Idea of ‘If Walls Could Talk’ Frames ‘Yellow’

It has always fascinated me how many stories four walls can hold. The mundane and the dramatic coexist on the same stage in a home. A house’s lifespan is not like that of the humans who live inside it; within its years of providing comfort and shelter, it can contain multitudes of stories. This isContinue reading “Idea of ‘If Walls Could Talk’ Frames ‘Yellow’”

‘Maybe You Should Talk to Someone’ Brings Therapy to Your Bookshelf

I don’t often cry at books. Sure, there was Tuck Everlasting. And Bridge to Terabithia, of course. And then who could forget The Art of Racing in the Rain or The Fault in Our Stars or A Thousand Splendid Suns or A Man Called Ove or… Hmm. Maybe I cry at books a little moreContinue reading “‘Maybe You Should Talk to Someone’ Brings Therapy to Your Bookshelf”

‘Butchering Art’ Makes Gore Fun

I love a good medical history. There’s just something about the collision of history and gore and progress that is fascinating. Deborah Blum’s The Poisoner’s Handbook is one of my favorite nonfictions ever (the PBS doc was fascinating, too) and I am very excited for The Mystery of the Exploding Teeth by Thomas Morris that’sContinue reading “‘Butchering Art’ Makes Gore Fun”

A Dark Secret on ‘Hidden Valley Road’

In the mid-20th century, the Galvins of Colorado Springs was the picture of the all-American family. Their patriarch was a war hero who helped establish the Air Force Academy; their matriarch was cultured and educated but embraced domesticity to raise their dozen children. The ten handsome sons all played sports or joined rock bands whileContinue reading “A Dark Secret on ‘Hidden Valley Road’”

Which ‘Witch on Lime Street’?

This one has been an albatross around my neck. I borrowed a digital version from the online library ages ago and read what I felt was a significant amount before it was due and then I remember to renew it. Every time I turn the pages of my TBR list to see what I canContinue reading “Which ‘Witch on Lime Street’?”

Cowboys with Smartphones

Over a hundred years since the heyday of the cowboy era, the American West still holds a spirit of those adventurers and pioneers. This isn’t just some pithy intro—I grew up in the West; my high school mascot was the cowboy and our rival school’s mascot was the buffalo (but was actually a bison, obviously).Continue reading “Cowboys with Smartphones”

Now Apparitioning in a Photo Near You!

The Apparitionists: A Tale of Phantoms, Fraud, Photography, and the Man Who Captured Lincoln’s Ghost was one of those books that was on my list for so long that I forgot what it was about until I checked it out and started reading. I love it when that happens. It’s basically just getting a personalizedContinue reading “Now Apparitioning in a Photo Near You!”