The Short Version: Although they have been separated for half a year, a woman goes to Greece in search of her husband at her mother-in-law’s request. She spends a fitful time there, attempting to find him – but what she discovers instead forever alters the state of separation she thought they had entered. The Review: Have you seen the film The Lobster? I ask because I was unable to pull that strange, uncomfortable, wonderful film from my mind while reading A Separation. In […]
The Short Version: Nadia is a high school senior, ready to escape her small California town for college. The abortion she has seems, at the time, to be the best choice – but while her life goes on without much pause, the lives of those around her are deeply affected and will be for the rest of their days. The Review: Another ToB Irregular wrote on Twitter that this book is an exploration of the following question: “What if your […]
Categories: Fiction, Literature • Tags: Abortion, Book, Book Review, Book Reviews, Books, Brit Bennett, Family, Fiction, Literature, Religion, review, Reviews, Riverhead Books, The Mothers, The Tournament of Books 2017
The Short Version: Maybe you think you know the story of Romeo and Juliet… but do you really? Do you know about the part with the robot suits? Or the time that Juliet got super buff? What about a version where they don’t even die at all, not even a little? Write your own version(s) of the classic story with seriously thousands of possible outcomes! The Review: I missed the boat, somehow, on Ryan North’s delightful original choose-your-own-adventure (or, sorry, “chooseable-path […]
The Short Version: Behind an unassuming fancy travel agency on Park Avenue, down a very deep elevator shaft, sits the headquarters for the Regional Office – a team of highly-trained, highly-talented female assassins. And today, the Regional Office is under attack – by a team of traitors and defectors – and defended only by a few office drones and one woman with a mechanical arm. The Review: I’m so incredibly happy that this book exists. You probably know if you’re […]
Categories: Fantasy, Fiction, Literature, Sci-Fi • Tags: Advance Review, Adventure, Assassins, Book Review, Book Reviews, Books, Fantasy, Fiction, Fun, Literature, Manuel Gonzales, Reviews, Riverhead Books, Sci-Fi, The Regional Office, The Regional Office is Under Attack!
The Short Version: Carrie Brownstein takes us on a whirlwind journey from her adolescence to the reunion of Sleater-Kinney, charting the course of a life that was saved by music – and then nearly lost to music, too. The Review: Confession: I didn’t listen to Sleater-Kinney until after they’d split. I was in college, a sophomore I think, when somebody first played “Jumpers” and I clocked it. The rawness of the sound, the vitality and potency of the vocals, that slightly-mysterious […]
Categories: Memoir, Non-Fiction • Tags: Book Review, Book Reviews, Books, Carrie Brownstein, Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl, Memoir, Non-Fiction, Portland, Punk, Reviews, Riot Grrrl, Riverhead Books, Rock, Sleater-Kinney