Books: A Case Study

Thursday, August 18, 2016

I’ve never met an avid reader who was also an asshole; I’m convinced the two are mutually exclusive. I’m a white, financially secure, American who empathetically did “the skedaddle” with Jeanette Walls in THE GLASS CASTLE, endured footbinding through Lisa See’s SNOW FLOWER AND THE SECRET FAN, feared Biafra alongside southeastern Nigerians in HALF OF A YELLOW SUN (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie), struggled as a teenager with Scout to understand things that cannot be understood in TO…


My 2016 Pre-order List

Thursday, December 24, 2015

I LOVE to pre-order! It’s like having a Secret Santa with yourself. Books long ago selected magically appear on your doorstep like a much needed, but totally unexpected hug. Plus, it’s the best way to support your favorite authors. Pre-orders influence buy counts, print runs, foreign sales, and more. Every serious readaholic has a list of authors they stalk for new material. Today I’m offering up the 2016 books I’ve pre-ordered…