Sea Lovers

Valerie Martin’s latest book, Sea Lovers: Selected Stories, features previously published works that span her career. The twelve stories in this collection usually start out firmly based in moody realism, then end up taking a couple of steps into dark whimsy. They’re organized into three different themes: animals, art, and transformation. Content-wise, the first section, “AmongContinue reading “Sea Lovers”

Reading Jackie: Her Autobiography in Books

Most people remember Jacqueline Kennedy Onasis for her glamorous role as First Lady and for her memorable fashions. Though she was constantly followed by the paparazzi and was closely scrutinized whenever she went out in public, she was an intensely private woman who divulged little about herself, even among her closest friends and colleagues. She burnedContinue reading “Reading Jackie: Her Autobiography in Books”

Running the Books: The Adventures of an Accidental Prison Librarian

I was extremely excited when I first heard about this book. As some of you may know, I’d like to go back to grad school to get my Masters of Library Science. Something most people don’t know is that while public libraries hold the key to my heart, I have totally flirted with the ideaContinue reading “Running the Books: The Adventures of an Accidental Prison Librarian”

Sky Burial: An Epic Love Story of Tibet

Confession: I initially picked up Sky Burial because I needed an author whose last name started with an “X” (for the A to Z Challenge). I did a little research for some suggestions, and people kept raving about Xinran, so I went with her. Sky Burial is the true story of a Chinese woman namedContinue reading “Sky Burial: An Epic Love Story of Tibet”