Reviews and Blog Posts: relationships

My real children

by Jo Walton

Reviewer Rating:
4

How do our choices define us? How does the world around us affect our choices and perceptions? Many people can point to a defining moment, but really don't know what their life may have been like had they made a different choice. Patricia Cowan, very old, succumbing to dementia, forgets...

Far from you

by Tess. author Sharpe

Reviewer Rating:
3

Sophie has almost died twice. The first time was in a car crash that left her in chronic pain--and with an addiction to painkillers. The second time was after she's gotten clean, and her friend Mina was murdered in front of her. Everyone believes that Mina was murdered because of...

Strong female protagonist. Book 1

by Brennan Lee Mulligan

Reviewer Rating:
4

What does it really mean to be a hero? This is the central question of this fun and thought-provoking graphic novel, which started as a web comic and was funded as a print book through a very successful Kickstarter campaign. Alison Green is one of many of her generation who...

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 erroneously...

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...

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