Reviews and Blog Posts: relationships

My drunk kitchen : a guide to eating, drinking & going with your gut

by Hannah Hart

Reviewer Rating:
4

Hannah (she's real informal) is a Gen Y or Millennial and a talented spokesperson for her generation. John Green, only one of the most popular authors, wrote the introduction. But Hannah, a talented punster, does more in her anthem. She reveals the anxiety and tenderness under the narcissism often attributed...

The Ogallala road : a memoir of love and reckoning

by Julene Bair

Reviewer Rating:
4

Colorado author Bair recounts a story of the land and her family, the personal and the greater world, in this lovely memoir. She talks of leaving and returning to her family's Kansas farm, falling in love with a rancher there, her family's connection to the land, and the bigger picture...

Landline

by Rainbow Rowell

Reviewer Rating:
4

Rainbow Rowell has been getting so much buzz, I decided to try one of her books. Landline isn't a traditional romance--it's not about those first moments, the push and pull of falling in love, ending with the happily ever after. It's about the hard work of marriage, about how things...

The last kings of Sark : a novel

by Rosa Rankin-Gee

Reviewer Rating:
4

The nostalgia of an idyllic island summer is fully felt in this debut novel. Recent college graduate Jude (not the expected young man) has been hired to tutor 16-year-old Pip for the college exams he has no intention of passing. Along with the Pip's family's cook, Sofi, the young almost-adults...

Queerly beloved : a love story across gender

by Diane Anderson-Minshall

Reviewer Rating:
3

What would happen to your relationship if your partner of 15 years realized they were a different gender? This is the question at the core of Diane and Jacob's honest and thought-provoking memoir. Diane and Suzy tell of their long-term lesbian relationship, and of Suzy's transition to Jacob, and how...

We are all completely beside ourselves [a novel]

by Karen Joy Fowler

Reviewer Rating:
4

Rosemary looks back on her life, her family, her memories, her secrets--and how they all led her to where she is today in Fowler's beautifully written, sometimes disturbing, always thought-provoking, and often humorous novel. The big detail about Rosemary is that she lost her "twin" sister when she was five....

Cowboys are my weakness : stories

by Pam Houston

Reviewer Rating:
4

I first picked up this collection of short stories when I was in college, after reading “How to Talk to a Hunter” in one of my creative writing classes and thinking it was clever. I wasn’t super excited to read what seemed to me to be just “relationship stories,” so...

I suck at girls

by Justin Halpern

Reviewer Rating:
3

While there weren't really any laugh out loud funny moments, like there was in Sh*t My Dad Says, Halpern does share some heartwarming and humorous anecdotes in his second book. I Suck at Girls documents vignettes along his journey from first kiss, through loss of virginity, to marriage proposal and...

Blue is the warmest color

Reviewer Rating:
4

Much of the hype around this French film is due to the "first time" sex scene between the two young lovers, Adèle and Emma. When I screened the film at the Mayan, the majority of the audience was over 50 and women. Surprisingly, during the sex scene, there was laughter from this...

Granny is my wingman

by Kayli Stollak

Reviewer Rating:
5

If you are looking for a laugh-out-loud funny, insightful book, I would highly recommend reading Kayli Stollak's new book.  Kayli, a twenty-four-year-old bartender, is coming out of a serious, long-distance relationship.  She had expected it to eventually result in marriage, but she and her boyfriend decided they were at different...

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