Paradise of the Pacific: Approaching Hawaii by Susanna Moore

Sometimes, you just can’t make it to the end of the book. For me, I can’t finish Paradise of the Pacific: Approaching Hawaii by Susanna Moore. With one measly section to go, I find myself unwilling to spend one more minute on the book. I’ve been working on it for over a month. This doesn’t mean … More Paradise of the Pacific: Approaching Hawaii by Susanna Moore

You Do You

My favorite pose in yoga is shavasana, also called, “corpse pose.” At the end of a yoga practice, you lay on your back, legs apart, arms wide, palms skyward and breathe with a normal rhythm. It’s a nap. Shavasana is my favorite pose because I’m really good at it but also because it is the best reward after … More You Do You

Book Review: Burning Bright by Tracy Chevalier

Tracy Chevalier writes historic fiction that isn’t laughably romanticized nor suspiciously unbelievable. Like her more popular novels, The Lady and the Unicorn and The Girl with the Pearl Earring, Burning Bright uses the backdoor approach to historical fiction. Instead of being with the king in his chambers amidst the turmoil of European revolution, we’re in a crowded … More Book Review: Burning Bright by Tracy Chevalier

Book Review: Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray

Lair of Dreams follows The Diviners as the second book in the new series by acclaimed young adult author, Libba Bray. The roaring twenties are in full swing when The Diviners’ heroine, Evie, sets off for New York from sleepy Zenith, Ohio. New York is full of vibrant characters, some with special supernatural abilities. Evil casts a shadow … More Book Review: Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray

Soybeans & Craft Beer

Ohio gets a bad wrap as far as states are concerned because we have Winter and some of our cities are less than glamorous. Never-mind the low cost of living, the numerous Huff-Po lists where three of our biggest cities rank as, “best places to get a city living experience without the city price-tag,” and … More Soybeans & Craft Beer

Book Review: Falling Together by Marisa de los Santos

Falling Together is a work of substantial, but easily digestible, summer fiction. Marisa de los Santos fills her books with luscious, vibrant characters and has a talent for drawing on familiar, yet complicated circumstances. At first, her characters’ quirks might make you roll your eyes, but soon you’re invested and those quirks become lovable traits. Falling Together examines … More Book Review: Falling Together by Marisa de los Santos

Book Review: The White Boy Shuffle

Whiteys praying to their black poet-god to absolve them of their sins crying, “I understand! I understand!” – from The White Boy Shuffle  After picking up a copy of poet Paul Beatty’s 1996 novel, you’ll probably read the back cover. Here, you’ll find a vague description that says, “black boy moves to the ghetto, becomes unlikely basketball star … More Book Review: The White Boy Shuffle