What Every Girl Should Know

All Maggie Louise Higgins knew growing up was cleaning and childcare. Her mother, Anne, already frail from recurring flares of tuberculosis, was always pregnant; out of 18 pregnancies, 11 were live births, though not all of her children made it to adulthood. The house was always filthy, diapers always needed washing, children always needed feeding.Continue reading “What Every Girl Should Know”

Pulitzer Quickies: Olive Kitteridge & The Road

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout Publisher/Year: Random House Audio, 2019 Format: Audiobook Narrator: Kimberly Farr Length: 12 hours, 2 minutes Source: Personal copy What it is: A novel written as a collection of stories that are all somehow linked Olive Kitteridge, a retired schoolteacher in a sleepy Maine town. Some of the stories center around major moments in her life, while othersContinue reading “Pulitzer Quickies: Olive Kitteridge & The Road

Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors

Sonali Dev first popped up on my radar back in 2014 with A Bollywood Affair, the first in her Bollywood series. It was a fun, melodramatic read that pretty much made me a fan for life. Dev is back with a new series, The Rajes, in which she puts her spin on Jane Austen. TrueContinue reading “Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors”

Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive

Kicked out of an abusive relationship with a young daughter in tow, Stephanie Land was able to stay temporarily stay with her father and his girlfriend, but they were also struggling to get by. Her father was also abusive, and the presence of his daughter and granddaughter was creating even more of a strain. KickedContinue reading “Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive”

The Yearling

I’ve been working my way through my Pulitzer Project for almost ten years now. I break it down into manageable goals — this year I’m focusing on the winners for the years ending in 9 — which also forces me to at least acknowledge the existence of some of my ugh titles (although it mightContinue reading “The Yearling”