up with “Remember When…?” Remember piling in the station … [Read more...]

The Goodbye Year

“The Goodbye Year” by Toni Piccinini c.2013, Seal Press $16.00 / $18.95 Canada 251 pages You’ve been thinking about what you’ll do with the room. You’ll probably leave it as a bedroom, just in case. You might put a desk in there, maybe a book … [Read more...]