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

Quickies: Butter & Lincoln in the Bardo

Butter: A Rich History by Elaine Khosrova Publisher/Year: Algonquin Books, 2016 Format: eBook Pages: 336 Source: Publisher What it is: Khosrova takes readers around the world to examine the cultural and religious significance of butter. She also looks at the history of butter making and its subsequent commercialization, then turns her focus to contemporary butter artisans. Only about half theContinue reading “Quickies: Butter & Lincoln in the Bardo”

Quickies: Heartburn & Red Rosa

Heartburn by Nora Ephron Publisher/Year: Random House Audio, 2013 Format: Audiobook Narrator: Meryl Streep Length: 5 hours, 30 minutes Source: Purchase What it is: Seven months pregnant, cookbook writer and food personality Rachel Samstat discovers that her husband has been having an affair with someone she knows. Meanwhile, her well-heeled friends spend their time planning events and gossiping about The Other Woman;Continue reading “Quickies: Heartburn & Red Rosa”

Rabbit is Rich

You know how sometimes you come across an artist — photographer, singer, filmmaker, author, whatever — who creates something offensive and abhorrent, who then gets all self-righteous like, “Don’t conflate the artist with the art,” but deep down you feel it that the person is really just an asshole using the I’m An Artiste andContinue reading “Rabbit is Rich”

Quickies: Miles from Nowhere & The Night Circus

Miles from Nowhere by Nami Mun Publisher/Year: Riverhead, 2008 Format: Hardcover Pages: 304 Source: Purchase What it is: Set in the 1980s, a Korean immigrant named Joon is growing up in the Bronx. After her parents’ marriage falls apart and her father leaves, Joon’s mother falls into a deep depression exacerbated by mental illness. A young Joon is left toContinue reading “Quickies: Miles from Nowhere & The Night Circus”