In-Progress Review: Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s “Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life”

I’m probably a third of the way into Amy Krouse Rosenthal‘s Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life. I don’t know what, exactly, I expected – the title has “encyclopedia” right there in it, and at the beginning, for crying out loud – but the first few pages bummed me out. It is LITERALLY an encyclopedia of […]

Week One, or: This Is Not a Creative Title

What a week! (Okay, and plus a half or so.) Wouldn’t you know, the gentleman and I adopted cats. We’re a regular Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young song. Anyhow, look at these girls, like either of us could’ve resisted: My goodness, but they are playful. All. The. Time. Liddy’s almost a year and a half […]

Book review: Mary Karr’s “The Liars’ Club”

Before picking up The Liars’ Club, I read Mary Karr‘s 2000 publication, Cherry, based on a recommendation from a professor of mine after she read my Master’s thesis. So, I did things a little backwards; The Liars’ Club was released in 1995 and centers around Karr’s childhood in Texas – growing up with alcoholic parents with special attention paid to […]

Book review: Cheryl Strayed’s “Wild”

(*Disclaimer: This gets a little defensive of the nonfiction genre. I tried to not. But fuck it, I do what I want.) Mid-month I finally got around to reading Cheryl Strayed’s memoir Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail. I’d been hearing wonderful things about it over the summer and fall of […]