After Birth by Elisa Albert

Review Summary A year has passed since Ari gave birth to Walker, though it went so badly awry she has trouble calling it “birth” and still she can’t locate herself in her altered universe. Amid the strange, disjointed rhythms of her days and nights and another impending winter in upstate New York, Ari is a …

Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys

Review Summary This, my friends, is a story with potential. Who wouldn’t want to read a feminist rethinking of the “crazy wife” trope that snaps from the corners of Jane Eyre? It’s a sure ticket to a gritty, messy, ingenious exploration of the patriarchy in 18th and 19th century England. We’ll ignore the fact that we already know …

Best of the Bunch: June 2016

The End of June Already? Yes, it’s true. Another month has passed and it’s time to decide on the winner of the Best of the Bunch Award, hosted by A Cocoon of Books! In case you didn’t catch last month’s contest, here’s the scoop: I’ll go over the books I reviewed and select one, the Best of the …

Elise’s Picks: 13 Novels About Fatherhood That Should Be On Your Shelf This Year

Happy Father’s Day! Remember back in May when I compiled a list of books about motherhood, and you all got super excited about them? I remember, and I decided to do the same thing for Father’s Day to see if it hooked you guys too. Fathers and children, scared fathers, loving fathers, troubled fathers, weird fathers, straight fathers, …

ARC: If You Left by Ashley Prentice Norton

I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. If You Left is a story of a struggling (read “failing”) marriage, but more than that, it’s a story of courage and freedom. When Althea, a bipolar photographer, realizes that her swings to and from manic/depressive states may …

Summer Reading Challenge Update

Time for the first update on this year’s Summer Reading Challenge! Post your thoughts, questions, and updates below and get your name in the drawing for the final prize (which will either be a free book, Under the Heather swag, or both) 🙂   I got through category #2 (something written by a Native North …

2016 Summer Reading Challenge

That’s right, folks, it’s time for a summer reading challenge. I can’t help it, I’m a librarian–we love reading challenges. Do you remember doing reading challenges at your local library as a kid, and turning in your little reading sheet in exchange for one of those weird suckers that had a grasshopper in it? I …