Brianna Bisson

Like most people my age, I grew up devouring and living for the Harry Potter books. Like most people my age, I learned a lot of important valuable life lessons from the Harry Potter books that I still apply to everyday life (beyond “it’s leviOHsa, not levioSA”). So, to say that JK Rowling occupies a […]

  Borah Coburn

Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief is a masterpiece. I’m dead serious. So I’m both excited and terrified by the prospect that a movie interpretation of the book will be in theatres November 15, 2013. I always get this way about movie adaptations. I don’t know whether to be scared or excited or both. I usually […]

  Rachael Nisenkier

I don’t know how to put into words what I felt while reading The Art of Fielding. Not a particularly auspicious start for a book review, but I feel like the gaggle of introspective and confused characters who populate its pages would understand. On the surface, The Art of Fielding is about the ridiculous majesty […]

  Peter Wicks

I work with books. Working at the public library exposes me to a wide range of topics and genres. This can be a little overwhelming at times, especially for a person like me who has far too many interests for his own good. I recently found myself stuck in one genre too long. I had […]

  Borah Coburn

Wow. I am super not qualified to objectively talk about this book in even a pseudo opinions-are-never-really-objective way. I have zero distance from this thing. I am in it, it’s all up in my grill, welcome to patient 0/the point of impact. Have a nice day. But I really want you to know about Eleanor […]

  Borah Coburn

The press team on The Andalucian Friend is working their tails off to try and convince the general public that The Andalucian Friend is the Swedish thriller book equivalent of the second coming. I give them an A+ Nice Try paper plate award for their efforts. But they are wrong. Alexander Söderberg’s The Andalucian Friend […]

  Borah Coburn

I. Wow. E.E. Charlton-Trujillo’s Fat Angie is a triumph and a mess and funny and brutally honest and gimmicky and clichéd and wonderful and a freaking thousand volts straight to the chest. It’s quite flawed and I could nitpick some of the style for years but. Dang. This book could be a lifeboat. I mean. […]

  Rachael Nisenkier

In honor of the upcoming release of the cinematic rendition of Divergent (a book series I really enjoy, but don’t quite love), I figured I’d point out some under-explored gems of the Young Adult community for you to explore, preferably on a beach this summer with a margarita in one hand, an amazon kindle in […]

  Borah Coburn

I haven’t had a whole bunch of exposure to Jamaica Kincaid. I read Girl (which fairly blew my mind, GO READ THAT!), so there’s that, I guess. But I’m no expert. I’d never read one of her novels before See Now Then. I don’t know much about her life—I mean, I’ve heard that this particular […]

  Borah Coburn

Hilary Mantel’s Thomas Cromwell series is fantastic. The series is planned to consist of three books, two of which are already out (Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies). The series (at least, so far) tracks Thomas Cromwell, advisor first to Cardinal Wolsey and then to King Henry VIII, through the tumultuous political and religious […]

  Borah Coburn

Teddy Wayne’s latest novel, The Love Song of Jonny Valentine, is about 11-year-old tween pop star, Jonny Valentine, and the circus that is his life. In the book, Jonny relates a few months of his second tour, sparing us nothing—the media hoopla, his infinitely complicated relationship with is mother-manager, daily tour business, his search for […]

This is pretty much straightforward. I read a lot of books this year, and a huge proportion of those books were fiction. Sometimes realistic, some fantasy, some sci-fi, and some historical—but, in any case, a lot of fiction. These are—in no true order—my top five fiction picks of the year. The Dog Stars, by Peter […]

  Borah Coburn

Being a 20something human with an intact soul and a love for the idea of children reading, it pretty much goes without saying that I love Harry Potter. I don’t love it as much as other people I know–I can’t name all the minor characters, nor can I recite any of the Sorting Hat songs–but […]

  Borah Coburn

David Mark’s debut, The Dark Winter, is a stout, hardy, character-driven mystery that treats what is an introductory novel as a satisfying, whole, stand-alone work, complete with office politics, fleshy back story, and a series of seemingly random murders—as well as an interesting question posed concerning mercy and justice. The Dark Winter features the mysterious […]

  Borah Coburn

This book is astonishingly good. I mean, just honestly astounding. I put it down halfway through the first page because I was so gobsmacked—almost physically struck—by the writing and I didn’t want to get too excited and then be disappointed later. I shouldn’t have worried. Peter Heller’s novel, The Dog Stars, is the kind of […]

  Borah Coburn

Gillian Flynn’s latest novel, Gone Girl, is the story of a struggling marriage… gone MURDEROUS (dun dun DUNNNNNNNNN!).  Full of depravity, quirky anecdotes from a once-perfect romance, and alternately deceitful and exhibitionistic diary entries, Gone Girl is not so badly written as to be objectively horrible, nor so sinister and well-executed as to be actually […]

  Borah Coburn

Nick Dybek’s new novel, When Captain Flint Was Still a Good Man, is an introspective coming of age story that focuses heavily on a young man’s loss of innocence. …It’s also basically Shakespeare’s Richard II as populated by the men of The Deadliest Catch. I’m serious. The basic story is this: Cal (rhymes with Hal), […]

  Borah Coburn

Kim Stanley Robinson’s latest novel, 2312, is pretty frakking great. Sci-fi cussing aside, the novel’s very well executed and quite beautiful. 2312 is a futuristic exploration of human expansion into the rest of the solar system, and focuses on Swan Er Hong (an artist from colonized Mercury), and her attempts to unravel the weird events […]

  Borah Coburn

When you are finished with Toni Morrison’s Home, you are going to want to read it again. Immediately. Home is worth every second of your attention, and you should give in to your urge to re-read. It’ll stand up, I promise. The book begins with a memory and then we wake up, nearly amnesiac, to […]

  Borah Coburn

Madeline Miller’s novel, The Song of Achilles, is Patroclus’s story. Miller’s novel reinterprets The Iliad through the lens of Patroclus—Achilles’ companion, friend, and lover—and she anchors the whole thing on their relationship. This book isn’t quite as good as it wants to be. The prose … tries too hard for poeticism, instead of just being […]

  Borah Coburn

THIS BOOK IS A SLOG. Do you know when I finally started to get interested in this story (and even then, not super invested, just mildly interested enough feel like I didn’t have to make dying whale noises whenever I picked it up)? Page 245. PAGE TWO HUNDRED AND FORTY FRICKIN’ FIVE!!! And I only […]

  Borah Coburn

Christopher Buckley’s latest novel, They Eat Puppies, Don’t They?, is half brutal satire of Washington politics and half quirky/absurdist indie movie waiting to happen. And it’s even pretty funny. As a basic litmus test for whether you’ll like this book, think about Thank You For Smoking. If you liked it, great, this is very similar […]

  Borah Coburn

Zis book, she is beautiful. No, truly, despite ze cheesy French accent, I’m 100% serious. Sacre Bleu, A Comedy D’Art is funny (Chris Moore’s signature fare), but it’s also sweet, and loving in a way that Moore’s work … isn’t always. I love it. I really, really do. We start with Vincent Van Gogh’s murder. […]

  Borah Coburn

Lyndsay Faye’s book, The Gods of Gotham, is a historical fiction murder mystery. Yeah. You heard me. A Historical Fiction Murder Mystery. Does that not sound like an answered prayer to anyone else? I mean, I’m not usually much for murder mysteries and things (there’s more interesting stuff for me to read, the re-read value […]

  Borah Coburn

Ray Bradbury was an extraordinary writer. He died on June 5th, 2012, at the age of 91 after a lengthy illness. He was one of my favorite contemporary writers. He was a giant of science fiction, and more importantly, of imagination—of thought, creativity, and will. He wrote in almost every form—books, essays, poems, operas, teleplays, […]

  Borah Coburn

There are some books that are plot heavy. You know which ones I mean—the ones that could fuel two seasons worth of soapy opera all by their dark, dramatic, twisted lonesomes. And then there are the books that meander. While the plot-heavy books are racing at breakneck speed to cram everything in, these books give […]