Category Archives: Books


Reviewing Damaged Goods and Virgin Nation

I read Damaged Goods quickly when it came out last winter; when I pitched it as a review, now retired editor Richard Kauffman added on the academic study Virgin Nation. I was grateful for it — the latter is an important book.  But I was in the middle of


A Review of Sorts: Not a Mistake by Amber Belldene

Now that I am a matronly lady, married for over a decade, I think I can finally admit on the internet that I’ve been known to read a romance novel every now and again. And not, like, Christian romance novels, or “Amish” romance, where everyone is basically


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Anthologies are hard. They’re hard to sell to a publisher, in my very limited experience, and they’re supremely hard to edit. There’s often an unevenness in quality; a hoped for diversity of voices can often become more of a cacophony than a symphony. It’s extremely

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The things

The last weeks (month? months?) have been ridiculous in these here parts. Work is busy and exciting and fun and frustrating and hard.  I have been attending to a lot of deaths lately, which, as you can imagine, is not exactly what I anticipated when

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Eleanor and Park

Here’s how good Rainbow Rowell’s young adult novel Eleanor and Park is:   *  I read lines aloud to Josh, even though he just read it last week. * I bring it into the bathroom with me before I climb into the shower. * I think about