Yes, I am in a book club…or two.

When I first started a book group with my good friend, some people mocked it. They said it was something “old people do.”  I thought maybe it was not the trendiest or coolest activity but I sure did love it. So I carried on with it. Now 3 years in, its one of the things…

I Need a Hero (Like Me)

Irene Adler, the only woman to ever outsmart Sherlock Holmes was the first fictional character to ever grab my attention.  Her daring and cunning to take on the most clever of men was inspirational, and aspirational, for a fifth grader.  Middle school introduced me to the driven, though deeply flawed, heroine Scarlett O’Hara, and the…

Literary Impact

To be honest, I stole this idea. A few weeks ago I noticed people posting on Facebook about literary works that had impacted them.  Regardless of why, but just a work that had stayed with them. I wanted to do the same.  But rather than just provide a laundry list, I wanted to give a…

FALLing Into Books

Autumn always feels like a good time of the year to linger over a book, absorbing each word and phrase, then sitting around with friends, enjoying savory appetizers and sipping on tea (or another heartening beverage), and just talking, talking, talking. The plot of the selected book weaving in and out of the conversation, which…

The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides

The Marriage Plot, Jeffrey Eugenides’ third novel published late last year, captures that window of time between college years and finding your place in the “real world.” The characters are slightly older than those of his last two books (The Virgin Suicides and Middlesex), but no less complicated. The story opens as the characters near…

The Cloud Messenger By Aamer Hussein

I wanted to share a book that recently resonated with me, The Cloud Messenger by Aamer Hussein.  It can be described as a short, poetic paean to memory and also to relationships. It’s the tale of Mehran who comes of age in a world that seems transitory. Born in Karachi, he soon winds up in…