Reviews and Blog Posts: relationships

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...

Fangirl

by Rainbow Rowell

Reviewer Rating:
4

I first heard about Fangirl​ from Tumblr, online land of the fangirls (and a few fanboys) where we native nerds can flail about our favorite book/movie/show/comic/podcast/romantic pairing (OTP)/friendship (BROTP)/character/fanfiction/fanart/gifset/etc. to our hearts' content away from the eyes of those who just don't understand. Needless to say, this book was written exactly...

On the noodle road : from Beijing to Rome, with love and pasta

by Jen Lin-Liu

Reviewer Rating:
4

An enjoyable journey from China to Italy, with many stops in between, to look at food history and traditions. The author's original goal was to try to figure out if noodles had really come to Italy from China or vice versa, or something in between. Of course, food, culture, and...

Turn around bright eyes : the rituals of love & karaoke

by Rob Sheffield

Reviewer Rating:
4

If you've read either of Sheffield's earlier memoirs, you know he has a vast knowledge of music, a quirky, funny, and sweet writing style, and a way of getting to the heart of things. If you've never read Sheffield's writing before, Turn Around Bright Eyes is a fine place to...

The world we found

by Thrity N Umrigar

Reviewer Rating:
4

Friends during the 1970s in college in Bombay, the lives of Armaiti, Laleh, Kavita, and Nishta have gone in very different directions from their days as activist students, ready to change the world. Armaiti has left for America. Nishta, admired for choosing a life with the man she loved even...

I promise not to suffer : a fool for love hikes the Pacific Crest Trail

by Gail Donohue Storey

Reviewer Rating:
5

When Gail Storey's husband, Porter, was faced with a job transition/crisis, he took it as an opportunity to take 6 months to hike the 2,663-mile Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). While Gail and Porter had completed several long distance bike trips together, their only other attempt at long distance hiking, on...

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