Books Read in April

Ending the month with a summary of the books I read in April: Ghana Must Go by Taiye Selasi.  Rating: 3.5 stars, review How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia by Mohsin Hamid. Rating: 3.5 stars Startup by Doree Shafrir. Rating: 4.5 stars, review The Futures by Anna Pitoniak. Rating: 3.5 stars A Manual for Cleaning Women by Lucia Berlin. Rating: 4.5… Continue reading Books Read in April


Feminist Fight Club

Feminist Fight Club by Jessica Bennett Rating: 4 stars As you might remember from my review of Startup by Doree Shafrir, I used to work in a sexist workplace.  All of the women in the office were told to just get over the inappropriate advances made by an alcoholic senior manager since they took place… Continue reading Feminist Fight Club

American War

American War by Omar El Akkad Rating: 4.5 stars I had to think on this book for a while.  It's definitely an ambitious work and more plausible than I would prefer given today's political climate.  Akkad does an amazing job imagining what the future Southern U.S. might be like given the circumstances of this story. … Continue reading American War

The Cat Who Could Read Backwards

The Cat Who Could Read Backwards by Lilian Jackson Braun Rating: 5 stars   If you can't tell from the name Cat Mysteries and Coffee or my intro post, I love cat mysteries.  The all-time classic cat mystery series has to be The Cat Who.  Started by Lilian Jackson Braun in 1966, she follows newspaper… Continue reading The Cat Who Could Read Backwards

2017 Man Booker International Prize shortlist

The 2017 Man Booker International Prize shortlist was announced today.  This award honors fiction in English translation, and these six books made the cut.  One will be announced as the winner on June 14th: Compass by Mathias Enard A Horse Walks Into a Bar by David Grossman The Unseen by Roy Jacobsen Mirror, Shoulder, Signal by Dorthe Nors Judas… Continue reading 2017 Man Booker International Prize shortlist

The Princess Saves Herself in This One and Milk and Honey

I haven't read any poetry in ages, probably not since my Emily Dickinson phase in high school, but I saw Milk and Honey at the new Amazon Bookstore in Southport Corridor and had to get it. Just one glance at the first few poems told me it was going to be great. After I finished… Continue reading The Princess Saves Herself in This One and Milk and Honey

A Manual for Cleaning Women

A Manual for Cleaning Women by Lucia Berlin Rating: 4.5 stars This collection of short stories felt intensely personal, like I was spying on other’s lives as they went about their business, dealing with their highs and lows.  The majority of the stories focused on the lows of addiction and loss, issues that the author… Continue reading A Manual for Cleaning Women

Dead Letters

Dead Letters by Caite Dolan-Leach Rating: 3 stars I normally love mysteries, but I couldn’t really get into this novel.  The premise is definitely interesting and right up my alley.  Ava is called back to her eccentric family’s winery because of her twin sister Zelda’s death, only to start receiving emails from her twin.  Is… Continue reading Dead Letters


Ernest Hemingway is my favorite author.  I think The Sun Also Rises is incredible, and “The Snows of Kilimanjaro” and “The Capital of the World” are two of the best short stories ever written.  The last line of “The Capital of the World” is probably one of the best ending lines in literature, for how it… Continue reading Hemingway

Worst Fictional Workplaces

After reading Startup and looking back over my past jobs, I started to think about all of the horrible workplaces I’ve read about in books.  I compiled a list of some of the worst ones below based on recent books I’ve read.  (The picture above shows Chomper, who already retired and moved to Florida.) TechScene,… Continue reading Worst Fictional Workplaces